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Politics & Policy

McCain vs. Obama or Clinton in Minnesota

The prolific SurveyUSA has fresh trial heats on the potential presidential matchups in Minnesota. The results generally strengthen Barack Obama’s claim to be the more electable Democrat against McCain.

Transportation debate turns to … property taxes?

Thursday’s House session on the massive transportation/transit bill turned ugly early, with staunch no-new-tax Republicans sniping at both minutia in the bill and the DFLers and some Republicans who supported it.

Round 19: style and substance

It was a mixed performance for Hillary Rodham Clinton in Thursday’s debate with Barack Obama; she started off and ended well, but made much of not much in the middle.

Local film producer finds Seeger still hammerin’ away

By Rob Nelson | Friday, Feb. 22, 2008 Minnesotan William Eigen spent years trying to get folk singer Pete Seeger to consent to the making of “Pete Seeger: The Power of Song,” which airs on PBS on Feb. 27.

Obama is bringing back old-fashioned oratory

By Doug Grow | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008 FDR. Kennedy. King. Humphrey. Wellstone. Speechifying styles change with the times, but political eloquence is still an important part of reaching people and inspiring them to action.

‘Peace Crimes’ tells Minnesota 8’s war story

By David Hawley | Thursday, Feb. 21, 2008
Nearly four decades have passed since eight men were arrested while trying to break into government offices in three Minnesota towns to destroy draft records during the Vietnam War.

McCain aflame: backlash edition

For a champion of campaign-finance reform, today’s New York Times story about John McCain’s relationship with a lobbyist is hot TV fodder and potentially quite damaging, but criticism of the Times is reverberating as well.