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Advisers push risk higher

August 19, 2014 To Americans of a certain age, the news out of Washington may sound disturbingly similar to reports from more than a half-century ago. more »»

Who cares what ideology drives the high-speed train?

August 19, 2014 In Texas, a private company wants to build a bullet train joining Dallas and Houston. more »»

Confronting ISIS: ‘It takes an army to defeat an army’

August 19, 2014 When liberal Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and the conservative former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich agree on something, attention should be paid. more »»

Success is what we can make of mess we have made

August 19, 2014 WASHINGTON — This far into the human story, only the historically uninstructed are startled by what they think are new permutations of evil. more »»

We should have stopped al-Qaida

August 18, 2014 Al-Qaida, behind the Sept. more »»

The K Street president

August 18, 2014 Wonder of wonders: The Washington press corps woke up. Finally, mainstream journalists are onto Barack Obama’s gam. more »»

Mindless drones

August 18, 2014 Drones — unmanned flying machines — will soon fill our skies. They conjure up fears, especially among some of my fellow libertarians, of spying and death from above. These fears aren’t groundles. more »»

Prepare for a long war against the Islamic State

August 18, 2014 The hawks (including me) were wrong about a lot, but some got one thing right. It’s going to be a long wa. more »»

It’s time to reclaim the jungle

August 17, 2014 Thanks and congratulations to the Minot Public Works Department for taking on the mowing issue. more »»

The abandoned war

August 17, 2014 There was a time not so long ago when President Barack Obama boasted of how he had “ended” the Iraq War. It was, in his telling, a sign of his stalwart fidelity to his word. more »»

‘A’s for everyone

August 17, 2014 WASHINGTON — Grade deflation is dead. Long live grade inflation! Starting around the mid-20th century, a pandemic of meaninglessly high grades swept the nation. more »»

Is ISIS ‘an existential threat’?

August 17, 2014 U.S. air strikes since last Friday have opened a corridor through which tens of thousands of Yazidis, trapped and starving on a mountain in Iraq, have escaped to safety in Kurdistan. more »»

What John Walsh plagiarism fiasco?

August 17, 2014 This year’s Senate races are the Democrats’ to lose in the sense that the GOP is doing nothing to earn them, hoping President Obama’s political collapse will have reverse coattail effects. more »»

Time to back IS opponents

August 16, 2014 Islamic State terrorists poised to conquer Iraq will suffer from U.S. airstrikes — but that will not be enough to defeat them. Only attacks on the ground can do that. more »»

Celebrating 125 years: Happy birthday, North Dakota!

August 16, 2014 North Dakota is called by many names - “The Peace Garden State,” “The Flickertail State,” “The Roughrider State. more »»

Get ready for denials

August 16, 2014 Fox News correspondent Geraldo Rivera accused Matt Drudge’s website of “the worst kind of jingoistic rhetoric ever” for carrying news stories about the dangers of illegal immigratio. more »»

Carrying out an attack on achievement

August 16, 2014 New York’s mayor, Bill de Blasio, like so many others who call themselves “progressive,” is gung-ho to solve social problems. more »»

Too much of a good thing? No

August 15, 2014 Minot is fortunate to have a deep pool of candidates to choose from when key positions open up. In most cases, that is. more »»

A poll apart

August 15, 2014 A long time ago, maybe in the first Eisenhower administration, my precinct committeewoman taught me the unchanging rules of how to respond to public opinion polls. more »»

Obama remains consistent in his indifference to slaughter

August 15, 2014 In the summer of 2007, then-Sen. Barack Obama was asked if he was worried that his proposed withdrawal from Iraq would result in ethnic cleansing or even genocide. He scoffed at the premise. more »»



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