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Barack Obama

Nov 11, 2015

Winning elections and losing power

Under President Barack Obama the Democratic Party has taken an enormous electoral beating.

Nov 4, 2015

Less school testing on horizon after Obama weighs in

The Senate Education Committee is considering reducing the time Minnesota schools spend in testing.

Oct 27, 2015

Republicans move to block Obama’s Clean Power Plan

Democrats have been touting the fact that demographics are on their side, and that future elections are stacked in their favor. Younger and non-white voters tend to vote for Democrats, while Republicans tend to be older and whiter than average. As the demographics of the country shift, Democrats should benefit. The argument makes sense, but ...

Sep 23, 2015

EPA policy flicks switch on power plant fight

Pat Garofalo holds a press conference and a hearing to warn Minnesotans of potential economic fallout from the new federal “clean power plan."

Jan 14, 2015

The stranger in the White House

A new book observes President Obama remains a stranger to many of the ways of Washington and to the other power holders in the nation’s capital.

Jan 7, 2015

Dayton visits White House

Governor Mark Dayton was among other members of the National Governors Association executive committee who met with President Barack Obama.

Dec 31, 2014

A twilight of maybes

For Barack Obama's remaining time in office, there are high ambitions but less power to achieve.

Dec 31, 2014

Audacity of Hope?

The nation's leaders need core values, not just ideology, to raise the nation’s morale.

Dec 10, 2014

Obama defiant

President Obama has decided to rely upon an aggressive and expansive definition of his executive powers in order to make policy regardless of congressional preferences.

Nov 14, 2014

U.S. House speaker, next Senate leader natural allies

Sen. Mitch McConnell joined House Speaker John Boehner on Thursday at the pinnacle of the congressional and Republican power structures in Washington.

Nov 7, 2014

Immigration: Obama’s wedge issue

Obama effectively pledged to drive a political wedge into the new Republican majority when he said he’d act unilaterally to ease life for undocumented immigrants.

Nov 7, 2014

Why Obama won’t end up vetoing lots of new bills

Sometimes filibuster amnesia strikes pundits in the middle of a column.

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