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MPR News Reflections and observations on the news
Archives for April 2015
We can live without Jon Stewart’s comedy when he gives up his gig on The Daily Show later this year. But his astounding grilling of New York Times reporter Judith Miller last night was a reminder that we’ll be hard-pressed to replace his journalistic chops when it comes to interviewing, or — more accurately — his refusal to be a megaphone for newsmakers peddling garbage. Read more →
Remember when your kids were young and you’d let them win at games?
Eventually they grow up and at some point you realize, they’re doing the same thing for you — letting you win. Read more →
Cyndi Lauper was at the Capitol in Washington today, testifying to a subcommittee about youth homelessness. I know what you’re thinking: Another Hollywood or pop star trying to trade stardom for some political traction, and, it’s true, she’s doing that. But her story is an amazing one, especially if we can set aside politics long Read more →
This is the scene in Baltimore at this hour, just prior to the start of today’s baseball game.
The fans are there — some of them, anyway, but they can’t get in. Read more →
Learning gaps widened between male and female students in the latest Nation’s Report Card on history, civics, and geography. Read more →
More high school dance team coaches have been disciplined for their part in a demonstration against the Faribault girls who won the state high school tournament in February with a routine the coaches said was cribbed from a Colorado school. Read more →
Hands down, the hardest part of parenting — aside from teenagers — is how quickly people will judge your parenting, as if parents don’t already judge themselves enough.
Take the woman who tried to slap some sense into her son at the riots in Baltimore, and has gotten plenty of national attention for it.
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The signs of danger aren’t hard to miss. But people ignore them and an incident yesterday afternoon is yet another reminder of what can happen.
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There are only a few weeks left in the Minnesota legislative session, and this would be a good time to ask a question: Is eliminating health care for working Minnesotans worth shutting down state government? Read more →
After civil unrest in recent years, the spotlight has shown on the words that news reporters use to describe what’s happening.
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I’ve said it before but it bears repeating today. Nothing makes you feel older than hearing of the infirmities and deaths of sports heroes from a younger time. Read more →
A Little Canada DFL senator wants 40 percent of transit sales-tax revenue to be spent “where 40 percent of the people reside,” on the east metro. West metro folks aren’t thrilled. Read more →
Irwin Horwitz says he reached “the breaking point” last week after what he calls a semester of disrespect, backstabbing, lying, and cheating, Houston TV station KPRC reported. Read more →