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President Donald Trump discusses the Raise Act, proposed immigration legislation, in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, in Washington, Aug. 2, 2017. (Doug Mills/The New York Times)

President Trump’s Threat Against NBC’s Broadcast License Is Stupid and Counterproductive

President Trump’s Threat Against NBC’s Broadcast License Is Stupid and Counterproductive

Our blustery President, in one of his fits of social media pique, suggested that perhaps the broadcast license for NBC News ought to be pulled based on some of their coverage:   With all of the Fake News coming out of NBC and the Networks, at what point is it appropriate to challenge their License?

Rep. Kevin Cramer answers questions from the Grand Forks Herald editorial board in Aug. 2016. Joshua Komer / Forum News Service

Audio: Potential Senate Candidate Kevin Cramer Says “We Have a One Chamber Problem and It’s the Senate”

Congressman Kevin Cramer joined me on my radio show yesterday for his weekly open phones segment, and responding to a caller question he ended up ripping Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell. The caller was complaining about the lack of Republican progress on priorities like repealing Obamacare, and Cramer defended the House of Representatives pointing out

Wind turbines generating electricity

Audio: Berkeley Scholar Calls Wind Energy Subsidies “Completely Perverse”

Steven Hayward, a Senior Resident Scholar at Berkeley’s Institute of Governmental Studies, has produced a report for Minnesota’s Center of the American Experiment which finds that power sources like wind and solar aren’t really accomplishing what their supporters say they are. This despite what Hayward described as “completely perverse” subsidies so massive they sometimes allow renewable

Protest organizer Kristen Kelsch holds a sign and chants across the street from the State Capitol in Bismarck in 2016.

Another Loss for #NoDAPL: Judge Rules That Dakota Access Pipeline Can Remain Open

The Dakota Access Pipeline has been open and moving oil for months now, but there was a chance that a federal judge could shut that flow down based on legal maneuvering by the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and the activist lawyers representing them. Earlier this year federal Judge James Boasberg found that the U.S. Army

Podcast: Will North Dakota’s Government Employees Be Able to Use Medical Marijuana?

On my radio show yesterday Aaron Birst from the North Dakota Association of Counties said his group’s membership is grappling with the reality of implementing new medical marijuana policy as created by voters on the 2016 ballot and amended by lawmakers during their 2017 session earlier this year. Among the questions they need to answer?

A wall of Bushmaster AR-15 223's is seen Thursday, Oct. 5, 2017, at Bill’s Gun Shop & Range in north Fargo. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Blaming Guns for Suicides Does a Disservice to Suicide Prevention Efforts

My last Sunday print column suggested that we could save more lives in America with better suicide prevention efforts than with tougher gun control policy. To support this contention, I pointed out that most deaths in America resulting from a gun shot wound are self inflicted. In any given year, about 60 percent to 70

Harvey Weinstein, the Hollywood producer, at a party in Los Angeles, Jan. 10, 2016.An investigation by The New York Times has found previously undisclosed allegations of sexual harassment against Weinstein. (Emily Berl/The New York Times)

If Harvey Weinstein Were a Powerful Republican He’d Have Gone Down Years Ago

I, like the rest of you, have been watching the stories about Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein roll out with an amazed sort of disgust. There’s a lot to digest. Numerous victims. Numerous accusations. But most shocking, perhaps, is the laundry list of Weinstein’s enablers. From his own staff who helped Weinstein manipulate vulnerable women into

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