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Simone Biles and monetizing outrage

Simone Biles and monetizing outrage

MINOT, N.D. — I’ll admit to not caring much about the Olympics. I have a passing interest in watching the American athletes do well, and every once in a while a particular team or athlete will be possessed of a story that intrigues me, but beyond that my attention is usually elsewhere. The Simone Biles story has been

Let’s fairly apportion the finger-pointing over pandemic handling

MINOT, N.D. — Our public authorities seem perversely intent on undermining their credibility at a time when we desperately need them to be credible. They have been since the beginning of the pandemic. Motorcycle rallies and right-leaning protests against lockdowns were castigated as super-spreader events, but the often violent and chaotic Black Lives Matter protests last year got

Biden’s capitulation to the Russians is almost enough to make a person miss Donald Trump

MINOT, N.D. — I’ve been accused of being too hard on Trump supporters. Or, more specifically, lumping all Trump supporters together. Putting the Republicans who voted for Trump because the alternative was Hillary Clinton, and then Joe Biden, in the same category with QAnon aficionados who think the Jan. 6 riot was a “false flag” operation put

‘Freedom Phone’ is the apotheosis of monetizing the conservative ghetto

MINOT, N.D. — Have you heard about the Freedom Phone? It’s a product being hawked by a 21-year-old kid named Erik Finman who lays dubious claim to the title of “youngest bitcoin millionaire.” The phone’s premise is that it represents a pushback against Big Tech’s efforts to serve as the speech police. The Freedom Phone won’t censor apps

Congressman Armstrong will be a credit to the investigation of Jan. 6 riot

MINOT, N.D. — When news broke yesterday that Congressman Kelly Armstrong had been chosen to serve on a select committee that will investigate the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol riot, there were many in political circles familiar with Armstrong’s track record of leadership both in the state Legislature and as chairman of the North Dakota Republican Party, who were nodding

Biden’s oil lease moratorium is costing North Dakota billions

MINOT, N.D. — Attorney General Wayne Stenehjem recently filed suit against President Joe Biden’s administration over a moratorium on federal oil and gas leases implemented by Secretary of the Interior (and anti-oil activist) Debra Haaland You might think this is a relatively small matter, with a marginal impact on North Dakotans, given that most of our state’s land and minerals are privately