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A North Dakota farmer cutting his grain. File photo

The Farmer Bailouts Are Now Bigger Than the Detroit Bailouts, but What if That’s the Cost of De-Fanging China?

The Farmer Bailouts Are Now Bigger Than the Detroit Bailouts, but What if That’s the Cost of De-Fanging China?

This morning a reader tagged in a Tweet for a Bloomberg story which finds that the farmer bailouts – the aid packages the Trump administration and Congress have deployed as a way to cushion the economic harm caused by the trade war with China – are now larger in terms of dollars than the Detroit

Senator Kevin Cramer (R-North Dakota) (Joshua Komer/Grand Forks Herald)

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says Obama’s Iran Deal Partly to Blame for Attacks on Saudi Oil Facilities

On this episode of Plain Talk, Senator Kevin Cramer and I discussed the recent attacks on Saudi oil facilities. Iranian equipment was used in the attacks, but the country is denying involvement. Cramer, who said he’s “read the classified CIA brief on the evidence,” said it’s his “sense” Iran was behind the attacks. “Any deniability

UND president Mark Kennedy answers questions during a meeting with the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board Thursday. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Judge Mark Kennedy on His Competence as a Leader Not His Politics

A decision by the University of Colorado to make current University of North Dakota President Mark Kennedy their president has proved controversial. But not because Kennedy has been a poor communicator, and a poor leader, here in North Dakota. Most of the rancor seems focused on Kennedy’s politics, per this report in the Denver Post.

Education Secretary Betsy DeVos testifies before the House Appropriations Committee on Capitol Hill, in Washington, March 20, 2018. (Erin Schaff/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

There’s Nothing “Horrifying” About Due Process for College Campuses

“What Education Secretary Betsy DeVos wants to do to school sexual misconduct rules is horrifying,” writes left wing ideologue Jim Shaw. What horrors is Secretary DeVos perpetrating? She “would allow accused students to cross-examine their accusers, only allow colleges to be involved if the assault took place on campus, would make it harder to punish

FILE -- President Barack Obama and President-elect Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Nov. 11, 2016. (Stephen Crowley/Copyright 2018 The New York Times)

Trump Isn’t Handling General Motors Any Better Than Obama Did

In the dawn of the Obama administration General Motors, hit hard by declining sales and the Great Recession, went to the federal government for help. The Obama administration obliged, arguing that it would be a good deal for the American taxpayer. On top of billions in straight-up bailouts, President Obama gave GM some $30 billion

U.S. Sen. Heidi Heitkamp during a 2017 visit to the Grand Forks Herald Editorial Board. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald

Print Column: Heidi Heitkamp Must Think We’re All Very Stupid

MINOT, N.D.—When asked recently by The Hill newspaper whether or not she’d like former President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp was blunt in response. “Nope, no,” the paper quoted her as saying. Of course Heitkamp doesn’t want Obama on the campaign trail for her. When it’s an

A screenshot from a 2008 video filmed by former left wing blogger Chad Nodland who, during the 2012 election cycle, attempted to remove it from public view. In the video Heidi Heitkamp, years before her first Senate campaign, expresses strong support for both Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama.

Heidi Heitkamp’s Feelings About Her Party’s Presidential Candidates Change So Often It Can Make You Dizzy

Over the holiday weekend Senator Heidi Heitkamp was asked about whether or not she’d like President Barack Obama to campaign for her here in North Dakota this election cycle. Her response was swift and firm in the negative: "Asked if she thought Obama might show up in North Dakota, Heitkamp said: 'Nope, no.'" #NDSen #NDPolhttps://t.co/j07ERY5ULr

The Great River Energy Coal Creek Station coal plant near the Falkirk mine outside of Underwood, N.D., is the largest power plant in North Dakota. Forum file photo.

Trump Replaces Obama’s Ideological Attack on Coal Power With Something More Pragmatic

The Obama administration hated coal power. The former president’s detractors referred to his policy agenda in this policy area as a “war on coal,” and that wasn’t an exaggeration. The so-called Clean Power Plan, among other policies, seemed organized more around an ideological objection to coal energy from coal than any desire for workable regulations

President Barack Obama addresses the crowd at the Cannonball Flag Day Celebration in Cannonball, N.D. on Friday, June 13, 2014. (Kevin Cederstrom/Forum News Service)

Why Is It That Democrats See Barack Obama as a Successful President?

“Barack Obama Urges Democrats to Try to Sound More Like Him in 2018,” reads a headline from Jim Geraghty at National Review today. His column touches on the rising tide of Democratic outrage politics in the Trump era, and he notes that former President Barack Obama is urging Democrats to shift their tone back to

The Harley-Davidson logo is seen on the fuel tank of a motorcycle on display at the Oakland Harley-Davidson dealership in Oakland, California, on April 14, 2017. David Paul Morris/Bloomberg

Trump’s Attack on Harley Davidson Sounds Like Something the Obama Administration Would Do

Recently iconic motorcycle manufacturer Harley-Davidson announced that they may be shifting more of their operations overseas do to the Trump administration’s trade policies – specifically announced tariffs on imported steel and aluminium – driving up the cost of manufacturing. That inspired a tirade from the President on Twitter: Early this year Harley-Davidson said they would

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