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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) gestures during an exchange with former Vice President Joe Biden, left, about his opposition to school busing as Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) looks on during the Democratic presidential debate in Miami on Thursday night, June 27, 2019. Doug Mills / ©2019 The New York Times

Should There Be an Age Limit for Holding Elected Office?

Should There Be an Age Limit for Holding Elected Office?

Former President Jimmy Carter, 95 years old next month, was asked during a recent town hall at the Carter Center in Atlanta whether he would consider running for president again. Carter was defeated by Ronald Reagan in 1980 after serving only one term in office. He is technically eligible to run again, and indeed former

Print Column: If Democrats Want to Re-Elect Trump, They Should Impeach Kavanaugh

MINOT, N.D. — I’m not a very demonstrative person. Still, I laughed right out loud when I read the excuse House Judiciary Committee Chairman Jerry Nadler (D-NY) had for not pursuing the impeachment against Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. I scared my dog, Molly, even. “We have our hands full with impeaching the president right

Judge Brett Kavanaugh, President Donald Trump's nominee for the U.S. Supreme Court, during the second day of his confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington, Sept. 5, 2018. He has denied the allegations. (Erin Schaff/ Copyright 2018 The New York Times).

Democrats and the News Media Undermine Their Own Case Against Trump Once Again

There are plenty of reasons to be critical of President Donald Trump, from valid critiques of his policies to the disappointment we should all feel for how he comports himself while holding our most prominent elected office. Unfortunately, valid criticism of Trump very often gets undermined by shoddy reporting and vapid sensationalism. We had another

Melissa Markegard, tobacco prevention coordinator for Fargo Cass Public Health, displays a few of the vaping devices popular among teenagers. Health officials in Wisconsin and Illinois recently announced hospitalizations of more than a dozen teens and young adults related to vaping. Derek Murray / WDAY

Trump’s Ban on Flavored Vaping Products Is a Dumb, Knee-Jerk Reaction

In recent weeks we’ve seen a lot of headlines about vaping being linked to hundreds of cases of lung disease. In our region, North Dakota has reported at least one case of vaping-related lung disease, while Minnesota has seen a similar case end in death. This has, unfortunately, provoked some hysteria.  Newspaper editorial boards are

File photo of shipping containers, many from China, at the Port of Los Angeles in October 2013. (Monica Almeida/Copyright 2019 The New York Times)

Trade Cannot Be the Only Lens Through Which We See China

As I write this I am attending the 2019 Policy Summit put on by the Greater North Dakota Chamber of Commerce. The first panel this morning was about trade and tariffs, and while the discussion was illuminating, I can’t help but feel that an important part of the debate was missing from it. The panel

The Tharaldson Ethanol Plant west of Casselton, N.D., as pictured in 2010. Michael Vosburg / Forum Photo Editor

Ethanol’s Struggles as Government Eases Mandates Should Make Farm Country Very, Very Scared

Ethanol policy is an absolute disaster waiting to happen. It’s a ticking time bomb, waiting to blow up in our collective faces. The government’s promotion of ethanol has created a very large market for American farmers – corn farmers, specifically – to sell their crops into. Corn is, by a country mile, America’s #1 crop.

Plain Talk: Senator Cramer Says He Could “Easily See” President Trump Saying He’d Pardon Crimes to Build the Border Wall

A recent report from the Washington Post claims, based on unnamed sources, that President Donald Trump has said he would pardon crimes in order to help build a border wall between the United States and Mexico. Asked if this report bothers him, Senator Kevin Cramer said, “It does if I believe it.” But Cramer, alluding

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A Payroll Tax Cut Is a Terrible Idea Without Social Security and Medicare Reform

The Trump administration is kicking around the idea of a payroll tax cut, though it’s hard to know how seriously the idea is on the scale of building a border wall to buying Greenland. “Yeah, we’re looking at various tax reductions. But I’m looking at that all the time, anyway,” President Trump told reporters earlier

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., speaks during a town hall event in Miami on June 25. Marco Bello / Bloomberg

Elizabeth Warren’s Attack on the Dakota Access Pipeline Is Why So Many Republicans Tolerate Donald Trump

Why do so many Republicans support someone like Donald Trump? I get asked that question a lot, most recently by a couple of reporters who work here in North Dakota. They don’t understand why someone like President Donald Trump – a serial philanderer with only a rhetorical adherence to the mores of social conservative, an

North Dakota governor candidate Doug Burgum addresses supporters after winning the Republican vote in the primary election Tuesday, June 14, 2016, at Ecce Gallery in downtown Fargo. Dave Wallis / The Forum

Burgum Polls Himself Against Heidi Heitkamp Ahead of 2020 Campaign

Governor Doug Burgum’s re-election campaign has been polling, and gave me exclusive access to the results. You can read their full polling memo below. There are a couple of things about this poll which are just as interesting as the actual numbers. First, there has been some whispers in state political circles that Burgum might

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