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The mercurial Master of the Universe who bought one of the world’s most powerful social networks made a rare decent decision over the weekend when Elon Musk let Donald Trump back on Twitter. There’s little doubt Trump violated the social network’s terms of service on and around Jan. 6, but indefinite bans should be based on the consistent application of rules. This was a bill of attainder aimed at the most popular Republican in America.
While COVID’s severity may be subsiding, viruses will continue to circulate. To prevent another blow to the health-care system, officials need a better way to anticipate and respond to concurrent threats.
Since narrowly taking the House, Republicans have not rolled out a five-point crime control agenda. Or a smart plan to slow inflation. Or a blueprint for fixing America’s immigration system. They are vowing to investigate Hunter Biden.
Vaccines now allow your body to ramp up the fight against cold weather bugs as holiday gatherings loom. The shots also help protect hospital capacity, a critical consideration when workforce shortages are already straining health care systems in Minnesota and elsewhere.

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That cold rock in space brought Americans together once before. We need that kind of shared mission again.
It won't be easy, because right now we all crave “normal.” We want to see people smile. We want to gather around the dinner table with family members. We want our children to hug their grandparents.
If Biden had a voice of reason on staff, a No Man if you will, he could have gotten word that he’d need congressional authority to pull this off.
Putin initiated hostilities less than nine months ago. To so quickly lose stomach for following through on a pledge to support a friendly democratic nation — a commitment that involves putting no American lives at risk — would make a mockery of America’s global commitments.
The conventional wisdom has long been that there’s nothing Trump can ever do to lose the support of his core base. The midterms are the clearest sign yet that his hold is weakening.
As tempting as it is to cheer on Republicans’ self-sabotaging fealty to this bull in their political china shop, they would help both their party and their country by finally pushing him out.

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One of the most powerful forces that hold our communities together is local news. It is as essential as ever — but more threatened than ever.
Our current leaders weathered the storms of recent years and – we hope – learned from these experiences. If disaster strikes again, Rochester and Olmsted County will be well-served by leaders who can say, “This ain't our first rodeo.”
It’s one thing to work a side hustle to earn extra disposable income, it’s another to toil at two or three jobs just to cover rent. With the midterm elections in the rearview, the winners need to remember: These are your constituents.

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