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So why can't Barack Obama "close the deal" with working-class whites? Is it because he's black? No. It's because he's liberal. That's the common theme of Obama's controversies of the past few weeks -- the Rev. Wright episode, the "bitterness" comment, the association with former Weatherman Bill Ayers. That's the difference Hillary Clinton highlights in her speeches and ads: not that she's conservative, but that she's more moderate on key issues. That's the power behind National Journal's pronouncement of Obama's as the "most liberal" voting record in the U.S.
Northwest, maybe. Pushing a pledge to serve a full term, no. That's our take on the political utility of state Sen. Tim Mathern's recent criticisms of Gov. John Hoeven. Mathern, the Democratic nominee for governor, held a press conference Monday to hammer Hoeven over the governor's seeming indifference to the merger between Northwest and Delta airlines. Last week, Mathern criticized Hoeven for the governor's reluctance to commit to serving another full four-year term. Sen.
People in the Red River Valley don't have to look far to see the benefits of trade. A glance at the parking lot of the Columbia Mall should do it. The Grand Forks area benefits tremendously from the free flow of people across the border. And as with people, so too with goods: North Dakota's exports to Canada more than doubled from 2002 to 2007, growing from $500,000 to almost a billion dollars That's worth remembering today as President Bush meets with his Mexican and Canadian counterparts in New Orleans to talk trade.
Don't do it, the Minneapolis Star Tribune editorialized. A Minnesota lawmaker has introduced a bill to lower the drinking age to 18. That would be a mistake, the newspaper concluded: The 21-and-older law saves lives on the highway, and that's the bottom line. 'Nuff said. Or is it? Setting the drinking age at 18 would have drawbacks, but keeping it at 21 has drawbacks, too.
Item: For centuries, people have eaten deer shot by lead bullets. The number of people who have dined on venison in this way likely stretches into the billions. Despite all of that eating, not one incident of lead poisoning has been recorded, to our knowledge. In fact, there have been no reports of lead-related ill effects from the venison whatsoever. Item: In recent weeks, health departments in Minnesota, North Dakota and Iowa have tested venison and found trace amounts of lead.
Spring has come to St. Paul, but the air in the Capitol remains frosty with partisan dislike. Lawmakers should turn on a space heater long enough to finish a "task for the ages": approving a new Lake Vermilion State Park. Gov. Tim Pawlenty wants to the state to buy a stretch of undeveloped shoreline on Lake Vermilion near Tower, Minn., then turn it into Minnesota's newest state park.
The aviation status quo in Minnesota would be fine with Rep. James Oberstar, D-Minn. The chairman of the House Transportation Committee called the Northwest-Delta merger "the worst development in aviation history in the aftermath of deregulation"; and considering that Northwest employs nearly 12,000 Minnesotans, he's right to be worried. After all, the merged airline would be called Delta and its headquarters would be in Atlanta, not Minneapolis.
Why don't they know what's good for them? The Left has asked that question about American workers for a century, and it's telling that Barack Obama is trying to answer it today. Obama's answer holds that workers are distracted from knowing their own economic self-interest. Furthermore, the distractions often take the form of religion, firearms and prejudice.
Medicare beneficiaries in North Dakota enjoy some of the highest quality health care in the U.S. at the lowest price. That's true even though North Dakota is a rural state with chronic shortages of physicians. In fact, it's probably true because North Dakota is a rural state with chronic shortages of physicians. In other industries, making a product more available tends to drive down its price. But health care is different.