Calling Torture — and “Torture Lawyers” — to Account

Dec 09

Calling Torture — and “Torture Lawyers” — to Account

This column first appeared in the Star Tribune in 2005. Robert Delahunty, a St Thomas School of Law professor mentioned here, remains at St Thomas. The debate over the use of torture — and the lawyers who justified it in official government memos — continues.   Torture doesn’t always start in jail. It starts in memos from “torture...

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A Failed Bishopric: The Servants Strike Back?

Dec 16

A Failed Bishopric: The Servants Strike Back?

Update: With comic good timing, the Archbishop of Saint Paul and Minneapolis has now been accused of playing patty fingers with the Holy Water…only it’s nothing that amusing. Instead, the Saint Paul police have opened an investigation into an allegation that John Nienstedt fingered a boy inappropriately (there are not really many ways to finger a kid...

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11Years After: Paul Wellstone, Gone But Not Forgotten

Oct 25

11Years After: Paul Wellstone, Gone But Not Forgotten

Paul Wellstone died 11 years ago today, along with his wife, Sheila, and 6 others when their plane went down in northern Minnesota during the final days of an angry, contentious and politically charged election fight against Norm Coleman. Wellstone died, Coleman became a one-term U.S. senator, and Minnesota lost its beating heart. I wrote this for the St. Paul...

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RIP Rod Grams: Once A Senator, Always A Senator

Oct 09

RIP Rod Grams: Once A Senator, Always A Senator

Former U.S. Senator and Twin Cities newscaster Rod Grams has died. In this 2001 story — one of the last informal interviews he gave — Grams rued the loss of his Senate seat to now-Gov. Mark Dayton, and tried to make peace with his past and return to his farm roots. He never seemed comfortable in his skin. From the Pioneer Press: The Summer of His...

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RIP Tom Clancy: He Thought Owning the Vikings Would Be A Public Trust

Oct 02

RIP Tom Clancy: He Thought Owning the Vikings Would Be A Public Trust

Tom Clancy has died, the guy who wrote a book that became one of my favorite movies –”The Hunt for Red October” — and another book that became one of my least favorite films — “Patriot Games.” But the book Clancy DIDN’T get to write is the one that intrigues me most…The story of how he might have run the Minnesota...

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