• Fire in the church, fire in the heart

    The Wi-Fi on my flight from Rome to Newark wasn’t working, so phones were buzzing about Notre Dame as soon as we hit the runway.

  • The Des Moines Register on asylum seekers and Iowa’s aging population

    Whether he’s advocating a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border or threatening to completely shut down entries, President Trump is more about theatrics than logistics on immigration policy.

  • Rounds: Tax reform works, majority of Americans saw tax cut

    April 15 is known as tax day, the day in which tax returns are due to be submitted to the federal government. This is the first tax day we’ve had since the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act was enacted, and this year we celebrated with higher wages, record economic growth and families across South Dakota keeping more of their paychecks each month.

  • Five arguments the Mueller report won’t settle

    Attorney General Bill Barr released a redacted version of the Mueller report Thursday. It will, of course, consume the political conversation for days, but even now it is clear that as much as the report might be talked about, it will not settle the main arguments that have raged about the Trump-Russia affair for more than two years.

  • Johnson: Where the real work gets done

    Many people are familiar with the work I do in D.C., which ensures South Dakota’s voice is heard on a national level about the issues that matter most to our state. However, I believe the most effective work gets done right here at home. I have offices in Sioux Falls, Aberdeen and Rapid City, where my staff works every day to help folks who are having issues with the federal government. We call it casework.

  • The Telegraph, UK, on the fire that tore through the Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris

    There are few more iconic buildings in the world than the cathedral of Notre-Dame de Paris. The fire that has ripped through the great building is not just a tragedy for France but for the whole of Europe.

  • An enduring vision of overcoming cynicism in politics

    BOSTON – One of the most fulfilling elements of membership in the John F. Kennedy Library Foundation Profiles of Courage board is examining the essays on political courage that high school students around the country and, increasingly, around the globe, prepare each year. This year, 2,515 students submitted essays, and the finalists we examined were stunningly eloquent and inspiring, making our choice unusually difficult.

  • The rewards of a job well done

    Down at the sale barn Saturday, the think tank had coagulated there with coffees to go to celebrate spring. Doc and Dud had their dogs with them, while Bert and Dewey and Steve went stag.

  • Hendricks: God should have a place in our Christian nation

    An Argus Leader editorial reprinted in the Brookings Register (April 11, 2019), questioned the constitutionality of a bill signed into law by Gov. Kristi Noem requiring the prominent display of our nation’s motto, “In God We Trust,” in our public schools. The Argus Leader’s arguments in opposition to this bill ignore a large body of evidence in its favor.

  • Trump lied again, America is not ‘full’

    President Trump recently traveled to the Mexican border and delivered one of the most foolish and fallacious statements of his entire presidency. Speaking to the surge of immigrants seeking asylum here, he said, “We can’t take you anymore. Our country is full.”

  • Rounds: Flooding remains a concern for S.D. communities

    South Dakota residents continue to share with me their concerns about flooding and high water levels in many of our rivers and lakes.

  • Ramsdell: Prairie proud at Easter – and every day

    We are a pretty tough breed here in eastern South Dakota. With record heat in the summer and blizzards in the winter, we have to be. Life doesn’t stop during harsh weather. Particularly when you are part of the agriculture community like we are.

  • Virginia Cavaliers redeem themselves and the university

    As we went to bed Monday of last week, I told my wife that maybe it was time I retired as a sports fan. It was never going to get any better than this. The Virginia Cavaliers had just won the national championship in a nerve-wracking overtime game against a tenacious Texas Tech team, and I was feeling jittery and euphoric. I can’t think when a ballgame has made me happier.

  • The New York Times on legislation prohibiting the IRS from making a free online system for tax filing

    Congress has landed on one of those rare ideas that commands support from both Democrats and Republicans. Unfortunately, it’s a bad one.

  • Thune: Tax reform is working

    Find me one person who enjoys paying taxes, and I’ll find 10 million other people who’d rather not.

  • Debate surrounding acting legal AG’s legal authority intensifies

    Washing-ton – If you are having a hard time keeping track of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russia’s interference in the 2016 presidential election, you are not alone.

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South Dakota State to close Wednesday evening

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Sophomore Oksana Covey slashes 28-year-old 800-meter record

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Brookings takes two from Douglas

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Betts, Moreland homers lead Red Sox to 6-4 win over Rays

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Thunder beat Trail Blazers to cut series deficit to 2-1

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