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The Minnesota Daily

All content by Christopher Benson

Troubled times make for good drama

Published April 13, 2009

There are times when the drama of current news stories aligns in such a way that no fictional adaptation could possibly hope to make it more interesting, or a greater spectacle.  Case in point: the...

Campaign 2008 “where are they now?” Part II: the young lovers

Published March 12, 2009

For those who have not yet heard the news, Levi Johnston and Bristol Palin have called off their engagement, confirming once and for all that maybe marrying the girl you met and dated in high school isn't...

Advice for the GOP: don’t mess with Rush

Published March 3, 2009

Let the word go forth from this time and place to Republicans everywhere: Rush Limbaugh, the ideological Mother Superior of contemporary conservatism, is not to be crossed.  First, he earned the mewling...

Hidden no more: casualties to get coverage

Published February 27, 2009

In his address on Tuesday, Barack Obama said, "For seven years we have been a nation at war. No longer will we hide its price." Although he was talking about finally putting war expenditures...

The state of the Union’s addresses

Published February 25, 2009

President Obama will give his pseudo-State of the Union address in a few moments, but one may be forgiven for thinking that perhaps it had already taken place.  That's because the content of the speech...

Whither Socialism?

Published February 24, 2009

As the financial crisis continues to unfold, Americans have been repeatedly bludgeoned with this notion that we're undergoing a dramatic shift toward socialism.  If that's the case, why the heck haven't...

$838 billion stimulus passes Senate

Published February 10, 2009

The United States Senate passed its version of the hotly debated stimulus bill earlier today on a vote of 61-36.  Although largely divided by party lines, Sens. Arlen Specter, Olympia Snowe and Susan...

Change you can track from your PC

Published January 22, 2009

Photo: St. Petersburg Times   Although it's a little early to start judging the effectiveness of our new President (he's not even 100 hours into the job yet), for those of you who feel the impulse...

R.I.P. Rick-Rolling – The End of An Era

Published January 16, 2009

In what no doubt spells the end of the Rick-Roll phenomenon, news broke today that Nancy Pelosi's YouTube channel includes a shot at the popular prank.  Unfortunately for Internet users everywhere,...

The latest science: smoking’s newest controversy

Published January 9, 2009

In a development likely to appear in the ongoing argument played out on our letters to he editor page, scientists have discovered a new danger with tobacco smoke - "third hand smoking." The story...

President Bush: Bible not literally true

Published December 11, 2008

Evidently trying to make enemies with everyone, President Bush declared that he's "not a literalist, but I think you can learn a lot from it."  One can't help but wonder how his Evangelical...

Campaign 2008 “Where Are They Now?” Part I: PUMA

Published November 13, 2008

Due to the heavy emphasis on the character of the men and women running for president, the race for the Oval Office tends to play out with all the drama of a made-for-TV movie.  Like every good drama,...

Questions for President Bruininks

Published October 21, 2008

On Thursday, October 23, the Editorial Board will be holding an interview with University of Minnesota President Bob Bruininks. To give you, our readers, a chance to participate in this interview, we invite...

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