Fourteen MNSure managers made $26,000 in bonuses in November while the health care exchange website they were charged with rolling out struggled through a number of technical issues, state officials recently announced.SEE ALSO: Pat Kessler eviscerates MNsure, says officials lied to him That revelat ... More >>
Toasting computer love, a genocide musical, and a Midwestern odyssey
The perennial worst director is gunning for the bastards -- and respect
Do you ever wonder what goes on behind the walls of the big-food industry? Well, that's something local industry-insider-turned-author Bruce Bradley knows a little about. Bradley, who lives in Minneapolis, has spent over 15 years working as a marketing executive for some of the biggest food com ... More >>
Country club Sopranos get kid-glove treatment for high crimes
Tim Pawlenty is now a professional lobbyist for the one percent. It's a strange gig for guy who last year said he "went to Wall Street and told them to get their snout out of the trough because they are some of the worst offenders when it comes to bailouts and carve-outs and special deals."SEE ALSO: ... More >>
Education comes second to institutional income at a steep price
Wall Street and Washington conspire to destabilize the U.S. economy, one barrel of oil at a time
Bob Dylan make one of the earliest "music videos" ever with a clip from D.A. Pennebaker's 1967 documentary Don't Look Back. Accompanying the masterful "Subterranean Homesick Blues," Dylan daftly tosses cue cards that wittily accompany his lyrics with the occasional misspelling ("suckcess").This w ... More >>
Kanye West has never been one to let a big, zeitgeist-y moment pass without seizing and babbling narcisistically through it. So it comes as something of a shock that at the Occupy Wall Street protests the other day, he let hip-hop mogul Russell Simmons do all of his talking for him, which in rap ... More >>
He's telling the truth. Trust him.It's the "Truth" tour: Tim Pawlenty went to Iowa and told corn farmers they didn't deserve ethanol subsidies. He went to Florida and told the oldster-heavy state the Social Security and Medicare ride was over. And now he's telling Wall Street the bailout da ... More >>
Blame the speech writers!Michele Bachmann is a force of nature when it comes to raising campaign cash. She busted all kinds of fundraising records in her 2010 race for re-election to Congress. She hauled in $2.2 million in the first three months of this while teasing everyone with the idea sh ... More >>
Michele Bachmann attributes the Wall Street bailout to Obama, not Bush.Michele Bachmann has flunked American history again. "When he came in as the president of the United States," she said of Barack Obama yesterday in South Carolina, "he decided we had to have this $700 billion bailout of Wall ... More >>
Edina Cinema, starts Friday
No more more kissy-face for you, Mr. President.There was a time when Michele Bachmann couldn't keep her paws of President George W. Bush. Remember that whole embarrassing kissy-face episode after the State of the Union speech? Groping can only get you so far, though. The congresswoman is no ... More >>
Photo: cometstarmoonKeven LawWhat about racism at tea parties?The Republicans, led by Michele Bachmann, are trying to figure out how to co-opt tea partiers, and the Democrats said yesterday they're happy to let the Republicans do it. You want to stand with folks determined to end Medicare, pr ... More >>
MSNBC crowns the Tea Party Caucus chair the Queen of CrapMichele Bachmann decided last week that Congress needed a Tea Party Caucus, and promptly made herself its chairwoman. MSNBC's Dylan Ratigan has now derided her as "full of crap" for talking about fiscal responsibility while siding wit ... More >>
When will Wall Street decide to bail on the Strib?The Star Tribune is among the papers featured in an intriguing look at the potential for hedge funds to further disrupt the already fragile business model of local daily newspapers.The article spotlights Angelo, Gordon, & Co., a hedge fund tha ... More >>
Crazy Congresswoman Michele Bachmann claimed last night that Wall Street reform constituted something akin to fascism:"This has a lot in common with Italy in the 1930s and the way Italy dealt with economics," she said. "It still continues private ownership of business but government is in control."M ... More >>
Those poor AIG executives. So bailed out under Bush by taxpayers. So persecuted. Yet somehow, so much richer today.
A website is selling Palin-Bachmann bumper stickers, tongue clearly in cheek. Laugh it up while you still can.
Is bad economy leading to serious depression?
The Mall of America (all retailers in fact) got us to where we are. And the only way out? Reward retailers with more spending.
Fifteen Star Tribune reporters look to the future of the paper
Pruitt's Folly, big-daily blues, and the invasion of the stripper-flippers
Swelling monsterplexes. Bankrupt chains. Cutthroat competition. A glut of screens leaves the national and local movie-theater business reeling.
Vermont Rep. Bernie Sanders nailed it the other day when he said: "The major banks have made huge sums of money in Asia, and now their loans are turning sour. Well, that's what free enterprise is about--sometimes you win, and sometimes you lose."
On Pat Buchanan and the man in the wings