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Trump giving the people what they want

December 1, 2015 “You got to give the people what they want.” Even by his standards, it was an astounding performance. more »»

Narratives over facts

December 1, 2015 Much of the media and Democratic Party obsess about narratives. It is not enough for reporters to report facts, data, and events. more »»

Of pet accidents and malfunctioning Keurig machines

December 1, 2015 Dear Mary: I saw in your column a long while back an article about the carpet scrubber (was it Bissell?) and poo-pooed it at the tim. more »»

How do you have a wedding without debt?

November 30, 2015 Dear Dave, How do you have a wedding without debt? — Lynn Dear Lynn, Wow, where do I start on this one? I guess the best way is to tell the trut. more »»

Stumbling to war with Russia?

November 30, 2015 Turkey’s decision to shoot down a Russian warplane was a provocative and portentous act. That Sukhoi Su-24, which the Turks say intruded into their air space, crashed and burned — in Syria. more »»

‘Changing Places’: the 2016 election

November 30, 2015 Since 1952, there have been 10 national elections in which there was no incumbent Republican president seeking a second White House term. more »»

Let’s have ‘Coffee with a Cop’

November 29, 2015 Sometimes it only takes a good cup of coffee to make your day a little bit better; it’s also a chance to commune with friends, family and co-workers over ideas, the day ahead and in general, just an... more »»

Cars and Cigars: The case for Cuba Libre

November 29, 2015 Editor’s note: This column is from the Wes Burns collection, originally printed on Dec. 21, 2014. more »»

Giving thanks by stuffing your face

November 29, 2015 Every Thanksgiving has traditional food items that must be present…or else the universe will implode. more »»

Gold can’t find a footing

November 28, 2015 Gold prices dove to a new five-year low on Friday, nearing $1,050 per ounce for the first time since February 2010. more »»

Political translations

November 28, 2015 It is amazing how many different ways the same thing can be said, creating totally different impressions. more »»

Let pharmacies prescribe birth control

November 28, 2015 Back in 1933, Rep. Walter Pierce of Oregon introduced a bill in Congress to let doctors discuss birth control with their patients. The need for such a bill showed how controversial the subject was. more »»

Efficient entertaining

November 27, 2015 Dear Readers: HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Gobble, gobble, and let the football begin! You may be entertaining now, later on or for the new year. more »»

Standing athwart the administrative state

November 27, 2015 WASHINGTON — As the administrative state distorts America’s constitutional architecture, Clarence Thomas becomes America’s indispensable constitutionalist. more »»

Obama’s onetime hopes are dashed by the Islamic State

November 27, 2015 WASHINGTON—As critics of President Obama’s strategy to destroy the Islamic State make it a central issue in the presidential campaign, he is a captive of his personal goal of ending what he calls... more »»

The death of free speech

November 27, 2015 Four in 10 young Americans have no idea what America is. more »»

Harder to raise? Boys or girls?

November 26, 2015 I personally think there are a lot of pros and cons to raising both boys and girls. I had one of each and believe me, they were completely different. more »»

The New York Times Book Review cheaters

November 26, 2015 The Bible is the best-selling book of all time, but The New York Times would have to consign it to the ghetto for "Advice, How-To and Miscellaneous" books. more »»

What to be thankful for?

November 26, 2015 What if the government's goal is to perpetuate itself? What if the real levers of governmental power are pulled by agents and diplomats and bureaucrats behind the scenes? What if they stay in power... more »»

Keeping tabs on the weather during school year

November 25, 2015 As many of us keep an eye on the weather this time of the year, so are leaders in the Marshalltown Community School District. more »»


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