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Putin’s post-factual politics

September 16, 2016 “In the walls of the cubicle there were three orifices. ... Similar slits existed in thousands or tens of thousands throughout the building. ... For some reason they were nicknamed memory holes. more »»

Voters have a right to know about nominees’ health

September 16, 2016 WASHINGTON—The 2016 political campaign, heretofore marked by concerns over Republican Donald Trump’s temperament and knowledge to be president, has suddenly pivoted to whether Hillary Clinton’s... more »»

Father knows best

September 15, 2016 OK … this one’s for all the Dads out there! You play a vital role in your child’s development, health and well-being. But I am guessing you didn’t know how. more »»

HBO prepares another corrupt-Pope series

September 15, 2016 Imagine a miniseries that has at its center a cynical, corrupt President Obama who arrogantly tells a minister, “I don’t have any sins to confess. more »»

The ‘Deplorables’

September 15, 2016 Every now and again secular progressives rip off their mask and tell conservatives what they really think of them. more »»

BDS: Anti-Israel and anti-American

September 15, 2016 A recent event I attended on Capitol Hill opened my eyes. It was hosted by the Endowment for Middle East Truth and the subject was “Exposing BDS: The Movement That Seeks to Destroy Israel. more »»

A culture of excellence; hidden but not lost

September 14, 2016 As a school-aged child growing up in Marshalltown in the late 1960s through the early 1980s, there was no question that the name Marshalltown, whether in reference to the city or the school district... more »»

How’s that fundamental transformation going?

September 14, 2016 When Air Force One landed in China last week for the G-20 Summit, Chinese authorities didn’t wheel out the usual staircase for the president to disembar. more »»

In tribute to Phyllis Schlafly’s unintended inspiration

September 14, 2016 Phyllis Schlafly founded her conservative Eagle Forum the year I graduated from high school, in 1975. So I can’t summon a renewed sense of outrage after her death this week, at age 92. more »»

How to Childproof a Forbidden Door, Plus More Great Reader Tips

September 13, 2016 If you’ve ever needed to prevent children from closing a door and unwittingly locking themselves in the bathroom, you may know the old hand-towel trick: Throw the towel over the top of the door. more »»

A postcard from post-factual America

September 13, 2016 “Why haven’t you reported that Colin Kaepernick’s actions are due to his radical Muslim beliefs? Why are you covering this up?” So reads an email sitting in my inbox. more »»

Kids or Mosquitoes

September 13, 2016 Aedes aegypti may be the most deadly animal on the planet. It is better known as one of several species of mosquitoes. more »»

Don’t touch the 401(k)

September 12, 2016 Dear Dave, My wife and I make $100,000 a year combined, and we have about $12,000 in credit card debt. more »»

Is Tide Going Out on Hillary?

September 12, 2016 Were the election held today, Hillary Clinton would probably win a clear majority of the Electoral College. Her problem: The election is two months off. more »»

The Sound of History

September 12, 2016 What comes to mind when you listen to the two last names of a presidential ticket spoken as one word? For example, I always thought the winning 1980/’84 combination of Republicans Ronald Reagan and... more »»

Burkini ban a symptom of deep discontent

September 12, 2016 The rest of the world should be paying close attention to France’s burkini controversy, because this is the kind of fiasco that ensues when you blast past every exit ramp en route to total social... more »»

Football fan favorites

September 11, 2016 It’s football season, so today I have some dip recipes for fans sitting in front of their televisions. Reuben Dip 1 butter Tbls. 2 green onions, chopped 1-1/2 c. (6 oz. more »»

VHS and YouTube present: A better world

September 11, 2016 This column, from the “Best of Burns” files, originally ran on October 18, 2015 ... but it’s still relevant. more »»

The Walking Zombies

September 11, 2016 At first I thought AMC’s acclaimed The Walking Dead was a fictional horror/science fiction show about a zombie apocalyps. more »»

Oil swings on supply shocks

September 10, 2016 Crude oil staged a huge rally throughout the week as OPEC members talked again about cutting production to prop prices upward toward $60 per barre. more »»



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