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Obama’s uncertain trumpet in Middle East, Ukraine

February 13, 2015 WASHINGTON — President Obama’s outward calm in the face of the peril of Russian adventurism in Ukraine is in keeping not only with his personalit. more »»

Education funding critical to students’ success

February 13, 2015 It’s been a busy few weeks at the Capitol. First, a special thanks to all the high school students who came down to the Capitol on Tuesday to join in efforts to stop bullying. more »»

Husband learning that wife’s forgiveness will take time

February 12, 2015 Q: How can I get my wife to forgive me for the ways I've hurt her over the past couple of years? She's withdrawn from me emotionally, and I'm not sure how to convince her I've change. more »»

Brian Williams must step down

February 12, 2015 Brian Williams has ruled the roost at “NBC Nightly News” for more than 10 years. more »»

Green believers

February 12, 2015 By framing measles vaccinations as a matter of choice, Senator Rand Paul made himself — along with all politicians who value individual liberty more than the common good — look sill. more »»

And the work continues ...

February 12, 2015 On Thursday the legislature heard the Condition of the Guard speech delivered by Maj. Gen. Timothy Orr. Gen. Orr highlighted the Home Base Iowa initiative that was passed by the legislature last year. more »»

MCC celebrates retention rate

February 11, 2015 Four years ago Marshalltown Community College embarked on a journey of transformation. We have been intentionally moving our students’ experiences toward success through engagement. more »»

The Democratic majority that emerged -- and disappeared

February 11, 2015 John Judis, co-author of the book "The Emerging Democratic Majority," now says in an article in National Journal that that majority has disappeared. His title: "The Emerging Republican Advantage. more »»

Mommy truce

February 11, 2015 In the early '90s, I used to perm my hair into spring coils and wore padded shoulders that gave me the wingspan of a whooper swan, but I thought my biggest problem was my 5-year-old daughter's... more »»

The gift of a crisis

February 10, 2015 It was the worst day of my life. Not one of the worst days. Not a day where not one thing seems to go right. Worse than that. more »»

Year-round school has merit

February 8, 2015 Year-round school is needed and Marshalltown could be a statewide leader in how best to deliver quality education to our students. more »»

Wes Burns vs. A good night’s sleep

February 8, 2015 So, you might have noticed that we got a metric ton of snow dropped on us in the last couple days. more »»

When the inspector comes, things fall apart

February 8, 2015 Below is a letter I just found from my house. more »»

Is a crude bottom forming?

February 7, 2015 Despite countless stories of lower earnings, strikes, layoffs and bankruptcies throughout the oil industry, a growing group of adventuresome speculators have been quietly buying crude oil as it... more »»

Stormy weather and politics

February 7, 2015 It was refreshing to see meteorologists apologize for their dire — and wrong — predictions of an unprecedented snow storm that they had said would devastate the northeas. more »»

A fine romance: Online daters hire private eyes

February 7, 2015 She was a lawyer, noisy but nice. He was a Marine, quiet and even nicer. more »»

Iowa needs more skilled workers to expand middle class

February 7, 2015 Iowa has a shortage of skilled workers. Employers say it’s the No. 1 obstacle to growing our economy. more »»

Mail on Sunday?

February 6, 2015 Dear Heloise: I have seen POSTAL TRUCKS driving around on Sundays. I didn’t think mail was delivered on Sundays. more »»

Defining economic failure down

February 6, 2015 WASHINGTON — Two phrases that Daniel Patrick Moynihan put into America’s political lexicon two decades ago are increasingly pertinent. more »»

Jeb Bush tastes first success in 2016 nomination stakes

February 6, 2015 WASHINGTON — The early decision of Jeb Bush to jump-start a Republican race for the 2016 presidential nomination has already bagged its first victim in Mitt Romney. more »»



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