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March 3, 2015 Republican Leaders in Washington, D.C. told the public they would stand up to Barack Obama’s executive amnesty plan. They said they would stop him. “Trust us,” they said. more »»

Serious about getting out of debt?

March 2, 2015 Dear Dave, Should you budget for mad money, or just carrying around cash, when you’re trying to get out of debt? — Aurora Dear Aurora, What really matters is the amount of mad money you allow... more »»

Correcting the record

March 2, 2015 An incorrect statement left uncorrected leads often to deception, disillusion and dishonesty. more »»

GOP platform: war without end

March 2, 2015 If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. more »»

Selling Marshalltown

March 1, 2015 How do we grow Marshalltown’s economic interests? How do we spur growth here when sometimes the focus seems to be only on Des Moines or its suburbs? In part that was some of the discussion during a... more »»

Pretty much anything that isn't real work

March 1, 2015 As I trudged out of my house to the windswept pile of snow that I believe contained my car I?had a thought that may well have occurred to you during this latest and most unwelcome bout of lingering... more »»

Reluctant owner of the anti-butler

March 1, 2015 Toddlers are essentially like butlers, only the exact opposite of that. Instead of helping, they actively look to destroy you, or at least anything you’re attempting to do. more »»

Tougher outlook for farmers

February 28, 2015 U.S. crop prices have been stagnating in recent months, signaling another tough year for American farmers. more »»

Giuliani versus Obama

February 28, 2015 The firestorm of denunciation of former New York mayor Rudolph Giuliani, for having said that he did not think Barack Obama loved America, is in one sense out of all proportion to that remark —... more »»

Politicians for local control, except when they’re not

February 28, 2015 The people of Denton, Texas, recently voted to ban fracking within the city limits. more »»

Can quilt be cleaned at home?

February 27, 2015 Dear Heloise: Can a FEATHER DOWN QUILT be cleaned at home safely? I live in a rural area with no dry cleaners. Any help is appreciated. -- E. Gall, Hot Springs, S.D. more »»

Reversing course in Illinois

February 27, 2015 CHICAGO — The most portentous election of 2014, which gave the worst-governed state its first Republican governor in 12 years, has initiated this century’s most intriguing political experiment. more »»

Giuliani sucker punches Obama on patriotism

February 27, 2015 WASHINGTON — In the dustup over Rudy Giuliani saying he doesn’t believe that the president loves America, it’s a tossup who deserves more to be sent to the woodshed, him or the fellow Republicans wh... more »»

Wife’s behavior forces man to rethink having kids

February 26, 2015 Q: Should we have kids if my wife is emotionally unstable and has been physically abusive with me? We’ve been married for 10 years and this has been going on the entire time. more »»

Obama criticism should be banned?

February 26, 2015 Some might insist Barack Obama is a lame duck, but our national media elite still think of him as a very graceful swan. more »»

Some good news from the Middle East

February 26, 2015 There’s not much good news coming out of the Middle East these days. But one reason to take heart is the progress of nuclear negotiations between Iran and the West. more »»

What is the Iowa Core?

February 25, 2015 The Iowa Core was signed into law in 2008 to make school curriculums more robust. more »»

The 2016 political environment has shifted

February 25, 2015 Like it or not, the 2016 presidential race is now well under way. more »»

Hit the road, Hillary

February 25, 2015 In my wildest dreams, I would never suggest campaign strategy to Hillary Clinton, but in my wakeful hours, my temples pulse with ideas. more »»

Photo anyone?

February 25, 2015 Week six was marked by another tradition in the legislature — the taking of the panoramic photo of the entire chamber. more »»



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