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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 »»

What they don’t tell you about home equity loans

February 24, 2015 Thinking of dipping into your home’s equity? There are a few things you should know. There was a time, and not so long ago, that borrowing against a home’s equity was tough to do. more »»

A failure to confront evil

February 24, 2015 The Western World and its elite have repeatedly tried to placate evil and not make eye contact with it. Neville Chamberlain sought peace in our time. Jimmy Carter sought detente with the Soviet Union. more »»

‘Jon Stewart is why I’m not crazy’

February 24, 2015 I am not insane. For this, I have Jon Stewart to thank. Thirteen years ago, it felt like I was in a front row seat on the express train to Crazy Town. more »»

Will the GOP capitulate again?

February 23, 2015 “Free trade results in giving our money, our manufactures, and our markets to other nations,” warned the Republican Senator from Ohio and future President William McKinley in 1892. more »»

America truly needs the New Hampshire primary

February 23, 2015 The three most recently elected U.S. more »»

From Iowa to Havana

February 22, 2015 State Sen. Steve Sodders of State Center recently filed a resolution in the state legislature supporting an enhanced trade relationship between Cuba and Iow. more »»

Two versions of a BLT and blueberry pie!

February 22, 2015 My Grandma Kodet made the best everything, including blueberry pie. This is not her pie recipe because I don’t think she had recipes. I do know she cooked a lot with lard that she rendered herself. more »»

It shouldn’t take a year

February 22, 2015 Dear Dave, I’m 30 and debt-free. Do you think I should stop making contributions to my 401(k) account for a year in order to save up an emergency fund? — Beth Dear Beth, Yes, I do. more »»

Yelling at the TV, now with more purpose!

February 22, 2015 I’ve got a long history with the good people at Sony. It started early, during my salad days of youth. more »»

Coming together as a people around the sweet sizzle

February 22, 2015 The news is full of depressing things in the world, most notably people that don’t get along and as a result end up doing terrible things to each other. This is because common ground is hard to fin. more »»

Thermometers drop, heating fuels pop

February 21, 2015 The eastern half of the United States plunged into a deep freeze this week, forcing homeowners to crank up the hea. more »»

Who stole my trash can?

February 20, 2015 Dear Heloise: My city provides each house with a container for trash collection and one for recycling. Our trash can recently went MISSING. I looked around but can’t find it. more »»

War authorization’s difficult debate

February 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — Americans, a litigious people, believe that rules for coping with messy reality can be written in tidy legal language. more »»

It’s hard to remain a reporter sitting in the anchor’s chair

February 20, 2015 WASHINGTON — There no doubt has been some unsympathetic chuckling from purveyors of print journalism — the underpaid and unrecognized foot soldiers of the reporting trade — at the fall from grace of... more »»

Is Israel the problem, or are Jews the problem?

February 20, 2015 In the aftermath of the killing of a man at a Copenhagen synagogue by a member of the Religion of Peace, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said, “This wave of attacks is expected to continu. more »»

Baby’s turning Into a toddler

February 19, 2015 Where does the time go? It seems like only yesterday you brought home your little bundle of joy and now they are getting ready to walk and explore the world. more »»



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