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Pause investing for a luxury?

July 6, 2015 Dear Dave, Where should you save for large expenditures when you’re doing the Baby Steps? — Heath Dear Heath, Depending on what the expenditure is, I would suggest saving for these sorts of things... more »»

Europe’s real existential crisis

July 6, 2015 However the Greek crisis ends, whether with Athens leaving the eurozone, or submitting and accepting austerity at the dictates of its creditors, the European Union appears headed for an existential... more »»

Donald Trump: in the “American” tradition

July 6, 2015 Lately, blows have been dealt to the conventional wisdom surrounding billionaire and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. First, the smart money told us that M. more »»

It’s all Greek to me ... and them

July 5, 2015 If you asked a classroom of kids to draw a picture of Greece what do you think it would look like? About a third of the kids would hear the word “grease” and draw either a puddle of oily sludge that... more »»

Meet Kelly, your tour guide

July 5, 2015 When I was in Cub Scouts, I learned some pretty valuable lessons, the most important being if your mom is the troop leader she gives all the other scouts the good cookies. more »»

Fireworks in the grains

July 4, 2015 The grain markets had one of their most explosive weeks in over a year, despite a holiday-shortened trading week. more »»

Supreme Court disasters

July 4, 2015 Many people are looking at the recent Supreme Court decisions about ObamaCare and same-sex marriage in terms of whether they think these are good or bad policies. more »»

Too many people crowding the great sights

July 4, 2015 ROME, Italy -- On a recent June day, about 24,999 other tourists and I squeezed into the Vatican's Sistine Chapel. more »»

Must hummingbirds see red?

July 3, 2015 Dear Heloise: I know you have written about HUMMINGBIRDS, and I have a question: Is it necessary that the nectar be red? I have seen it sold both ways. -- Kayla, via email. more »»

Some GOP candidates becoming unhinged

July 3, 2015 WASHINGTON -- In 1824, in retirement 37 years after serving as the Constitutional Convention's prime mover, James Madison, 73, noted that the 1787 "language of our Constitution is already undergoing... more »»

The GOP's Supreme Court blues

July 3, 2015 WASHINGTON -- The sudden breakdown of the conservative majority bloc on the Supreme Court in its two critical rulings on Obamacare and same-sex marriage has thrown the large field of 2016 Republican... more »»

Be wary of loaning money to friends or family

July 2, 2015 Q: Do you think it's wise to have loans among family members -- for example, brother to brother, adult to child, parent to child, etc. more »»

The Media, the Court and the slippery sex slope

July 2, 2015 Back in 2003, the Associated Press gave serious aid and comfort to a vicious campaign against Sen. Rick Santorum over an interview he granted them dealing with the gay rights issue. more »»

Yemen Is starving, and we’re partly to blame

July 2, 2015 Twenty million people in Yemen, the poorest country in the Arab world, are at risk of dying from hunger or thirst. more »»

$248 a Minute

July 2, 2015 Florida’s Disney World bills itself “the happiest place on Earth.” But last year, some Disney World employees made so little they became homeless. Meanwhile, Disney paid CEO Robert Iger $46.5 million. more »»

Say goodbye to trans fat

July 1, 2015 Have you been wondering why the FDA just recently banned trans fat? Well, it definitely has been the topic of discussion in the media latel. more »»

Supreme Court lets administration say words don't mean what they say

July 1, 2015 For most people, words mean what they say. But not necessarily for a majority of Supreme Court justices in two important decisions handed down Thursday. In the most prominent, King v. more »»

What if he hadn't been holding that Confederate flag?

July 1, 2015 On the evening of June 17, nine black Americans were killed in their Charleston, South Carolina, church by a white supremacist -- but only after he'd spent an hour with them praying and studying the... more »»

Meals on Wheels of Marshalltown: A tribute to Fran and Glady

July 1, 2015 Meals on Wheels of Marshalltown (MOW) was started in 1967 by a small group of local people as a way to provide a needed service to the community. more »»

So you think you can’t save?

June 30, 2015 According to Moody Analytics, young Americans have stopped saving money. And by young, we are talking about adults under age 35 — the so-called millennial generation. more »»



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