Opinion

Nancy Pelosi is lying about the State of the Union

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House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has written President Trump to suggest that he postpone his State of the Union address, citing her “security concerns” over the ability of the Secret Service and Department of Homeland Security to protect government officials during the shutdown. With all due ...

Trump is an almost inexpressibly sad specimen

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Half or a quarter of the way through this interesting experiment with an incessantly splenetic presidency, much of the nation has become accustomed to daily mortifications. Or has lost its capacity for embarrassment, which is even worse. If the country’s condition is calibrated simply by ...

7 things Americans see that the left still pretends we don’t

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It is astonishing that in this day and age — after nearly 70 years of cable TV, 30 years of conservative talk radio, almost 30 years of the internet, two full decades of broadcast dominance by Fox News, a decade-plus of social media and multiple elections (2010, 2014 and 2016) in which the ...

2019: The year of the Wokescolds

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2018 was a chaotic year. It was a chaotic year for the markets, for domestic and international politics, and for social mores. 2019 promises more of the same, if the end of the prior year was any indicator. And it promises something else: the continued rise of the Wokescolds. Wokescolds are ...

Question of Trump’s incompetence comes to the fore

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President Trump’s decision to hold firm on his government shutdown to get Congress to bankroll his southern border wall makes a mockery of his reputation as a great deal-maker. All he has achieved is confirmation of his incompetence in governance. His ineptness in coping with House Speaker ...

The conservative case for Ruth Bader Ginsburg

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The new Hollywood biopic “On the Basis of Sex,” starring Felicity Jones, depicts U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s journey from being one of just a handful of women at Harvard Law School to arguing the gender equality case that launched her career. Setting aside ...

Can the FBI investigate the president?

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Last weekend, The New York Times reported that senior FBI officials were so concerned about whatever President Donald Trump’s true motivation for firing FBI Director James Comey was that they immediately initiated a counterintelligence investigation of the president himself. The Times ...

The myth of the media as Trump’s ‘accomplice’

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The most absurd and improbable New York Times headline was published in the Sunday Review this week over a magnum opus by columnist Frank Bruni: “Will the Media Be Trump’s Accomplice Again in 2020?” You read that correctly. The real collusion in the 2016 election was between Donald ...

Now playing in Puerto Rico

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“He who excuses himself, accuses himself.” — Puerto Rican proverb More than 109 lobbyists and 39 Democrat Members of Congress attended a “winter retreat” last weekend in Puerto Rico, ostensibly to help raise funds for damage caused by hurricane Maria in 2017, reports Fox News. The ...

Marshalltown Extended Learning Program: On the right track

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Think about the Bobcat track team. There are sprinters, hurdlers, throwers and long distance runners. Would you expect that the track coach would provide the same workouts for a shot putter as a distance runner? Of course not! Each athlete is given the appropriate workout to maximize their ...

Nurturing womanly ambition

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A few days before my mother died, at age 62, she sat tethered to oxygen in her crowded hospital room and expressed two regrets about her life. “If I had it to do over, I’d dye my hair red,” she said, “and I would own cats.” Some of us laughed nervously. Her voice was ...

A stalemate as Trump goes factual, Democrats illogical

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The televised presidential address from the Oval Office, a staple of communication between the chief executive and the people in the second half of 20th century, has recently been in desuetude. Former President Barack Obama delivered only three such addresses in his eight years in office. ...

Are we truly one paycheck from disaster?

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The partial government shutdown has forced some federal workers to move money around to pay for food and rent. No surprise there. What’s shocking is the many who don’t have the money to move. They have no financial cushion to cover even one month’s worth of ordinary expenses. Don’t ...

Politics of immigration

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Here are a couple of easy immigration questions — answerable with a simple “yes” or “no” — we might ask any American of any political stripe: Does everyone in the world have a right to live in the U.S.? Do the American people have a right, through their elected representatives, to ...

A border wall for $55

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All this recent talk about walls got me thinking. History books and legends are full of examples of the need for and laborious building of walls around cities, countries and various structures. The Wall of Jericho was built thousands of years before Christ and kept the city population safe ...

Dear Dietitian

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Dear readers, Now that the holidays are over and it’s back to our normal routine, some of us may resolve to eat healthier in 2019. Many of us have overindulged in certain foods and have picked up a few pounds during the holiday season. For me, it was fudge and my great-grandmother’s ...

Brexit shows how direct democracy can be dangerous

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During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain’s, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, “These Americans represent the new Roman Empire and we Britons, like the Greeks of old, must teach them how to make it go.” Today, Britain’s Brexit agonies — ...

Memo to Trump: Declare an emergency

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In the long run, history will validate Donald Trump’s stand on a border wall to defend the sovereignty and security of the United States. Why? Because mass migration from the global South, not climate change, is the real existential crisis of the West. The American people know this, and ...

Life-long learning is important

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Part of the reason I’m drawn to journalism is because I get to learn new things all the time. I get to hear from people from all walks of life about what they’re passionate about. Learning is fun and it’s not just for students in school. In one of our stories this week, we told you ...

Crock pot recipes

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There’s nothing better than coming home to the smell of dinner cooking, so today I have some crock pot recipes that will do just that. Crock Pot Pineapple Pork Chops 4 pork chops 1 c. water 1 can sliced pineapple Salt and pepper to taste Spray crock pot with cooking spray. Put ...