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Oil dumps on supply jump

A surprise rise in U.S. oil inventories sent the market tanking when the Department of Energy released its weekly update on Wednesday. Oil had its biggest one-day loss since March, falling to a one-month low near $45 per barrel. U.S. stockpiles of crude oil, gasoline, and diesel fuel are at ...

If it walks like a terrorist

In television it’s called a “loop,” the replaying of the same scene over and over and over again. The latest and most assuredly not the final terrorist attack in London last weekend was a “loop” that has become all-too familiar. The jihadists who claimed to be acting on orders from ...

The Donald Trump Apology Tour

Barack Obama much annoyed many of his critics when he noted less-than-stellar moments in American history during his trips abroad. They called it Obama’s apology tour. While greatly admiring Obama’s polish on the world stage, I did find these we’re-not-perfect flourishes to be mildly ...

You can’t govern by id

WASHINGTON — Having coined Bush Derangement Syndrome more than a decade ago, I feel authorized to weigh in on its most recent offshoot. What distinguishes Trump Derangement Syndrome is not just general hysteria about the subject, but additionally the inability to distinguish between ...

Kindergarten primer

Dear Heloise: My twin grandchildren will be starting KINDERGARTEN in August. The school gave me some tasks to practice with the twins so they will be ready: * We practice writing letters and words outside using sidewalk chalk. * I make sure the kids can follow step-by-step directions. * ...

Engineering without a license

WASHINGTON — Beginning this week, Washington hopes that infrastructure, which is a product of civil engineering, will be much discussed. But if you find yourself in Oregon, keep your opinions to yourself, lest you get fined $500 for practicing engineering without a license. This happened to ...

Trump tramples postwar consensus on collective security

WASHINGTON — President Trump’s double-whammy assaults on NATO and the Paris accord on climate change have confirmed his break from America’s commitment to collective action against threats to democratic government, which has endured since the end of World War II and the Cold War that ...

The gap between Left and Right over human evil

There are certain clarifying moments in political discourse; moments that demonstrate just where the various parties stand. Never has the gap been so obvious as this last week. On Friday, the left declared the world in imminent peril. The problem? President Trump pulled out of the altogether ...

UnityPoint Health: Transforming health care in Marshalltown

We are thrilled to welcome Marshalltown into the UnityPoint Health family. And as a new family member you may want to know a few things about us now that we are “related.” The word, “Unity” in our name — represents our system-wide focus, which is to surround the patient with care ...

The CNN ‘scholar’ throwing excrement

In reaction to the May ratings report showing MSNBC as number one in weeknight prime-time viewership in the prized 25-to-54 age demographic, CNN sent out a spokeswoman to separate itself from the competition. CNN should be viewed as “the one nonpartisan cable news network,” presumably ...

Bill Maher and perpetual adolescence

Nebraska Senator Ben Sasse appeared on HBO’s “Real Time with Bill Maher” show to promote his new book, “The Vanishing American Adult: Our Coming of Age Crisis — And How To Build a Culture of Self Reliance.” Surely Sasse didn’t expect this routine publicity spot for his book to ...

Ex-spouse questions whether divorce did more harm than good

Q: Should I consider remarrying my ex-spouse for the sake of our child? We recently got divorced, but over the past few weeks I’ve become increasingly concerned about the impact of this family breakup upon our preschooler. As the dust settles, I wonder if maybe we could have made a better go ...

Better together

Even for a community that does collaboration better than any community that I have ever lived in, the “culture of collaboration” is something that we cannot take for granted and something that we always have to be willing to work on. Similar to any strong relationship, the “culture of ...

Perhaps you remember Tamir Rice

Well, that’s it then. That’s it for Tamir Rice. Finally — 2 1/2 years after the 12-year-old black boy was shot dead in a city park in Cleveland — we know the fate of the two white police officers involved in his death. On Tuesday, Cleveland police announced that Timothy Loehmann, the ...

Let’s stop acting as if the 2016 campaign were still on

If you keep up with the news, you might think that the unpleasant and unedifying 2016 presidential campaign is still going on. President Donald Trump, up early, is sending out tweets coarsely attacking foreign leaders and American politicians — complete with misspelled words, in at least ...

What Jim has learned today

I learned one may ask Uncle Google anything and expect some sort of an answer. Today I asked, “Why toes?” It was my wife who inspired this question. She did so in two ways. Firstly, because she has the most adorable toes I have ever seen. Secondly, because she incessantly reminds me I have ...

What it means when a generation dies

There were 13 of them in all, born over a period of 27 years. Lillian, who grew up to run a numbers racket, was the first, born in 1906. She was followed by Sadie, Vivian and Virgie. Richard, a college professor and poet came next, followed by Paul, Vina, Annie, Edna and Leonard, my dad. Then ...

Au Revoir, Paris

President Trump has decided to remove the United States from the Paris Climate Accord. Given the hysteria over his decision, you would think he just launched a nuclear war. Instead, he exposed how so much of the left’s agenda is meaningless virtue signaling. The Paris Accord is a voluntary ...

Buy leased building?

Dear Dave, I’ve operated my own small business for a couple of years. In that time, I’ve been leasing the building that houses my company. How do you know when the time is right to buy a place and stop leasing? — James Dear James, I’m a big fan of leasing the first few years ...

Is Afghanistan a Lost Cause?

“We are there and we are committed” was the regular retort of Secretary of State Dean Rusk during the war in Vietnam. Whatever you may think of our decision to go in, Rusk was saying, if we walk away, the United States loses the first war in its history, with all that means for Southeast ...