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Here’s the vanishing parent trick

Today I’m going to be discussing a very important parental topic: hiding from your young children. Hear me out. Living with young children is like living with a team of paparazzi that are also Chihuahuas. Once you come into view, they’re on you, often with cameras and an endless sea ...

Beans explode

The USDA updated its estimate of last year’s soybean crop on Thursday morning, revising the crop size downward by 1.1 percent to 4.307 billion bushels. This news was especially jarring to the market, which expected this estimate to show an even larger harvest. While the 2016 soybean crop ...

She’s back

The criminal investigation of Hillary Clinton is back front and center now that the FBI has released proof that her failure to safeguard state secrets caused the secrets to fall into the hands of foreign governments, some of which wish the United States ill. Even though the case against her ...

Is ‘stranger rape’ more troubling than ‘date rape’?

A New York City police captain said he regards “true stranger rapes” as “more troubling” than rapes in which the victims knew their attacker. Outrage ensued. He quickly apologized, writing on Twitter, “My comments were not meant to minimize the seriousness of sexual assault.” The ...

Where are we going?

Dear Heloise: On occasion, when I travel with my child, even if I know where I'm going, I'll ask her to GPS OUR DESTINATION on my cellphone. When the directions are ready, she will, with the help of the prompter, guide us to our destination. I'll say things like, "What'd she say?" She ...

Academia may now be beyond satire

WASHINGTON — The Chronicle of Higher Education, which is a window on the sometimes weird world of academia, recently revisited a hilarious intellectual hoax from 20 years ago. Reading the recollections of the perpetrator and of some who swallowed his gibberish is sobering. In 1996, Alan ...

Repeal-and-delay won’t work for GOP on Obamacare

WASHINGTON — In the congressional Republicans’ rush to put some meat on the bones of the president-elect’s pledge to bury Obamacare, they’ve already found themselves out of the starting gate without another horse to ride. After trying about 60 times to repeal the retiring ...

The 2017 legislative session begins

The 2017 legislative session is under way. Jan. 9, we began with the swearing-in ceremony. House Leadership remains unchanged from last session, Rep. Upmeyer continues as Speaker and Rep. Hagenow continues as House Majority Leader. Tuesday, in a joint session with the Senate we heard Gov. ...

Speaking kindness

As we were riding to school in the car, my 11-year-old son (without prompting) said, “Mom did you know Donald Trump said he was going to send a nuke and kill all of Isis? He said he was also going to make America great again. Do you think he will?” While my goal is not to take a political ...

Fawning farewells? Not for Republicans

For weeks, the liberal media have celebrated all that President Barack Obama means ... to them. CNN produced a two-hour documentary on the Obama legacy that never mentioned things like annual trillion-dollar deficits. Fareed Zakaria wrapped up the show saying, “He ran an administration that ...

Christian persecution in America

Actress Meryl Streep’s political diatribe at the Golden Globes awards isn’t the only surprise attention-getting provocation from the event. Nominee film “Hidden Figures,” a box-office hit about the true story of three black women mathematicians who played important roles in the early ...

Not so Golden Globes

Meryl Streep has played many roles in her long career and holds the record for the most Academy Award nominations of any actor. Among her portrayals was British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. At the Golden Globe Awards Sunday night, Streep behaved as if she actually had been elected to high ...

AEAs play daily ‘behind-the-scenes’ role in a child’s education

Those of us who have been employed by Iowa’s Area Education Agency (AEAs) system are used to the puzzled looks we get from neighbors and friends when we say that we work for the Area Education Agency — or “AEA” — system. Despite our best efforts over the last 40 or so years, too few ...

Government by faculty lounge subject to repeal

President Barack Obama went up to Capitol Hill on Wednesday to counsel congressional Democrats on how to save Obamacare. Or at least that’s how his visit was billed. But to judge from the responses of some of the Democrats, his advice was typical of the approach he’s taken to legislation as ...

We are not the enemy

On the last day of December, this was Donald Trump’s greeting for America — via Twitter, of course: “Happy New Year to all, including to my many enemies and those who have fought me and lost so badly they just don’t know what to do. Love!” Let’s address this unparalleled ...

What Jim has learned today

What Jim has learned today What Jim has learned today ... that when you are feeling down in the dumps, scratching a dog behind the ears is good medicine. I wondered about the mechanics of this. I wondered why is it we scratch dogs behind the ears or rub a dog’s belly but not each ...

Dear Michelle Obama

This is just a note to say that I think you’re gorgeous. I’ll thank you not to share that with your husband, given that I have no desire to open my door and find a predator drone waiting for me. Or, worse, an IRS auditor. And yes, as a 21st-century U.S. male, I am well aware of the ...

Barack Obama’s Legacy

As the nation prepares to formally enter the Age of Trump and leave the Age of Obama, it is worth noting that the left cannot honestly assess Barack Obama’s legacy. To honestly assess his legacy would be to conclude his eight years were a pyrrhic victory for progressivism. Barack Obama ...

Hacking accusations turn intelligence into propaganda

The outgoing Obama administration apparently isn’t quite finished politicizing intelligence for the purpose of propaganda. With his final term coming to an end, U.S. President Barack Obama has signed an executive order to address a “national emergency with respect to significant ...

Not needing credit cards

Dear Dave, I’ve followed your plan for three years. I’m living totally debt-free except for my home, and I pay for everything with cash. It’s so freeing! I’d like to convince my family to stop using credit cards and follow your advice too. How can I do this? — Allen Dear ...