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OPEC cuts, oil gushes higher

October 1, 2016 Oil prices jumped to a one-month high this week after the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) announced a plan to reduce oil output. more »»

The decline and likely fall of Donald Trump

October 1, 2016 A recent essay in The Wall Street Journal described Donald Trump thusly: "Rather like the crazy boy-emperors after the fall of the Roman Republic, he may have problems with impulse control -- and an... more »»

Lock in cellphone contact info

September 30, 2016 Dear Heloise: I recently read a hint about including a picture of a handwritten note in the “Picture File” of your cellphone so that an honest person can find that information and RETURN YOUR PHONE. more »»

Donald Trump’s rise reflects America’s decay

September 30, 2016 WASHINGTON — Looking on the bright side, perhaps this election can teach conservatives to look on the dark side. more »»

Debate round one goes to Clinton

September 30, 2016 WASHINGTON — Near the end of Monday night’s first presidential debate, Donald Trump, the self-proclaimed champion counter-puncher, led with his chin when asked by moderator Lester Holt of NBC News... more »»

Excuses for losing just don’t cut it

September 30, 2016 When Mitt Romney lost in 2012, there was very little discussion of blame. more »»

Lester Holt learns his Lauer lesson

September 29, 2016 Washington Post reporter Callum Borchers should win some kind of award for the worst pre-debate spin. more »»

What we learn from black history

September 29, 2016 As the doors swung open last week to the nation’s new Museum of African American History and Culture, my organization, CURE, was hosting another separate, but related event. more »»

Marketing quality, value and results

September 28, 2016 There are a lot of ways I could have spent the past 30 years of my working life, but fortunately for me I’ve been in the business of marketing community colleges … specifically Iowa Valley Community... more »»

Domestic migration (mostly) explains partisan changes

September 28, 2016 Let’s step back, as we approach the first presidential debate of the 2016 campaign, and look back to try to understand how voting patterns have changed over a generation, by comparing the 2012... more »»

If you can’t remember all your lies, you’re telling too many

September 28, 2016 Editor’s Note: Connie Schultz is off this week. The following column is by Roger Simon. Truth be told, it isn’t really about Hillary anymor. more »»

The Three Best Steam Irons

September 27, 2016 I just asked Siri,* “How do most people relax?” She rattled off a list of activities, including “nosh on chocolate,” “rub your feet over a golf ball,” “count backward,” “meditate,” and “drip cold... more »»

The Sane Alternative

September 27, 2016 He grew up in a lower middle-income household. His parents worked three jobs. In the winter they wore jackets inside because they could not afford to run the heat. more »»

How did Tulsa officer know Crutcher was a bad dude?

September 27, 2016 Dear Tulsa Police: I’m not here to debate the shooting of Terence Crutcher. His death a little over a week ago at the hands of one of your officers has, of course, created a firestorm. more »»

Sold Dave three timeshares?

September 26, 2016 Dear Dave, My wife and I recently sat through a timeshare pitch at my mom and dad’s community as a favor to them. more »»

How Trump Wins the Debate

September 26, 2016 On one of my first trips to New Hampshire in 1991, to challenge President George H. W. Bush, I ran into Sen. Eugene McCarthy. more »»

October in America

September 26, 2016 Ignore, if you can, the insult marathon that passes for a national election while we turn to America’s real October drama: the final chapters of our baseball season. more »»

Random thoughts

September 25, 2016 Last November, voters in Marshalltown approved a levy that will increase the Marshalltown Public Library’s outreach and program offerings, expand the availability of books and resource materials and... more »»

Pumpkin recipes galore

September 25, 2016 It’sofficially fall, so it’s time to cook with pumpkin. Diabetic Pumpkin Pie 1 (16 oz.) can solid packed pumpkin 1 (13 oz.) can evaporated skim milk 1 egg 2 egg whites 1/2 c. more »»

An open letter to NBC’s Lester Holt

September 25, 2016 Dear Lester Holt, First thing you’re going to want to do is take a couple aspirin about an hour before the debate starts; there is zero chance you walk out of that debate hall... more »»



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