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The President, the Court and immigration

April 21, 2016 In 2014, President Barack Obama signed 12 executive orders directing various agencies in the departments of State, Justice and Homeland Security to refrain from deporting some 4 million adult... more »»

Ideas for developing early learners

April 20, 2016 Four-year-old children have a natural sense of curiosity. They are absorbing everything in the world around them. The year before kindergarten can be spent learning so many new things. more »»

New York exceptionalism and Donald Trump

April 20, 2016 Noo Yawk. That’s the state with this week’s presidential primary, in which candidates who have spent time in New York recently are currently running ahead, according to polls. more »»

'I'm a Girl'

April 20, 2016 When Gabriel was nearly 3 years old, he told his mother, “I’m sad.” “Why?” she asked. “I want to wear beautiful clothes. I want to grow a baby in my body. more »»

The Marshalltown connection

April 20, 2016 Terry Stotts, the head coach of the Portland Trailblazers, has his team in the National Basketball Association playoffs and is in the conversation for Coach of the Year in the NBA. more »»

Conservatives lie about history to exonerate conscience

April 19, 2016 This one’s for John. He’s a reader who took issue with my recent column arguing that conservatism has become an angry and incoherent mess. more »»

Liberal totalitarianism

April 19, 2016 Moral/cultural engineering, to the liberal mind, is a piece of cake. more »»

In depressing campaign season, millennials offer hope

April 19, 2016 As I’ve watched the 2016 campaign unfold, I’ve come to realize that the millennial generation has a better grasp on reality than the nation’s top political journalists. more »»

America’s imperial overstretch

April 18, 2016 This week, SU-24 fighter-bombers buzzed a U.S. destroyer in the Baltic Sea. The Russian planes carried no missiles or bombs. Message: What are you Americans doing here? In the South China Sea, U.S. more »»

The ‘no-nonsense’ negotiator

April 18, 2016 In addition to winning more primaries, more convention delegates and 2 million more votes than any other Republican presidential candidate running this year, billionaire developer Donald Trump has... more »»

Talk about boundaries

April 18, 2016 Dear Dave, My husband and I are just starting to get control of our finances, but we have a problem. My dad has a habit of expecting us to buy things for him. more »»

Cake, oh cake

April 17, 2016 Recently I got some cake mixes on sale and so I started looking for recipes to use them that were not cake. Following are three recipes that I plan on trying. more »»

Part of this balanced breakfast, now and forever

April 17, 2016 I love cereal and I hate watching it become relegated to the back of the breakfast menu behind greek yogurt and breakfast bars. more »»

Just a little taste ...

April 17, 2016 One staple of my childhood in addition to grass stains and poor haircuts was grocery shopping. It always felt like an event. One of the primary attractions was the magical Sample Ladies. more »»

Soybeans sprout higher

April 16, 2016 Soybeans soared to an eight-month high, driven by hopes for better U.S. soybean exports in the coming months and concerns about South American weather and political turmoil. more »»

Pets need sunscreen, too!

April 15, 2016 Dear Readers: Summer weather’s already here in many parts of the country, and that means outdoor fun and play in the sun. SUNSCREEN is vital for humans, and also a must for our four-pawed friends. more »»

The destructive threat of cyberwarfare

April 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — There is a consensus that aggression by one nation against another is a serious matter, but there is no comparable consensus about what constitutes aggression. more »»

Republican leadership void foretells chaos ahead

April 15, 2016 WASHINGTON — As speculation mounts on the prospect of an open, contested Republican National Convention in Cleveland in July, the absence of old-time party leadership is painfully evident. more »»

The suicidal left throws Bill Clinton over

April 15, 2016 This week, the Bernie Sanders revolution finally ate its own. more »»

Backyard camping: A cheap way to have fun!

April 14, 2016 Well, let’s admit it, it seems like it is never going to warm up. But those of us who choose to live in Iowa know it will, sooner or later. more »»



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