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'Mad as hell' demogoguery won't win Trump GOP nomination

August 21, 2015 WASHINGTON -- Nearly 40 years ago, a fictional television anchor called Howard Beale captured a public mood of despair by telling his viewers to go to the nearest window, throw it open and shout:... more »»

A troubling trend in underage alcohol sales?

August 21, 2015 You may have seen two articles in the Times-Republican recently about two compliance checks on Marshalltown businesses and retailers resulting in seven businesses being cited for selling alcohol to ... more »»

How to get everyone out the door on time

August 20, 2015 Getting out the door on time can be a difficult task. Especially with kids going back to school after a summer of relaxed schedules. more »»

Censoring the real Planned Parenthood

August 20, 2015 After six devastating hidden-camera interviews, the best Planned Parenthood and its top-dollar crisis managers can muster in their defense is to protest that they were “heavily edited. more »»

Who’s the real troublemaker in the Middle East?

August 20, 2015 Except for maybe the Affordable Care Act, nothing gets Republican politicians fired up like Iran. more »»

Ethanol: A love story

August 20, 2015 It’s a timeless story of teenage romance: pledging love, abandoning reason, rebelling against authority. No, this isn’t the plot of a John Hughes movie. more »»

Does sleep impact food choices and health?

August 19, 2015 Very little doubt exists among health professionals about the importance of a good night’s rest and its relationship to maintaining your physical and mental health. more »»

The strange death of the center-left

August 19, 2015 In 1935 George Dangerfield published “The Strange Death of Liberal England, 1910-1914,” a vivid account of how Britain’s center-left Liberal Party, dominant for a century, collapsed amid conflicts i... more »»

No means no: Keep Gitmo jihadists out of U.S.A.

August 19, 2015 Get off that late-summer snooze button, America. The Obama administration is plotting to break a major promise made under oath -- and jeopardize our nation in the name of social justice. more »»

The State Fair and other stuff

August 19, 2015 Next year, when it is time for the Iowa State Fair, be sure to remind me that I don’t want to go. We went to the fair Monday and it was, uh, difficul. more »»

A wedge for nuclear disarmament

August 18, 2015 NOTICE: Leonard Pitts is on vacation. We are substituting Robert Koehler. “Each of the Parties to the Treaty undertakes to pursue negotiations in good faith . . . more »»

The courtesy of legitimacy

August 18, 2015 This past weekend at my annual RedState Gathering, I rescinded an invitation to Donald Trump to speak after getting the runaround from his campaign on what he really meant when he said Fox News’... more »»

Keep your cool in the heat of summer

August 18, 2015 Now that the summer heat is bearing down across the U.S., millions of window-mounted air conditioners are getting a real workout. more »»

The best of the three

August 17, 2015 Dear Dave, I’m 61 and on disability, but I’m completely debt-free and I have more than $1 million in asset. more »»

Why Bernie Sanders’ big crowds count

August 17, 2015 When Democratic presidential candidates have campaigned in Los Angeles, it has usually been around a private fundraising event featuring Barbra Streisand or Steven Spielberg or George Clooney — or... more »»

GOP elites call for purge of Trump

August 17, 2015 In the Cleveland debate, Donald Trump refused to commit to support whomever the Republican Party nominates in 2016. Trump would be wise to maintain his freedom of action. more »»

The weird and wonderful world of IMDB

August 16, 2015 Editor’s note:?This column is from the Wes Burns collection, originally printed on Jan. 20, 2013 Along time ago my family came up with an idea for a business. more »»

Mysterious wounds baffle family

August 16, 2015 VAN DE WALLE HOUSEHOLD, Iowa — Well, it’s happened again. more »»

Voter suppression hides in the gray areas

August 15, 2015 The students at Miami Central Senior High frustrated me, and I frustrated them. more »»

A debatable ‘debate’

August 15, 2015 The so-called “debates,” among too many Republicans to have a debate, are yet another painful sign of how much words and ideas have degenerated in our times. more »»



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