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Spreading the ugly truth

October 5, 2015 Political Washington just got a welcome dose of refreshing candor. more »»

Does the right to collect still exist?

October 5, 2015 Dear Dave, If a credit card company has charged off a debt, can they still sell that debt to someone else who can come after it? I’m currently receiving calls about a debt that’s more than 20 years... more »»

Who is the real King of Merchandise?

October 4, 2015 There is one unquestioned master of all merchandising the world over, and that master is Star Wars. more »»

Heaven does exist – it’s called a Brazilian steakhouse

October 4, 2015 When faced with dining options, I generally stick to things I can pronounce, from animals I’ve seen in real life. Though, if push came to shove, I’d totally devour a unicorn. more »»

OJ squeezed lower

October 3, 2015 Frozen orange juice futures fell to a three-year low this week under $1.05 per pound. Prices are dropping as the peak of hurricane season has passed, leaving Florida unscathed. more »»

Good riddance!

October 3, 2015 The impending departure of Speaker of the House John Boehner gives the House Republicans a real opportunity to accomplish something. But an opportunity is not a guarantee. more »»

Drug price gouging a product of our political system

October 3, 2015 If Hollywood had created Martin Shkreli as the monster from Wall Street, we would have accused it of unfair characterization. more »»

Health care changes could harm vulnerable Iowans

October 3, 2015 Many Iowans are expressing concern about Governor Branstad’s unilateral decision to privatize Iowa’s Medicaid program. more »»

Don't box yourself in!

October 2, 2015 Dear Heloise: Recently, I RENTED A CAR. It wasn't until I received my final contract through email that I discovered I had been charged for the roadside service pla. more »»

Our Navy, our character

October 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — The Navy’s operations, on which the sun never sets, are the nation’s nerve endings, connecting it with the turbulent world. more »»

After John Boehner, whither the GOP?

October 2, 2015 WASHINGTON — It’s said that faith can move mountains. Perhaps Pope Francis moved House Speaker John Boehner to step down by urging Congress to break out of its partisan paralysi. more »»

Cleaning out the closet

October 2, 2015 It was announced this week that Tom Cruise will play the role of Jack Reacher in another film built around the Lee Child series of thrillers. more »»

Sometimes being a Mom is just:

October 1, 2015 Being a mom has been one of the most rewarding “jobs” I have ever had! I was a very young mom; I came home with this little bundle and instantly knew that this would be the most incredible job I... more »»

Media trust hits all-time low

October 1, 2015 Washington Post political reporter Chris Cillizza is one of those self-impressed Watergate babies who thinks everything the media report brings great value to society. more »»

Jeb Bush blows it on race

October 1, 2015 The Republican Party has struggled for years to attract more voters of color. In a recent campaign appearance, candidate Jeb Bush offered yet another useful case study of how not to do it. more »»

Are we on the verge of a mental crisis among youth?

September 30, 2015 An estimated 20 percent of all children and youth now suffer from “significant” mental health conditions. more »»

Is there any precedent in history for Donald Trump?

September 30, 2015 In November 1964 a crowd of 5,000 attended the opening of the Verrazano Narrows Bridge, then the longest suspension bridge in the world. Presiding were New York Mayor Robert Wagner, Gov. more »»

Double suicide: The presidential campaign of 2015

September 30, 2015 WASHINGTON -- Meanwhile, on the Democrats' side: – Their leading presidential candidate is 27 points underwater on the question of honesty and is under FBI investigation for possible mishandling of... more »»

It doesn’t erase your credit history

September 28, 2015 Dear Dave, I recently tried to cancel a credit card, and the customer service representative told me that doing this would cancel out my entire 14-year credit history. more »»

US and Catholicism in crisis

September 28, 2015 During the 1950s, the twin pillars of worldwide anti-communism were Dwight Eisenhower’s America and the Roman Catholic Church of Pope Pius XII. more »»



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