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Stopping the IRS

March 6, 2015 WASHINGTON — Rep. Peter Roskam is now chairman of the Ways and Means subcommittee whose jurisdiction includes oversight of the Internal Revenue Service, and hence of Lois Lerner’s legacy. more »»

Jeb Bush yet to pass the tea party litmus test

March 6, 2015 WASHINGTON — The significance of the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) recently held in a Washington suburb was what it revealed about how far the speakers were willing to go to... more »»

The Hillary cover-up and the end of Democracy

March 6, 2015 On Monday, The New York Times reported that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton never — not once — used her official State Department email address for her official communication. more »»

New Mommy must-dos and must-haves

March 5, 2015 So you have waited for nine months for your little miracle to arrive and now he/she is finally here. more »»

Obama's War on Transparency

March 5, 2015 On Inauguration Day 2009, the White House website declared President Obama's administration would become "the most open and transparent in history. more »»

This trade deal will make you sick

March 5, 2015 Food is more than just what we eat. It connects us to each other and our environment. And how we treat it is of tremendous importance to our democracy. more »»

It’s ‘funnel’ time

March 5, 2015 This week is marked by a sense of urgency in almost every activity. Friday is the “funnel” date when all individually filed bills must be passed through committee. more »»

Will Obama’s ‘America’s College Promise’ proposal survive?

March 4, 2015 In January, President Obama delivered a bold proposal entitled “America’s College Promise: Tuition-Free Community College for Responsible Students. more »»

Watch out for China winning its 100-year marathon

March 4, 2015 In reflecting on relations between the United States and China, Henry Kissinger in his 2011 book, “On China,” notes that since he and Richard Nixon ventured to Beijing more than 40 years ago, “Eight... more »»

A racial slur and second chances

March 4, 2015 Last Sunday, Lady Gaga brought the Oscar crowd to its feet and ignited social media after belting out a medley of songs from “The Sound of Music” — and without a hint of iron. more »»

The hot new trend

March 3, 2015 I wouldn’t call it a radical new idea, although a recent issue of a popular women’s magazine did say that living below your means is the hot new trend. more »»

‘My Girl’ 50 years and counting

March 3, 2015 There are sounds it feels like you’ve known forever, sounds that have been in your ear so long, it’s hard to believe they were ever ne. more »»

With friends like these

March 3, 2015 Republican Leaders in Washington, D.C. told the public they would stand up to Barack Obama’s executive amnesty plan. They said they would stop him. “Trust us,” they said. more »»

Serious about getting out of debt?

March 2, 2015 Dear Dave, Should you budget for mad money, or just carrying around cash, when you’re trying to get out of debt? — Aurora Dear Aurora, What really matters is the amount of mad money you allow... more »»

Correcting the record

March 2, 2015 An incorrect statement left uncorrected leads often to deception, disillusion and dishonesty. more »»

GOP platform: war without end

March 2, 2015 If the sadists of ISIS are seeking — with their mass executions, child rapes, immolations, and beheadings of Christians — to stampede us into a new war in the Middle East, they are succeeding. more »»

Selling Marshalltown

March 1, 2015 How do we grow Marshalltown’s economic interests? How do we spur growth here when sometimes the focus seems to be only on Des Moines or its suburbs? In part that was some of the discussion during a... more »»

Pretty much anything that isn't real work

March 1, 2015 As I trudged out of my house to the windswept pile of snow that I believe contained my car I?had a thought that may well have occurred to you during this latest and most unwelcome bout of lingering... more »»

Reluctant owner of the anti-butler

March 1, 2015 Toddlers are essentially like butlers, only the exact opposite of that. Instead of helping, they actively look to destroy you, or at least anything you’re attempting to do. more »»

Tougher outlook for farmers

February 28, 2015 U.S. crop prices have been stagnating in recent months, signaling another tough year for American farmers. more »»

 
 
 

 

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