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Blaine paid a steep price

Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more disreputable ...

No room for honesty

Listen to various abortion activists and Hollywood-faded stars and you might be under the impression that Georgia, Alabama and other states have just passed laws that could give women the death penalty for having abortions. In fact, some news outlets have run stories that these states would ...

Dear Dietitian

Dear readers, When I told friends and family that I would be writing about the microbiome this week, there were some raised eyebrows. My friend Ken said, “Of course, the microbiome. What is that?” The microbiome, sometimes referred to as microbiota, is the collection of microorganisms ...

A story ‘too good to check’

Shortly after the cooling of the earth, when I was working for The Washington Post, I more than once heard a grizzled editor skeptically caution a younger reporter who was sure that he, alone, had gotten a stop-the-presses exclusive scoop that was going to lead the paper and, quite possibly, ...

Who wants this war with Iran?

Speaking on state TV of the prospect of a war in the Gulf, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei seemed to dismiss the idea. “There won’t be any war. ... We don’t seek a war, and (the Americans) don’t either. They know it’s not in their interests.” The ayatollah’s ...

Growing a strong, diverse workforce

Last month, UnityPoint was privileged to help host a community forum with representatives from non-profits, K-12 and higher education, small and medium business, city government, public safety and civil servants to discuss Marshalltown’s robust efforts in creating a community open to all ...

Stir Fry Ramen Dinner

Since the Banana Cream Pie requires a little more time to make, I included a really easy stir-fry recipe. Stir Fry Ramen Dinner 2 pkgs. Ramen noodles Leftover cooked meat or half chicken breast or equivalent beef or pork (raw) Vegetables from your refrigerator 2 packets seasoning ...

The adorable Doris Day

Growing up in the 1950s and ‘60s, there was no avoiding the adorable Doris Day. She was cute as a bug, wholesome, winsome and adored, at least in movies, by the swooning-est leading men in Hollywood — Rock Hudson, Cary Grant and Clark Gable, to name a few. As a young girl, I simply loved ...

Mike Pence was right, inadvertently

Mike Pence was right. At least, inadvertently, he was. In a commencement address Saturday at Liberty University, the Christian evangelical college in Virginia, the vice president warned graduates that they should expect to be “shunned or ridiculed for defending the teachings of the ...

Holding Barr in contempt is a case of dirty politics

Ever since Donald Trump came down that Trump Tower escalator to announce his candidacy for president, we’ve heard a great deal about the abuse of norms — constitutional norms, democratic norms, norms of decency, all kinds of norms. For Trump supporters, the president’s frequent violations ...

A smell a week in the making

“Dear Lord, did someone die in here?”We rolled down the windows. We blasted the air conditioning. I considered driving the car through the car wash with the sunroof open. We had just returned to our car after it sat in the sun for a week while we went on a cruise. In our absence, ...

I don’t like to brag, but I’m very busy

I am busy doing nothing, but it still counts. In fact, being busy doing nothing counts a lot more than being busy doing something. If you doubt me, ask Olga Mecking. Mecking is the author of “The Case for Doing Nothing,” a recent article published in The New York Times. The basic ...

Bye bye Blossom

I’ve caught more flak about butchering Blossom than any other column I’ve written. Good grief. She had so many people rooting for her that I feel like a crazed carnivore. I must point out, however, that the original intent of getting a calf was to raise it for beef. And this is National ...

Corn pops over soggy fields

Corn prices popped this week as markets grew increasingly concerned about severe planting delays across the Corn Belt. Nationwide, only 30 percent of the crop had been planted as of last week, compared to a recent average near 60 percent. Waterlogged fields are preventing farmers from being ...

Joe Biden’s heresy

The left is starting to take aim at Democratic front-runner Joe Biden. At a conference this week, liberal activists repeatedly booed when told that Biden wanted to find “middle ground” on climate policy. When an audience member shouted “No middle ground!” Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, ...

Blaine paid a steep price for his bigotry, but children shouldn’t have to

Republican James G. Blaine (1830-1893) was a House speaker, senator and two-time secretary of state, but he is remembered, if at all, for this doggerel: “Blaine, Blaine, James G. Blaine/ the continental liar from the state of Maine.” His lasting legacy, however, is even more disreputable ...

Eliminating abortion requires a language of love

In one of the most compelling scenes of the 2006 movie “Bella,” a handsome and charismatic soccer player named Jose is driving through a New York City neighborhood with his manager, Eduardo, on his way to sign a multimillion-dollar professional soccer contract. The camera suddenly cuts away ...

Once upon a time in America

There was a time in American history — nearly all of it up to the presidency of Woodrow Wilson — when the federal government followed basic constitutional norms. With some unique and discrete exceptions, like the Civil War, Congress wrote the laws, the president enforced them, whether he ...

The manufactured constitutional crisis

Over the past several weeks, Democrats have spent their time defending the absurd notion that America is in the midst of a constitutional crisis. What, pray tell, has initiated this crisis? The supposed unwillingness of Attorney General William Barr to turn over to Congress unredacted sections ...

The Washington Post wants Team Trump removed or jailed

The Washington Post is on a power trip again, high on the possibilities of ruining some more Republicans, like Woodward and Bernstein hoping to repeal the Nixon landslide over McGovern in those golden days of Watergate. They are goading the Democrats from the hard left for contempt citations, ...