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Donna Brazile’s crackpot scheme never came to pass

You may think politics in Washington is beyond the pale now. But imagine if Donna Brazile, the former interim chair of the Democratic National Committee, had followed through on her notion of removing Hillary Clinton as the party’s presidential nominee in 2016 and replacing her with then-Vice ...

Future Files

Saudi shakeup unnerves oil market Saudi Arabia was a hotbed of activity this week, which spooked the oil market to a two-year high near $58 per barrel. The Middle Eastern Kingdom is undergoing internal turmoil after the heir to the throne, Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, fired numerous ...

ASK AUGUSTINE

I don’t believe that Christians should celebrate Veterans Day since the Bible says, “thou shalt not kill” and Jesus taught us to love our neighbors? You are clearly misreading what the bible says because the Bible (in this case the ten commandments) does not say, “thou shalt not ...

Estranged Father Wants to Reach Out

Q: I’m estranged from my adult daughter. I definitely wasn’t the best father, although I’ve changed for the better in recent years. But I haven’t spoken to her since she was 17; she’s 35 now. I’d love for our relationship to be rekindled, but I don’t know if I should reach out or ...

Hillary and Bill Houdini

How do they do it? I am not the first to compare the Clintons to Harry Houdini, the great magician and escape artist, but Bill and Hillary make him look like a rank amateur. No law seems to touch them. No regulation seems to control them. No prosecutor wants to take the risk of holding either ...

A Life For Liberty and Decency

History has its macros and micros. There are the major events and players, and there are also the lesser-known particulars and players who were equally essential to the final outcome. So it is with the modern conservative movement. There are the giants recognized by the under-40 crowd, but ...

Why accreditation matters

Accreditation is important to educational institutions and to college students and their families. The purpose of accreditation is to ensure that an institution has met and is maintaining a high level of standards set by an accrediting agency. While accreditation may not be at the top of ...

Once Falsely Incarcerated, Now a Police Academy Graduate

In the fall of 2001, Michael Green walked out of prison after serving 13 years for a crime he did not commit. The story of his wrongful conviction is, in its particulars, an all-too-familiar one in America. He was accused by a white woman who had never seen a black man until she came to the ...

Keep Calm and Carry On

Keep calm and carry on. Those words, though not appearing as extensively on posters in wartime Britain as often supposed, are good advice for Americans now appalled by the presidency of Donald Trump. It is widely proclaimed that he is a president unlike any other, a threat to the institutions ...

Free the Tax Code From Special Interests

A big tax bill is all it takes to see how perverse and dysfunctional our government has become. Why are the halls of Congress now crawling with special interest lobbyists looking for opportunities to carve out some new benefit, or to protect existing special interests in the tax code? The ...

Will CNN’s new Facebook ad be effective?

You see an apple. But not just any apple. Perfect in color, perfect in shape and without blemish, this is the apple other apples dream of being. It is the acme of apples, the most apple-y apple you ever saw, and you’d never mistake it for something else. “This is an apple,” says a ...

When Disagreement is Evil

I am continually struck by a question a friend on Twitter asked on that website. I come back to it every once in a while as news and events go in certain directions. He asked a simple question. He just wanted to know how many political reporters know anyone who owns a pickup truck. It seems ...

Touching their hearts

Dear Dave, What are some ways to teach pre-teens the value of giving versus getting during the holiday season? — Phil Dear Phil, As a parent, one of the best things you can do is be a living, breathing example of the importance of giving and caring about others. There’s nothing wrong ...

Their America, and Ours.

“Meet you at Peace Cross.” In northwest D.C. in the 1950s, that was an often-heard comment among high schoolers headed for Ocean City. The Peace Cross, in Bladensburg, Maryland, was a 40-feet concrete memorial to the 49 sons of Prince George’s County lost in the Great War. Paid for ...

To Be a Great President, You First Have to Like Politics

On the consensus list of the most significant American presidents following George Washington, there is a common trait. Abraham Lincoln, Franklin D. Roosevelt, Teddy Roosevelt, Thomas Jefferson and Harry Truman — each of these great leaders was first a very good politician who actually ...

Random thoughts

Seven out of every 10 students in this year’s Marshalltown school district’s Kindergartner class “are classified and identified themselves as an ethnic minority.” That was just one revelation imparted last month during a panel discussion about the changing face of Iowa during an event ...

If I could turn back the hands of time

I learned that in 1784 France, an essay was published in the "Journal de Paris" entitled "An Economical Project". The writer, an old man, an American living and working in Paris, advocated for an idea he proposed would save Parisians a great deal of money. At that time the bourgeoisie of Paris ...

The leaves of wrath

Last weekend I had the unfortunate task of raking, an annoying activity the point of which I still don’t understand. It’s nature’s work, just let it be. We don’t prevent leaves from blooming in the spring by choking trees, so why collect and remove what is clearly nature’s plan? ...

Taste of Central Iowa

It’s not too early to start thinking about Thanksgiving dinner, so following are some stuffing recipes. Wild Rice Stuffing 1 (6 oz.) pkg. long grain and wild rice mix 1/4 c. butter 1 c. chopped onion 1 c. chopped celery 1 lb. sausage (mild or hot), cooked and crumbled 1 (6 oz.) ...

Donating the gift of life

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND ON is about organ donation. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: My 17-year-old son received a new kidney after the tragic death of a young woman in an auto accident, and he is now doing fine. He had kidney problems almost from birth, and the doctors said I’d lose ...