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Pelosi ambushes Republicans on impeachment vote

House Republicans, in their efforts to short-circuit the Democratic impeachment of President Trump, have for months railed against a closed “process” of hearing witnesses and demanding other evidence of his misbehavior. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has now called their bluff by agreeing to ...

Baby and toddler proofing 101

Bringing a newborn baby home can be exciting and scary all at the same time. As that sweet little bundle of joy continues to grow, learn and explore, it is important to make sure they are protected by ‘baby and toddler proofing’ your home. From the Baby Safety Zone, here are some ...

Trick or trick

In those monster movies so popular at Halloween, it usually takes a while for the killer to be revealed, but when he is, the terror he inspired among his targets often comes to a frightening conclusion for viewers. This analogy perfectly fits the impeachment scenario now playing out in ...

We don’t want Globalist government

And when I say “we,” I don’t just mean conservatives, or even Americans. I mean most people around the world. It’s arguable that much of the conflict we see across the planet is attributable to the efforts of a handful of people to foist their worldview on everyone else, and the ...

Halloween: A tutorial for adults

Once upon a time, during that period in our country when we no longer rode horses to the general store but apple was just a fruit, I was a 10-year-old girl who dreamed of being a witch for Halloween. I wanted to be Glinda the Good Witch, swathed in pink taffeta and glitter. My mother, of ...

The perils of downscale political parties

Political parties, and their travails, have been much on my mind recently as I’ve been speaking to radio and television interviewers about my new book, “How America’s Political Parties Change (And How They Don’t).” The book thesis is that our two parties, founded in 1832 and 1854, ...

Life in America’s child care deserts

My husband and I run an oil and vinegar shop in Minneapolis. We love helping customers brighten their meals, but another reason we started our business doesn’t fit neatly into marketing materials: We needed child care, and we couldn’t make it work any other way. Here in Minnesota, we have ...

Two extraordinary moments in Congress

This past week, the House of Representatives descended into parody, which is hard for it to do. Most members of Congress long ago decided to become parodies of politicians. Now the entire institution is a parody of itself. The first extraordinary moment was the least noticed. On Oct. 23, ...

Food shaming

Dear Readers: Have you ever endured the unpleasant experience of someone criticizing or ridiculing your food choices? One day at lunch, the dietitians were enjoying a party and dining on cheesy foods and rich desserts. A coworker passed by and commented, “Maybe you all should take your name ...

Why the Nationals in the World Series is good for America

For the first time in 86 years, a baseball team from Washington, D.C., is in the World Series. This is good news — obviously for the long-suffering Nationals fans in and around Washington, but also for every American who cares deeply about the survival of our republic. In spite of the ...

‘A Day Without Republicans’: a film for blue state taxpayers

Sen. Elizabeth Warren swooped into Chicago from that economic fantasy planet of the democratic socialists — the strange world where math is all about feelings — to tell the striking teachers union she stands with them. Because of the children. Economic conservatives, including ...

Too many of us have not courage, but cowardice

When, at Mamie Till’s insistence, the coffin was opened, she saw her son’s right eyeball sitting on his cheek, dangling by the optic nerve. Let that single grisly detail stand in for all the rest. Let it speak to the savagery two white men unleashed upon the body of a 14-year-old black ...

GOP pressure on Trump was long overdue

Upon hearing the news that President Trump bowed to pressure from congressional Republicans and reversed his decision to hold next year’s G-7 summit at the Trump National Doral Miami, my immediate response was, “Ah, what might have been.” No, I’m not wistful about the missed ...

Warren is not suited to push swing voters away from Trump

Along the East River, which is not really a river (it is a 16-mile-long tidal estuary), perhaps 20,000 people actually chose to spend a gorgeous autumn afternoon last Saturday listening to socialist Bernie Sanders, who is not really a socialist — he just wants to confiscate capitalism’s ...

The partisan nature of the Democrats’ impeachment inquiry will backfire

After dozens of House Republicans demanded access to a secure facility in the Capitol on Wednesday where House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff, D-Calif., was preparing to depose a Pentagon official, Democrats expressed outrage at the breach of protocol. “They’re doing this ...

The ‘lynching’ controversy and the death of common language

In the Bible, the people of Babel unite in fighting God; they decide to build a massive tower to challenge God’s supremacy. God, annoyed by their presumption, promptly causes them to speak a variety of tongues, dividing them and ending the foolhardy project. The story represents a simple ...

45 years after Watergate, another GOP vote of conscience looms

Congressional Republicans’ sudden pushback against a carload of political and foreign policy blunders by Donald Trump finally holds the prospect that they might yield to the Democratic bid to impeach the president. After a week of stunning self-inflicted wounds — first abandoning our ...

Inequality is literally killing Us?

What do the folks at the U.S. Census Bureau do between the census they run every 10 years? All sorts of annual surveys, on everything from housing costs to retail sales. The most depressing of these — at least this century — may be the sampling that looks at the incomes average Americans ...

No more billionaires?

He was the Bernie Sanders of his day. Charlie Chaplin, the iconic actor and at the time a well-known political leftist (some said communist), delivered a speech in San Francisco in 1941 prior to America’s entry into World War II. As recounted in the biography of her parents, actress Fay ...

Breaking down the numbers on our strength in diversity

The diversity of our student population is one of the many things that makes the Marshalltown Community School District (MCSD) so special. We believe diversity truly strengthens us, our school district, and our greater community at large. “Diversity” is often uniquely associated with the ...