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The Day the Iran Deal Died

Team Obama lives in a world of fiction. As President Trump announced to the world that he would finally put a stake through the heart of the Iran deal — the signal foreign policy “achievement” of the Obama administration — Obama’s former staffers lamented, rending their sackcloth ...

Learn how to live within your means

Q: My husband and I both work full-time. We’re having problems making ends meet, so we’re looking for better jobs. Meanwhile, we’re trying to make a little extra here and there, but it’s becoming exhausting. Do you have any suggestions? Jim: It’s a common statement: The money comes ...

The exhaustion factor

The “wall of protection” conservative media has erected around President Trump may be crumbling. Fox News Channel, whose opinion programs — especially Sean Hannity’s — have been staunch defenders (some critics say mouthpieces) for the president, and The Wall Street Journal, which ...

Early experiences build school readiness

With spring here and summer around the corner, now is a great time to provide outdoor educational experiences for young children. Walks to the park, climbing on equipment and hopping down the sidewalk help young children with balance and coordination. Toddlers and preschoolers are learning new ...

Well, Good for Michelle Wolf, Anyway

Things are happening at warp speed these days, and maybe you’ve already moved on from comedian Michelle Wolf’s performance at last weekend’s White House Correspondents’ Association dinner. Alas, I haven’t. Not just yet. The annual dinner is that one night of the year when ...

Democrats’ Dangerous Case of Trump Derangement Syndrome

Isaac Newton’s third law of motion states that for every action in nature, there is an equal and opposite reaction. It can operate in politics, too. For example, Harvard law professor Jack Goldsmith recently wrote, “It is part of Trump’s evil genius that he elevates himself by inducing ...

Dear Sen. Marco Rubio:

You didn’t answer the question. Questions, plural, actually. As a result, I find myself addressing you for the second column in a row via open letter — and feeling not unlike Glenn Close in “Fatal Attraction.” That is to say, “I’m not going to be ignored, Mario.” But first, ...

Upstream From Culture

In the book “After the Ball,” psychologist Marshall Kirk and ad man Hunter Madsen painted a picture of what the gay rights movement should do to normalize and advance their agenda in America. The book came out in 1990. Kirk and Madsen treated their book as a manifesto and we have witnessed ...

First, build a solid foundation

Dear Dave, When is it OK to have a little fun, and buy things you want, when you’re following the Baby Steps plan? — Kaitlin Dear Kaitlin, The time for a little fun is after you’ve completed the first three Baby Steps. Baby Step 1 is saving $1,000 for a beginner emergency fund. ...

Recognizing our correctional officers

As we roll into May, we again look to celebrate and honor our brothers and sisters who walk behind the walls protecting the public. In 1984, President Ronald Reagan signed Proclamation 5187 designating the week beginning May 6, as National Correctional Officers week. This year it is May 6-12. ...

Memo to Trump: Defy Mueller

If Donald Trump does not wish to collaborate in the destruction of his presidency, he will refuse to be questioned by the FBI, or by a grand jury, or by Special Counsel Robert Mueller and his malevolent minions. Should Mueller subpoena him, as he has threatened to do, Trump should ignore the ...

Cauliflower anyone?

Cauliflower is THE veggie to use — you can buy it by the head or chopped like rice. Today I have three cauliflower recipes worth trying. Cauliflower Salad 1 small head cauliflower, cut into flowerets 1 (16 oz.) bag frozen peas, thawed and drained 3 ribs celery, sliced thin 1/2 ...

Random Thoughts

I’ve heard it said That people come into our lives For a reason Bringing something we must learn And we are led To those who help us most to grow If we let them And we help them in return — Stephen Schwartz Come October, one of the good ones, will take his last professional ...

Jim Wares: Why I speak Iowan and not French

I learned the America we all know and love had its beginnings in World War 0.9 … sometimes called … well … until now … has always been called … The Seven Year's War. Even though there were at least nine nations at each other's throat during WW 0.9, because I have only a thousand words ...

Kelly Van De Walle: A turn for the worse

Professional or even amateur chefs grow accustomed to kitchen utensils that they like. Whether that’s a $400 knife or an old wooden spoon, favorites emerge and they become regular culinary companions. For me, that was a green plastic spatula I’d use whenever mixing batters, marinades or ...

Kansas wheat withers, prices explode

Kansas, the number one wheat growing state, is likely facing the smallest harvest in almost 30 years. According to the Wheat Quality Council’s annual crop tour, ongoing drought across the U.S. Southern Plains is likely to knock crop yields to 37 bushels per acre (bpa), sharply below last ...

On North Korea, Trump should refuse to take the bait

WASHINGTON — The prospect of winning the Nobel Peace Prize is understandably tantalizing for President Trump. After all the contempt he has faced from the political establishment, watching liberal heads explode at the suggestion by South Korean President Moon Jae-in that he deserves the award ...

News from Des Moines

Week 17 was marked by more debate on budget bills and the debate on a bill to ban abortions after a heartbeat is detected. We have settled into a routine where Appropriations committee meetings and other preparations happen during the day, and debate begins in the late afternoon or early ...

Don’t throw it away

Dear Readers: Today’s SOUND OFF is about the billions of dollars of food that is thrown out every year in America. — Heloise “Dear Heloise: Americans waste millions of tons of food each year. It gets dumped in a landfill, where it rots and produces methane gas, which is ...

Oh, Say Kanye Sees

It’s easy to dismiss Kanye West. It’s easy to dismiss him because he’s nutty. This is a fellow who tweets about antique fish tanks and fur pillows. This is the guy who calls himself Yeezus (after Jesus) and suggested that then-President George W. Bush didn’t care about black people in ...