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Opinion

America’s disturbing plunge into protectionism

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WASHINGTON — The descent of American capitalism into a racket is being greased by professed capitalists in government, in collaboration with professed capitalists in what is called, with decreasing accuracy, the private sector. This is occurring under the auspices of Republicans, and while ...

The politicians we deserve

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In the spring of 2011, then-Gov. Mitch Daniels of Indiana announced he would not seek the Republican presidential nomination, ending months of excitement among conservatives around his possible run. His family’s reservations under the spotlight far outweighed any political pressure he may ...

Voters want more choices on health care and less politics

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Polls consistently show that health care is one of the top issues on voters’ minds heading into the midterm elections. It’s a powerful issue because it impacts everyone so personally and can have enormous consequences. At first glance, the opportunity for political action seems clear. ...

Holy Mole-y

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An open letter to the mole(s) living in my yard. Dear fuzzy jerk(s), What. The. Heck. After having some piping replaced it has taken me nearly 16 months for my yard to look like it wasn’t just bombarded by German mortars. Now I wake up to discover a bunch of tunnels running all over the ...

The mump truck

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Brad Heald was still weed eating 45 minutes before his daughter’s wedding. He wanted everything to be perfect for his only daughter, Coral. To the wedding guests, everything was perfect. There was a beautiful display of golden mums, 105 of them to be exact, spilling out of the raised bed of a ...

Smart snacks in school

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The food and beverages sold in schools have significant impact on teenager’s diets and weight as nearly a quarter of their daily caloric intake comes from snacks. To ensure proper nutrition, the U.S. Department of Agriculture raised the bar for food and beverages sold to students at school ...

A string of hope

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Every morning in our home, one of the first things I see is a necklace I cherish but have never worn. It is too delicate for that, too meaningful — 264 reminders of what a woman can do when she dares to hope. Between 1942 and 1945, the United States government forced about 120,000 people ...

Leaving the left

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Watching this video upset me. Students and even faculty members won’t let Dave Rubin speak. They constantly interrupt, shouting “hate speech!” and “black lives matter!” Rubin was once a man of the left. He even was a co-host on The Young Turks network. But then he started a ...

A victory on trade

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In baseball, when a team trades a player to another team each side expects a benefit in return. Not so in recent years when it comes to trade agreements between the U.S. and other countries. President Trump has been right in his criticism of NAFTA and other trade deals that have left the ...

The Kavanaugh combat and campus cranks

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For Washington Post readers, we offer a quiz. Guess which one of these now-deleted tweets from Washington, D.C., Catholic college professors about the Brett Kavanaugh battle and Kavanaugh accuser Julie Swetnick is considered scandalous and newsworthy. 1. “Swetnick is 55 y/o. Kavanaugh is ...

ADHD in Preschoolers

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A little over 13 years ago we were blessed with a son who instantly warmed our hearts. He is always full of energy, giggles and smiles. However, in elementary school, we noticed he couldn’t sit still in class, talked excessively and would fidget with his fingers. After further evaluation he ...

Racial disparities in school discipline

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President Barack Obama’s first education secretary, Arne Duncan, gave a speech on the 45th anniversary of “Bloody Sunday” at the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, Alabama, where, in 1965, state troopers beat and tear-gassed hundreds of peaceful civil rights marchers who were demanding voting ...

A brave new world

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The Brett Kavanaugh confirmation fight has moved the United States into a brave new world of raw, primal politics. Many Americans who have resisted tribal callings will be forced to pick sides. For many in the center-right coalition who have resisted pressure to move toward President Donald ...

Judges toppling rigged campus sex trials

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Students wrongly accused of sexual misconduct by campus disciplinary systems stacked in favor of the accuser are winning vindication in court. Judges are tossing out the life-ruining punishments meted out by these “guilty until proven innocent” campus tribunals. This month, Judge Amul ...

The huge stakes of Thursday’s confrontations

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Thursday is shaping up to be the Trump presidency’s “Gunfight at O.K. Corral.” That day, the fates of Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh and Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, and much else, may be decided. The New York Times report that Rosenstein, sarcastically or seriously ...

How can Trump be political liability to GOP?

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The stock market has just hit a new historic high. Median household income in the U.S. is higher than ever. Fewer laid-off Americans are today forced to file for unemployment benefits than at anytime since 1968, when the U.S. civilian labor force of 81 million was one-half of today’s 162 ...

Are low prices always a good thing?

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If you like exploring the great outdoors, as I do, you probably enjoy shopping (or at least looking) in those high-end stores serving campers, hikers and the like. There, the wilderness fantasy rides high: Neat displays of specialized tents, headlamps and fleece jackets. Often a stone-and-wood ...

Newspapers still matter

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As a senior in high school I was asked what I was going to do after graduation so frequently I felt like a broken record — “I’m going to Iowa State to study journalism and marketing.” I don’t remember most times I was asked the age-old question, but I remember one exchange. After ...

Best Chili Chicken

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Recently I was invited to dinner and the hostess served the best chili chicken dish, so I am passing the recipe on. Also, there are a couple of other recipes worth making. Best Chili Chicken 4 cooked chicken breasts 12 med flour tortillas 1 can cream of chicken soup 1 can cream of ...

Thanks for support with Buddy Poppies

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On July 19, our community was forever changed by the devastating tornado that ripped through part of Marshalltown. During Sept. 13-15 The Veterans of Foreign Wars held its annual Buddy Poppies fundraising event. Thanks to the generosity of the community of Marshalltown, it was a success. As ...