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Posted March 09, 2023in Morain


Americans, as is our wont, continually focus on “the questions of the day.” Some of those issues change over time, but sometimes it takes a long time. And sometimes it’s [...]

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Posted March 02, 2023in Morain

The coffeehouse phenomenon

Most every morning I meet with a group at a coffee shop in Jefferson. It’s informal – anyone who shows up becomes a member for that morning. We number anywhere [...]

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Posted February 23, 2023in Morain

Whatever it is, it’s not journalism

We’re about to find out if the name “Fox News” has any meaning. For two decades before January 2021, Fox News had the largest viewer audience in all of cable [...]

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Posted February 16, 2023in Morain


Public officials, both past and present, who refuse to testify or to answer a subpoena take a big risk. And they have no good choices. Governmental executives, like presidents and [...]

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Posted February 09, 2023in Morain


Diplomacy is not for amateurs. Members of our Congress can easily make it political. The ever-present complexity of foreign relations tempts some members of our government to take positions entirely [...]

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Posted February 02, 2023in Morain


Sometimes it’s easy to understand legislative proposals. Other times, not so much. House File 3, filed early in the 2023 session of the Iowa Legislature, falls in the second category. [...]

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Posted January 19, 2023in Morain

If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it

If Senate File 23 were to become law in Iowa, all city and school elections would be partisan, and only partisan. Candidates in those elections would have their names placed [...]

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Posted January 12, 2023in Morain


Political pundits are having a field day with the dramatic election of Republican Kevin McCarthy as Speaker of the U.S. House last week. McCarthy finally won by a one-vote margin [...]

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Posted December 27, 2022in Morain

Zelenskyy appreciates American history

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy on Dec. 21 delivered a dramatic, crisp and impactful address to the American Congress in Washington. Dramatic because it brought front and center the danger the [...]

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Posted December 22, 2022in Morain


Conditions at the U.S.-Mexico border these days are truly disastrous for everyone involved. Thousands upon thousands of migrants seeking entry to this country amass at the border at any one [...]

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