Politics

Inept leader in a gathering storm

After six years in the White House, it is not unfair to say that President Obama is politically inept in his relationship with Congress. If he thinks he has been having trouble dealing with recalcitrant Republicans on the Hill, what will he do in...

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New year, same old party

The autopsy depicted a Republican Party whose policies and rhetoric were anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, and anti-middle class. One year later, the Republican Party is still anti-gay, anti-woman, anti-immigrant, and anti-middle class.

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High-risk gamble of tax reform

Whatever you think of the Camp tax reform plan he is the Washington rarity of a politician who says what he means, and means what he says

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Iowa's outsized influence

The ethanol mandate may be good politics, but it's a putrid policy that pollutes the environment, propels global warming instead of slowing it, inflates food costs and imperils food supplies.

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Tippacanoe and transparency, too

This month we honor two of the greatest American presidents, George Washington and Abraham Lincoln.  And while nearly everyone is familiar with the accomplishments of these two giants of history, another lesser known president also enjoys a...

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No grassroots confidence left in GOP leadership

For three days last week the House Republican conference was secluded together, meeting, discussing, and strategizing over the Republican agenda for the year. What emerged was more of the same: empty rhetoric and empty promises.

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