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In July 2018, Commentary published an article by Yuval Levin that caused everyone who thinks about the balance of power among the branches in Washington, D.C., to say: “Of course! That’s it exactly!”

On Dec. 13, the U.S. and China announced a phase-one trade agreement just before new tariffs were schedule to go into effect. Six days later, the House of Representatives passed the United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement (USMCA), in an overwhelming bipartisan vote, virtually assuring enactmen…

It’s nearly impossible to have even a short conversation with a college administrator, politician or chief executive without the words diversity and inclusion dropping from their lips. Diversity and inclusion appear to be the end-all and be-all of their existence. So, I thought I’d begin thi…


When former U.S. Rep. Ed Mezvinsky was making his first run for Congress during the Watergate scandal in 1972, the question of whether President Richard Nixon should be impeached was not on voters’ minds.

On Feb. 3, Iowa will once again be the first state in the nation to make its voice heard in the lead up to the 2020 presidential election.

An hour’s drive northwest of here, in the Valley of the Fallen, is a residue of Europe’s past that suggests what the continent’s future would have been if fascism had not been defeated in the previous century. Atop a granite mountain stands an almost 500-foot-tall stone cross, the world’s ta…

When the economy shows signs of weakness, Wall Street analysts expect to see what they call a “flight to safety.” Investors sell stocks and buy bonds or gold. The same phenomenon can sometimes be found in politics. Understanding that George W. Bush was riding high in 2004, after what was per…

Criminal activity imposes huge costs on black residents in low-income neighborhoods of cities such as Chicago, Baltimore, Detroit, St. Louis, Philadelphia and many others.

There are 99 better, or at least less abject, senators. However, Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., is inadvertently useful by incessantly demonstrating the depths to which senators sink when they jettison institutional responsibilities to facilitate subservience to presidents of their party. Consider …

There’s an old story – apocryphal, as the best stories always seem to be – that Richard Nixon asked Chinese premier Zhou Enlai what he thought about the French Revolution, and Zhou said, “It’s too soon to tell.” At first blush, the minicrisis between Iran and the United States appears to hav…

Yes, like numerous other people across the civilized world, I was oddly surprised but not really shocked to hear that Prince Harry, the Duke of Sussex, and his American-born wife, Meghan Markle, the Duchess of Sussex, have decided to pretty much call it quits on the royalty thing.

The next time you think lawmakers should do something to make things better for you and me, consider this: More than 250 new laws took effect in Illinois on Jan. 1 and many of them will hit you in the pocketbook.

The sails of Sen. Josh Hawley’s political skiff are filled with winds gusting from the right. They come from conservatives who think that an array of – perhaps most of – America’s social injuries, from addiction to loneliness – have been inflicted by America’s economy. Individualism, tendent…

I would like to thank the 73 business and community leaders of Clinton County who attended my Business Roundtable on Monday at the Camanche Community Center. I was joined by Iowa Senate Majority Leader Jack Whitver (District 19, Ankeny) and Senator Carrie Koekler (District 29, Dyersville) an…

Eliminating blind spots of other vehicles around you is one of the best ways to minimize being involved in a crash. Yet I am amazed at the number of drivers I see every day on the roadways that I can prove have no idea of who or what is in their blind spot. How do I know this, you may ask?


When driving around the city of Clinton at night, you can spot them – a red porch light outside of a home, glowing in the darkness, or a yard light that throws a red hue into the night sky.

Each day, whether on the street or through social media, the Clinton Herald newsroom learns of questions that residents have about different facets of life in the Gateway area.

Great fortunes provide great flexibility, as Gov. J.B. Pritzker has demonstrated.

Colleges have been around for centuries. College students have also been around for centuries. Yet, college administrators assume that today’s students have needs that were unknown to their predecessors. Those needs include diversity and equity personnel, with massive budgets to accommodate.

A barometer, said a wit, is an ingenious instrument that reveals the weather we are experiencing. Presidential campaigns often are political barometers. They can, however, change the social climate. The Democratic presidential aspirants, plucking at the electorate’s sleeve, are perhaps inadv…

The end-of-year/New Year holidays seem to whiplash us from one extreme to the other: eat, drink and be merry vs. the customary New Year’s resolutions: reduce social media, reduce weight, and embrace a plant-based diet.

DEAR ANNIE: I am a clinical social worker and have some training in, and experience with, domestic violence in my work.

DEAR DR. ROACH: Many folks take prescription medications for years, for example Valium to help with anxiety and sleep and to help mellow out their lives. You mentioned in a recent column that these can be dangerous long term. Is it safe to stop taking them cold turkey? — P.M.

Pity poor Republicans. They have only one argument left to defend Donald Trump for abusing the powers of the presidency by inviting a foreign power to intervene in an American election, the one transgression our Founding Fathers feared most. Even now that he’s covered in disgrace as only the…

You won’t hear young Democrats deride Bernie Sanders with the “OK, boomer” dig.

The great performer Bing Crosby reached the height of his stardom about 80 years ago, but every Christmas season he makes a triumphant return to American radio and malls and other public places.

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