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Heads in the Sand by Matthew Yglesias

Heads in the Sand: How the Republicans Screw Up Foreign Policy and Foreign Policy Screws Up the Democrats by Matthew Yglesias My rating: 4 of 5 stars Yglesias’ book was a timely read in the context of the Trump administration’s … Continue reading

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No Surrender by Jack Hatch

If interested in Iowa Democratic politics, read No Surrender: Building a Progressive Agenda for Iowa with the Five Securities by former state senator Jack Hatch. Read it now. There are few long, contemporary narratives about the state of the Iowa … Continue reading

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Saturday at Home

After a Saint Patrick’s Day meetup with friends in Iowa City I drove home, parked my car in the garage and haven’t moved it since. It was too cold for outside work on Saturday so I stayed in, did laundry, … Continue reading

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I Call Bullshit by David Shorr

I was predisposed to like David Shorr’s latest book. Shorr and I met in 2009 when I persuaded him to write an opinion piece for the Des Moines Register advocating for Senate ratification of the Comprehensive Nuclear Test Ban Treaty. … Continue reading

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7 Things About 2016

It’s Christmas Eve in Big Grove, the ambient temperature is about freezing, and we’re ready to bunker in, finish decorating our Christmas tree and prepare a traditional supper of chili and cornbread. My Christmas wish is for peace on earth. … Continue reading

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Book Review: Give Us the Ballot

The word “progressive” got bandied about more this year than it has in a while. Who is a progressive? Who is a “real” progressive? Who will continue a progressive legacy after the 2016 election? Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders debated … Continue reading

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Book Review – A Sugar Creek Chronicle

In A Sugar Creek Chronicle: Observing Climate Change from a Midwestern Woodland Connie Mutel produced an engaging narrative of her efforts to cope with change while living on a parcel of Oak – Hickory forest in Northern Johnson County, Iowa. … Continue reading

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