“Transatlantic Turnaround” My husband, Peter, and I are returning from Spain by boat. The whole idea started when Peter read a book about the sinking of the Lusitania. “That sounds like fun!” Peter told me, as he read.
The holiday season is officially in full swing and with it, unfotunately, comes more than “comfort and joy.” Don’t get me wrong: the last three months of the year are my favorite, and not just because of the holidays.
Landlords and duplexes Dear Dave,
Q: What’s the progress report since the EPA approved year-round sales of E15?
Q: Why is November celebrated as National Adoption Month?
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Q: How big of a bite does waste, fraud and abuse take out of Medicare? A: As a taxpayer watchdog, I learned long ago that fraudsters look for any loophole they can find to bilk the U.S. Treasury. That’s why I use my legislative and oversight authority to improve fraud-fighting tools to root out...
When all reason is abandoned, so too, is independent thought. When the selfish actions of an individual inadvertently reflect upon an entire nation, and support continues to tug, like an impressionable child at their sleeves, it is time to face the reality that we—the United States—are not the...
I’ve been struggling with how to react to the 16-year-old Swedish “climate crisis messenger,” Greta Thunberg. What should I think about what she’s doing and how adults are reacting? Thunberg’s demeanor is a combination of terror and panic. How should we interpret that? It’s difficult to separate...
By Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Ron Wyden   With the World Trade Organization Public Forum underway in Geneva, it is time for members to confront and address the problems that are eroding the WTO’s credibility and effectiveness. These are problems that, if...
“Slow Travelers” Peter and I are packing for our annual trip again. My husband, Peter, is retired and I write, so we are able to travel now. Getting married late in life, this might have posed some problems because Peter is exactly the opposite sort of traveler I used to be. “I’m packing two...
October 1, 2013 I sat in a pseudo-classroom of the YWCA in Kowloon, Hong Kong with my fellow Augie abroad students, receiving disappointing news. The first of our planned group activities were canceled. The annual National Day fireworks would not be held over the harbor. This was the first of only...
Q: What is the REAL ID Act of 2005 and why did Congress pass it? A: Last month marked the 18th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks. On the morning of Sept. 11, 2001, 19 terrorists boarded U.S. commercial airliners with murderous intent to hijack the planes and kill as many innocent people as possible...
First things first Dear Dave, My husband and I are in our thirties. We have $15,000 in debt spread across student loans, credit cards, and a car payment. We make decent money, and we’ve each got around $50,000 in our 401(k) plans. What steps can we take toward becoming good investors? Heather...
By Justin Carter, project associate Center for Rural Affairs Across the country, kids are reaping the benefits and heading back to school with local foods on their plates. October is National Farm to School Month and programs are kicking off to improve student health and strengthen our...
“Blooming Late” I realized that I might be a late bloomer—a little late, naturally. I love hearing about prodigies: the five-year-old drummer or the 16-year-old activist. I love hearing the nine-year-old who sings like an old soul and reading about the 14-year-old who just completed a master’s...

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