Editorial: Avoid an embarrassing shutdown

Though the threat from a government shutdown may be more bark than bite, the effects of putting all nonessential government services on hold is certainly a problem, and it reflects poorly on the U.S. as a whole. If the country can't even manage its own affairs, how can it expect to be a world leader?

Tilly: Ask the hostages

A new poll from the Des Moines Register provides a look into the heads of Iowa's Republican voters as they fantasize about the 2016 election, and there appears to be considerable disagreement about the best direction for the party moving forward.

Ponnada: Science is sexy, too

Whenever I tell someone that I am majoring in computer science, I usually get very surprised looks because it's relatively uncommon for women to pursue careers in the hard sciences. The underrepresentation of women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) fields is pretty astounding and, quite frankly, depressing.

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