Editorial: Get your budget facts straight

Considering how much the media and politicians have been talking about the nation's debt over the past several years, you'd think the American public would be pretty well aware of the country's situation. But, if anything, the public is clueless about what's going on with the debt.

Elliot: Appropriate, polite science

Republicans have rejoiced at shutting down research, any research, because most of them don't believe in real science, thinking it's some sort of liberal plot to allow an invasion of the United States from Mars. Or maybe it's Jupiter. Who can keep track of all these damn planets, anyway?

Wahls: A game of votes

The students of the University of Iowa have always been relatively moderate, politically speaking, for what you might expect in the "Ivory Tower" of academia. Perhaps that's because our school draws from students in rural Iowa, the Chicago suburbs and, increasingly, abroad. I doubt there's a single right answer. And while we are not on the precipice of massive change in partisan identification, I think students of all political persuasions can agree: the Republican Party has changed.

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