Editorial: The dire state of the Union

In his 1975 State of the Union address, President Gerald Ford declared that the "state of this Union is not good." Since this rather frank declaration of American decline, State of the Unions have become highly publicized occasions for the president to hurl as much optimism at the American public as possible, despite the realities on the ground.

Gromotka: Focus on Iowa politics

There's a legal battle raging in Texas about pregnancy and life support. Recreational marijuana is legal in Colorado. Utah is still discussing the matter, but it recently made a giant step toward recognizing same-sex marriage. While politicians in D.C. bicker and read each other Dr. Seuss to keep things from happening, the states are staying busy.

Elliot: Living Winter Olympics

I was just getting good at walking a mile in the wind chill without swearing all that much. (You should try it; the Cambus is for wimps.)

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