Editorial: Approve HIV-law reform

At the end of February, the Iowa Senate unanimously passed Senate File 2297, a bill that, if approved by the House and signed by Gov. Terry Branstad, would amend the Iowa state criminal code and radically alter the penalties inflicted if a person with HIV/AIDS infects another person with the virus.

Overton: The plight of the news media

As the last of the once bountiful advertising revenue dries up, the number of reporters continues to fall down, down, down into the bottomless pit of the deep, dark, depressing newshole. This has basically been the not-so-cheery song-and-dance routine the press has been going through ever since the Great Recession, as recounted Monday night by Robert McChesney, a renowned media analyst and professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

Byrd: The worst politician in America

Being a loyal Chicago native, it's very difficult for me, on a regular basis, to not become overwhelmingly nostalgic for my beloved city on a lake. Unfortunately, CNN has provided me an opportunity to ruminate on one of the worst aspects of Chicago: the fact that it's run by, as Jon Stewart has so accurately named him, a nine-fingered vulgarian who represents everything wrong with the Democratic Party and American politics in general.

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