Washington's recent controversies have ballooned so preposterously that this week they eclipsed some good news in the debate that has preoccupied the country for years. Tuesday, the Congressional Budget Office reported that the current federal budget outlook is far better than expected.
I'm graduating this weekend. Today is the last day that I will be a student at the University of Iowa, the last day I will live in Iowa City and the last day I will reluctantly call myself a Hawkeye.
A crisis, calamitous in scope and affect, has befallen Iowa City, eroding a cherished and lauded tradition, rocking the very foundation of the identity of this town.