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Self-interest vs. public interest

The president of the United States will not talk to special counsel Robert Mueller because his lawyers want to prevent him from walking — or, rather, talking — into a perjury trap. Rudy Giuliani, the president’s most visible lawyer, insists that no attorney worth his license would ...

The real man comes out after marriage

Dear Annie: I have been married for one year to a classmate whom I reconnected with at our 50th high school class reunion. While he was courting me, he seemed perfect. He spent money on me, bought loving cards, bought flowers, took me to restaurants and fancy hotels. You get the picture. He ...

Police investigate possible shooting in Webster City

WEBSTER CITY — An unidentified man was taken to Van Diest Medical Center Tuesday evening following an incident that may have involved a firearm in the 900 block of Division Street. Shortly before 7 p.m., Webster City police and Van Diest Medical Center were dispatched to 914 Division St. ...

Double standards

Finding someone in Washington who is nonpartisan and puts the nation’s interests ahead of their own is so rare these days that he or she, if found, might well qualify as an endangered species. But once in a while — call it the law of averages — someone speaks the truth. It happened last ...

The kids decision is revisited

Dear Readers: I am always fascinated to hear diametrically opposed yet equally valid viewpoints. Such was the case with the following two letters, which both appeared in my inbox on the same day in response to “Undecided in Ohio,” who isn’t sure whether she wants kids. Read on. Dear ...

Are interventionists now leaderless?

“McCain’s Death Leaves Void” ran The Wall Street Journal headline over a front-page story that began: “The death of John McCain will leave Congress without perhaps its loudest voice in support of the robust internationalism that has defined the country’s security relations since ...

Toady’s revenge

Hell hath no fury like a toady scorned. Michael Cohen, to all appearances, seems a hapless sort — a lawyer with no clients, a millionaire whose wealth from New York taxi medallions faced diminishing in the Uber age, a Donald Trump loyalist who received no appointment to a government job, a ...

The Middle East rut

Can anyone alive today remember a time when America wasn’t involved in some kind of war in the Middle East? U.S. President Donald Trump has hinted in the past week that he intends on doing things differently. Yeah? Well, I intended on not devouring a bucket of ice cream this week, but ...

Children won’t listen

Dear Annie: My husband and I have four young children. Generally, our children are well-behaved; however, sometimes they don’t listen to me or my husband. It is incredibly frustrating for us, and we both lose our patience quickly with them. When this happens, we find that they start playing ...

Seducing a married man

Dear Annie: During the past year, I have had some health issues that have required that I stay in a hospital and then a nursing facility for several months. I am in my 40s, and it’s been extremely hard on my family, but I am now recovering at home. A month ago, my husband told me that ...

The left and racism

People are making this so complicated. A couple of weeks ago, the New York Times editorial board hired a technology writer, Sarah Jeong. When it was revealed that she had tweeted barbs against white people, conservatives formed a Twitter mob to demand her dismissal. While a few on the right ...

Catholic Church needs #MeToo moment

WASHINGTON—Pope Francis’s letter to the Catholic faithful last week was remarkable in that the Holy Father apologized not only for the sexual abuses carried out by Roman Catholic priests but also for the coverup of that abuse carried out by Roman Catholic bishops. “The heart-wrenching ...

Brother stays at arm’s length

Dear Annie: I have a problem with my brother, “Josh.” Josh seems to want to cut me and our mom out of his life. I’m indifferent to how much contact I have with my brother, but Mom is not. Josh is having surgery in a few days, and though he didn’t directly state it, it’s clear that he ...

Free speech

As the academic year starts, we can expect to hear new tales of censorship at colleges and persecution of faculty who go astray from prescribed views. Much of the storytelling will take place on Fox News Channel and in other conservative outlets selling the notion that colleges have become ...

Will there be an impeachment fight?

“If anyone is looking for a good lawyer,” said President Donald Trump ruefully, “I would strongly suggest that you don’t retain the services of Michael Cohen.” Michael Cohen is no Roy Cohn. Tuesday, Trump’s ex-lawyer, staring at five years in prison, pled guilty to a campaign ...

Elusive expiration dates

Dear Annie: OK, I realize there are innumerable insurmountable, earth-shaking universal problems in our world. This is definitely a “First World problem,” but it is one that could be easily fixed. Could manufacturers please mark their food products with expiration dates that are easy to ...

Doing too much

Here’s a true story about a fine woman with an advanced degree whom I will not name for obvious reasons: We were chatting one day, when her little girl broke in to say she was hungry. It was 4:30 in the afternoon. Rather than respond with “Here’s a cookie to hold you until family ...

Ask before tossing

Dear Annie: You recently wrote that an adult daughter was wrong to discard her mother’s pantry food without asking her first — even food that had expired. What do you think about the current trend of girlfriends and wives discarding their boyfriends’ and husbands’ outdated clothes? I ...

Playing by the rules

When you lose a game, particularly a game you had good reason to expect you’d win, do you try to figure out how to play better? Or is your first reaction to demand changes in the rules? In the case of the Democratic Party, it’s the latter. Perhaps that comes naturally to a party that ...