Commentary

Let’s not get fooled again: Fight the lies by learning to...

We have a crisis of credulity in this country. We've become a nation of dupes. The inability of far too many Americans to separate...

Far-right activists on social media telegraphed violence weeks in advance of...

The attack on the U.S. Capitol building on Jan. 6 was shocking, but no one following right-wing activity on social media should have been...

‘Once you engage in political violence, it becomes easier to do...

Editor’s note: Ore Koren is a scholar of civil conflict and political violence. Before the November 2020 election, Iowa Capital Dispatch published a story...

Our home was attacked Wednesday. It may never be the same.

WASHINGTON — Many of us in our working lives have places away from the office that feel like a second home. It could be...

We’re not ready to pardon mass murder, are we?

Through history, the decisions by our presidents to issue pardons and commutations have always been topics of controversy. President Gerald Ford probably torpedoed his election...

Iowa Capital Dispatch celebrates 1st birthday: No cake, just big scoops

This week marks the first birthday of Iowa Capital Dispatch. We don't have any cake but we've served up lots of big scoops. Hard to...

Can employers require workers to take the COVID-19 vaccine? 6 questions...

Editor’s note: The Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the federal agency in charge of enforcing laws prohibiting discrimination in the workplace, on Dec. 16 said...

How to outsmart your COVID-19 fears and boost your mood in...

After a year of toxic stress ignited by so much fear and uncertainty, now is a good time to reset, pay attention to your...

Everyday problems, problems every day: why we must learn to adapt

The sages knew that “every day has its problems” — new ones that arise without warning — in addition to “everyday problems” that we...

There’s no justification for government shutting the public out

There are some high-minded legal principles written into Iowa laws and rulings by our state’s Supreme Court. But in recent weeks, one of those sound...
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