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Ms. Nelson Goes to Washington, Part 2

Ms. Nelson Goes to Washington, Part 2 by Trish NelsonHere's a shot we took while walking around DC yesterday.  The excitement in the city is amazing.  Everyone is smiling, happy.  We fell asleep last night ten floors up from horns … Continue reading

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Ms. Nelson Goes to Washington, Part 1

by Trish NelsonWe made it to DC! The weather is a gorgeous, sunny, and 37 degrees, which feels like spring to us. We have the window open in our hotel room. Most people traveled over the weekend so the flight … Continue reading

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Barack, the Magic Negro

Barack, the Magic Negro by Linda ThiemanI’m sure by now you’ve heard the tale of the parody entitled “Barack, the Magic Negro” – sung to the tune of “Puff, the Magic Dragon.”The supposedly-funny racial slur satire received little attention when … Continue reading

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Kos: Grassley Vulnerable to Vilsack Challenge

Kos: Grassley Vulnerable to Vilsack Challenge by Kos, Daily KosFollowing the assumption that it is never too early to discuss the NEXT election, Markos, over at Daily Kos, has compiled this information for those of us who are interested in … Continue reading

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Gotta Get ’em While They’re Young!

Gotta Get 'em While They're Young! Okay, perhaps I am spending too much time on Twitter.  But I hooked up with a mom blogger there named Amy S. who posts over at SnarkyMommy.com.Amy tells the story [from just a couple … Continue reading

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New Study: 38% of American Adults Use Alternative Medicine

New Study: 38% of American Adults Use Alternative Medicine by Rob Stein, Washington PostMore than one-third of adults and nearly 12 percent of children in the United States use alternatives to “traditional” medicine, according to a large federal survey released … Continue reading

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Iowa Colleges Attract Young People But Cannot Retain Grads

Iowa Colleges Attract Young People But Cannot Retain Grads Generation IowaA report last week out of Generation Iowa suggests that Iowa's great brain drain is not a thing of the past.The state of Iowa is faced with a difficult mismatch … Continue reading

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Attorneys Conclude Iowa Supreme Court Arguments in Gay Marriage Case

Attorneys Conclude Iowa Supreme Court Arguments in Gay Marriage Case by Grant Schulte, Des Moines Register.comArguments [ended yesterday] before the Iowa Supreme Court over a case involving gay marriage.Varnum vs. Brien involves six same-sex Iowa couples who sued Polk County … Continue reading

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New Report Exposes Subsidies to Factory Farms

New Report Exposes Subsidies to Factory Farms Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, iowacci.orgFamily Farm Groups Demand Reform of Environmental Quality Incentives ProgramDes Moines, Iowa – A report released yesterday exposes how industrial hog and dairy operations are subsidized through the … Continue reading

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Never Too Young to be an Activist: How Your Kids Can Help Save the World

Never Too Young to be an Activist: How Your Kids Can Help Save the World by Linda Thieman, Katie & Kimble Blog If you've read Katie & Kimble: A Ghost Story, you know that Katie is the kind of girl … Continue reading

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