Author Archives: Paul Deaton

Book Review: The Hidden History Of Monopolies

In The Hidden History of Monopolies: How Big Business Destroyed the American Dream, Thom Hartmann takes the reader from the founders’ fight against the monopoly of the British East India Company to the borking of the country by President Donald … Continue reading

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Carding Wool With Joni Ernst

Every farm kid knows you should card wool before spinning it into yarn. Joni Ernst’s campaign has spun some yarns about Democratic U.S. Senate candidate Theresa Greenfield and it’s clear they didn’t get things straightened out beforehand. They don’t intend … Continue reading

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75 Years After Hiroshima

President Harry Truman did not need to drop the atomic bomb to end World War II. The first test explosion of an atomic bomb, called Trinity, was conducted by the U.S. Army July 16, 1945, as part of the Manhattan … Continue reading

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Leave It All On The Field

(Trish Nelson will return to the editor’s desk on Monday. I hope you found value in some of my posts the last four weeks). As Joe Biden and company build an organization to defeat Donald Trump part of its energy … Continue reading

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Letters From Loebsack

I’ve received a number of official reply letters from Dave Loebsack in the 14 years he served as our congressman. He discusses priorities for the CARES Act follow on bill in this one. July 28, 2020 Dear Mr. Deaton, Thank … Continue reading

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Cattle Markets – What Side Are You On?

It seems crazy that cattle producer margins are constantly being squeezed by meat packers as the herd goes to market during the pandemic. “Between April and May, producers saw their cattle prices plummet,” wrote Jessica Fu in The Counter. “Meanwhile … Continue reading

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Denial, The Coronavirus Is Your Friend

When the U.S. Congress passed the CARES Act there was an unspoken assumption the coronavirus pandemic would be of short duration and gone by now. Based on this, the Republican president and Republican Iowa governor pushed to “reopen the economy.” … Continue reading

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Debunking All The Joni Ernst Attacks

This just in from Sam Newton at the Theresa Greenfield campaign. Hi all – As Politifact is slamming the NRSC’s latest false claim against Theresa Greenfield, that now means every political attack that the NRSC and the Ernst campaign have … Continue reading

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Reality Check: The 1945 Atomic Bombings

Seventy-five years ago, the nuclear age began with the world’s first nuclear weapons test explosion in the New Mexico desert. In this annotated “silent film”-style video essay from the Arms Control Association, we learn about the events that transpired three … Continue reading

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Rep. Axne, Iowans Speak Up for Seniors Amid Pandemic

This just in from Progress Iowa: Rep. Cindy Axne, Iowans Speak Up for Seniors Amid Pandemic Coronavirus, Poor Leadership from Gov. Reynolds Reveals Struggles in Care Centers (Des Moines, Iowa) — Thursday, Rep. Cindy Axne, Glenn Hurst, Executive Director of … Continue reading

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