Rekha Basu, The Des Moines Register

Rekha Basu

The Des Moines Register

Des Moines, IA, United States

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Recent articles by Rekha:

Rekha Basu: Chuck Grassley and I have each been wondering how age should affect our work. Only he has decided.

This is about knowing whether to stick with meaningful work you've been doing a (very) long time and feel you've mastered, or call it quits. → Read More

I’ve had a vaccine ‘passport’ since childhood. What’s all the fuss about?

"That is not normal. That's not what we do in America," Iowa state Sen. Jack Whitver declared emphatically on a recent "Iowa Press" TV show. → Read More

Enjoy your visit but leave no trace: Register cartoonist 'Ding' Darling lives on in wildlife refuge

Rekha Basu: Former Register cartoonist "Ding" Darling is namesake for a Florida refuge where birds, fish and mangrove all have functions and quirks. → Read More

How to live carefree in a pandemic: Denial, conspiracy theories, government inaction

Until the president and governors stop pandering to businesses and conspiracy theorists, numbers will keep rising. → Read More

Why rally for black lives in white, rural Grundy Center? 'White lives aren't daily in danger'

Young people are returning to rural Iowa to raise families after living, interacting with other groups - and stirring old-timers to broaden their view → Read More

Krause company shows good corporate citizenship to tenants during a time of uncertainty

The rental company knew some tenants were struggling to make payments on their apartments. So it's giving them May for free. → Read More

COVID-19 exposes visa stresses on doctors, their employers and under-served patients

An Indian-born doctor trained in a U.S. residency program who works in an underserved part of Iowa faces a 55- year wait for permanent U.S. residency. → Read More

Did Maytag Family Foundation deliberately support a white supremacist outfit for 17 years?

The donations from the longtime Newton charity total $1.125 million. Foundation board members did not respond to requests for comment. → Read More

Don't take president's word on the coronavirus. Heed medical experts, take precautions.

From calling it tamer than the flu to planning a rally when health officials discourage crowds, Trump undermines legitimate coronavirus concerns. → Read More

Voters of color, especially blacks, are proving critical to Democrats' electoral prospects

Democratic candidates for president are learning the folly of ignoring black voters and their priorities, writes Rekha Basu. → Read More

Does winning count if it's for the wrong reasons or announced too late? That's up to us

If a tree falls and no one hears it, did it make a noise? If a president subverts the law without penalty and claims victory, did he win? → Read More

How closely have you followed the caucus candidates? Can you tell who said what?

Which presidential candidate said: "What you shouldn't be doing is just going over the fence to give your dictator next door a hot dish.” Take my test. → Read More

Democratic party chair reassures anxious 2016 caucusgoers: 2020 will be a better experience

Complaints about irregularities in 2016 Democratic caucus vote counts spawned changes this year. But criticisms of Iowa's first-place status grow. → Read More

What the candidates needed to show caucusgoers in Democratic debate — and how they did

Biden needed to show he can sway younger voters. Sanders needed to overcome a reported woman-can't-win comment. Warren needed to show she's relatable. → Read More

National View: Biden can make this a teachable moment

I believe Lucy Flores.I also believe Joe Biden.Those are the easy parts, since the facts about what happened between them in 2014, when Biden was helping Flores campaign for lieutenant governor of Nevada, aren't in dispute. Biden says he doesn't remember, but neither does he deny her claims. → Read More

Honduran migrants in Iowa show the folly of Trump's border wall

While federal workers and others suffer from government shutdown, migrants who have reached Iowa show why the disputed border wall is wrong-headed. → Read More

A fetus isn't a 'person' just because state's lawyer says so. Rhetoric isn't fact.

An attorney defending Iowa's fetal heartbeat law spent most of his time in court making the unproven assertion that a fetus is a person. → Read More

Reflections on roadkill, life's meaning illuminate Ed Fallon's walk against climate change

Activist and former Iowa Rep. Ed Fallon led walkers across America to highlight the perils of climate change. He did some soul-searching along the way → Read More

Matthew Whitaker's troubling opinion: Judges need a biblical view

As a candidate for Senate in 2014, Matt Whitaker said he would only support federal judges to had a Biblical view. → Read More

Steve King's base shows cracks over his rhetoric on immigrants, Kavanaugh investigation

King's hallmark insults about other groups once attracted voters. But it's driving some millennials away. → Read More