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As Trump’s Senate trial begins, Grassley and Ernst vote against calling witnesses and requiring the administration to turn over documents

Sen. Chuck Grassley and Sen. Joni Ernst voted in lock-step with Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell during the first session of the trial of President Trump following his impeachment in the House of Representatives. The two Iowans joined their Republican Senate colleagues in voting down all 11 amendments the House impeachment managers […]

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Bernie Sanders campaign announces free Bon Iver and Vampire Weekend concerts in Iowa, ahead of caucus

The Bernie Sanders campaign announced on Wednesday morning it will be staging two free concerts the weekend before the Iowa Caucus. Bon Iver will perform in Clive on Friday, Jan. 31, and Vampire Weekend will play an acoustic show in Cedar Rapids on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Iowa Caucus will held on Monday, Feb. 3. […]

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The strange case of John Delaney

Presidential candidate John Delaney can’t win. Literally. Also, metaphorically. The first part should be obvious. Delaney stands no chance of winning the Iowa Caucus. Or finishing second. Or third. He won’t win a caucus or primary in any state. But the conventions of American political journalism prevent reporters from acknowledging certain […]

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High-profile endorsers to descend on Iowa City and Cedar Rapids this week, including AOC and Jonathan Van Ness (Updated)

Senators, including four 2020 presidential candidates*, are sitting as jurors in the impeachment of President Trump, but campaigning in Iowa continues. All this week’s event are free and open to the public. On Tuesday evening, Pete Buttigieg, will hold a town hall in Cedar Rapids with Rep. Dave Loebsack, who endorsed the former mayor of South Bend earlier this month. The two-hour event at the Armory of the Veterans Memorial Building is […]

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The public’s view of the Senate impeachment trial will be limited, and Sen. Joni Ernst wants evidence to be limited

The impeachment trial of President Trump in the U.S. Senate is scheduled to begin on Tuesday. CSPAN-2 will televise the trial in its entirety, both on cable and online. CSPAN sent a letter to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell asking him to allow a camera crew to fully cover the proceedings, but has not received a response from McConnell. It is likely that […]

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Megan Gogerty will headline the Emma Goldman Clinic’s Annual Choice Event on Saturday

Megan Gogerty will be the keynote speaker at the Emma Goldman Clinic’s 2020 Annual Choice Event, the clinic announced on Monday. Actually, the clinic’s press release refers to Gogerty as “the keynote speaker (and performer).” Gogerty’s performance will be “based on the theme of ‘What Would Emma Do?’,” according to the clinic […]

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National Weather Service predicts major winter storm, schools close in Johnson and Linn counties, North Liberty bans on-street parking (Updated)

Early Friday morning, the National Weather Service office in the Quad Cities issued a winter storm warning for 18 eastern Iowa counties, including Johnson and Linn. Inches of snow and ice, as well as sleet, wind and visibility issues, are expected across Eastern Iowa, leading to school and street closures. […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds calls for an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa Constitution

Gov. Kim Reynolds called for adding an anti-abortion amendment to the Iowa Constitution in her Condition of the State speech on Tuesday. “As we begin 2020, I’m focused on the overall wellness of all Iowans, in every part of the State, in all stages of life,” the governor said early in her speech. “And when I say all stages of life, I mean to include the unborn.
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‘Going to the moon was a small change compared to what we have to do now’: Bernie Sanders, Rashida Tlaib and Ro Khanna rally in Iowa City

Probably the most surprising thing about Bernie Sanders’ rally in the Graduate’s Wayne Ballroom Sunday afternoon was what wasn’t said. None of the speakers — not Sanders, not Rep. Ro Khanna, Rep. Rashida Tlaib or Varshini Prakash — mentioned that the Vermont senator had risen to first place in the Iowa Poll […]

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Sen. Cory Booker drops out of the presidential race

Sen. Cory Booker announced on Monday he’s dropping out of the 2020 presidential race. “Our campaign has reached the point where we need more money to scale up and continue building a campaign that can win — money we don’t have, and money that is harder to raise because I won’t be on the next debate stage and because the […]

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Dave Loebsack endorses Pete Buttigieg

Rep. Dave Loebsack endorsed Pete Buttigieg for president on Sunday. “Pete offers a new kind of leadership that we desperately need –– he’s a midwestern mayor, a veteran, and is from a new generation,” Loebsack said in a written statement issued by the Buttigieg campaign […]

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