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‘This Evil Thing’: Exploring the story of England’s conscientious objectors during WWI

One hundred years ago, as the First World War was grinding through its fourth and final year, the British government considered its country’s leading philosopher such a menace to society it imprisoned him and refused to let him write letters to anyone in the outside world. […]

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Gov. Reynolds signs so-called ‘sanctuary cities’ bill, which she said was aimed at ‘far-left liberals in Des Moines and Iowa City’

On Tuesday, Gov. Kim Reynolds signed SF 481, the so-called “sanctuary cities bill,” into law. Reynolds didn’t issue a statement, but two months ago, she hailed the bill as a way to “send a message to the far-left liberals in Des Moines and Iowa City.” […]

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Iowa Senate aide who recently completed mandatory training on sexual harassment fired for sexual harassment

An Iowa Senate aide was fired last week for sexual harassment. Jake Dagel, a legislative clerk for Republican Senator Waylon Brown of St. Ansgar, recently completed the new, mandatory course on sexual harassment. […]

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‘It doesn’t seem right’: Cedar Rapids residents protest the subsidized demolition of historic buildings

Normally, when supporters of historic preservation hold a demonstration, it’s to try to save a threatened property. But it’s too late for the Bever building, a fixture in downtown Cedar Rapids since 1923. […]

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Bill aimed at punishing Iowa City over immigration passes Iowa House

A bill that would strip so-called “sanctuary cities” of state funds was approved the Iowa House of Representatives on Tuesday, even though several Democrats speaking in opposition to the bill pointed out that no city in Iowa meets the U.S. Justice Department’s definition of a sanctuary city. […]

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Iowa City’s world-class wrestling, writing and the politics in between

It’s not surprising that Iowa City is hosting an international literary conference and an international wrestling championship in the same week. What is surprising is which of these events is embroiled in international controversy. […]

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