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Russian agents ‘targeted’ Iowa during 2016 election, according to new indictment

On Friday, U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein announced an indictment against 12 Russian military intelligence agents for hacking the Democratic National Committee, the Clinton campaign and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee during the 2016 presidential election. The 11-count indictment includes charges of conspiracy against the United States, money laundering, as well as attempts to […]

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Russians indicted in Trump probe paid for a Hillary-in-a-cage float, but Iowans got there first

On Friday, 13 Russians and three companies—described by The Washington Post as “a notorious Russian group of Internet trolls”—were indicted by special counsel Robert Mueller as part of his investigation into possible collusion between the Trump campaign and Russia during the 2016 election. Tucked away in the indictment is a strange detail that calls to mind a 2016 incident in western Iowa’s Carroll County. […]

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Letter to the editor: One year ago, your life changed

Happy birthday, reader. I know, Nov. 8 is probably not your literal birthday. But if the day holds any significance for you, I imagine some part of you changed a year ago on this date. How could you not? I’ve changed, you’ve changed, your friends have changed, politics has changed, the meanings of things such as borders or violence or truth have changed. […]

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Democracy in Crisis: Comey, Comey, Comey Chameleon, You Come and Go

The regime cites former-FBI Director James Comey’s public statements about the Clinton email investigation in July and its surrogates claim, insanely, that they were concerned over his treatment of Clinton more generally and, once again, everything is turned upside down. […]

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Citizens rally to pressure electors against voting for Trump

Stop Trump. Defend Democracy. Iowa State Capitol — Monday, Dec. 19 at 9 a.m. Citizens from across the state are planning to gather at the State Capitol in Des Moines today, Dec. 19 to convince electors for the Electoral College to refuse to cast their votes for Donald Trump. The main organizers — including Democracy […]

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Op-ed: If we will not be given space, we will carve it out of yours

Protesters block I-80 on Nov. 12 in Iowa City. photo by Zak Neumann

By Rose Fiala Everyone I know is Scared. Capital S. A kind of collective, shared fear that I hadn’t known until Election Night, the fear of an entire generation of queer, undocumented, Muslim, trans, disabled, poor and people of color (PoC) staring out at the next four to eight years. The fear of knowing that […]

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Op-ed: Building local progressive networks in the wake of Election Day 2016

By Damita Brown Some of us would like to pretend that business as usual will suffice — that the unfortunate outcomes of Tuesday’s election have no bearing on how we go about the unending progressive movement for inclusion, equity, peace and justice in this county. Others are quite clear that it is more important than […]

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Letter to the Editor: Processing Election Day 2016

[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text] By Karen Nichols As I sit here, a few days into our electoral apocalypse, I am struggling with what to say. I, like many of you, am awash in worry, anger, fear and an almost overwhelming sadness. I wish I had a set of ready-made answers for how to counter the coming onslaught of […]

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Letter to the Editor: Measure C hopes to change the game of Codes & Charters

By Aleksey Gurtovoy What if it was much easier for us to change the Constitution than to change the laws that have to follow it? A lot of people consider this to be a silly question: It’s pretty obvious that such a hypothetical arrangement would put things awfully out of balance. Yet that’s precisely the […]

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Election Day equality: Access is crucial for those with disabilities

Voters with disabilities can face challenges when heading to the polls, including difficulty finding transportation to polling locations, challenges accessing polling booths or filling out traditional ballots and anxieties surrounding the voting process that may discourage them from participating. But local groups in Johnson and Linn counties are working to make sure these barriers do […]

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