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Cedar Rapids breaks ground on the next phase of its flood control system

Fifteen months after securing $117 million in federal funding for its flood control system, Cedar Rapids held a groundbreaking ceremony for the first project paid for by that money, the 16th Avenue SE floodgate. City officials were joined by U.S. senators Chuck Grassley and Joni Ernst, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and officers from the Army Corps of Engineers for the ceremony at Lion Bridge on Tuesday afternoon. […]

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Trump impeachment inquiry: Iowa’s Congressional delegation reacts, Steve King spins a conspiracy theory, Grassley wants to investigate Hillary Clinton

All six members of Iowa’s congressional delegation have issued statements about the House of Representatives launching an impeachment inquiry to determine if President Donald Trump should be removed from office. The three Iowa Democrats in the House all expressed cautious support for the inquiry. On the other side of the capitol, Sens. Chuck Grassley and […]

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Iowa GOP denounces House of Representatives impeachment inquiry, while Reynolds, Grassley and Ernst remain quiet

On Tuesday afternoon, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi announced the start of a formal inquiry into the possible impeachment of President Donald Trump. “The actions of the Trump presidency have revealed the dishonorable fact of the president’s betrayal of his oath of office, betrayal of our national security and betrayal of the integrity of our elections,” Pelosi said […]

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Following Mueller report release, Grassley calls for investigation of ‘Trump’s political opponents,’ Ernst says ‘we all know’ Trump ‘has a brash demeanor’

Twenty years ago, Sen. Chuck Grassley was very clear how a president should behave: “The American people have a right to expect their president to be completely truthful.” The contrast between Grassley’s 1999 stance and his official statement on the Mueller report has been attracting attention

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Iowa’s congressional Democrats vote to end President Trump’s ‘state of emergency’ at the border

Iowa’s three congressional Democrats — Rep. Cindy Axne, Rep. Abby Finkenauer and Rep. Dave Loebsack — joined 242 fellow members of the U.S. House of Representatives in voting for a resolution to nullify President Trump’s declaration of a national emergency at the southern border. All 232 House Democrat participating in the vote approved the bill, […]

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‘This fight isn’t over’: Iowa City’s student-led gun reform movement, one year after Parkland

Before news of the shooting in Parkland, Florida started to spread through City High on Feb. 14, 2018, I was mostly worried about the flower I was giving to my newly minted boyfriend, Theo, for Valentine’s Day. That’s what my teenage life feels like: Every little thing is the decision of a lifetime, until something […]

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John Culver, who represented Iowa in Congress for 16 years, has died

John Culver, who represented Iowa in both chambers of Congress, died on Wednesday at his home in Washington D.C. He was 86 years old. Culver, a Democrat, represented Iowa’s 2nd Congressional District, which then included Linn County, for 10 years, starting in 1965. He then served one term in the U.S. Senate, from 1975 to […]

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Grassley celebrates as the Senate confirms another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘not qualified’

On Tuesday, the U.S. Senate approved another federal appeals court judge rated “not qualified,” and Iowa’s Chuck Grassley took to Twitter to celebrate it as an historic achievement. 2day w confirmation of Jonathan Kobes to 8th circuit court of appeals the Judic Cmte which I chair+Ldr McConnell+Pres Trump made HISTORY w 30 circuit judges confirmed […]

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Prosecutors say Trump committed federal crimes, Grassley says he doesn’t believe it

Sen. Chuck Grassley isn’t concerned that federal prosecutors claim President Trump led a criminal conspiracy to violate campaign finance laws, defraud voters and win the 2016 election. The prosecutors’ claim came in the sentencing memo in the case Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen, who pleaded guilty last month to violating federal campaign finance law. […]

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Grassley backs another Trump judicial nominee rated ‘unqualified’ by the American Bar Association

With the full support of Iowa’s Chuck Grassley, the U.S. Senate is moving ahead with the confirmation of another federal appeals court nominee rated “not qualified” by the American Bar Association (ABA). Jonathan Kobes was nominated to serve on the Eighth Circuit Court of Appeals — which has jurisdiction over six states, including Iowa — […]

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Grassley’s big Wednesday: Named president (pro tem), pushed sentencing reform (again), rejected oversight of Trump (again) and talked Steve King

On Wednesday, it became official: Sen. Chuck Grassley will be third in the line of succession to the presidency starting in January. The 85-year-old Iowan will become President Pro Tempore of the Senate, which means he will be the presiding officer of the Senate when Vice President Pence isn’t present. […]

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Protesters call for protection of Mueller investigation, as Trump appoints a former Hawkeye with potential conflicts of interest as acting attorney general

The street lights switched on just before Sara Miller started addressing the protesters gathered on the UI Pentacrest Thursday evening. The protest was one of hundreds across the country organized by MoveOn.org to express support for Robert Mueller, the special counsel investigating issues related to collusion between Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign and Russian agents, […]

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