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The man charged with murdering Mollie Tibbetts has requested a change of venue for trial

Attorneys for the man accused of murdering University of Iowa student Mollie Tibbetts filed a change of venue motion with the Poweshiek County Court handling the case on Friday. Emotions regarding the murder of the 20-year-old Tibbetts “do not appear to have cooled,” making it impossible for Cristhian Bahena Rivera to receive a fair trial […]

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Matt Whitaker has left the Justice Department

Matt Whitaker, the University of Iowa graduate who served as acting attorney general of the United States for the Trump administration, quietly exited the Justice Department on Saturday, Del Quentin Wilber of the Los Angeles Times reported on Monday. NBC News has confirmed Wilber’s report. Some DOJ News: Matthew Whitaker, former acting attorney general, has […]

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Matt Whitaker to testify before Congress again, because his previous testimony was ‘unsatisfactory, incomplete, or contradicted by other evidence’

Matt Whitaker, the former acting attorney general of the United States, will testify for a second time before the House Judiciary Committee, it was announced on Tuesday. That news has been overshadowed by the Congressional testimony of Donald Trump’s former personal attorney Michael Cohen (“[Trump] is a racist. He is a conman. He is a […]

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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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Joni Ernst sends fundraising letter attacking Democrats for ‘dirty tricks’ against Brett Kavanaugh

In a year-end fundraiser letter for her reelection campaign, Sen. Joni Ernst warned Iowans that billionaires “from both coasts” are trying to undermine their “Heartland values,” and reminded potential contributors about her support for Brett Kavanaugh. “I sincerely respect that others hold different views,” the Iowa Republican, who frequently touts her commitment to bipartisanship, wrote, […]

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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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‘Bring it on’: Sen. Ernst announces she’s running for reelection and supporting Trump in 2020

Sen. Joni Ernst made it official on Friday, telling reporters she will run for reelection in 2020. “I am running again. So to anyone who would like to step up and enter into that race, I say: ‘Bring it on,’” Ernst said. The announcement was no surprise to anyone who has paid attention to Iowa […]

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Steve King successfully pushed to erase protection for LGBTQ Americans in NAFTA revision

The revision of NAFTA signed by President Donald Trump, President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau of Canada in Buenos Aires on Friday contains a ground-breaking provision regarding LGBTQ rights. But thanks in part to pressure from Rep. Steve King and 39 other rightwing members of Congress, that provision won’t apply […]

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Sen. Joni Ernst falsely claims Mueller investigation has accomplished ‘absolutely nothing,’ and won’t commit to protecting it

During a town hall meeting in Ames on Friday, Sen. Joni Ernst refused to say she’d stop the Trump administration from killing or crippling Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation of President Trump’s possible obstruction of justice, and Russian involvement in the 2016 Trump campaign. “I am not going to say today whether I will protect […]

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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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As Republicans work to remove trans and nonbinary gender protections, Iowa City will host a ‘Don’t Erase’ rally

On Wednesday, the Justice Department filed a brief with the U.S. Supreme Court that said business owners should be allowed to discriminate against transgender workers. Representing the Trump administration, Solicitor General Noel Francisco discarded the position the Justice Department has previously held, and argued in the brief there is nothing in federal law preventing such discrimination. […]

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Gov. Kim Reynolds to visit Hamburg Inn on Thursday

Gov. Kim Reynolds is coming to Iowa City on Thursday for a public event at Hamburg Inn No. 2 on Linn Street. The governor will holding her KIM (Keep Iowa Moving) rally at noon, as part of a swing through eastern Iowa, starting that morning in Cedar Falls and ending in Keokuk. Although this is […]

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