The Trump administration plans to make a major change to student visas, according to a notice published in the Federal Register on Wednesday. Instead of student visas being valid for “duration of status”—that is, for as long as the holders are full-time students and meet other requirements—there would be a fixed “maximum period. […]
Sen. Cory Booker will be in Cedar Rapids on Tuesday morning, for a “meet and greet” with local Democrats. According to the Linn County Democratic Party, the event is supposed to draw attention local Democratic candidates, but it’s likely that many of the people Booker meets and greets will want to talk about Brett Kavanaugh. […]
Chuck Grassley said on Friday morning, he “tends to believe” the women who have been confronting senators in the U.S. Capitol over the Supreme Court nomination of Brett Kavanaugh are just paid protesters, not survivors of sexual assault speaking out. Iowa’s senior senator also “tends to believe” a conspiracy theory about the protests — a […]
Iowa hit “peak pig” last month, according to figures just published by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. The state had 23.6 million pigs, an increase of 4 percent from 2017 and most ever recorded in any state. There are only 9.4 million pigs in North Carolina, the state that ranks second in swine. […]
Last October, Gov. Kim Reynolds made news by calling Iowa liberals “unhinged” at her Harvest Festival campaign fundraiser. For this year Harvest Festival, Reynolds has invited a special guest who is extremely familiar with that sort of intemperate speech: Sarah Huckabee Sanders.
In January 2017, Oliver Weilen made a last-minute decision and joined some friends who were driving from Iowa to Washington D.C. to take part in the protests happening on Inauguration Day. What he didn’t know when he arrived in D.C. was how dystopian his life was about to become. The police would make 234 arrests that day, conducting mass round-ups of protesters. Weilen was the only person from Iowa arrested. […]
Perhaps the only thing more disturbing than your phone screeching an alarm tone as its screen flashes the words “Presidential Alert,” would be if the phones of everyone around you were doing the exact same thing at the exact same time. That’s what is going to happen on Thursday at 1:18 p.m.
As Cedar Rapids prepared for the Cedar River to crest at “major flood level” on Sunday, Pat Rynard of Iowa Starting Line reported on quiet worries about the loudly celebrated new $117 million in federal funding for the city’s flood control project. […]
Donald Trump may occasionally forget Rep. Rod Blum’s name, but the president’s reelection campaign committee definitely knows his name. Blum, who represents Iowa’s 1st Congressional District which includes Cedar Rapids, is one of 100 Republican candidates who have received the maximum amount of money the law allows as a campaign donation from Donald J. Trump For President, Inc. […]
President Donald Trump’s Thursday visit to Northeast Iowa Community College in Peosta, Iowa, followed a familiar script. The president’s remarks were rambling and dishonest (on everything from the U.S. trade deficit with Canada to Terry Branstad’s gubernatorial career), and his preening self-praise was matched by blatant flattery from Republicans in attendance, including Gov. Kim Reynolds […]
Iowa Attorney General Tom Miller has joined 16 other state attorneys general in a lawsuit challenging the Trump administration treatment of migrants arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. The lawsuit, filed in federal district court in Seattle, seeks an immediate injunction to end the “Trump Administration’s practice of refusing entry to asylum applicants who present at […]
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 […]