Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley was up early Thursday morning, and judging by Twitter, he wasn’t happy. At 5:23 a.m., Iowa’s senior senator vented to fellow early-morning tweeter President Donald Trump about not being appointed to the conference committee that will reconcile the tax bill passed by the House of Representatives and the Senate. On Wednesday evening, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell appointed eight Republicans to the committee. […]
Des Moines-based Meredith Communications—publisher of such magazines as Family Circle and Better Homes and Gardens—has struck a deal to purchase New York-based magazine publisher Time, Incorporated. If the sale is approved by the boards of both companies, Meredith will acquire such well-known magazines as Time, Sports Illustrated and Fortune. […]
On Monday, a federal judge in the Northern District of California issued permanent injunction preventing the Trump administration from cutting off federal funds to so-called “sanctuary cities.” The administration’s attempt to punish those cities with funding cuts is also the subject of lawsuit the city of Chicago has filed against the U.S. Department of Justice. In August, Iowa City joined in a friend-of-the-court brief supporting Chicago in that case. […]
Jamie Johnson, a former radio talk show host on WHO in Des Moines, resigned from his senior position in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on Thursday, after CNN reported on some of his public comments on African-Americans and Muslims. […]
Iowa’s Sam Clovis is no longer President Trump’s nominee for the top scientific position at the U.S. Department of Agriculture. It was announced on Thursday that Clovis sent a letter to Trump asking that his name be withdrawn because he did not want his nomination to be “a distraction or negative influence.” […]
The first anniversary of the 2016 election is here. Readers submitted their cover art to commemorate the occasion, and Little Village staff voted. The winner got the coveted cover, but you can see all of the submissions here. Thank you to all participants!
Sam Clovis — the former rightwing radio host in Sioux City, who served a national co-chairman of Donald Trump’s presidential campaign — encouraged a Trump campaign foreign policy advisor to travel to Russia to get information from people connected to Russian government. According to his attorney, Clovis wasn’t encouraging collusion with the Russians, he was just being Iowa nice. […]
During her Monday press conference, Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds came out strongly in favor of the American flag and against NFL players silently protesting during the national anthem. But judging by her remarks — which included references to respecting the military and those who died in the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks — it’s unclear if Reynolds knows why there are protests or anything about the players who are protesting. […]