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U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein of California dies at 90

BY: - September 29, 2023

WASHINGTON — U.S. Sen. Dianne Feinstein died Thursday night in her home in Washington, D.C. The California Democrat was 90 and had announced in February she would not run for reelection in 2024. “She left a legacy that is undeniable and extraordinary,” her chief of staff, James Sauls, said in a statement. “Senator Feinstein was a force […]

Nearly all national park sites to close during government shutdown

BY: - September 29, 2023

Almost all National Park Service sites will be inaccessible during a partial federal government shutdown likely to start this weekend, the U.S. Interior Department said Friday. The agency will bar access to most of the nation’s 425 parks, recreation areas, national historic sites and other units, according to a fact sheet from the Interior Department, […]

GOP witnesses at Biden impeachment hearing see insufficient evidence of wrongdoing so far

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — With two days before a partial government shutdown, House Republicans held their first impeachment inquiry hearing Thursday over unproven allegations that President Joe Biden benefited from his son’s business dealings overseas. Witnesses tapped by Republicans for the House Oversight and Accountability Committee hearing acknowledged that there was no evidence showing that the president […]

With two days until shutdown, border security package eyed by U.S. Senate GOP

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Republican U.S. senators huddled behind closed doors Thursday, attempting to draft an amendment to the short-term government funding bill that would increase spending on border security and make policy changes. The provision could help nudge U.S. House Speaker Kevin McCarthy to put the broadly bipartisan measure up for a vote in that chamber, […]

State Board of Regents, universities target campus mental health

BY: - September 28, 2023

The state Board of Regents voted Thursday to seek an extra $1 million from the state to address mental health needs across college campuses and in rural Iowa. Regent Abby Crow made the motion Thursday to increase the fiscal 2025 state appropriations request to support efforts at Iowa State University, the University of Iowa and […]

Pennsylvania’s Fetterman may pursue expulsion of ‘defiant’ Menendez from U.S. Senate

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Pennsylvania Democratic U.S. Sen. John Fetterman said Thursday he would be open to expelling New Jersey Democratic Sen. Bob Menendez from the Senate. “Now that it’s confirmed that he’s not going to go the honorable way. You know, I would like to pursue whatever avenues are available,” Fetterman told reporters. Menendez spoke privately […]

Government shutdown won’t affect health care or most benefits for veterans, VA says

BY: - September 28, 2023

WASHINGTON — Veterans who rely on government health care and other assistance can continue to see their doctors and receive education and pension benefits despite a possible, and likely imminent, partial shutdown that will temporarily cease many federal operations. The Department of Veterans Affairs has released guidance on what functions will continue and not continue […]

Trump to UAW: Endorse me or you won’t have a union

BY: - September 28, 2023

Former President Donald Trump told United Auto Workers (UAW) leaders Wednesday that they would not have a union if they fail to endorse him in the 2024 presidential election. “They have to endorse Trump, because if they don’t, all they’re doing is committing suicide,” Trump said. UAW President Shawn Fain criticized Trump’s Wednesday night visit […]

U.S. Senate panel weighs free speech and deep fakes in AI campaign ads

BY: - September 28, 2023

Artificial intelligence could be used to disrupt U.S. election campaigns, members of the U.S. Senate Committee on Rules and Administration said during a Wednesday hearing. But the hearing showed that imposing laws and regulations on campaign content without violating constitutional rights to political speech will be difficult. Elections pose a particular challenge for AI, an […]

GOP presidential hopefuls tear into each other and absent Trump at second debate

BY: and - September 28, 2023

The candidates polling from second to eighth in the race for the Republican nomination for president largely agreed on policy, fought over their records and took aim at former President Donald Trump Wednesday night at their second debate of the year. Trump, who leads polls of the race by substantial margins, skipped the event at […]

U.S. Rep. Zach Nunn: Fine Congress members during government shutdowns

BY: - September 27, 2023

Members of Congress shouldn’t get paid during a federal government shutdown — but military personnel should, U.S. Rep. Zach Nunn says. Nunn, a Republican representing Iowa’s 3rd District, introduced two pieces of legislation Wednesday aimed at discouraging a government shutdown. The “No Work, No Pay” act would fine Congress members for the equivalent of one […]

Graduate workers protest state Board of Regents meeting over wages

BY: - September 27, 2023

University of Iowa graduate workers flooded into state Board of Regents meeting Wednesday demanding living wages, causing the meeting to adjourn early and with no public comment period. Members of the Campaign to Organize Graduate Students (COGS) gathered at the regents meeting in Levitt Center on the UI campus. They sought to urge the regents […]