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Nikki Haley: Keep caucuses, boycott China, stop ‘socialist agenda’

BY: - June 24, 2021

Former U.N. Ambassador Nikki Haley told Iowa Republicans they need to fight against Democrats’ “socialist” agenda, retain Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses and support a boycott of the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics. Haley, a possible 2024 presidential candidate, told the audience at the Iowa Republican Party’s Lincoln Dinner in West Des Moines that Democratic President Joe Biden […]

House committee advances ‘unconstitutional’ challenge of presidential orders

BY: - March 4, 2021

An Iowa House committee advanced a bill Thursday after its chief backer declared the measure unconstitutional.  House File 481, introduced by Rep. John Wills, R-Spirit Lake, is aimed at reviewing presidential executive orders to see if they are constitutional.  The bill also would prohibit state and local governments, and any entity that gets money from […]

COMMENTARY

Is Ted Cruz calculating his chances in the 2024 Iowa caucuses?

BY: - February 21, 2021

James Joyce, the novelist who wrote the masterpiece “Ulysses,” once observed: “A man of genius makes no mistakes. His errors are volitional and are the portals of discovery.” The recent actions of U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, certainly bring that statement to mind. In terms of sheer intellectual firepower, Cruz, a top graduate of Princeton […]

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Trump voters split from the GOP to launch wannabe ‘Patriot Parties’

BY: - February 13, 2021

WASHINGTON — Former President Donald Trump may have stepped back for now from the idea of creating a new political party, but that hasn’t stopped diehard Trump fans disillusioned with the Republican Party from creating Patriot Parties of their own all across the country. Onetime Trump voters in Florida, Georgia, Colorado, Missouri, North Carolina, Ohio […]

What Senate Republicans are saying about Trump’s impeachment trial

BY: - February 9, 2021

WASHINGTON — The second impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump is set to begin Tuesday, when the Senate will start hearing arguments over whether Trump should be convicted of inciting the violent mob that lay siege to the Capitol. So far, no Senate Republican has outright backed a vote to convict Trump, and many […]

COMMENTARY

Biden’s executive orders aren’t the problem. A broken Congress is.

BY: - January 30, 2021

It was tough not to chuckle at a New York Times editorial this week chastising President Joe Biden for the barrage of executive orders that have gone flying out of the Oval Office during his first week behind the Resolute Desk, as if he were the first president ever to do so. “This is no way to make law. A […]

Grassley: Balanced budget amendment faces teetering support

BY: - January 27, 2021

U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley on Wednesday acknowledged that his reintroduced proposal for a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced federal budget faces teetering political support. Grassley, R-Iowa, joined Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah, this week to reintroduce the amendment. “The federal government should not be spending more taxpayer money than it brings in,” Grassley told Iowa reporters […]

Seven U.S. Senate Democrats call for ethics probe of Hawley, Cruz

BY: - January 23, 2021

WASHINGTON — Seven U.S. Senate Democrats are urging the chamber’s ethics panel to look into two Republican senators’ unsubstantiated claims of voter fraud in connection with the deadly assault on the U.S. Capitol earlier this month. The Democrats want a probe of actions by Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley and Texas Republican Sen. Ted Cruz and […]

Biden yanks Keystone XL permit in first-day order, citing climate change

BY: - January 21, 2021

In one of his first official acts after taking office, President Joe Biden revoked the federal permit for the Keystone XL crude oil pipeline that would have traversed eastern Montana on its way from the Alberta oilfields to the Gulf of Mexico. The Wednesday move at least temporarily halts the construction on the highly contentious […]

Biden takes the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

BY: - January 20, 2021

WASHINGTON — Joe Biden has become the 46th president of the United States, taking the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory. That violent mob of rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol, attacked police officers, and sparked […]

Experts: Biden likely to take slow approach on China trade

BY: - January 18, 2021

Agricultural experts don’t expect President-elect Joe Biden to quickly reverse the United States’ chilly relationship with China. They are split on whether Biden will quickly loosen some tariffs on China to ease negotiations that could build on recent increases in the price of corn and soybeans — two of Iowa’s top agricultural commodities.  “In the […]

Former Trump chief of staff: Feds beefing up security at statehouses, U.S. Capitol

BY: - January 12, 2021

Former White House Chief of Staff John Kelly on Tuesday said federal officials are amassing the kind of “just in case” police force they needed when riots broke out Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, but still are concerned about the safety of the nation’s statehouses. “You can tell they’re very concerned about Inauguration Day,” […]