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US: Iowa (News/Activism)

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  • Iowa Hawkeyes' new tradition is more than just a wave |

    10/17/2017 6:52:21 AM PDT · by safetysign · 10 replies
    You Tube ^ | 09/30/2017 | Tom Rinaldi
    You don't have to be an Iowa fan to appreciate this. Have your kleenex handy. Watch video at link:
  • Trump voters open to bump stock ban after Las Vegas shooting

    10/15/2017 6:54:51 PM PDT · by leaymane · 79 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 10/14/17 | Daniel Allott
    As night follows day, mass shootings in America are followed by a succession of Democratic politicians and liberal activists pushing for tighter gun restrictions. Almost as reliably, those efforts fail. But in the wake of the massacre in Las Vegas, in which Stephen Paddock killed 58 people and injured hundreds more at an outdoor concert, there is reason to believe this time might be different. Paddock used “bump stock” devices that effectively turn semi-automatic firearms into fully automatic weapons, causing a higher death toll. Republicans and Democrats in Congress have shown some support for a ban of bump stocks. House...
  • Aiding Transgender Case, Sessions Defies His Image on Civil Rights

    10/15/2017 3:59:10 PM PDT · by NRx · 54 replies
    NY Times ^ | 10-15-2017 | MATT APUZZO
    WASHINGTON — The Justice Department has dispatched an experienced federal hate crimes lawyer to Iowa to help prosecute a man charged with murdering a transgender high school student last year, a highly unusual move that officials said was personally initiated by Attorney General Jeff Sessions. In taking the step, Mr. Sessions, a staunch conservative, is sending a signal that he has made a priority of fighting violence against transgender people individually, even as he has rolled back legal protections for them collectively. The Justice Department rarely assigns its lawyers to serve as local prosecutors, and only in cases in which...
  • “I Make My Morning Coffee With the Tears of Liberals”

    10/14/2017 7:13:28 PM PDT · by markomalley · 14 replies
    Powerline ^ | 10/14/17 | John Hinderacker
    So said our own Steve Hayward to a college Republican group in Minnesota last week. For your daily dose of schadenfreude, check out the New York Times’s lament over Iowa’s swing to the right: There is little to suggest a future for the [Democratic] party here in this once reliable Democratic stronghold, at least in races on the national level. President Trump easily carried this county in the 2016 election, and Iowa as a whole; the only counties Hillary Clinton won were in metropolitan areas or university towns.Iowa’s dramatic change has been both abrupt and a long time in coming....
  • Trump country responds to national anthem protests

    10/11/2017 2:41:40 PM PDT · by leaymane · 28 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | Oct. 6, 2017 | Daniel Allott
    When Matt Walker played baseball for the Fayetteville SwampDogs, a collegiate summer team in the Coastal Plain League, his manager offered him and his teammates a lot of advice on how to conduct themselves on the field. Walker and his young teammates, who were trying to land a spot on a major league roster, typically played before crowds of 2,000 to 3,000 people, often in military towns. Fayetteville, in the North Carolina Sandhills, is located only 20 minutes from Fort Bragg, the largest military installation in the world. A majority of the fans, Walker said, were either in the military...
  • Grassley says he's in charge of judicial 'blue slip' tool, after McConnell pledges to kill it

    10/11/2017 2:03:49 PM PDT · by cotton1706 · 28 replies ^ | 10/11/17 | Ryan Lovelace
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley's office said Wednesday he is reviewing the chamber's "blue slip" tradition, after Majority Leader Mitch McConnell pledged to eliminate the tool used to block judicial nominees. "The chairman of the Judiciary Committee will determine how to apply the blue slip courtesy for federal judicial nominees, as has always been the practice," said Taylor Foy, Grassley spokesman, in an email to the Washington Examiner. "Over the years, chairmen have applied the courtesy differently, but the spirit of consultation has always remained." Under the Senate's blue slip procedure, a state's senators are consulted by the White...
  • The significance of the Supreme Court case on extreme partisan gerrymandering

    10/10/2017 2:54:49 PM PDT · by iowamark · 33 replies
    Roll Call ^ | 10/10/17 | Rep. Rod Blum
    It is a privilege to live in a country where someone like myself, raised by parents with 10th grade educations, can live the American dream. I am a small businessman, a coach, a father, a husband -- not a career politician. I ran for office because I believe in the American dream -- the faith that education, initiative, and hard work can earn anyone a better life in this country -- is a dream worth defending. I was raised to believe that in America, the greatest country on Earth, each of us has a voice in our government. This is...
  • Grassley: IRS contract with Equifax 'doesn't add up'

    10/05/2017 3:54:50 AM PDT · by iowamark · 7 replies
    The IRS award of a $7.25 million no-bid contract to Equifax after a hack of the data services company that exposed personal information of as many as 145 million Americans “just doesn’t add up,” according to Sen. Chuck Grassley. “Given recent Equifax breach the IRS needs 2make clear &demonstrate that taxpayer information is safe if doing biz w Equifax,” the Iowa Republican said in a post on Twitter Wednesday morning. “Not only was I surprised, but I was sitting with a senator in Judiciary (Committee) today that was told that by another senator and he said, ‘You got to be...
  • Planned Parenthood Loses Bid to Stop Waiting Period Before It Can Kill Babies in Abortions(Iowa)

    10/02/2017 5:30:57 PM PDT · by Morgana
    LIFE NEWS ^ | October 2 2017 | Micaiah Bilger
    The abortion chain Planned Parenthood lost a legal challenge to Iowa’s 72-hour waiting period law Monday when a judge upheld the law. The Des Moines Register reports Iowa Judge Jeffrey Farrell refused to block the law. He rejected the abortion business’s argument that the law places an “undue burden” on women’s access to abortion. “The Iowa Act is arguably the strictest mandatory waiting period law in the country, but the only question to the court is whether it complies with the constitutional standard,” Farrell wrote. “It does.” The Iowa law requires that a woman be offered the chance to see...
  • Iowa State requires applicants agree to ‘diversity and inclusion’ pledge

    09/11/2017 7:46:09 AM PDT · by C19fan · 22 replies
    College Fix ^ | September 11, 2017 | William Nardi
    Iowa State University has added new language to its job applications that requires prospective employees to pledge they will “demonstrate their contribution to diversity and inclusion” once hired.
  • Boeing ‘Skeptical’ of United Technologies-Rockwell Collins Deal

    09/05/2017 4:10:38 PM PDT · by iowamark · 5 replies
    Bloomberg ^ | September 5, 2017 | Benjamin D Katz , Rick Clough , and Julie Johnsson
    Boeing Co. and Airbus SE voiced concerns about a proposed tie-up of two leading suppliers Tuesday, potentially upsetting United Technologies Corp.’s $23 billion acquisition of Rockwell Collins Inc. The world’s largest planemakers added to the chorus of skeptics of a deal that would create an aerospace behemoth with a range of products to outfit jetliners and warplanes. Investors sent United Technologies shares plunging by the most in two years, while credit ratings companies said the manufacturer risks downgrades. Boeing, which has been squeezing suppliers for discounts, warned it would take action to protect itself if it saw the merger as...
  • GOP senator joins support for Flake in contentious Arizona primary [Joni Ernst! Aargh!]

    09/03/2017 2:01:02 PM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 55 replies
    The Hill ^ | 8/30/17 | Josh Delk
    A Senate Republican is standing up for a GOP colleague in his contentious reelection bid, despite opposition from President Trump. Sen. Joni Ernst (R-Iowa) will speak at a Phoenix fundraiser for Sen. Jeff Flake (R-Ariz.) in support of the senator's reelection campaign against a pro-Trump challenger, according to Ernst will appear at a Young Republicans meet-and-greet event on Sept. 7, followed by a "Women for Flake" fundraiser the next day, Flake's campaign told the paper.
  • Dem's potty mouth gets her banned from speaking at party fundraiser

    08/30/2017 10:33:21 AM PDT · by servo1969 · 31 replies ^ | 8-30-2017 | Fox News
    An Iowa Democratic congressional candidate's foul mouth reportedly has gotten her barred from speaking at a local fundraiser next month. The Des Moines Register reports that a Polk County Democratic Party committee voted not to offer a speaking invitation to Heather Ryan for their upcoming steak fry, where several members of Congress and other candidates from across the state will speak. Committee co-chairs Kimberley Boggus and Lindsay Paulson reportedly wrote in a letter to party members that the event will include children and should be "family-friendly." ----------- "The party that tells women to sit down and shut up is not...
  • 'White shaming' is new rage on college campuses

    08/27/2017 5:12:29 AM PDT · by rktman · 126 replies ^ | 8/26/2017 | unknown
    An assistant professor at the University of Iowa who pledged to expose her students to “their own white ignorance” in a “peer-reviewed academic journal” was stunned and appalled that she was, well, criticized for it. Jodi Linley, a white education instructor, wrote that her goal was to make her “mostly white” graduate students keenly aware of their “white privilege” and use her classroom to “deconstruct whiteness.” If she did otherwise, she explained, it would make her “complicit” in perpetrating white supremacy. “For white students,” she wrote, “talking about race with an all-white group of peers … [reveals] their own white...
  • 'It just takes one mistake:' Lost floaters rescued by drone in northeast Iowa

    08/26/2017 12:03:08 PM PDT · by Aliska · 113 replies
    Quad City Times ^ | August 26, 2017 | Jack Cullen
    Caked in mud and covered with bug bites, a shivering group of six friends from the Quad-Cities huddled together in the dark this past Sunday, stranded in the woods of northeast Iowa.
  • Apple to build Iowa data center, get $207.8 million in incentives ($1.375 billion!)

    08/24/2017 2:19:27 PM PDT · by TigerClaws · 106 replies
    Apple Inc will build a $1.375 billion data center in Waukee, Iowa, Apple and state officials said on Thursday, with $207.8 million in incentives approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority and Waukee city council. Apple will purchase 2,000 acres (8.09 square km) of land in Waukee, about 20 miles (32 km) west of Des Moines, to build two data centers. The company will receive a $19.65 million investment tax credit for creating 50 jobs. Apple said the project will generate more than 550 jobs in construction and operations, but did not specify how many of those jobs would be...
  • Villaraigosa: Kamala Harris Will Be ‘Knocking on Doors in Iowa’

    08/20/2017 8:06:21 AM PDT · by simpson96 · 58 replies
    Washington FreeBeacon ^ | 8/20/2017 | David Rutz
    Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D.) said California Sen. Kamala Harris (D.) will be "knocking on doors in Iowa," indicating Saturday he expects she will run for president. Villaraigosa, who is running for Governor of California in 2018, was asked by MSNBC host Hugh Hewitt about Harris, a newly elected senator considered a rising star in the Democratic Party. Hewitt predicted she would be the nominee for the Democrats in 2020. "Has she got a stake in this governor's race?" Hewitt asked. "Well, not yet," Villaraigosa said. "I hope she will support my candidacy, but as you say, she...
  • Sticker Shock: Iowa's only ObamaCare insurer seeks 57 percent rate increase

    08/17/2017 2:13:04 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 13 replies
    FOX News ^ | August 17, 2017 | By Barnini Chakraborty
    In one of the biggest 2018 premium hikes sought to date, Iowa’s only ObamaCare insurer is looking for a 57 percent rate increase – that’s 13 percent more than they asked for just two months earlier. It’s a troubling trend that’s been spreading across the country as jittery insurers stay stuck in a holding pattern waiting on Congress and the Trump administration to decide the fate of the Affordable Care Act. President Trump has at different times encouraged lawmakers to let ObamaCare implode, pushed his party to repeal and replace the bill, admonished his own party for failing to do...
  • Sen. Grassley says partisan lawsuits against President Trump should also implicate Hillary Clinton

    08/16/2017 9:33:55 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Circa ^ | 8/16/2017 | Sara A. Carter
    Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Charles Grassley is demanding plaintiffs of three separate lawsuits filed against President Trump, who claim the president violated an obscure Constitutional provision known as the Emoluments Clause, should also consider investigating violations allegedly committed by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, since the basis of their lawsuits also implicate the former presidential candidate. The clause prohibits any person holding office from receiving gifts or payments from foreign governments without the consent of Congress and the chairman says the overwhelming evidence against Clinton should be made part of the ongoing lawsuits, which he says are both "partisan...
  • Color Blind or Absent Mind?

    08/16/2017 7:16:07 AM PDT · by Academiadotorg · 18 replies
    Accuracy in Academia ^ | August 16, 2017 | Malcolm A. Kline
    There is a distinction between color blindness and absent mindedness. The former is a worthy goal consonant with Dr. King's desire that we judge each other "by the content of our character not the color of our skin." The latter is too frequently on display in academia. "As a white assistant professor of mostly white graduate students who will become higher education leaders, I work to dismantle whiteness in my curriculum, assignments and pedagogy," Jodi L. Linley writes. "I make meaning of my own white identity through my commitment to reflexivity as a constant activity." "Equally salient are my identities...