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  • Beto O’Rourke Runs St. Patrick’s-Themed 5K in Iowa

    03/19/2019 6:53:45 PM PDT · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 16 replies
    Runner's World ^ | March 18, 2019 | Daisy Hernandez
    Unless you knew to look for bib number 173, former Texas congressman Beto O’Rourke was easy to miss among the crowd of 141 runners this past weekend in North Liberty, Iowa, a suburb of Iowa City. O’Rourke donned a low-key look consisting of a white cap, shorts over black tights, and running shoes as he kicked off his Saturday with a St. Patrick’s-themed 5K while campaigning in the Hawkeye State. He finished in 24:29, good enough to place third in his age group (40-49). The 5K came just two days after another race announcement: On Thursday, O’Rourke posted a video...
  • Kirsten Gillibrand officially enters 2020 Democratic presidential pack

    03/17/2019 6:17:55 AM PDT · by Libloather · 45 replies
    NBC News ^ | 3/17/19 | Ali Vitali, Mark Murray
    MANCHESTER, N.H. — New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand officially entered the ever-growing pool of Democratic presidential hopefuls Sunday, ending the two-month-long exploratory phase of her campaign saying she’s running for the White House to make “big, bold, brave choices.” “Our anthem asks a question, forcing every generation to make a choice,” Gillibrand says in a video released Sunday morning. “Will brave win? Let’s answer for ours." **SNIP** After Sunday’s video announcement, Gillibrand heads to Michigan on Monday for an MSNBC town hall with Chris Hayes; to Iowa on Tuesday and Wednesday; and to Nevada on Thursday. She’ll then cap off...
  • O’Rourke calls America’s capitalist economy ‘racist’

    03/16/2019 8:40:22 AM PDT · by Libloather · 62 replies
    Politico ^ | 3/15/19 | DAVID SIDERS
    MOUNT PLEASANT, Iowa — Beto O’Rourke said Friday that America’s capitalist economy is “racist,” while he praised a proposal to give infants so-called baby bonds to address systemic inequalities. Responding to a question at a meet-and-greet in Iowa about whether he is a socialist, O’Rourke reiterated that “I consider myself a capitalist” and said capitalism is necessary to meet myriad “historic challenges” facing the country. “It won’t be government intervention or policy alone that makes it possible,” he said. However, O’Rourke added at a coffee shop here, “Having said that, it is clearly an imperfect, unfair, unjust and racist capitalist...
  • Iowan taxpayers must fund transgender surgeries through Medicaid, rules court

    03/13/2019 10:49:45 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 22 replies
    Christian Post ^ | 03/13/2019 | By Leah MarieAnn Klett
    Iowa taxpayers will be forced to fund gender reassignment surgery through Medicaid after the state Supreme Court ruled that such procedures are “medically necessary” for transgender individuals. On Friday, Iowa’s Supreme Court ruled that transgender people can now use Medicaid for “gender-affirming surgeries,” overturning the state’s previously held administrative code regarding Medicaid, which classifies transition-related surgeries as "cosmetic, reconstructive or plastic surgery" and explicitly bans "surgeries for the purpose of sex reassignment,” the Des Moines Register reports. The justices agreed with a district judge's ruling that the rules contradicted protections in the Iowa Civil Rights Act, which added gender identity...
  • Inslee: I Have ‘Humility About Being a Straight White Male’

    03/11/2019 5:50:49 AM PDT · by ManHunter · 51 replies
    The Washington Free Beacon ^ | 10 MAR 2019 | Andrew Kugle
    Washington governor and 2020 candidate Jay Inslee (D.) said on Sunday he thinks he has humility about being a straight white male, saying he recognizes the advantages he's received as a result of that identity. "Our new CNN/Des Moines Register poll shows only 38 percent of likely Democratic caucus-goers in Iowa say they would be satisfied with a straight white male nominee," CNN anchor Jake Tapper said. "So why are you as a straight white male the right person to lead the Democratic party if there's so much skepticism from Democrats in Iowa?"
  • Want to combat hate? Stop the hazing of Ilhan Omar and start listening.

    03/07/2019 6:29:24 AM PST · by C19fan · 64 replies
    Washington Post ^ | March 6, 2019 | Wajahat Ali and Rabia Chaudry
    The firestorm around Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent tweets about the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) and criticism of Israel has drawn attention to what language rises to the level of anti-Semitism, the shameful double standards for Muslims and people of color, and how anti-Semitism is often hypocritically used as a political bludgeon. GOP leadership has called for an official censure and her removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee, and House Democrats called for a resolution this week denouncing anti-Semitism after Omar recently tweeted, “I should not be expected to have allegiance/pledge support to a foreign country in order...
  • Awkward: How Trump’s past donations could haunt 2020 Dems

    03/05/2019 7:30:52 PM PST · by 2ndDivisionVet · 9 replies
    The Politico ^ | March 5, 2019
    Donations from Trump and his family add another wrinkle to a Democratic primary where candidates are trumpeting their distance from the president. Kamala Harris received money from Donald Trump as recently as six years ago. Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner hosted a Park Avenue fundraiser for Cory Booker. Kirsten Gillibrand took in Trump family donations three times across a seven-year period — and then gave a similar amount of money to a nonprofit years later after the president mocked her in a tweet. As the president gears up for his re-election fight, donor records show that six of the declared...
  • Analysis: GOP senators struggle to escape no-win border vote

    03/02/2019 2:37:08 PM PST · by Mariner · 52 replies
    AP via Yahoo ^ | March 2nd, 2019 | LISA MASCARO
    WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican senators floated their ideas. They were trying to find a way out of a seemingly impossible dilemma: how to support President Donald Trump's U.S.-Mexico border wall without approving the national emergency declaration he invoked to build it. And one by one, during a private lunchtime meeting that ran hot at times, they found no easy answers. As a deadline for voting looms, it's increasingly clear that Republican senators are deeply uncomfortable with Trump's use of executive power to build the wall and desperate to devise a way around the vote. Senators know...
  • All-star lineup of Tucson reporters faces buyouts, layoffs loom

    03/01/2019 2:48:47 PM PST · by rintintin · 20 replies
    Tucson Sentinel ^ | Feb 26 2019 | Dylan Smith
    A list of household names on the Arizona Daily Star staff must soon decide if they'll stay on the job — the newspaper's corporate owners have offered buyouts for older workers, with the veiled threat of potential layoffs pending if not enough staffers accept. At least a dozen journalists have been given 45 days to decide if they'll accept six months of salary to walk away from their jobs as part of a cost-cutting effort by Lee Enterprises, the Iowa-based media chain that runs Tucson's daily newspaper.
  • Democratic Presidential Candidates Double Down on Abortion Extremism

    03/01/2019 2:43:24 PM PST · by detective · 10 replies
    National Review ^ | March 1, 2019 | Alexandra DeSanctis
    Democratic senators Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kamala Harris (Calif.) have doubled down on their extreme stance on abortion, and Warren in particular has outright defended her vote against the Born-Alive Abortion Survivors Protection Act, which was defeated in the Senate on Monday in a 53-44 vote. The bill, sponsored by Senator Ben Sasse (R., Neb.), needed 60 votes to pass. “I think it’s up to a woman to make that decision, and I will always stand by that,” Harris told the Daily Caller on Wednesday, when asked if she believes abortion is immoral. “I think she needs to make that...
  • De Blasio will continue 2020 flirtation with another Iowa trip

    02/22/2019 1:39:22 PM PST · by Mr_Moonlight · 12 replies
    New York Post ^ | February 22 2019 | Erik Thomas
    Mayor Bill de Blasio will bundle up and head to Iowa this weekend in his long-shot quest for the White House, The Post has learned. The mayor will arrive in Iowa on Saturday afternoon and depart Sunday afternoon. He expects to have events in Des Moines and Sioux City, though final details are still being worked out, according to a person familiar with the arrangements.
  • Senate reignites blue slip war over Trump court picks

    02/24/2019 3:55:43 PM PST · by jazusamo · 38 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 24, 2019 | Jordain Carney
    The Senate is set to escalate a long simmering fight over President Trump's judicial nominees. Republicans are poised to confirm a pick for the influential circuit courts next week without the support of either of the nominee's home-state senators—a first for the Trump era. Eric Miller is the first appeals judge to get a vote on the Senate floor this year, and the 31st of Trump’s presidency. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) set up an initial vote on his Ninth Circuit nomination for Monday evening. “The judicial train is running in the committee and it will soon hit the floor,”...
  • Mayor de Blasio trash talks Clinton, praises Trump in Iowa

    02/24/2019 5:23:29 AM PST · by Libloather · 19 replies
    NY Post ^ | 2/23/19 | Julia Marsh
    Mayor de Blasio took his presidential ambitions to Iowa on Saturday night, where he’s deploying a head-scratcher campaign strategy: trash talking Hillary Clinton and praising President Trump - and all the while still not declaring his candidacy. Only 25 Sioux City residents braved a blizzard to hear Hizzoner insist he’d do a better job than Clinton at leading Democrats. Clinton spent too much time trashing her Republican opponent in 2016, the mayor complained. “We’re not going to win by talking about Donald Trump,” the mayor said inside a cavernous bar.local bar as a blizzard raged outside. “I have deep respect...
  • owa radio announcer Gary Dolphin suspended for basketball season after 'King Kong' reference

    02/23/2019 5:31:08 PM PST · by Kazan · 48 replies
    Hawk Central ^ | 2/22/19 | Chad Leistikow
    Longtime radio voice Gary Dolphin has been suspended from broadcasting Iowa basketball games for the rest of the season. The action comes following comments that Dolphin made during the postgame portion of Iowa’s radio broadcast of Tuesday’s home game against Maryland, in which he referred to the Terrapins’ Bruno Fernando, who is black, as “King Kong.” The suspension, announced by Learfield Sports Properties (which owns the rights to Hawkeye broadcasts), is for basketball only. Dolphin has been Iowa’s play-by-play voice of Iowa football, as well, for the past 22 years. The reference to King Kong, a fictional gorilla in a...
  • De Blasio will continue 2020 flirtation with another Iowa trip

    02/21/2019 2:41:16 PM PST · by ChicagoConservative27 · 19 replies
    nypost ^ | 02/21/2019 | Nolan Hicks
    Mayor Bill de Blasio will bundle up and head to Iowa this weekend in his long-shot quest for the White House, The Post has learned. The mayor will arrive in Iowa on Saturday afternoon and depart Sunday afternoon. He expects to have events in Des Moines and Sioux City, though final details are still being worked out, according to a person familiar with the arrangements. The travel comes just a week after de Blasio canceled a scheduled trip to another early presidential primary state, New Hampshire, following the tragic friendly-fire death of New York City police Detective Brian Simonsen. De...
  • Warren addresses DNA test during first trip to Iowa

    01/05/2019 5:21:01 PM PST · by Baynative · 88 replies
    The Hill ^ | 1/5/19 | Tal Axelrod
    “I’m glad you asked that question. I genuinely am,” she told an attendee at a town hall who asked about the test's results. “I’m not a person of color. I’m not a citizen of a tribe. Tribal citizenship is very different from ancestry. Tribes and only tribes determine tribal citizenship and I respect that difference,” she continued.
  • Senators demand details of 2015 meetings between Russian spy and US financial officials

    02/15/2019 11:37:02 PM PST · by blueplum · 22 replies
    Washington Examiner ^ | 15 Feb 2019 | Colin Wilhelm
    A Republican and a Democratic senator have called on the Federal Reserve and the publisher of a foreign policy magazine to provide more details on 2015 meetings involving senior U.S. financial officials, a Russian central bank official, and Russian spy Maria Butina. Now, Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley R-Iowa, and the top Democrat on that panel, Sen. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., want more information. The meetings involved Butina, now-former Russian Central Bank Deputy Governor Alexander Torshin, former Federal Reserve Vice Chairman Stanley Fischer, and former Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Nathan Sheets. They were reportedly arranged by the Center for...
  • House Dems will not strip Omar of her committee assignments: report

    02/11/2019 5:42:24 PM PST · by jazusamo · 75 replies
    The Hill ^ | February 11, 2019 | Chris Mills Rodrigo
    House Democrats reportedly will not strip Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) of her committee assignments after she apologized for tweets suggesting that American lawmakers were motivated to defend Israel by money. House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer (D-Md.) told Roll Call that "of course" Democrats would not strip Omar of committee assignments like Republicans did to Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa.) after he questioned how terms like "white supremacy" became offensive. “I don’t think she’s anti-Semitic,” Hoyer reportedly said. “She did apologize. The key will be that when we make a mistake like that, conscious or unconscious, that we don’t repeat it. That...
  • Federal Court: University Of Iowa Illegally Discriminated Against Christian Student Groups

    02/11/2019 1:33:32 PM PST · by detective · 14 replies
    The Federalist ^ | February 11, 2019 | Nicole Russell
    Court documents revealed the public university kept a ‘watch list’ of student groups on probation. All of the groups on the list were religious. On Wednesday, a federal court ruled that the University of Iowa had illegally targeted religious groups for requiring their leaders to follow their faith. As such, Business Leaders in Christ (BLC), a Christian student group on the University of Iowa’s campus, secured a permanent place on campus. At the hearing February 1, it was clear the university had not only kicked BLC off campus because of their expression of faith, but had targeted and blacklisted 31...
  • Former Klobuchar staffers complain of mistreatment, temper

    02/08/2019 4:14:45 PM PST · by yesthatjallen · 58 replies
    The Hill ^ | 02/08/19 | Lisa Hagen and Rachel Frazin
    Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.) is facing scrutiny over her treatment of congressional staff and her workplace demeanor, just days ahead of her decision about whether she will run for president in 2020. A number of former staffers who worked for Klobuchar spoke anonymously to BuzzFeed News, accusing the senator of often berating staff over small mistakes and creating a hostile work environment. BuzzFeed interviewed eight former aides and reviewed dozens of emails. A spokesperson for Klobuchar did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill. BuzzFeed reported that Klobuchar often yelled, threw papers and flung objects and...