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HAPPENING TODAY: Gov. Reynolds in eastern Iowa

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Kim Reynolds will be in eastern Iowa today for the first time as governor. 

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Appeals court deals blow to Trump administration travel ban

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The 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a lower court ruling that blocks the Republican's administration from temporarily suspending new visas for people from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. 

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Sen. Grassley releases statement on Reynolds/Gregg administration

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Senator Chick Grassley made the following statement regarding the appointment of Adam Gregg to be Lieutenant Governor of Iowa.

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Fastest growing Iowa cities near Des Moines, Iowa City

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New U.S. Census estimates released Thursday show that Ankeny's population jumped 28.6 percent between 2010 and 2016 to reach 58,627.

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President Trump to hold rally in Iowa

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The President will be at the DoubleTree by Hilton Cedar Rapids Convention Complex on Thursday, June 1st at 7:00 p.m. 

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Gov. Reynolds in Cedar Rapids Friday for "Building a Better Iowa" tour Video included

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Gov. Reynolds will be at the Cedar Rapids Airport Friday, May 26 at 1:30 p.m. 

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As Branstad heads out, Reynolds inherits range of issues

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Branstad will resign as governor Wednesday morning in his formal office at the Capitol. He'll then be sworn in immediately as ambassador.

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Flynn rejects Trump-Russia probe subpoena; Dems say he lied Video included

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Members of key congressional committees are pledging a full public airing as to why former FBI director James Comey was ousted amid an intensifying investigation into Russia's interference with the U.S. election. More>>

Senate confirms Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad as Ambassador to China

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During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Branstad assured lawmakers that he would not shy away from confronting Beijing on a range of issues, including human rights and trade. 

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Trump to head overseas without announcing new FBI director

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After saying he was "very close" to naming a new FBI director, President Donald Trump boarded Air Force One on Friday for his first foreign trip without making any comment about the future leadership of the law enforcement agency.

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Lt. Gov. Reynolds statement on Branstad confirmed as Ambassador to China

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Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds released a statement after Gov. Terry Branstad was confirmed by the U.S. Senate to become Ambassador to China this evening. 

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The Latest: Anthony Weiner leaves court after guilty plea

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Former U.S. Rep. Anthony Weiner has pleaded guilty to transmitting sexual material to a minor and could get years in prison. Weiner agreed Friday not to appeal any sentence between 21 and 27 months in prison. More>>

"I would not call that a repeal," Blum talks about health care bill

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Congressman Blum held his fourth town hall of the week yesterday in Marshalltown.

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Trump interview with Lester Holt: President asked Comey if he was under investigation

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"I actually asked him" if I were under investigation, Trump said, noting that he spoke with Comey once over dinner and twice by phone. "I said, if it's possible would you let me know, am I under investigation? He said, 'You are not under investigation.'"

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Trump to sign order on political limits for churches

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President Donald Trump plans to sign an executive order Thursday targeting a rarely enforced IRS rule that says religious organizations and other non-profits that endorse political candidates risk losing their tax-exempt status. 

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No cut in salt, fewer grains: Gov't eases school meal rules

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The move by the Trump administration partially rolls back rules championed by former first lady Michelle Obama as part of her healthy eating initiative. 

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Attorney General: New Iowa governor won't have power to pick lieutenant

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Iowa's attorney general says Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will not have the authority to appoint a lieutenant governor when she replaces Gov. Terry Branstad. 

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Security logistics loom if guns are allowed at Iowa Capitol

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The potential change has raised questions for security staff about how they would deal with armed visitors.

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Gorsuch sworn into Supreme Court, vows to serve Constitution

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President Donald Trump praised new Supreme Court Justice Neil Gorsuch during a White House swearing-in ceremony on Monday as a jurist who will rule "not on his personal preferences but based on a fair and objective reading of the law."

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Democrat Andy McGuire says she's running for Iowa governor

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 Andy McGuire says in a video released Monday that she's entered the 2018 gubernatorial race to focus on public schools, small businesses and raising wages.

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Neil Gorsuch confirmed to the Supreme Court

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The Senate has cast enough votes to confirm Neil Gorsuch, a 49-year-old federal judge who could help cement a conservative majority on the bench for decades, to the Supreme Court, according to a CNN count of the vote.

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Iowa Senate OKs gun bill with stand-your-ground provision

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The House, which passed it recently, must vote again because of some changes in the Senate. 

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Obama aide denies using intel to spy on Trump advisers

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Susan Rice, Barack Obama's national security adviser and the latest target for Donald Trump's embattled defenders, firmly denied on Tuesday that she or other Obama officials used secret intelligence reports to spy on Trump associates for political purposes.

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Opposition grows to Iowa bill making many 911 calls secret

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The bill would declare that 911 calls involving emergencies in which people are injured are confidential "medical records" and exempt from Iowa's open records law. 

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Branstad goes to Washington to discuss ambassador nomination

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 Branstad says he'll meet with members of the Senate Committee on Foreign Relations and officials at the State Department. 

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White House releases First Lady's official portrait

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Mrs. Trump says, "I am honored to serve in the role of First Lady, and look forward to working on behalf of the American people over the coming years." 

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Illinois considers legalizing marijuana for a fiscal boost

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Two Chicago Democrats introduced legislation last week that would legalize small amounts of marijuana for adults and license businesses to sell cannabis products.

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Gov. Branstad backs minimum wage raise; House GOP says no

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Gov. Terry Branstad says he still supports a modest minimum wage increase, just days after Republican leaders in the Iowa House made clear they weren't interested. 

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Iowa GOP seeks workers' comp overhaul some say isn't needed

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The state House and Senate are considering identical bills intended to lower business costs by reducing coverage for some workers' injuries, minimizing late fees for employers and allowing pre-existing conditions to decrease benefits.

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Supreme Court won't say is trans teen can pick bathroom

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The court's order in the case of teenager Gavin Grimm means that attention now will turn to lower courts around the country that are grappling with rights of transgender students to use school bathrooms that correspond to their chosen gender, not the one assigned at birth. 

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Questions and answers about perjury, Sessions' statements

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The revelation prompted calls for Sessions to resign or recuse himself from a probe into Trump campaign contacts with Russia. 

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Dr. Ben Carson confirmed as Secretary of Department of Housing and Urban Development

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 President Donald Trump's choice to tap Carson — who does not have experience in issues related to housing — to head the department was met with skepticism from Democrats. 

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