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White House again blasts Obamacare, cites report showing huge increase in health insurance premiums

White House again blasts Obamacare, cites report showing huge increase in health insurance premiums

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The White House reported today that Obamacare is a “disaster” and health insurance premiums have increased an average of 105% since 2013. Since Obamacare was implemented, premiums…

Branstad approved by U.S. Senate as ambassador to China, will resign Wednesday

Branstad approved by U.S. Senate as ambassador to China, will resign Wednesday

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States Senate today voted to confirm Iowa Governor Terry Branstad as U.S. ambassador to China. Governor Branstad will resign as governor of Iowa on Wednesday,…

Immigration arrests made by ICE climb nearly 40%

Immigration arrests made by ICE climb nearly 40%

WASHINGTON, D.C. – In the 100 days since President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders (EOs) regarding immigration enforcement priorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than…

U.S. and Saudi Arabia to co-chair new Terrorist Financing Targeting Center

U.S. and Saudi Arabia to co-chair new Terrorist Financing Targeting Center

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – Today, the United States and Saudi Arabia signed a historic agreement announcing the two nations’ intent to establish the Terrorist Financing Targeting Center (TFTC), a collaborative…

President Donald J. Trump speech in Saudi Arabia: “This is a battle between Good and Evil”

President Donald J. Trump speech in Saudi Arabia: “This is a battle between Good and Evil”

RIYADH, SAUDI ARABIA – The following is the speech President Donald J. Trump gave in Saudi Arabia on May 20, 2017: I want to thank King Salman for his extraordinary…

President Trump and Saudi King Salman sign huge arms deal

President Trump and Saudi King Salman sign huge arms deal

SAUDI ARABIA – The White House reported Saturday that President Donald J. Trump and King Salman of Saudi Arabia signed a Joint Strategic Vision Statement promising close collaboration to counter…

Iowa woman dead after car gets hung up on rail tracks before train collides with vehicle

Iowa woman dead after car gets hung up on rail tracks before train collides with vehicle

BURLINGTON, IOWA – An Iowa woman died as a result of a train collision caused by her car getting hung up on rail tracks. The accident took place Saturday morning,…

ICE deports Mexican national wanted for sex trafficking minors

ICE deports Mexican national wanted for sex trafficking minors

PHOENIX, AZ – A Mexican national wanted in his native country for sex trafficking minors was handed over to Mexican law enforcement officials Tuesday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

Trump headed to Saudi Arabia, will announce huge arms sale to Islamic ally

Trump headed to Saudi Arabia, will announce huge arms sale to Islamic ally

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald Trump this afternoon is boarding Air Force One for a long flight to Middle East ally Saudi Arabia, where he is expected to announce a…

Planned Parenthood to close four Iowa clinics

Planned Parenthood to close four Iowa clinics

DES MOINES – Planned Parenthood announced this week the closure of four clinics, blaming funding cuts from Republican lawmakers. Planned Parenthood described the situation: Because of a dangerous new Iowa…

Judiciary Committee leaders seek copies of reported Comey memos and possible Trump tapes

Judiciary Committee leaders seek copies of reported Comey memos and possible Trump tapes

WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein along with Crime and Terrorism Subcommittee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Sheldon Whitehouse today called on…

Iowan Rachel Brand confirmed by U.S. Senate as Associate Attorney General

Iowan Rachel Brand confirmed by U.S. Senate as Associate Attorney General

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rachel L. Brand of Pella, Iowa had been confirmed by the United States Senate by a vote of 52-46 to be Associate Attorney General of the United…

Poll: GOP handling of health care puts House up for grabs in next election

Poll: GOP handling of health care puts House up for grabs in next election

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A new poll is showing Republicans may be in danger of losing the House of Representatives in the next election, and many favor impeaching President Trump. The…

ICE removes Guatemalan national wanted for murder

ICE removes Guatemalan national wanted for murder

NEW YORK — A Guatemalan national wanted for murder charges was removed Thursday by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers. Filadelfo Cardona Martinez, 40,…

Homeland Security responds to “WannaCry” ransomware infecting Microsoft computers

Homeland Security responds to “WannaCry” ransomware infecting Microsoft computers

WASHINGTON – The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it is aware of reports of ransomware known as WannaCry affecting multiple global entities. Ransomware is a type of malicious software…

Attorney General Sessions issues charging and sentencing guidelines to federal prosecutors

Attorney General Sessions issues charging and sentencing guidelines to federal prosecutors

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Attorney General Jeff Sessions today issued the attached memorandum establishing charging and sentencing policies for the Department of Justice. This policy was formulated after extensive consultation with…

President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’ then gets sued

President Trump launches commission on ‘election integrity’ then gets sued

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump on Thursday launched a commission on ‘election integrity’ using an Executive Order. Here is the order: Presidential Executive Order on the Establishment of…

ICE-led gang surge nets 1,378 arrests nationwide

ICE-led gang surge nets 1,378 arrests nationwide

WASHINGTON — A six-week nationwide gang operation led by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) concluded this weekend with 1,378 arrests across the United States –…

Trump’s top trade rep confirmed by Senate today

Trump’s top trade rep confirmed by Senate today

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Senate today confirmed Robert Lighthizer, who worked under President Ronald Reagan as a trade official, as the President Donald Trump’s U.S. Trade Representative. U.S. Senator Joni…

Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

Secretary of State Tillerson meets with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov Wednesday in Washington for more than an hour to discuss a range of issues including…

Taxpayers recover $57.7 million from the sale of Treasury’s remaining stake in First Bancorp

Taxpayers recover $57.7 million from the sale of Treasury’s remaining stake in First Bancorp

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Department of the Treasury today announced that it had agreed to sell all of its remaining 10,291,553 shares of First BanCorp. (FBP) common stock, exiting…

Childcare worker receives over 6 years for possessing thousands of child porn images

Childcare worker receives over 6 years for possessing thousands of child porn images

SEATTLE – A former Seattle child care worker was sentenced Friday to 78 months in prison followed by 15 years’ supervised release for possession of child pornography, after a probe…

Department of Justice releases data on incarcerated aliens

Department of Justice releases data on incarcerated aliens

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Trump’s Executive Order on Public Safety in the Interior of the United States requires the Department of Justice to collect relevant data and provide quarterly reports…

Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee faces backlash after Cinco de Mayo Twitter rant

Former Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee faces backlash after Cinco de Mayo Twitter rant

LITTLE ROCK, ARKANSAS – Former Republican Presidential candidate Mike Huckabee celebrated Cinco De Mayo by tweeting about guzzling salsa and watching Speedy Gonzales cartoons, and now faces a backlash in…

U.S. House repeals and replaces Obamacare; Senate next

U.S. House repeals and replaces Obamacare; Senate next

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives today passed the American Health Care Act, a bill to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, otherwise known as Obamacare. U.S.…

Idaho man to spend 28 years behind bars for tricking gay man into meeting, then delivering fatal beating

Idaho man to spend 28 years behind bars for tricking gay man into meeting, then delivering fatal beating

BOISE, IDAHO – An Idaho man used the internet to trick a gay man into a clandestine meeting, then used steel-toes boots to beat him to death. Kelly Schneider, 23,…

Gov. Branstad releases opening statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee

Gov. Branstad releases opening statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee

DES MOINES – Today, Gov. Terry Branstad released his opening statement to the United States Senate Foreign Relations Committee regarding the Ambassadorship to China. U.S. Senator Bob Corker (R-Tenn.), chairman…

Ernst stresses need for new technologies and partnerships to counter threats in the Asia-Pacific region (video)

Ernst stresses need for new technologies and partnerships to counter threats in the Asia-Pacific region (video)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Senator Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran and Chairman of the Emerging Threats and Capabilities Subcommittee, today questioned Admiral Harry B. Harris, Jr., Commander of the…

Minnesota investment advisor sent to prison for $5 million fraud scheme

Minnesota investment advisor sent to prison for $5 million fraud scheme

MINNEAPOLIS – A former Minnesota investment advisor has been sent to prison for a $5 million securities fraud scheme, federal authorities announced. Acting United States Attorney Gregory G. Brooker announced…

President Trump Proposed a Massive Tax Cut. Here’s What You Need to Know.

President Trump Proposed a Massive Tax Cut. Here’s What You Need to Know.

APRIL 26, 2017 AT 10:30 PM ET BY GARY COHN from WhiteHouse.gov We have a once-in-a-generation opportunity to do something big. President Trump has made tax reform a priority, and…

Trump willing to negotiate on NAFTA

Trump willing to negotiate on NAFTA

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The United States has lost over one-fourth of its manufacturing jobs since NAFTA was approved, the White House said earlier this year, but now President Trump says…

Trump signs Executive limiting federal control of education

Trump signs Executive limiting federal control of education

WASHINGTON, D.C. – President Donald J. Trump on Wednesday signed an Executive Order on enforcing statutory prohibitions on federal control of education.  Education Secretary Betsy DeVos will analyze alleged federal overreach…

Bipartisan legislation introduced to authorize Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation

Bipartisan legislation introduced to authorize Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Joni Ernst (R-IA), a combat veteran, and Joe Manchin (D-WV) introduced bipartisan legislation to authorize the Global War on Terrorism Memorial Foundation, a private…

Bachelor star Chris Soules jailed in fatal hit-and-run accident

Bachelor star Chris Soules jailed in fatal hit-and-run accident

RURAL BUCHANAN COUNTY, IOWA – The awe-shucks Iowa farm boy who starred in ABC’s hit TV show “The Bachelor” is behind bars today after a fatal auto accident Monday. The…

Jury finds brothers guilty in brutal stabbing of two men in downtown Minneapolis

Jury finds brothers guilty in brutal stabbing of two men in downtown Minneapolis

MINNEAPOLIS, MN – A Hennepin County District Court jury found Cornelius Berdell Green and Devon Larry Green guilty of two counts of attempted second-degree murder, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman…

Ohio man pleads guilty to soliciting murder of U.S. military members

Ohio man pleads guilty to soliciting murder of U.S. military members

CLEVELAND, OHIO – An Iowa medical worker put in overtime on a plot to have scores of American military service members killed and now faces years in prison. Terrence J.…

Bizarre assault reported in Minnesota

Bizarre assault reported in Minnesota

FOLEY, MN – A young Minnesota man was found wandering his pajamas and reported he was abducted and sexually assaulted. On April 17, 2017 the Rice Police Department and Benton…

Facebook murder suspect found dead after police chase

Facebook murder suspect found dead after police chase

ERIE COUNTY, PENNSYLVANIA – An Ohio man suspected of killing at least one elderly person – and claims to have killed many more – was found dead Tuesday after a…

Iowa City police investigate home invasion and sexual assault

Iowa City police investigate home invasion and sexual assault

IOWA CITY – The Iowa City Police Department is investigating a reported home invasion and sexual assault that occurred on April 15, 2017. Police sat the sole female occupant of…

Russia blocks Security Council action on reported use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Khan Shaykhun

Russia blocks Security Council action on reported use of chemical weapons in Syria’s Khan Shaykhun

NEW YORK – With a ‘no’ vote from permanent member Russia, the United Nations Security Council this week failed to adopt a resolution that would have condemned the reported use…

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