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Obama gets his own presidential account on Twitter

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama sent his first tweet from his very own account on Twitter on Monday, quickly amassing tens of thousands ... »

Grassley wants ‘spirit’ of whistleblower laws followed

CEDAR RAPIDS — Sen. Chuck Grassley gave a vigorous defense of whistleblower protections he has championed, including legislation that would h ... »

Loretta Lynch becomes attorney general over opposition of Iowa senators, other Republicans

WASHINGTON — Loretta Lynch won Senate approval Thursday as U.S. attorney general, becoming the first black woman to occupy the post at a tim ... »

Sex and dementia: When is a loving act abuse?

They started flirting in choir, the vivacious retiree and the grandfatherly politician, both single after the deaths of their longtime spouses.

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U.S. Republicans push demand for a vote on Iran nuclear deal

WASHINGTON — Senate Republicans on Sunday pressed their demand that the U.S. Congress be allowed to vote on a nuclear agreement with Iran, bu ... »

Clinton: Use of private email for official business ‘a matter of convenience’

NEW YORK — Likely Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said on Tuesday it would have been better if she had used a government e ... »

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu warns U.S. against Iran nuclear deal

By Dan Williams and Matt Spetalnick, Reuters

WASHINGTON — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned U.S. President Barack Obama ... »

Blum co-sponsors bills to end congressional pensions, tax on Social Security

DES MOINES — First District U.S. Rep. Rod Blum has signed on to a plan to end taxes on one pension and end another altogether.

Blum, a ... »

Obama to focus on middle class in State of Union address

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama will challenge the Republican-led Congress with tax-raising ideas for helping middle-class Americans in ... »

U.S. bond sentiment worst since disastrous 2009

NEW YORK — Get ready for a disastrous year for U.S. government bonds.

That’s the message forecasters on Wall Street are sending ... »

Iowa National Guard prepares to help in West Africa

WASHINGTON, Iowa — The panic that flared when Ebola burst upon the national consciousness this fall has largely subsided, according to soldi ... »

U.S., South African hostages in Yemen killed in rescue attempt

SANAA/ADEN (Reuters) — A U.S. journalist and a South African teacher held by al Qaeda militants in Yemen were killed alongside 10 of their c ... »

Hagel resigning as defense secretary, official says

WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The White House said President Barack Obama and U.S. Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel "arrived together" at ... »

Havel’s commitment to freedom honored at Capitol

WASHINGTON — A bust of Vaclav Havel, playwright, dissident and first president of the Czech Republic, was unveiled amid grand pageantry and h ... »

Reports: Armed man with criminal record rode elevator with Obama in Atlanta

WASHINGTON — A security contractor with a gun and three prior convictions for assault and battery was allowed on an elevator with President ... »