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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 ... »

U.S. Secret Service director Pierson resigns under fire

WASHINGTON — U.S. Secret Service Director Julia Pierson resigned under fire on Wednesday after a series of security lapses came to light inv ... »

U.S. attorney general announces grant to study police racial profiling

WASHINGTON — U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder on Thursday announced the award of a $4.75 million three-year grant to a group of educational ... »

Grassley encourages Obama to ‘be strong’ in response to Islamic State

CEDAR RAPIDS — Republican Sen. Chuck Grassley believes President Barack Obama has the authority to take military action to protect Americans ... »

Obama calls for police to respect protesters in Ferguson

FERGUSON Mo./EDGARTOWN Mass. — President Barack Obama on Thursday said that police should respect protesters after four nights of racially c ... »

FAA bans U.S. airlines from flying over Iraq

The U.S. Federal Aviation Administration on Friday restricted U.S. airlines and commercial operators from flying over Iraq while armed conflict rag ... »

Iowans still working to find homes for unaccompanied immigrant children

Federal officials announced this week they’re no longer searching for temporary housing for the recent surge of unaccompanied immigrant chil ... »

Trapped in Gaza, young people dream of a better life

After spending most of the monthlong Gaza war trapped at home watching the news for hours, Palestinian Salam al-Bayid returned to her university fo ... »

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