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 from the threat of the Islamic State.

“This is not the time to be cautious,” Gr [...]

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Study shows companies pay more tax on executive compensation under Obamacare

WASHINGTON — When Washington eliminated corporate tax deductions on health insurance executive compensation above $500,000 under President Barack Obama’s health care reform law in 2013, it generated more than $72 million in additiona [...]

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Missouri racial unrest mounts; U.S. leaders call for calm

FERGUSON, Mo. — U.S. lawmakers on Tuesday called for calm and a change in police tactics in the St. Louis suburb of Ferguson, which has been rocked by racially charged clashes and riots after a white officer killed an unarmed black teenager [...]

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ACLU says 22 Iowa counties will no longer honor ICE requests

DES MOINES — Of Iowa’s 99 counties, 22 now say they will no longer hold inmates for Immigrations and Custom Enforcement without a judge’s order.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Iowa announced Monday that 22 Iowa co [...]

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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 raged and the United States launched airstrikes.

The FAA had previously, on Aug. 1, restricted U. [...]

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Ukraine says it has suspended attacks to let experts reach plane crash site

Ukraine said on Thursday it had suspended offensive operations in its military campaign in east Ukraine to help international experts reach the downed Malaysian airliner’s crash site but separatists were continuing to attack its positions.< [...]

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Some farmers believe EPA overreaches in Water Act clarification

WASHINGTON — It’s the rule that some farmers love to hate.

The Environmental Protection Agency in Washington, D.C., again has found itself in the cross hairs of many Iowa farmers and companies with its proposal to clarify the 1 [...]

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Nine Iowa counties see million-gallon crude oil trains

Five Eastern Iowa counties see rail shipments of 1 million gallons or more of extra-flammable crude oil, according to information released Monday by Iowa Homeland Security and Emergency Management.

With the primary election approaching on June 3, [...]

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Linn County: Primary candidate profiles

With the primary election approaching on June [...]

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VA Secretary Eric Shinseki resigns

WASHINGTON — President Obama announced Friday that Veterans Affairs Secretary Eric K. Shinseki has resigned amid a health-care scandal that had engulfed the agency.

Shinseki has been under fire over allegations that VA facilities mani [...]

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U.S. accuses China of cyber spying on American companies

WASHINGTON/BOSTON (Reuters) — A U.S. grand jury has indicted five Chinese military officers on charges of hacking American companies and stealing trade secrets, the toughest action taken by Washington so far to address cyber spying by China [...]

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