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Donald Trump just staked his presidency on 4 words

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> At a joint news conference with Colombian President Juan Manual Santos Thursday, President Donald Trump was asked a very simple question: Had he urged then-FBI Director James Comey to slow or stop an FBI investigation into deposed national security adviser Michael Flynn?<p>"No. No. …

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Hands-on fashion class emphasizes diversity at City High

CLOSE<p>Students at City High created a fashion line and learned about each others’ backgrounds during the class in spring of 2017.<p>Starting a movement. …

ELKADER - Honey bees are 'the second love' of Bob Fassbinder's life, second only to his wife Kathy, with whom he has operated Fassbinder Apiaries near Elgin for the past 41 years.

Orlan Love<p>Gazette correspondent<p>Ice fisherman rejected on this outing<p>Fishermen find ‘endless supply’ of bluegills under ice<p>Memories from an early …

Cyberattack Spreads in Asia, Though No ‘Second Wave’ Is Seen

HONG KONG — A global cyberattack spread to thousands of additional computers on Monday as workers logged in at the start of a new workweek.<p>Universities, hospitals, businesses and daily life were disrupted, but no catastrophic breakdowns were reported. In Europe, where the cyberattack first emerged, …

NHS

Republicans and Democrats agree: If Trump has tapes, he’ll need to turn them over to Congress

In the six days since President Trump abruptly fired FBI director James B. Comey, concern from both parties has mounted about the selection of a replacement and the president’s suggestion that he may have secretly taped conversations with the ousted director.<p>Key Republican and Democratic lawmakers …

Donald Trump

White House furious after being trolled with Russia Oval Office photos

<b>Washington (CNN) —</b> The White House did not anticipate that the Russian government would allow its state news agency to post photographs of an Oval Office meeting between President Donald Trump, Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russia's ambassador to the US, a White House official …

Donald Trump

The most frustrating thing about Ivanka Trump

There’s something about Ivanka Trump. Something that we’ve finally decided we don’t like.<p>Last year, in that halcyon period when it seemed assured that Donald Trump couldn’t possibly win the presidency, most still held a begrudging respect for his eldest daughter. Her convention speech! Her poise! …

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Ivanka Trump's 'Women Who Work': What the Critics Are Saying

Reviews of the FIrst Daughter's book, 'Women Who Work,' have been scathing, but on Amazon half the commenters give it a five-star rating.<p>Ivanka Trump …

'This is ridiculous': Iowa congressman storms out of interview

Iowa Rep. Rod Blum's Monday sit-down interview with a local television station was going well, until he got a question he didn’t like.<p>The Republican …

The Iowa Supreme Court ruled Tuesday to keep an injunction in place lifting a 72-hour mandatory waiting period before a woman can receive an abortion while the matter is sent back to the Polk County District Court for a hearing.

Chelsea Keenan<p>The Gazette<p>Keen on cooking: Poundcake brings a taste of home on cold days<p>Businesses awarded at Gazette banquet<p>As AmeriHealth exit …

F.B.I. Director James Comey Is Fired by Trump

WASHINGTON — President Trump on Tuesday fired the director of the F.B.I., James B. Comey, abruptly terminating the top official leading a criminal investigation into whether Mr. Trump’s advisers colluded with the Russian government to steer the outcome of the 2016 presidential election.<p>The stunning …

Donald Trump

The Kushners and Their Golden Visas

The Kushner family has been caught in a shameless act of name-dropping. It has been highlighting its White House connections to entice wealthy Chinese investors and promising them green cards in return under a special government visa program. That’s pretty bad. But it’s also a scandal that Congress …

Real Estate

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Republicans Party Like It’s 1984

There have been many bad laws in U.S. history. Some bills were poorly conceived; some were cruel and unjust; some were sold on false pretenses. Some were all of the above.<p>But has there ever been anything like Trumpcare, the health legislation Republicans rammed through the House last week? It’s a …

Health Care

Le Pen’s defeat is good news for Trump

The media are framing the defeat of Marine Le Pen in the French presidential election as a defeat for President Trump and his brand of populist nationalism. The Post reported that “France on Sunday shrugged off the siren call of right-wing populism that enchanted voters in the United States and the …

Rex Tillerson

When media report about counselors who respond to a tragic event impacting a school, it's often our team to which they are referring. The Grant Wood AEA Critical Incident Stress Management Team has responded to an average of three suicide deaths annually the past six years. We have witnessed the significant impact of suicide death and that's why we're concerned about ensuring parents, educators and all caring individuals are prepared to talk about a new, popular TV show, '13 Reasons Why' with their children, and are familiar with steps they can take to prevent teen suicide.

Katy Kramer Lee and Cheryl Plotz, guest columnists<p>When media report about counselors who respond to a tragic event impacting a school, it’s often our …

IOWA CITY - Hancher Auditorium's doors opened with fanfare Sept. 9, and in the nearly nine months since, more than 100,000 people have stepped into a new era for the University of Iowa's premiere arts and entertainment venue.

Diana Nollen<p>The Gazette<p>Looking for Valentine’s Day ideas? Here are some shows to see, crafts to do, foods to eat in Eastern Iowa<p>Film ‘This Day …

Trump’s Degradation of the Language

One of the more pernicious and insidious effects of the Donald Trump regime may well be the damage he does to language itself.<p>Trumpian language is a thing unto itself: some manner of sophistry peppered with superlatives. It is a way of speech that defies the Reed-Kellogg sentence diagram. It is a …

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President Trump’s first 100 days: The fact check tally

President Trump is the most fact-challenged politician that The Fact Checker has ever encountered. He earned 59 Four-Pinocchio ratings during his campaign as president. Since then, he’s earned 16 more Four-Pinocchio ratings.<p>But those numbers obscure the fact that the pace and volume of the …

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'Legend of Zelda' dream comes true at Iowa City milk bar

If you're saving the world from destruction and have 20 Rupees to spare, or if you're just passing through the University of Iowa campus, you might …

As people across the country prepare for a day of demonstrations designed to show what life would be like without immigrants, families in Iowa's Latino immigrant community are apprehensive as they see deportations increase.

Erin Murphy<p>Gazette-Lee Des Moines Bureau<p>Tim Gannon, a farmer and former USDA official, running for Iowa ag secretary<p>Gov. Reynolds signs Iowa water …

Asia

Trump’s Travel Ban Misses the Point

“It was done for the security of our nation, the security of our citizens, so that people come in who aren’t going to do us harm.”Those were the …

Immigration

IOWA CITY - Public benches in downtown Iowa City have become canvases for local artists as part of the sixth installment of the University of Iowa Community Credit Union BenchMarks program.

The Gazette<p>IOWA CITY — Public benches in downtown Iowa City have become canvases for local artists as part of the sixth installment of the University …

Why the Russian Suicide Game Went Global

Blaming “The Blue Whale” for teen depression and worse is a distraction from the much bigger problem.<p>A teenage suicide game spreading from Russia raises the same urgent questions everywhere, including Brazil, where my Bloomberg View colleague Mac Margolis just spotted it: Who is responsible? How do …

Mental Health

RIP Trump's Wall

Republicans are refusing to fund construction while investing in ways to shore up existing barriers.<p>Donald Trump's wall on the U.S.-Mexico border, the signature issue of his presidential campaign, can safely be moved now from the "nearly dead" category to the just-plain-dead file. 1<p>That's the only …

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Trump Wants It Known: Grading 100 Days Is ‘Ridiculous’ (but His Were the Best)

WASHINGTON — In case anyone was wondering, President Trump wants it known that he does not care about the false judgment of his administration after just 100 days. “It’s an artificial barrier,” he sniffed the other day. “Not very meaningful,” he scoffed. A “ridiculous standard,” he added on Twitter.<p>…

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Showdown looms as Trump demands funding for wall on U.S.-Mexico border

President Trump and White House officials pressed congressional Republicans on Sunday to use the looming threat of a government shutdown to win funding for a wall along the border between the United States and Mexico, a top priority for the administration as it nears the symbolic 100-day mark.<p>Trump …

Republicans

GOP delivers on pro-business bills: Key issues that defined Iowa's Legislature 2017 session

CLOSE<p>Rep. Walt Rogers and Sen. Pam Jochum talk about Iowa Legislature's 2017 session<p>Majority Republicans praise the Iowa Legislature's 2017 session, …

COUNCIL BLUFFS - In the wake of state funding cuts that have taken $30 million from their base state support, outgoing Board of Regents President Bruce Rastetter on Thursday called on the board to work with the public universities in the coming months on additional tuition increases for the fall.

Vanessa Miller<p>The Gazette<p>Bill would curb Iowa regents construction options<p>U.S. decision to extend Syrian protections relieves one University of Iowa …