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Oops: Republican Obamacare Amendment Expanded Abortion Access for GOP Staffers
Nearly 9 in 10 health care plans that members of Congress and their staff must choose from include abortion coverage, a fact that has Rep. Chris Smith and right-wing media outlets raising hell.
Sun Dec 08, 2013
Fact check: Boehner vs. Castro on the health exchange
House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, says his premiums will double and his deductible will triple under the Affordable Care Act.
Lansing State Journal
Senate likely to pass ban on plastic guns
Legislation to ban plastic guns that can't be detected by metal detectors could head to the White House for President Barack Obama's signature Monday night, hours before the current ban expires at midnight.
Sat Dec 07, 2013
Obama standing up for health care
The editorial cartoon on Dec. 2 implying a relationship between the Affordable Care Act and "Death Panels for Granny" was as irresponsible and insidious as the original death panel comments uttered by Sen. Chuck Grassley and then Gov. Sarah Palin.
Fri Dec 06, 2013
Boehner vs. Castro on the Exchange
House Speaker John Boehner says his premiums will double, and his deductible will triple, under the Affordable Care Act.
Absence of a Farm Bill looms as lawmakers are at odds
Time is ticking as the end of the year is a little over three weeks away - and still... no Farm Bill in place.
Manhattan Moment: Biofuel mandates help special interests at consumers' expense
This month, the Environmental Protection Agency announced a reduction in 2014 biofuel mandates from 18 billion gallons to 15 billion gallons.
Thu Dec 05, 2013
Don't Fall For The GOP's Fake Controversy Over...
On Thursday, the Associated Press reported that under the health reform law, most of the plans offered to congressional staff now include abortion coverage.
Wed Dec 04, 2013
Which Immigrant Should Be Your Neighbor?
Daniel and Samuel were both born in Monterrey, Mexico on the same day in 1990 and baptized by the same priest two Sundays later.
How I failed Beltway 101 taught by Ron Fournier
You might remember Ron Fournier for such hits as "failed Beltway political startup HotSoup.com", almost quitting his reporter job to go work for John McCain's presidential campaign, and "sending email to Karl Rove encouraging him to ' keep up the fight '".
Latest stretch of MRT nearing completion along County Road X52
The idea of a bike trail the entire length of the Mississippi River sounded absurd to many when it was first announced in 2000, but soon-to-be-completed work on County Road X52, south of Harpers Ferry, means more than half of the 36 miles of river road trail will be completed in Allamakee County.
The Des Moines Register
Grassley optimistic Congress can finish farm bill
Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley said Tuesday he hasn't given up on a farm bill being passed this year even though Congress has only a few weeks to complete the much-delayed legislation.
Tue Dec 03, 2013
Chris Christie's biggest asset
Last week, Sen. Chuck Grassley, the Iowa Republican, said a funny thing about Chris Christie.
Agribusiness: Epa Declaring War on Corn?
Several weeks ago the Environmental Protection Agency announced a proposal to lower the fuel standard of ethanol.
Mon Dec 02, 2013
The Des Moines Register
Iowa Gov. Branstad raising campaign cash in Texas; Reynolds heads to Cabo San Lucas
Gov. Terry Branstad is traveling to Texas today to raise cash for his 2014 reelection campaign, while Lt.
Capital Thinking: Agriculture and Food
Last week, farm bill conferees left for the Thanksgiving break without releasing a draft agreement.
Sun Dec 01, 2013
Iowa tax breaks for wind-power producers expire soon
Tax breaks for wind-power producers are set to expire in a little more than a month, threatening hundreds of manufacturing and energy jobs in the state if nothing is done.
Fri Nov 29, 2013
The Washington Post
Yes, Stephen Breyer and Ruth Bader Ginsburg should still retire
Apparently there's some question about the strategic imperative facing liberal Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer an Ruth Bader Ginsburg now that Democratic senators have fought back against Republican obstruction on nominations.
Right Wing News
Plastic Gun Law Sunset: The Next Big Fight?
Guns that cannot be detected by X-ray machines will no longer be banned if Congress does not renew the decades-old prohibition by Dec. 9. The 1998 Undetectable Firearms Act will sunset that day, ending the prohibition at a time when new technology has made it easier than ever before to manufacture plastic guns with 3-D printers.
Congreessional Gold honor Meskwaki Code Talkers
Families of eight members of Sac and Fox Tribe of the Mississippi in Iowa - Meskwakis - received Congressional medals on Wednesday, Nov. 20, in honor of their relative's service as U.S. military Code Talkers during World War II.