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Senate votes to confirm Iowa governor as ambassador to China - Mon, 22 May 2017
Among his most immediate and sensitive assignments will be persuading the Chinese to help defuse North Korea's advancing ballistic missile and nuclear weapons programs.

Trump dials down anti-Islamic campaign rhetoric, calling Islam “one of the world’s greatest faiths” - Mon, 22 May 2017
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia– It’s day two of President Trump’s first international trip. Sunday, he delivered a big speech aimed at energizing the global fight against terrorism. Trump spoke in the Saudi capital to leaders of 55 Muslim-majority countries. He called on those leaders to do more to drive out terrorist groups. President Trump also sought to make it clear that the U.S. is not at war with Islam. “This is not a battle between different faiths, different sects or different […]

Notre Dame students walk out in protest during Vice President Pence’s commencement address - Mon, 22 May 2017
SOUTH BEND, Indiana– It’s a long-standing tradition for Notre Dame University to invite a new president to speak at commencement. But this year, thousands signed a petition asking the school not to invite President Trump. The University instead invited the Vice President, Mike Pence, to speak, but he wasn’t welcomed by everyone. As Pence took the podium, rows of students defiantly walked out of the ceremony. Others simply turned their backs. Some members of the crowd cheered the walk-outs, while […]

Scarf or no scarf? Melania’s choice raises some eyebrows - Sat, 20 May 2017
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia– When Melania Trump stepped off Air Force One with her husband, the President, all eyes were on what she wasn’t wearing rather than what she was. Women in the predominantly Muslim nation of Saudi Arabia are expected to wear full-body garments that cover their head and hair with a hijab or niqab. Many people noticed the first lady wasn’t wearing a head scarf. The move is in line with the past three first ladies, Michelle Obama, Laura […]

Trump announces $110 billion arms deal with Saudi Arabia during first day of international trip - Sat, 20 May 2017
RIYADH, Saudi Arabia– President Trump arrived in Saudi Arabia Saturday, marking his first foreign trip to the Middle East as commander-in-chief. The red carpet was literally rolled out for the president and first lady as they begin their nine day trip overseas. They were greeted by King Salman as they walked down the steps of Air Force One. The lavish welcome continued as the leaders traveled to the Saudi Royal Court. American and Saudi flags lined the streets of the country’s […]

Davenport native Todd Prichard enters crowded 2018 Iowa governor’s race - Fri, 19 May 2017
"We need to change the direction of the way that this state is going,' said Iowa Rep. Todd Prichard, (D) Charles City, on entering the 2018 Iowa Governor's race.

Branstad nomination vote scheduled - Thu, 18 May 2017
Branstad was approved by the Senate earlier this month.

A special counsel will now oversee probe into Russia’s interference in 2016 election - Wed, 17 May 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The United States Department of Justice has announced a special counsel has been appointed to investigate Russian interference into last year’s presidential election. Former FBI Director Robert Mueller has been assigned by Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein to “oversee the previously-confirmed FBI investigation of Russian government efforts to influence the 2016 presidential election and related matters.” Mueller served as FBI Director under nearly all of former President George W. Bush’s presidency and several months of former President Barack Obama’s, […]

Trump talk with Russians ‘wholly appropriate,’ adviser says - Tue, 16 May 2017
Pushing back against allegations of damaging intelligence disclosures, President Donald Trump's national security adviser insisted Tuesday that Trump's revelations to Russian officials about activities by the Islamic State group were "wholly appropriate" and amounted to a routine sharing of information.

Trump says he had ‘absolute right’ to share information with Russia - Tue, 16 May 2017
President Donald Trump insisted Tuesday he had the right to share information with Russia related to terrorism and other issues, his first public response to the revelation he disclosed classified information at an Oval Office meeting last week.

GOP rips Pritzker for getting $230K property tax reduction - Mon, 15 May 2017
Pritzker says he did nothing wrong and some 50,000 Cook County property owners seek similar reductions annually.

Former national security director claims President Trump is eroding America’s system of checks and balances - Mon, 15 May 2017
WASHINGTON, D.C.– The former Director of National Intelligence says U.S. institutions are “under assault,” after a tumultuous week in Washington. James Clapper, the director under former President Obama, says he feels in many ways that U.S. institutions are under attack. He told CNN’s Jake Tapper this morning, “Both externally– and that’s the big news here is the Russian interference in our election system– and I think as well our institutions are under assault internally.” Tapper questioned, “Internally from our president?” […]