• I actually got someone on the far left side of the political spectrum to admit something this week...that Donald Trump is a master at controlling the narrative. Of course, that person doesn't like the president's policies or what he says, but there was grudging acceptance that all these tweets, all these seeming distractions may be part of a broader strategy.
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  • Two-point-two million dollars goes a long way. And having to pay that will add to the state of Iowa's budget woes, since it will be coming from the state's general fund.
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  • Tomorrow marks the six month point in Donald Trump's presidency. That's six months out of 48, or 12.5 percent. Those of you on the left probably just shuddered a bit, realizing that we are only one-eighth of the way through the Trump term.
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  • Well, that fell apart quickly. The latest attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare went down in flames in the U.S. Senate's Republican caucus last night. Just as about a half dozen senators were having dinner with the president in the White House last night to discuss strategy, two more GOP senators said they would vote against the bill, placing it far below the number needed for passage.
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  • I'm starting to get the feeling that Republicans are just not meant to repeal and replace Obamacare. Not because they don't have a bill that can pass the Senate, a chamber they control...but it seems every time they turn around, something gets in the way.
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  • The year was 1942. The world was at war, and in fact, war bonds were first introduced, bringing in $13 billion.
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  • Iowa fourth district Congressman Steve King has a knack for saying things that make some people's heads explode.
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  • Picking up where I left off yesterday...the U.S. Senate has indeed trimmed part of its upcoming August recess...they'll work two more weeks than planned, dropping their time off to only four weeks instead of six.
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  • Congress returns to work now after the Independence Day recess, and according to the Politico Playbook, the White House has asked the Republican-majority U.S. House and Senate to do four things right away--
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  • The U.S. Senate's attempt to repeal and replace Obamacare was to have taken place before the Independence Day recess. But the bill was pulled without a vote when it became clear they could not muster enough support to even debate the bill, but less pass it.
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