• The pledge to hold a health care repeal vote yesterday in the U.S. House, no matter what, turned into a delay because it was clear there were not enough votes to pass the measure. Republicans hold a 24 seat majority in the chamber...so the math suggests that was a lot of defections.
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  • The nomination hearings for Judge Neil Gorsuch to become the next U.S. Supreme Court justice have ended after three days, led by Senate Judiciary Committee chair, U.S. Senator Charles Grassley of New Hartford.
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  • Independence Day and New Year's Eve could get a lot louder in Iowa soon.
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  • I hear a lot of talk by politicians on both sides of the aisle, pledging to be looking out for "hard working" citizens of Iowa and the U.S.
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  • Today is the start of hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee concerning the nomination of Judge Neil Gorsuch to the U.S. Supreme Court. And New Hartford Republican, Sen. Charles Grassley, will be playing a starring role in the drama as chair of the committee...the person in charge of the hearings.
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  • In this era where we see everything live when it happens, whether from professional microphones and cameras or cell phone video, it's hard for some to remember that the U.S. Supreme Court has been a camera-free zone...same for most of the lower federal courts.
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  • Social media was all abuzz Tuesday night around 7:30. MSNBC announced breathlessly on Twitter that Donald Trump tax returns would be revealed on the Rachel Maddow Show within the hour.
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  • Earlier this week, I talked about Iowa Congressman Steve King and the furor over his tweet concerning immigration. On Monday, I said it was not a good idea to try to state nuanced public policy arguments in a 140-character tweet.
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  • One thing that is certain about so-called political appointees...when your side loses the election, you likely lose your job.
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  • Twitter is a great thing, and a horrible thing. It's great for getting quick information out, such as today and this past weekend with winter storm information. It's horrible if you want to be subtle or employ nuance, such as with political arguments.
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