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Congressman's Drink of Water Becomes a Flashpoint

Steve King says claims of immigrants drinking out of toilets are overblown, but AOC fires back

(Newser) - Seldom has a drink of water caused such a political controversy. But Congressman Steve King's gulp at an immigration detention facility has reignited a debate about conditions on the US-Mexico border and drawn Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez into the fray. The details about what's going on:
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Republicans Slam Rep. King's 'Bizarre' Rape Remarks

Iowa Republican defends abortion ban

(Newser) - Rep. Steve King's latest remarks are being called "offensive," "appalling," and "bizarre"—and that's from his fellow Republicans. The Iowa lawmaker, speaking to the Westside Conservative Club in Urbandale Wednesday, argued that most of the world's population is the product of... More »

Steve King Can Now Relate: I Get What Jesus Went Through

Iowa congressman compared House censure for racist remarks to what Christ endured

(Newser) - If there's anyone who can relate to what Jesus went through, it's ... Steve King? Definitely, according to Steve King. Per Politico and CNN , the GOP Iowa congressman— recently censured by his colleagues in the House and stripped of committee assignments for racist remarks—attended a town hall Tuesday... More »

Congressman Doused With Water in Restaurant

Patron is arrested after incident with controversial Steve King

(Newser) - Iowa congressman Steve King may be used to hearing criticism over controversial statements , but that criticism took a much more personal turn on Friday. Police in Fort Dodge, Iowa, arrested a man after they say he threw a glass of water on King at a restaurant, reports KCCI . Blake Gibbins,... More »

Steve King Finds New Way to Offend

The Iowa Republican favorably compares flood victims in his home state

(Newser) - Rack up another racially tinged remark for Steve King. The Iowa representative Thursday compared Iowa flood victims to Hurricane Katrina victims in New Orleans in 2005—and the Iowans come out a little better in his eyes, CNN reports. "Here's what FEMA tells me. We go to a... More »

Steve King Shares Meme About a New Civil War

Controversial congressman courts more controversy

(Newser) - Congressman Steve King has been lobbying to have his House committeeships restored after he was stripped of them over incendiary comments , notes Roll Call . This won't help. The Iowa conservative posted a jokey meme about a modern civil war. King has since deleted the post, but you can see... More »

Steve King: 'I Have Nothing to Apologize For'

Iowa congressman will run for 10th term after rebuke from peers over race comments

(Newser) - Firebrand congressman Steve King has no plans to give up his job, despite a recent rebuke from his own peers. The GOP representative from Iowa said Thursday that he plans to run for a 10th term next year, reports the Des Moines Register . "I have nothing to apologize for,... More »

In Rare Move, Congressman Punished Over Race Remarks

Steve King loses his committee assignments after defending white supremacy

(Newser) - Rep. Steve King, the lawmaker that Stephen King hates being confused with , has finally gone too far for his fellow House Republicans. The Iowan is being stripped of all his committee assignments after his controversial remarks about white supremacism , the Hill reports. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said Monday that... More »

Steve King's Comments on White Nationalism Earn Rebuke

He wonders why the terms 'white supremacist' and 'white nationalist' are offensive

(Newser) - Conservative Rep. Steve King is taking serious flak this week, and it's coming from within his own party. The latest example: On Thursday, the third-ranking Republican in the House—Liz Cheney—rebuked the controversial Iowa congressman for comments he made about white nationalism in an interview with the New ... More »

GOP Rep Accused of White Nationalism After Tweet

Steve King praises far-right Dutch pol, rails against 'somebody else's babies'

(Newser) - GOP Rep. Steve King, who recently courted controversy by trying to keep Harriet Tubman off the $20 bill , found himself at the center of new outrage Sunday when he brought Twitter "to a screeching halt" with what the BBC calls an "inflammatory" post complimenting far-right Dutch politician Geert... More »

Iowa Rep Tries to Keep Harriet Tubman Off $20, Fails

Steve King called move to swap in Tubman for Andrew Jackson 'racist,' 'sexist'

(Newser) - It was announced in April that abolitionist Harriet Tubman would be replacing Andrew Jackson on the $20 bill, but at least one Iowa lawmaker says it's "racist" and "sexist" to even consider adding a woman of color to US currency. "It's not about Harriet Tubman,... More »

Cruz on Cheney Shooting Accident: 'It Happens'

While out hunting with Steve King

(Newser) - Ted Cruz has defended Dick Cheney's infamous 2006 hunting accident, saying, "Look, it happens." The GOP senator made the remark while out hunting himself today, alongside fellow Republican congressman Steve King. King said the incident, in which Cheney accidentally shot a friend while out quail hunting, "... More »

Obama: This Is How We Should Honor Trayvon...

Calls for 'calm reflection' in wake of Zimmerman trial

(Newser) - As the aftermath of George Zimmerman's acquittal continues to unfold—the Washington Post reports protests across the nation with more planned for the future—Obama has issued a statement, asking for Americans to "respect the call for calm reflection from two parents who lost their young son,"... More »

Tea Party Caucuses Get Quiet

House, Senate groups haven't met in months

(Newser) - In January, the Senate Tea Party Caucus was in full swing, holding a meeting on Capitol Hill—but neither that group nor its House counterpart have done much of anything since. Though a leader of the Senate caucus points out that “it’s only been nine months,” the... More »

Key GOP Endorsements to Watch

Politico has Kelly Ayotte, Steve King, and Marco Rubio on its list

(Newser) - With states leapfrogging each other to move elections ever closer, we've just about arrived at crunch time for endorsement season. Chris Christie may be done , but Politico lists a dozen yet to come that could prove pivotal for Republicans. Along with some of the usual suspects (Sarah Palin, Rush... More »

GOP Rep: Get Obama's 'Drunken Uncle' Down Here

Steve King thinks there's a double standard here

(Newser) - Rep. Steve King thinks President Obama's latest family embarrassment, the boozing Onyango Obama, is getting preferential treatment in his drunk-driving case, so the Iowa Republican wants to give him a little more special attention—in the way of a House hearing. "We have to bring drunken 'Uncle... More »

Bachmann Slams Funds to Black Farmers

Money should go to flood victims instead, candidate says

(Newser) - Michele Bachmann says money being used to compensate black farmers who charged the federal government with grant and loan discrimination would be better spent helping US flood victims. The candidate, after touring flooded areas along the Missouri River with Republican Rep. Steve King yesterday, pointed to the multi-billion-dollar Pigford settlement... More »

Hot Trend in the House: Fasting Lawmakers

Steve King, Barbara Lee go without for different reasons

(Newser) - The Hill picks up on a House trend that seems to span the political spectrum—fasting. On the left is Rep. Barbara Lee, who's organizing an effort in which about two dozen lawmakers will take turns going 24 hours with no food, only water, until Easter. The idea is... More »

Arizona Rep. Wishes for 'One More Gun' at Shooting

Presumably, a gun that could have stopped Jared Loughner

(Newser) - Don’t count Arizona Rep. Trent Franks among those calling for increased gun control in the wake of Gabrielle Giffords’ shooting. "I wish there had been one more gun there that day in the hands of a responsible person, that's all I have to say," said the Republican,... More »

GOP Has Alternate Plan to Kill Health Care Bill

They'd essentially cut off all the money for it

(Newser) - The vote Republicans take to repeal the health care law next week will be purely symbolic—there’s no way repeal would get through the Senate and White House—but Republicans have a Plan B. It's called choke off the money. Congressman Steve King is floating a rule that would... More »

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