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Trump Surges in Iowa Poll

President now leads by 7 points, after being tied with Biden a month ago

(Newser) - President Trump has broken the tie in Iowa, a new poll shows, leading former vice president Joe Biden, 48%-41%. They were both at 47% a month ago, the Des Moines Register reports. Conducted last week, the Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll of likely voters has a margin of error of... More »

Rand Paul Has Suggestion for Future Impeachment Trials

He wants arguments kept to 8 hours per side

(Newser) - Rand Paul thinks presidential impeachment could become the new norm in the US following President Trump's saga—and he's got a few ideas about how the next trial should proceed. "I think we should change the process ... It's got to be a lot shorter," the... More »

This May Be the End of Iowa's Political Clout

Many predicting the end of the state's first-in-the-nation voting status

(Newser) - If you thought people were fed up with Iowa's first-in-the-nation voting status before Monday night's chaos , it's nothing compared to the sentiment surfacing Tuesday morning. Examples:
  • The overview: "Iowa's outsize role has faced attacks for decades, along with periodic failed attempts by other states to
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GOP Senator Warns of 'President Biden' Impeachment

Sen. Joni Ernst suggests it could happen on Day 1 of a Biden presidency

(Newser) - "I think this door of impeachable whatever has been opened," said Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst—and it wasn't just a statement, but a warning. In Sunday comments to Bloomberg News , the Republican suggested that should Joe Biden end up winning the presidency, a GOP effort to impeach... More »

Erdogan Played Anti-Kurd Film in Oval Office. It Didn't Go Well

Lindsey Graham among GOP senators left miffed

(Newser) - President Trump had to umpire a tense exchange between Republican senators and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Wednesday, which reportedly began when Erdogan aired a propaganda film against Syria's Kurds. Axios first reported that five Republican senators critical of Turkey's incursion into Syria watched as Erdogan whipped... More »

Iowa Senator: I Was Assaulted by Ex, Raped in College

In the wake of her divorce, startling revelations from Joni Ernst

(Newser) - Disturbing allegations have emerged in the wake of Joni Ernst's divorce, thrusting her straight into the middle of the #MeToo movement. The 48-year-old Iowa senator's divorce from Gail Ernst, 65, was finalized earlier this month, and in their divorce documents, the Republican accuses her spouse of 26 years... More »

Senator's Divorce Papers Reveal a VP Surprise

Joni Ernst of Iowa says she turned down Trump's offer to be VP, blames her husband

(Newser) - It seems that Mike Pence wasn't Donald Trump's first choice to be vice president. The revelation comes via an unusual source: divorce papers filed by Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst. In the court documents, Ernst writes that "in the summer of 2016, I was interviewed by Candidate Trump... More »

Obama's Pension Now Under Congressional Microscope

Jason Chaffetz wants to re-up vetoed bill that would cap, limit ex-presidents' allowances

(Newser) - Jason Chaffetz had a concise response to a Wednesday USA Today headline, which read "Obama's $400,000 speech could prompt Congress to go after his pension": "Yes, it will." That speech, one Obama will make at a Cantor Fitzgerald conference, is earning him some heat , prompting... More »

Winners, Losers From Day 1 of the RNC

Controversy overshadowed Melania speech

(Newser) - This year's gathering in Cleveland promised to be the most unconventional GOP convention in decades, and Day 1 did not disappoint, although the Republican Party probably isn't entirely thrilled about how things are shaping up. Here are some of the winners and losers analysts named after the day'... More »

GOP Response: We're Steering Away From 'Failed Policies'

Joni Ernst also talks about the bread bags she wore on her shoes as a kid in Iowa

(Newser) - The new Republican Congress understands Americans' suffering from the economy, health care system, and Washington gridlock and will steer the country away from President Obama's "failed policies," promised a newly minted senator delivering her party's official response to the State of the Union . Mixing calls for... More »

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