Politics

Report: Higher Premiums If Trump Halts ‘Obamacare’ Subsidies

WASHINGTON (AP) – People buying individual health care policies would face higher premiums, and some may be left with no insurance options if President Donald Trump makes good on his threat to stop “Obamacare” payments to insurers. That’s the conclusion of a new report by the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office. The CBO report Tuesday also estimated that cutting off the…

Lag In Trump’s Condemnation Frustrates Iowa GOP Sen. Ernst

FORT DODGE, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst says “it’s very frustrating” that it took President Donald Trump two days to specifically denounce white supremacy in the wake of a deadly clash in Virginia. The Republican freshman senator spoke to reporters after a town hall meeting of about 100 people in Fort Dodge in northwest Iowa. Trump finally condemned…

Swing-District House GOP Feel The Heat On Health Care

RED OAK, Iowa (AP) – Republican congressman David Young angered conservatives in Iowa when he initially opposed a House Republican health care bill then weeks later backed it. Independents were frustrated with the two-term congressman’s embrace of a partisan approach to repealing and replacing Barack Obama’s Affordable Care Act. And now the Democrats are coming. The collapse of the yearslong…

Trump Escalates Feud With Senate Leader Over Health Care

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is escalating a feud with his party’s leader in the Senate. Trump is expressing disbelief that that Sen. Mitch McConnell couldn’t persuade a Republican majority to pass a health care bill. Trump tweeted Thursday: “Can you believe that Mitch McConnell, who has screamed Repeal & Replace for 7 years, couldn’t get it done. Must…

US Scientists Contradict Trump’s Climate Claims

WASHINGTON (AP) – Federal scientists warn that burning fossil fuels is already driving a steep increase in the United States of heat waves, droughts and floods – even as President Donald Trump touts new oil pipelines and pledges to revive the nation’s struggling coal mines. A draft report representing the consensus of 13 federal agencies concludes that the evidence global…

Minnehaha County Commission Approves New Feedlot Ordinance

Trims Distance Requirements Between CAFOs and Residential Buildings

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. — Larger CAFO’s, or concentrated animal feeding operations, may get closer to home in Minnehaha County. The Minnehaha County Commission voted unanimously to update their two decades-old zoning ordinance. It trims the minimum setback requirement between feeding lots and residential buildings. For example, the old ordinance required Class A feeding lots, meaning lots with 2000 or more…

Bipartisan Experts Urge Next Steps On Health Care Push

WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of conservative and liberal health policy experts are pressing Congress and the Trump administration to quickly shore up coverage under President Barack Obama’s health care law. They say lawmakers should continue federal subsidies to insurers that President Donald Trump has threatened to block. The money helps low- and middle-income people afford coverage. They want the…

Data Firm: Flynn Advisory Role Never Materialized

WASHINGTON (AP) – A firm connected to a data mining and analysis company says former national security adviser Michael Flynn considered taking an advisory role shortly before Election Day. SCL Group tells The Associated Press that Flynn signed a “statement of work” about “possible advisory work.” But the company says Flynn didn’t take the position after President Donald Trump won…

Court Complicates Trump’s Threat To Cut ‘Obamacare’ Funds

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump’s bold threat to push “Obamacare” into collapse may get harder to carry out after a new court ruling. The procedural decision late Tuesday by a federal appeals panel in Washington has implications for millions of consumers. The judges said that a group of states can defend the legality of government “cost-sharing” subsidies for copays…

Trump Signs Bill Imposing Sanctions On Russia

WASHINGTON (AP) – White House officials say President Donald Trump has signed a bill to impose new sanctions on Russia. Two White House officials said that the president signed the bill Wednesday morning. The package of stiff financial sanctions against Russia passed Congress with overwhelming support. Moscow responded to the sanctions by ordering a reduction in the number of U.S….

Attorney General Explains Technical Institute Initiatives

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota Attorney General Marty Jackley has released explanations for two proposed ballot measures that would raise tobacco taxes to make South Dakota’s four technical institutes more affordable. Jackley’s office said Tuesday that the explanations have been filed with the secretary of state’s office, a step required before signature gatherers can spread out across the state….

15 States Appeal EPA Delay Of Stricter Air-Quality Standards

WASHINGTON (AP) – Attorneys general from 15 states and the District of Columbia are suing over the Trump administration’s delay of Obama-era rules reducing emissions of smog-causing air pollutants. The states filed Tuesday with the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit. Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Scott Pruitt announced in June he was extending deadlines by at least a…

Scaramucci Out To Give New Chief Of Staff ‘Clean Slate’

WASHINGTON (AP) – The White House says Anthony Scaramucci is leaving his job as communications director to give President Donald Trump’s new chief of staff a “clean slate.” That’s according to a statement by the press secretary. Scaramucci “felt it was best” and wants to give John Kelly “the ability to build his own team,” the statement says. Kelly was…

Senators Seek Tougher Law For Lobbyists For Foreign Govts

WASHINGTON (AP) – A group of Democratic senators is introducing legislation to crack down on lobbyists who fail to disclose their work on behalf of foreign governments. The legislation being introduced Monday would ensure the Justice Department has the authority to impose civil financial penalties on lobbyists who fail to register under the Foreign Agents Registration Act. The bill is…

Trump Swears In New Chief Of Staff Kelly

WASHINGTON (AP) –  President Donald Trump is swearing in Marine retired Gen. John Kelly as his new White House chief of staff. In an Oval Office ceremony, Trump predicts Kelly will do a “spectacular job.” The president denies there is “chaos” in the White House, despite a particularly tumultuous stretch. And he says things are going “very well.” Trump is…