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Iowa Gov. Reynolds Highlights NFL Criticism To Raise Money

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Gov. Kim Reynolds is highlighting her criticism of football players who kneel during the national anthem to raise money for her gubernatorial race. The Republican governor’s campaign sent an email Tuesday that summarizes comments she made one day earlier about National Football League players. She told reporters that players who take the knee are…

Analysis Says Lots Of States Lose On GOP Health Bill

WASHINGTON (AP) -A new analysis finds that 34 states and Washington, D.C., would lose money under the newest version of the Republican health care bill. This is despite last-minute changes to the legislation. Overall, states would get $205 billion less in federal health care money from 2020-2026, according to the analysis from consulting firm Avalere Health, which was released Tuesday….

NFL Protests Dominate Sports Talk Radio

How Hosts Are Handling Politics In A Different Arena

SIOUX FALLS, S.D.– The NFL is in the national spotlight after players protested during the national anthem. It comes days after President Donald Trump criticized athletes who do so. Trump said he would love to see an NFL owner fire players who disrespected the flag during a speech in Alabama on Friday. Players, owners and coaches from around the NFL…

Official: US Not Seeking Regime Change In NKorea

WASHINGTON (AP) – The Trump administration says it is not advocating regime change in North Korea after President Donald Trump tweeted that leader Kim Jong Un “won’t be around much longer.” North Korea’s top diplomat responded to that Monday at the U.N., telling reporters it was a declaration of war against his country by the United States, and that the…

Republicans Revise Health Bill To Woo Holdouts

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans have released a revised version of their legislation dismantling the Obama health care law. It contains added money and newly eased coverage requirements aimed at winning over GOP senators whose opposition could well sink the bill. The proposal would allow states to let insurers boost premiums on people with serious pre-existing medical conditions and on older…

Secretary Of State: Russians Targeted Minnesota Elections

ST. PAUL, Minn. (AP) – Federal officials say hackers working for the Russian government targeted the Minnesota secretary of state’s website leading up to the 2016 election but did not break in. Minnesota was one of 21 states notified Friday of attempted Russian hacking. Minnesota Secretary of State Steve Simon said in a statement the Department of Homeland Security told…

Official: Iowa’s Elections System Targeted But Not Breached

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) – Iowa’s top elections official says there were “attempted outside intrusions” on the state’s elections system last year, but no breaches. Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate says the federal government contacted his office Friday to confirm the attempt. Pate says nothing was compromised or hacked. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security notified election officials in…

Sen. McCain Says No To GOP Health Care Bill

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) – Sen. John McCain says he won’t vote for the Republican bill repealing the Obama health care law. His statement likely deals a fatal blow to the last-gasp GOP measure in a Senate showdown expected next week. The Arizona Republican says he can’t back the partisan GOP measure because “we could do better working together, Republicans and…

Sec. Of State Tillerson Cites Strongest NKorea Sanctions Ever

NEW YORK (AP) – Secretary of State Rex Tillerson says North Korea’s Kim Jong Un is “being tested” by the strongest sanctions ever put in place by the U.S. and the international community. Tillerson won’t say what the U.S. response would be if Kim’s government tested a hydrogen bomb in the Pacific Ocean. Tillerson says it would be President Donald…

President Trump Labels Russia Investigations A “Hoax”

WASHINGTON (AP) – President Donald Trump is continuing to dismiss investigations into Russian interference in last year’s U.S. election as a “hoax,” as Russian-purchased Facebook advertising comes under scrutiny. Trump says on Twitter Friday: “The Russia hoax continues, now it’s ads on Facebook.” Then he takes a shot at his 2016 rival Hillary Clinton, saying: “What about the totally biased…

Iowa Sen. Ernst Hopes, But Isn’t Sure, Health Bill Has Votes

CHARLES CITY, Iowa (AP) – Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst isn’t sure the GOP’s last-ditch effort to repeal Barack Obama’s health care law has the votes to pass in the Republican-led Senate. The GOP senator said after a public meeting in Iowa Thursday, “If it fails, it fails.” Ernst says she is leaning toward supporting the bill, which would repeal much…

Thune, Rounds Both Support GOP Health Care Bill

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) – South Dakota’s two Republican U.S. senators both say they support the latest GOP effort to replace former President Barack Obama’s health care law. The new bill by Sens. Bill Cassidy and Lindsey Graham would replace major pillars of the Affordable Care Act with block grants to states to design their own programs. Sens. John Thune…

Trump Targets North Korea In New Executive Order

NEW YORK (AP) – President Donald Trump has signed an executive order that would enable the United States to sanction individual companies and institutions that finance trade with North Korea. Trump made the announcement Thursday during a working luncheon with Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe and South Korean President Moon Jae-in. Trump said the measure would also disrupt other trade…

Worries Of GOP Backlash Revive Party’s Health Care Drive

WASHINGTON (AP) – A brew of political pressures is pumping fresh life into the last-gasp Republican drive to erase the Obama health care overhaul. These include the party’s increasingly impatient conservative base, incumbents’ nightmares about primary challenges and wrathful presidential tweetstorms. Two months ago, the Senate rejected the GOP effort to scuttle President Barack Obama’s 2010 statute. Since then, a…

Six-Acre Lot Zoning Change Reignites Controversy

SIOUX FALLS, S.D. – Changes to a six-acre lot in northeastern Sioux Falls are once again being met with backlash. Last month, city council members voted to rezone the property near 6th and Bahnson from agriculture to what’s called “live and work.” Nearby residents tried to fight that change Tuesday night. A petition was filed before the council meeting for…

Pence Says White House ‘All In’ On Obamacare Repeal

WASHINGTON (AP) – Vice President Mike Pence says the Trump administration is “all in” on a last-ditch effort by Republicans to undermine former President Barack Obama’s health care law. Pence was speaking to Republican senators at their weekly luncheon and urging them to act on health care. Pence and South Carolina Sen. Lindsey Graham flew back to Washington from the…