Tag: Iowa

A Case for a Market-Driven Green New Deal

The best thing to come from the Senate’s floor debate on the Green New Deal late last month may have been these eminently sane remarks, calling on lawmakers of both parties to “move together” in order “to lower emissions, to address the reality of climate change, recognizing that we’ve got an economy we need to […]

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Steve King, Facing Backlash From Both Parties, Fights for Political Life

ALGONA, Iowa — For nearly two decades, Representative Steve King pummeled Republican primary challengers, dispatched Democrats, even a former Iowa governor’s wife, and glided to victory in his conservative district. He spent little energy on fund-raising, put few controls on his racist language and made little effort to hold town halls with constituents. Then in […]

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As Floods Inundate the Midwest, Many Ask: Will Our Levees Be the Next to Fail?

As record-breaking floods swamped the Midwest this week, dozens of levees built to protect people from flooding have catastrophically failed. The destruction has caused billions of dollars in damage and exposed weaknesses in the country’s piecemeal approach to flood management. Now, with an inland sea of water surging downstream, towns along the Missouri River and […]

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The Fight to Tame a Swelling River With Dams Outmatched by Climate Change

Want climate news in your inbox? Sign up here for Climate Fwd:, our email newsletter. There were no good choices for John Remus, yet he had to choose. Should he try to hold back the surging Missouri River but risk destroying a major dam, potentially releasing a 45-foot wall of water? Or should he relieve […]

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An Iowa Town Fought and Failed to Save a Levee. Now It’s Flooded.

HAMBURG, Iowa — A makeshift levee had once saved the town of Hamburg from floodwaters, and so residents began a desperate fight to keep it. They lobbied politicians. They sought donations. They even danced for the cause, along Main Street. “Levee, levee, save us from the river,” they sang in a YouTube video seven years […]

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What Democrats Need to Know to Win in Rural America

KNOXVILLE, Iowa — It’s caucus season here in Iowa, and Democratic presidential candidates are swarming the place like flies at a cattle barn. We’ve talked policy with Amy Klobuchar and Kirsten Gillibrand over beers, and watched Kamala Harris work the crowd at a bar in Indianola. We’ve been in what once would have been “smoke-filled rooms” […]

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Beto O’Rourke Acknowledges White Privilege in Iowa

Photo: Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addresses a canvassing kickoff event for Iowa state senate candidate Eric Giddens March 16, 2019 in Waterloo, Iowa. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images) Joe Biden has been telling black audiences what they know for a few years. Credit Beto O’Rourke, he’s getting an early jump on preaching to the […]

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Bernie Sanders, Socialism’s Reagan?

From the beginning the presidency of Donald Trump has inspired analogies to the years of Jimmy Carter. Though personally the two men are ever so slightly different, they seem to occupy a similar space in the arc of political history — both outsiders who seized control of a divided, exhausted, yet still powerful political party, […]

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Biden and Sanders Lead the 2020 Field in Iowa, Poll Finds

Former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. and Senator Bernie Sanders lead a new poll of likely Iowa caucusgoers released this weekend, underscoring how the nomination process for the Democratic Party has, to this early point, been defined by the two figures with the largest national profiles. The poll, which was conducted by The Des […]

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A ‘Beat Trump’ Fervor Is Producing Big Turnouts for 2020 Democrats

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — They dragged their friends to see Bernie Sanders in Iowa. In South Carolina, their unrelenting selfie requests made Cory Booker late. And in New Hampshire, so many showed up at a church for an event with Kamala Harris that an overflow crowd had to stand outside in the snow. “I’m super […]

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Mayor de Blasio Returns to Iowa, Playing the Role of Coy Presidential Aspirant

[What you need to know to start the day: Get New York Today in your inbox.] SIOUX CITY, Iowa — He seemed at complete ease, shaking hands, posing for selfies and cracking tall guy jokes, as he laid out a plan for Democrats to take back the White House. Perhaps Bill de Blasio’s comfort level […]

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This ‘Ranch Girl’ Viral Video Might Jumpstart A Ranch Resurgence

Shutterstock Flashback to 2009. The Obama years. 3G had just become a cellphone standard and a fresh-faced new rapper straight out of Degrassi High was turning heads with his first big single, “Best I Ever Had.” It was a different time. Americans were hopeful, though the seeds of our division had long been sewn. There […]

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Democrats Need a Candidate Who Will Talk Straight About the Planet’s Future

Protesters in New York in 2018 blocking the entrance to a Chase bank to call attention to banks’ role in climate change. Photo by Michael Nigro/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Ask Kathy Sullivan, a former chairwoman of the New Hampshire Democratic Party, what issues will be critical in the state’s presidential primary race, and the first thing […]

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Democrats’ 2020 Choice: Do They Want a Fighter or a Healer?

MASON CITY, Iowa — Senator Cory Booker glided into the state first, offering himself as a herald of peace in a northern Iowa church that advertised “radical hospitality” on its marquee. As a rainbow cracked the frozen sky outside, Mr. Booker spoke of restoring “grace and decency” and erasing “the lines that people think divide […]

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