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The major presidential nominees have made their final pitch to Iowa ahead of Election Day. Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump have had very different approaches to this swing state. “You talked to me about the skyrocketing cost of college and prescription drugs. The quiet epidemic of addiction and mental health issues, the challenge of balancing work and family,” Clinton said at her final Iowa rally held at Roosevelt High School in Des Moines in late October. “That and so many other...

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Sen. Chuck Grassley says he wants FBI Director James Comey to disclose why it’s necessary to review newly discovered emails related Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The Iowa Republican, who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, first made this request in a letter sent to Comey on Monday. Grassley argues that withholding this information is unfair to Congress, the public and to Clinton. "We need more information of how Comey came to the conclusion that he ought to reopen it. Not...

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Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump told a large crowd of supporters in a Cedar Rapids amphitheater last night that he was happy to hear that the FBI is reviewing newly-discovered emails related to Democrat Hillary Clinton’s private server. “The biggest political scandal since Watergate, and it’s everybody’s hope that justice, at last, can be delivered,” Trump told a crowd packed into a downtown riverfront amphitheater. Trump only spoke about the latest email news for a couple of...

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Carl Bernstein is a name many remember from the Watergate era of the 1970s. On this edition of River to River , host Ben Kieffer talks with the Pulitzer Prize winning journalist on the life of Hillary Clinton. A Woman in Charge is the title of the book from 2007 that Carl Bernstein wrote about Clinton’s life, from her upbringing in Illinois to the U.S. Senate and the White House. Then, in the final segment of the show, Kieffer talks with Chris Schwartz of Waterloo, a candidate for Black Hawk...

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Former President Bill Clinton kicked off a bus tour in Iowa today, encouraging voters to vote early for his wife, Hillary Clinton. Early voting began in the state last month. The rally at Simpson College began with U.S. Agriculture Secretary and Former Iowa Governor Tom Vilsack listing Midwest Republicans who have distanced themselves from their presidential nominee. “There are senators from Nebraska and from South Dakota that have disavowed Donald Trump but unfortunately and tragically not...

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Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders campaigned at Drake University in Des Moines today on behalf of Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “I’m here to say vote for Hillary Clinton on Election Day and the day after that we’re going to roll up our sleeves and make sure that we bring forth the most progressive agenda in the history of the United States of America,” Sanders said. Sanders did well with young voters in last February’s Iowa caucuses, and narrowly lost to Clinton. That group...

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton campaigned in Iowa Des Moines today, the same day early voting for the November election began in Iowa, and a day after her main opponent, Republican Donald Trump, campaigned in Council Bluffs. Clinton spoke to hundreds of supporters on at Cowles Commons plaza in downtown Des Moines, asking them if they were ready to go to the polls. “Well, luckily in Iowa you can start today, lots of folks don’t have that opportunity across the country,” she...

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton was back in Des Moines Wednesday for her first appearance since her close win over Bernie Sanders in the Iowa caucuses. After touring a local t-shirt store and stopping at a bakery, Clinton spoke to about 1500 people packed in the gym at Lincoln High School. She says in her first 100 days as president she’ll make the biggest investment in good paying jobs since World War Two. She also spoke highly of Iowa wind energy. “Anybody who says to me...

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U.S. Sen. Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) is questioning Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's commitment to ethanol. Grassley says Clinton has been exploring an energy policy in California that focuses on carbon reduction and relies upon a market strategy. That contrasts with the existing Renewable Fuel Standard (RFS), which mandates production of ethanol and other bio-based fuels. The RFS has been a boon to Corn Belt farmers. Grassley says Clinton could be considering replacing the...

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Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton says if she’s elected, she’ll bring diverse economic development to rural communities. While speaking at a rally at an Omaha high school on Monday, Clinton told supporters one way she plans to do this is by making sure the U.S. has an electrical grid able to distribute energy from renewable sources. The former secretary of state cited Iowa’s use of wind energy as a successful example. "What I love about that is they're also giving farmers extra...

Billionaire Donald Trump won seven of the Super Tuesday primary contests to take a commanding lead in the race for the Republican presidential nomination. Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton also claimed victory in seven of the states voting Tuesday, making it all but impossible for Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders to overtake her in the race for the Democratic nomination. On Tuesday night, Texas Senator Ted Cruz urged candidates who hadn't yet won a contest to drop out and unite behind...

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Texas Sen. Ted Cruz won the Iowa caucuses for the Republican presidential nomination, while the Democratic race between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders was considered neck-and-neck early this morning. In a speech at the Iowa State Fairgrounds, Cruz thanked Iowa Republicans while also referencing scripture, Reagan Democrats, and what he calls “courageous conservatives”. Cruz struck a balance, offering humble thanks to his many supporters, both...

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For almost a year, presidential candidates have been crisscrossing Iowa, wooing voters in a state that relies on agriculture for about one-third of its economy. But even here, most voters live in cities or suburbs and don't have a first-hand connection to the farm. That makes it difficult to get candidates talking about food system issues from school lunches, to crop supports, to water quality. Yet these all fall under the federal agriculture department. If candidates aren't talking about...

A new poll suggests Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton are in a statistical dead heat, with five days remaining before the Iowa Caucuses. Wednesday's Quinnipiac poll has the Vermont Senator favored by 49 percent of likely Democratic caucus participants surveyed, and the former Secretary of State favored by 45 percent. This four-point spread is within the margin of error. Pollster Peter Brown says the results "could be déjà vu, all over again," from 2008,...

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The Iowa Caucuses are a week away, and candidates for the Republican and Democratic presidential nominations are out in force, rallying their supporters and trying to make sure they caucus next Monday. Democratic front runners Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders held a combined 13 campaign events this weekend, mostly in eastern Iowa. At the Vernon Middle School in Marion Sunday, more than 600 people squeezed into the cafeteria to see Clinton. Organizers say the tight fit was due in part to...

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Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton says though many of Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders's ideas sound good in theory, "In theory isn't enough. A president has to deal in reality." While speaking to a crowd of roughly 600 people at Simpson College in Indianola on Thursday, Clinton said she wants to build on President Obama’s work with the Affordable Care Act to get more Americans healthcare coverage. In contrast, Clinton says Sanders' approach would create gridlock since he wants, "...to...

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At an event in Ames Tuesday, Hillary Clinton picked up the endorsement of the Brady Campaign to End Gun Violence . The rally at Iowa State University kicked off with a somber tone as leaders of the Brady Campaign recounted stories of loved ones lost to gun violence. Clinton says their support is motivating her to keep gun-sales reform at the center of the campaign. “Anybody who cares about real reform in our political system, who cares about making a difference that will literally, in this...

Democratic presidential candidates Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton continued to spar last night in Des Moines. With the Iowa caucuses less than three weeks away, Clinton has been attacking Sanders for votes he made that she says shield gun makers and sellers. At the Iowa Brown and Black Forum last night, moderator Jorge Ramos pressed Sanders about it. "Have you noticed maybe that she's been getting more aggressive with you?" Ramos asked. Sanders smiled and said, "Yes...I don't know. It...

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Democratic presidential candidates are responding to President Obama’s op-ed in the New York Times. The president wrote he will not support any candidate – even in his own party – who does not support common-sense gun reform. Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders says there’s “zero daylight” between him and the president on the issue of guns. In an interview with Iowa Public Radio, Hillary Clinton says Sanders voted for legislation to keep gun makers and dealers safe from liability lawsuits. “When...

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Former President Bill Clinton stopped by the New Bo City Market in Cedar Rapids during the noon lunch hour today. It’s where Hillary Clinton, who is campaigning to be the next president, held a rally on Monday. After handshaking and picturing taking, the former President went on to the nearby Czech and Slovak Museum to promote her candidacy. He arrived about an hour later than scheduled but that didn’t seem to bother the estimated 500 people waiting. Clinton spent most of the 50-minutes...

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After some upheaval last week, the race for the Democratic nomination for President has mostly shaken down to a two-person contest between former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders. And in Des Moines on Saturday, their supporters were among the thousands of activists gathered for the annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner. College student Katya Wendt came down from Minnesota with the group Saint Olaf for Bernie Sanders. She has her talking points down. “I’m...

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The three remaining Democratic presidential candidates rallied thousands of supporters in Des Moines last night, at the state party’s annual Jefferson Jackson Dinner. During the Saturday’s speeches, Senator Sanders drew contrasts to Clinton by talking about his early opposition to the war in Iraq, the keystone XL pipeline and the Defense of Marriage Act. Janice Payne is a retired lab tech from Des Moines. She attended a rally for Senator Sanders before the dinner. “He’s more for the middle...

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The first Democratic debate of the 2016 presidential election season saw hardball questions from Anderson Cooper on electability, gun control, and a range of other issues. While media organizations like Politico claim Clinton won by a landslide, online polls at Facebook and Slate show Bernie winning by the same. Dennis Goldford, political scientist at Drake University, claims the issue lies in representation. "The internet is not representative of the electorate as a whole--." "I would note...

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton is vowing to move aggressively in controlling gun violence. And, in a campaign stop in Davenport today, she took a swipe at a comment Republican Jeb Bush made last week after the shootings at a community college in Oregon. “We can’t tolerate that,” she said, “this doesn’t just happen, this isn’t stuff that happens. We let it happen and we have to act against those people who should not have guns in the first place.” During a campaign stop in...

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton says she opposes the controversial Keystone XL pipeline. During a campaign stop in Des Moines, the former Secretary of State had not taken a position until now because she thought the issue would be resolved. Clinton says she did not want to interfere with the President’s ongoing decision-making regarding the controversial extension of the Canadian crude oil pipeline. But during the campaign stop at Moulton Elementary School, a college student...

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When the second GOP presidential candidate debate is broadcast on Wednesday night, Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton says she’ll be watching. At the University of Northern Iowa in Cedar Falls Monday afternoon she told an audience of about 500 that when she saw the first debate on Fox News, she found it entertaining. She says there’s not much difference between the 16 Republican candidates. “Their flamboyant front runner has grabbed a lot of attention lately, but if you look at the policies...

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Democratic presidential candidate and Vermont U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders leads rival Hillary Clinton by one point among Iowa caucus-goers, in a poll released this morning by Quinnipiac University. It found 41-percent of likely Democratic participants back Sanders, while 40-percent chose former Secretary of State Clinton. The poll has a margin of error of plus-or-minus 3.4 percentage points. This is a change from a Quinnipiac poll in July , which showed Clinton at 52-percent, and Sanders at...

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Democratic candidate for President Hillary Clinton rolled out her plans for rural America during a stop in Ankeny Wednesday. Clinton addressed a crowd of about 250 in the FFA building at Des Moines Area Community College, with a John Deere tractor as a backdrop. “I know it’s a little unusual for a candidate for President to be making a speech about this at a community college instead of a barn or bale of hay,” Clinton says. “But at least we got a tractor,” she joked. Clinton’s plan for...

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CM: You’ve been spending a lot of time in Iowa recently, making a lot of weekend trips. Tell me what are two to three words that you would use to describe Iowa? HC: Open, committed, and beautiful. CM: Plain and simple? HC: Yea, absolutely. CM: You mention your education policy. You introduced some policy regarding higher education affordability. A big discussion in Iowa right now are some recent vetoes of 56 million dollars that governor Branstad instituted for K-12 education. You’ve been...

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Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Rodham Clinton is airing her first campaign TV ads Tuesday. They are playing in Iowa, and fellow early-voting state New Hampshire. The commercials highlight Clinton’s mother’s difficult childhood and the candidate’s pre-Washington career. While campaigning Clinton often speaks of her late mother and baby granddaughter. Donna Hoffman heads the Department of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa. She says the ads attempt to soften Clinton...

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