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Open letter to readers: Today and tomorrow

By Lynda Waddington | 11.17.11

Wednesday was a difficult day for The American Independent News Network, which is the larger entity that operates The Iowa Independent. Our chief executive and founder announced two of our sister sites would close and their content would be moved to The American Independent.

ACS lockout continues; plan emerges to repeal sugar protections

By Virginia Chamlee | 11.15.11

A recently introduced bill could have far-reaching impact on the U.S. sugar industry, including American Crystal Sugar, a farmer-owned cooperative that locked out 1,300 Midwest workers on Aug. 1.

Cain campaign: Farmers know more about regulations than EPA

By Andrew Duffelmeyer | 11.15.11

The chairman for Herman Cain’s Iowa effort says the campaign “relied more on the word of farmers than Washington regulators” in deciding to run an ad containing claims the Environmental Protection Agency says are false.

Mathis wins, Democrats maintain Senate control

Liz Mathis
By Lynda Waddington | 11.08.11

The Iowa Senate will remain under the control of a slim 26-25 Democratic majority when it reconvenes in January 2012.

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PR: Nation should work to address veterans’ challenges

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

BRUCE BRALEY RELEASE — As US involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan ends, it’s more important than ever that our nation works to address the challenges faced by the men and women who fought there.

PR: Honoring veterans, help in hiring

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

CHUCK GRASSLEY RELEASE — A difficult job market is challenging the soldiers, sailors and airmen who have protected America’s interests by serving in the Armed Forces.

PR: In honor of America’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

TOM LATHAM RELEASE — No one has done more to secure the freedom enjoyed by every single American than our veterans and those currently serving in the armed services.

PR: Honoring and supporting our nation’s veterans

By Press Release Reprints | 11.11.11

DAVE LOEBSACK RELEASE — Veterans Day is an opportunity to reflect on the service of generations of veterans and to honor the sacrifices they and their families have made so that we may live in peace and freedom here at home.

U.S. Senate could pass unemployment extension next week

By Ed Brayton | 06.09.10 | 2:44 pm

A bill that would extend the application window for extended federal unemployment benefits through November could pass the U.S. Senate next week, though it would then likely have to be reconciled with the House version before being sent to the president. The unemployment extension is only one small part of a larger package that has already passed the House; the Senate is working on a slightly different version and Senate leaders think they’ll be able to pass the bill over the objections of Republicans next week.

The objections are based on the cost of the bill. The unemployment part is only a few billion dollars, but the Senate version of the bill includes $24 billion to extend federal aid to states for Medicaid reimbursement and many other provisions. The full bill costs about $140 billion, with slightly less than half of it being paid for by other cuts or tax increases. As it stands now, it would add $77 billion to the deficit.

Democrats argue that the spending is necessary and should be exempted from Congress’ pay-as-you-go agreement. Republicans are demanding that more of the bill be paid for without adding to the deficit. Democratic leaders will likely need at least one Republican to break ranks and vote for cloture to get the bill passed as it is. Or there could be floor amendments to make it more palatable to enough Republicans to get it through.


  • UnitedSinofAmerica

    If the long term unemployed and other impoverished Americana become ignored in this latest bill (ie. without Tier V for instance), then the US govt just like President Hoover and his govt from the early 30's will have surely precipitated and helped initiate the onset of the Greater Depression. Welfare = Soup lines of the 30's. And if you fascists deny welfare to the growing impoverished masses of Americans, then this country will surely be third world status within the next 2-3 years max. If the elites think riots are only restricted to Greece, they better think again.

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