Results of a new Des Moines Register/Mediacom Iowa Poll on a variety of state and federal issues will be released at 7 p.m. Saturday and each day over the next two weeks at DesMoinesRegister.com.
The poll covers wide-ranging issues confronting President Donald Trump, Congress and the Iowa Legislature, from the temporary ban on refugees and immigrants from seven Muslim-majority countries to moves to defund Planned Parenthood and use public dollars to pay for private schooling.
The corporate rage against President Trump's controversial immigration ban is being led by the nation's technology companies, but nearly every business in the Chicago area and elsewhere has a stake in this melee.
Right now, a legal dispute is underway that's challenging the president's broadly written Jan. 27 executive order on immigration, which includes barring travelers from seven mostly Muslim countries.
On Thursday, a three-judge appellate court panel knocked Trump back on his heels when it refused to reinstate his travel ban on those countries. On Twitter, the president vowed "SEE YOU IN COURT," which is assumed to mean the Supreme Court but could also mean the full 9th Circuit Court of Appeals.
Trump Attacks Sen. Blumenthal Who Revealed Gorsuch Comment That Trump Judges Slam Was 'Demoralizing' : NPR
President Trump started the day by blasting a Democratic senator who revealed criticism of Trump from his nominee to the Supreme Court on Wednesday.
Judge Neil Gorsuch told Connecticut Sen. Richard Blumenthal that he found President Trump's recent attacks on judges to be "demoralizing" and "disheartening." Gorsuch made the comments during a private meeting, and a member of the Supreme Court nomination team escorting Gorsuch through the get-acquainted meetings also confirmed the remarks to NPR's Tamara Keith.
US Senate Democrat Elizabeth Warren was told to sit down after reading a thirty-year-old letter criticizing the attorney general nominee Jeff Sessions. The letter was written by Coretta Scott King, the widow of murdered civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr - and it circulated all the more freely after the efforts to silence Warren in the chamber.
The Senate chamber's Republican leader Mitch McConnell stopped the Massachusetts Democrat from reading the letter and accused Warren of having "impugned" Senator Sessions - invoking Senate Rule 19 that prohibits disparaging remarks against a fellow senator.
"The senator has impugned the motives and conduct of our colleague from Alabama, as warned by the chair," McConnell said. Warren challenged the ruling, which resulted in the Senate voting on the implementation of the archaic tradition. With a Republican majority in the upper house of Congress, the Senate voted along party lines to uphold McConnell's ruling.
At least 11 people were arrested after a chaotic protest at NYU saw the conservative speaker and Vice Media co-founder Gavin McInnes hit with pepper spray.
The raucous crowd appeared outside the Kimmel, Rosenthal Pavilion Thursday night in New York City, protesting McInnes' planned speech at a seminar for college Republicans.
The McInnes protest came one day after UC Berkeley erupted over Breitbart editor Milo Yiannopoulos’ planned speech. Rioters were seen lighting fires, pepper-spraying a Trump supporter and vandalizing buildings.
Shortly after the Breitbart News editor’s event was called off, he posted a statement on his Facebook page:
“I have been evacuated from the UC Berkeley campus after violent left-wing protestors tore down barricades lit fires, threw rocks and Roman candles at the windows and breached the ground floor of the building. My team and I are safe. But the event has been cancelled. I'll let you know more when the facts become clear. One thing we do know for sure: the Left is absolutely terrified of free speech and will do literally anything to shut it down.”
In a subsequent interview with Fox News, Yiannopoulos said UC Berkeley is “a liberal campus. They hate libertarians or conservatives who dare to express an opinion on their campus. They particularly don’t like me.”
Top presidential adviser Kellyanne Conway on Thursday blasted what she called “dangerous” leaks that have revealed details from President Trump’s apparently tense conversations with world leaders, while denying that the information spilled from the White House.
“We’re the ones not leaking,” Conway, Trump’s counselor, told “Fox & Friends.”
Asked whether the leaks could have come from the State Department, where hundreds of officials have protested Trump’s recent order on immigration, she declined to speculate.
“It’s very unfortunate,” she said. “… It’s dangerous to have these leaks.”
The comments follow reports on presidential phone calls with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto.
In the former, The Washington Post reported that Trump fumed over a refugee deal with Australia cut under the Obama administration. He reportedly called the agreement the “worst deal ever” and accused Turnbull of looking to export “the next Boston bombers.”
President Donald TrumpDonald TrumpJon Stewart mocks Trump in appearance on Colbert's show Trump’s patent policy should put America first, not the patent lobby Trump's Gorsuch pick assures integrity of America's elections process MORE’s pick of Neil Gorsuch to succeed the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia shows the rule of law is back in style. Gorsuch considers the Constitution a document that limits the power of government, not as a mere suggestion to be argued around. For that, Trump’s pick is delightfully restorative.
The Gorsuch pick came just in time. A mix of cases are heading to the Supreme Court and will impact the federal design over elections. From voter ID to redistricting to obligations to keep clean voter rolls, the Court is primed to decide how we vote in the 21st century.
Donald Trump has fired acting Attorney General Sally Yates after she ordered Justice Department lawyers to stop defending the president's controversial immigration orders.
Ms Yates, who was appointed by Mr Obama, said she was "not convinced that the executive order is lawful".
“I am responsible for ensuring that the positions we take in court remain consistent with this institution’s solemn obligation to always seek justice and stand for what is right,” Ms Yates wrote in a letter to Justice Department lawyers. “At present, I am not convinced that the defence of the executive order is consistent with these responsibilities.”
President Donald Trump’s controversial executive orders on immigration and refugees — which were immediately challenged in federal court — brought into sharp relief the high political and legal stakes for the Supreme Court fight that will unfold this week.
With Trump planning to announce his nominee on Thursday, but now considering an earlier rollout, his allies are moving quickly to sharpen a battle plan, and the first formal meeting of the de facto war room for the coming confirmation fight took place on Friday at the Capitol Hill headquarters of the National Republican Senatorial Committee on Friday.