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Bernie Sanders Could Win Iowa. Here Are Two Reasons Why. | The Nation

Williamsburg, IowaFor the rural communities of Williamsburg, Conroy, Parnell, and the English Valleys in east central Iowa, the weekly Journal Tribune newspaper is the media. Not all of the media in this cable and digital age, but a vital part of it. This is where the people of Iowa County, Iowa, get the high-school football scores, reports on the upcoming state show-choir fest, and details of where they will caucus on Monday night.

On page nine of the latest edition of the Journal Tribune, they also get a half-page advertisement for Bernie Sanders, with a smiling picture of the candidate, a phone number for Democrats who want more information about caucusing, and an old-school rural populist declaration that “It’s a rigged economy backed by Wall Street banks and billionaires who buy elections.”

“The truth is, you can’t change a corrupt system by taking its money,” the bold-face statement from Sanders continues. “My campaign is powered by over 2.5 million small contributions from people like you who want to fight back.”


No. 3 Iowa cruises past Northwestern 85-71

IOWA CITY, Iowa -- Jarrod Uthoff dominated the first half.

Peter Jok owned the second one -- and Iowa posted yet another Big Ten blowout.

Jok had 22 of his 26 points in the second half to help third-ranked Iowa cruised past Northwestern 85-71 on Sunday.

Uthoff scored 23 points for the Hawkeyes (17-4, 8-1 Big Ten), who sent Northwestern to its fifth straight loss.

He shook off his season-low nine points in Thursday's defeat at No. 8 Maryland with 19 in the first half as Iowa went up by 16.

Jok followed with three straight 3s and Iowa rolled to its seventh league win by at least 10 points.


Another Ramen Soup Hack - make your chicken Ramen into egg drop soup

By Mike Thayer

RamenRamen soup, it's cheap, a quick snack food, a budget food, a single-person's food, a plan 'B' food, a college dorm food, a don't-know-what-else-to-have-so-this-will-have-to-do food...

Don't just make it per the package instructions, liven things up!

Make a quick egg drop soup.

Prepare the Ramen chicken soup as normal....   Add a dash of garlic powder, a dash of black pepper and a green onion, minced.  Beat an egg slightly and slowly pour it into the hot soup, stirring clockwise for about a minute.

And there you have it, Ramen egg drop soup.....

I like to add a bit of Louisiana hot sauce to mine.  Enjoy.


Kentucky Its Own Toughest Critic After Gritty OT Loss at Hostile Kansas | Bleacher Report

LAWRENCE, Kan. — Shortly after Kentucky’s 90-84 overtime loss at Kansas Saturday night, Kentucky guard Tyler Ulis cut his postgame press conference short and hurried toward the Allen Fieldhouse restroom.

“Sorry about that,” Wildcats media relations director Deb Moore told reporters. “Tyler is feeling ill.”

Head coach John Calipari wasn’t in the most chipper of moods, either, saying he was “still hacked off” about Kentucky’s loss to the Jayhawks.

“When you have a chance to win like we did and you choke it…I’m sick to my stomach,” Calipari said.


BREAKING: Trump Seizes Lead in Final Des Moines Register Poll - Guy Benson

The Des Moines Register's widely-respected pollster has released its final survey prior to Monday's caucuses. On the Republican side, billionaire celebrity Donald Trump as regained his lead in the Hawkeye State, having erased a ten-point December deficit in this series. Ted Cruz, who led in the last two DMR polls, has slipped to second -- with Marco Rubio surging, but still in third place. Results:


Is Hillary's Campaign Really in Trouble? - Rasmussen Reports™

Democrats blame the media for the perception that Hillary Clinton's campaign is stumbling, but voters in general aren't so sure. All agree, however, that there's no need yet for Joe Biden or some other major Democrat to jump into the race for the party's presidential nomination.

A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey finds that just 19% of Likely Democratic Voters believe that Clinton's campaign is in trouble. Sixty-nine percent (69%) disagree and say that is more a perception being created by the media. Twelve percent (12%) are undecided.


Examining the Iowa Caucus Track Record on Predicting Presidents

The Iowa caucuses have been the first major electoral event of the presidential election cycle since the 1970s, and today serve the role of winnowing the field and helping anti-establishment candidates pick up steam.

Most recently in 2008, Barack Obama, Iowa’s nominee, upset Hillary Clinton and went on to become commander-in-chief.

But in years past, just how good have Iowans been at predicting the President of the United States?



Super Bowl 2016: Date, Point Spread and Prop Odds for Panthers vs. Broncos | Bleacher Report

The Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos will battle in what should be a memorable Super Bowl, although no matter who wins you can entertain yourself with some side bets.

Like all other NFL games, you have a chance to make normal predictions for who wins, whether that team will cover the spread as well as the over/under for the total score. However, this highly anticipated battle also adds dozens of prop bets concerning the action on the field and sometimes off it.

Super Bowl 50 should be fun to watch whether you have money on the line or not, but here is a look at some intriguing props to make things a bit more interesting.


State Department declares 22 Clinton emails 'top secret' - US News

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Obama administration has confirmed for the first time that Hillary Clinton's home server contained closely guarded government secrets, censoring 22 emails that contained material requiring one of the highest levels of classification. The revelation came three days before the former secretary of state and current Democratic presidential candidate competes in the Iowa caucuses.

State Department officials also said the agency's Diplomatic Security and Intelligence and Research bureaus are investigating if any of the information was classified at the time of transmission, going to the heart of Clinton's defense of her email practices.

The department on Friday evening published its latest batch of emails from her time as America's top diplomat.

But The Associated Press learned ahead of the release that seven email chains would be withheld in full for containing "top secret" information. The 37 pages include messages a key intelligence official recently said concerned "special access programs" —highly restricted, classified material that could point to confidential sources or clandestine programs like drone strikes.


ICPL to Debut 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program

Sharing books and stories is important to a child's brain development, which is why the Iowa City Public Library is pleased to partner with Pearson for our new 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten program.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten encourages parents and caregivers to do just that: read 1,000 books before the child starts kindergarten. In doing so, they strengthen a child’s language skills and build their vocabulary — two important tools for beginning readers. With the support of a $10,000 Employee Challenge Fund for Literacy grant from Pearson, the Library will assist and encourage parents and caregivers as they help children become lifelong readers.

The program will launch at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 5, following Book Babies. Staff from the Library and Pearson will be on hand to register children for 1,000 Books Before Kindergarten. Children also can register at the Children's Desk during regular Library hours after Feb. 5.

Each participant will go home with a bookmark to track their first 250 books. Once it’s complete, children can bring it to the Children’s Room for their next bookmark, each one in 250 increments, until they’ve read 1,000 books. Children also will receive a prize after completing each level of the program: a book bag after 250 books; a book plate to be inserted in any children’s book in the Library’s collection after 500 books; a growth chart after 750 books; and a new book of their own at 1,000 books.

“We’re so excited to bring this program to our community and want to thank Pearson for their help in making it an experience that will benefit our young patrons for years,” Library Director Susan Craig said.