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Iowa Republican lawmaker leaves party he no longer recognizes

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An Iowa Republican switched parties and will join Democrats in the statehouse.

State Rep. Andy McKean left the GOP this week after voting with Democrats on some key issues in recent years, reported Iowa Starting Line.

The moderate Republican was first elected to the Iowa House in 1978 and left after the 2003 election, but won election to return in 2016.

McKean said the party had changed, and he could no longer remain a Republican.

He has voted with Democrats on collective bargaining and worker compensation bills, and McKean also bucked his party on gun safety bills and a GOP push to change how judges are selected in the state.

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On Monday he voted to continue debate of a bill pushed by the statehouse’s four black lawmakers that would ask their colleagues to adopt minority impact statements requiring data showing how bills would impact minorities.

“As a white person,” McKean said, “it’s impossible for me to fully comprehend (their) experiences … they deserved the opportunity to bring (the amendment) forth.”

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Trump lashes out at media for not pretending he has built a wall on the southern border

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President Donald Trump lashed out at the media on Monday, complaining about a lack of coverage of the wall he claims he's building.

"When we rip down and totally replace a badly broken and dilapidated barrier on the southern border, something which cannot do the job, the fake news media gives us zero credit for building a new wall," Trump said.

"We have replaced many miles of old barrier with powerful new walls," Trump argued.

He did not mention the fact he had promised that Mexico would pay for the wall. Mexico is not footing the bill for Trump's project.

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Gun ownership increases homicides — but only a very specific kind of them: study

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Does the frequency of gun ownership impact the homicide rate? In the broad sense, many studies have shown it does. But how does it do so exactly?

A new study, conducted at the University of Indianapolis and published in the American Journal of Preventative Medicine, offers a profound hint. The study, which examined homicide rates by state from 1990 to 2016, suggests that most forms of homicide — those committed against friends, acquaintances, and strangers — are negligibly affected by firearm ownership rates. But one particular category of homicide is sharply correlated with the presence of guns: domestic violence.

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Conservatives are furious over Trump’s budget deal with Democrats — president brags about ‘real compromise’

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House conservatives are livid after President Donald Trump struck a budget deal with Democrats.

"You should veto this bill because it is fiscally irresponsible," the lawmakers wrote in a letter to Trump. "It blows well beyond what was intended with the 2011 [Budget Control Act] caps. Furthermore, it continues spending hundreds of billions more than what we take in a year and does not put our nation on a path towards a balanced budget."

The effort is being driven by first-term Rep. Chip Roy (R-TX).

"As the greatest nation in the history of the world, the least we can do is cut a deal that does not sabotage the fiscal future of our nation while endangering millions of American and migrants because of our porous border," the lawmakers wrote. "We can do better."

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