FROM Steve Buttry
Rising Flood Waters Wreak Havoc and Close Interstates Rising waters in the Des Moines River are threatening Iowa's state capital with mandatory evacuations. Voluntary evacuations already had been called for. The Cedar and Iowa Rivers are among those still rising. Thirty-five highways are already closed in the state's worst flooding ever. In Cedar Rapids, 135 patients on wheelchairs and stretchers have been evacuated from the Mercy Medical Center. Steve Buttry, editor of The Gazette in Cedar Rapids, has an update.
Iowa Residents Flee as Flood Waters Rise Tornados have struck four states in the Midwest, killing four Boy Scouts in Iowa. Meantime, nine Iowa rivers have reached flood levels and fifty-three counties have been declared disaster areas. A levee has broken in Cedar Rapids, where Steve Buttry is editor of the Cedar Rapids Gazette .
Healthcare debate now shifts to the Senate Both parties are celebrating yesterday's House bill to repeal and replace Obamacare. House Republicans are cheering because they were able to pass it. Democrats are happy because they think it's so bad. We look at the details… and the politics.
A New York Times op-ed on climate change sparks uproar The New York Times is embroiled in a public furor over a new columnist, who wrote that scientific uncertainty is reason for debate about climate change. Many conservatives are delighted. Is America's leading liberal newspaper fostering climate denial? This is the latest in our series, "The Emotional States of America."
Trump's Russia ties intensify with Comey firing Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe contradicted the Trump White House today, insisting the Bureau had not lost faith in former Director James Comey. He promised to notify the committee of any interference into investigation of the Trump campaign's contacts with Vladimir Putin's Russia. What do we know about those contacts… and how they relate to Trump's business interests and those of his family?