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National AAUP to inquiry presidential search process

The American Association of University Professors is responding to a request from its UI chapter to investigate the presidential-search process, by sending two representatives to campus on Oct. 16 and 17. The group is based in Washington, D.C., and works to keep academic institutions ethical and free in situations of controversy.


New State Plan Aims To Put Iowa on the Cutting Edge of Energy Policy |

PELLA, Iowa -- Iowa is no stranger to energy production.

"We have a dynamic workforce but our low cost of energy is another reason we stay competitive in the state of Iowa."

But Tuesday's announcement at Pella Corporation was a new step in energy policy. Debi Durham, Director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority, said, "Ensuring that our state remains in a leadership position in national energy market is vital for the future growth of our state."


McCarthy tells GOP conservatives 'I'm not John Boehner' - US News

WASHINGTON (AP) — House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy promised conservative GOP lawmakers Tuesday "I'm not John Boehner" as he sought their support to replace Boehner as speaker.

McCarthy and his two Republican rivals for the speaker's job took turns meeting behind closed doors with a coalition of four groups comprising the most conservative members in the House. The lawmakers forced Boehner to resign and are now maneuvering to deny his No. 2, McCarthy, the chance to ascend unless he agrees to various demands.

Lawmakers present said McCarthy pledged changes to the House.


"I think McCarthy's pitch was 'I'm not John Boehner, I'm going to run things differently, I'm my own man,'" said Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas. "And I think that's a case that he does have to make. One of the things I hear all the time from my constituents back in Texas is we don't want John Boehner 2.0."

The other two lawmakers running for the job — Reps. Jason Chaffetz of Utah and Daniel Webster of Florida — also addressed the group.


Hillary: Hey, I’ll Totally Bypass Congress On Gun Control If Necessary - Matt Vespa

We all knew this was coming. Hillary Clinton unveiling her new gun control policies, which included the holy grail of liberal proposals–expanding background checks. Yet, she isn’t just going to throw policies out there for progressives to munch on; she’s threatening to use executive action to get some of them enacted (via AP):

Her campaign rolled out a robust set of proposals Monday, including using executive action as president to expand background check requirements. Under current federal law, such checks are not required for sales made at gun shows or over the Internet.

Clinton pledged to require anyone "attempting to sell a significant number of guns" to be considered a firearms dealer, and therefore need a federal license. She did not say how many gun sales would constitute a "significant" number.

Efforts to require such comprehensive background checks have failed several times in recent years in Congress, where Republican leaders have shown no willingness to even hold votes on efforts to curb access to guns.

Clinton's attempt to circumvent staunch opposition would likely spark legal challenges from gun advocates, as well as from Republicans sure to question whether a president has the authority to act directly.


The Forgotten Alexander Hamilton

By John Hendrickson

Instead of removing Alexander Hamilton from the $10 bill, it would be better for Americans to rediscover the principles and philosophy of one of our greatest Founding Fathers. Alexander Hamilton, who served as one of our nation’s prominent Founding Fathers and first Secretary of the Treasury under President George Washington, was a hero to many political leaders. As a close adviser to President Washington, Hamilton was the “chief architect” of the administration’s policies. It is said that Hamilton is the “Father of American Capitalism,” and as historian Forrest McDonald wrote, his fiscal policies “breathed life into the Constitution.” McDonald also argued that Hamilton’s economic program “was an example of conservatism — of constructive, prudential change — at its best.”
Hamilton’s influence on policy leaders during the 1920s and even into the 1930s can be seen clearly through the many speeches and references made to him by individuals such as President Warren G. Harding, President Calvin Coolidge, Secretary of the Treasury Andrew Mellon, President Herbert Hoover, and Senator Arthur Vandenberg. President Harding, early in his political career, gave a popular lecture on Hamilton to various audiences, while Senator Vandenberg wrote a book on Hamilton, The Greatest American. Andrew Mellon, who was considered to be the best Treasury Secretary since Alexander Hamilton, praised him in his book Taxation: The People’s Business.

Calvin Coolidge also joined in the admiration for Hamilton. In a 1922 speech before the Hamilton Club, then-Vice President Coolidge stated that “when America ceases to remember his greatness, America will be no longer great.” He praised Hamilton’s defense of the Constitution with his “masterly” contributions to The Federalist. Coolidge argued that Hamilton “played a leading part in the framing of the Constitution,” and without his leadership “the American nation would not have come into being.”

In addition to his role in securing the ratification of the Constitution, Coolidge argued that another aspect of Hamilton’s genius was his economic program, which was the foundation for the success of American capitalism. As Treasury Secretary, Hamilton was confronted with serious economic problems, and “his tremendous task was to provide for funding the national debt, establish the public credit, and provide for the government revenue.” Some of Hamilton’s initiatives that Coolidge specifically found crucial to the American economy included the establishment of the First Bank of the United States and his Report on Manufactures, which he [Coolidge] argued to be “a great contribution to political economy.” Coolidge argued that Hamilton’s Report on Manufactures developed a sound doctrine that would create a strong and diverse American economy. As Coolidge stated: “He believed in protection [tariffs] in the first place as a means of national defense. He desired his country to be self-sustaining and self-sufficient…After national defense he advocated protection as the method by which the nation would increase its power to produce wealth.”

“For most of the 19th century, the nation followed the economic policy of Hamilton and the foreign policy of Washington — and was richly rewarded. By the first decade of the 20th century, America was the most independent and self-reliant republic in all of history,” wrote Patrick J. Buchanan. The results of Hamilton’s economic philosophy were described by Buchanan when he wrote: “For 12 decades, America followed Hamilton’s vision. On the eve of World War I, the 13 agricultural colonies on the eastern seaboard had become the richest nation on earth with the highest standard of living, a republic that produced 96 percent of all it consumed while exporting 8 percent of its GNP, an industrial colossus that manufactured more than Britain, France, and Germany combined.”

Coolidge argued that “the measure of the strength and the enlightenment of a people is the measure of their appreciation of their great men, their devotion to their memory and the defense of the institutions which they have established.” He also warned that “when the reverence of the nation for its great men dies, the glory of the nation will die with it.”

Alexander Hamilton is a forgotten conservative statesman, whose ideas can help us solve the great national problems that we face today, especially dealing with our escalating $18 trillion national debt and poor trade policy. It would be wise for the Treasury Department to leave Hamilton on the $10 bill and not change any of our currency just to appease forces of political correctness.

The views expressed in this column are those of the author and not necessarily those of the Public Interest Institute.  They are brought to you in the interest of a better informed citizenry. 
John Hendrickson, Research Analyst, Public Interest Institute, 600 North Jackson Street, Mount Pleasant, IA 52641-1328. Ph: 319-385-3462, Web site:  Contact him at

Illinois-Iowa Preview - Yahoo Sports

(AP) -- - On the surface, it appears as though No. 22 Iowa's resurgence has been fueled by the so-called ''New Kirk Ferentz.''

In reality, the Hawkeyes are better because their defense is better - and knocking opponents around has been the foundation of every good team coached by Ferentz.

Iowa (5-0, 1-0 Big Ten) surged back into the Top 25 for the first time in five years this week following one of the best defensive performances in Ferentz's 17-year run in Iowa City.

The Hawkeyes forced four turnovers and held then-No. 19 Wisconsin out of the end zone in a 10-6 win in Madison, cementing Iowa's status as a legitimate contender in the Big Ten West.


State Dept. tells Hillary Clinton to search for more emails - Washington Times

Judicial Watch, a conservative public interest law firm pursuing the emails, told a federal judge Tuesday that it would argue that the email account and the server Mrs. Clinton kept at her home in New York were always government property, so the State Department — not Mrs. Clinton — has an obligation to go through the emails and decide what should be released to the public.

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Administration attorneys signaled that they will fight that claim, arguing that Mrs. Clinton’s server was the equivalent of a private account not under government control. Judge Emmet G. Sullivan gave no indication how he was leaning and instead ordered a monthslong process of briefing papers to begin to flesh out the legal arguments.

“When Mrs. Clinton was secretary of state, as head of the agency, the State Department had control,” Judicial Watch attorney Michael Bekesha said.

The email scandal shows little sign of subsiding a year after the State Department first prodded Mrs. Clinton to return some 30,000 messages from her four years as secretary.