Top Gun(s)

Following the results of last November’s election, the GOP now has control of both the legislature and the governorship in 25 states. By comparison, the Democrats have the same level of control in only 6 states. The Iowa Senate was one of two state senates the GOP gained on election night, giving the party full control of my home state.

As the Iowa Senate passed a voter ID bill last Thursday, Governor Terry Branstad signed into law the largest pro-gun bill in the state’s history. This brings Des Moines one step closer to becoming the next location from where Snake Plisskin must escape.

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Darkness

How fast did the U.S. take action against Syria? CNN’s Jeff Zelaney was giving Anderson Cooper the latest update on discussions between Defense Secretary Mattis and President Trump, when Cooper cut him off to announce we had launched a series of Tomahawk missiles into the country.

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Nusies

President Trump’s claim of former President Barack Obama wiretapping Trump Tower during the 2016 campaign is about as believable as Reince Priebus’ head exploding from mixing Pop Rocks and Coke. However, Priebus having his own Scanners moment at some point over the next four years is not only more realistic; but likely.

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Escape Plan

“When we win on Nov. 8th and elect a Republican Congress, we will be able to immediately repeal and replace Obamacare,” then candidate Trump said at a Pennsylvania rally last November. Looks like you’re going to be waiting a little bit longer.

With a Republican controlled Congress, Donald Trump failed to deliver on his campaign promise on Friday. What went wrong? A LOT.

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The Expendables

“Don’t tell me what you value. Show me your budget and I will tell you what you value,” former Vice President Joe Biden said throughout the 2012 campaign. On Thursday, President Trump showed the American people what he valued when he unveiled his budget blueprint… unfortunately, it wasn’t them.

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The King’s Speech

On Sunday, Iowa Rep. Steve King accidentally posted his comment for white supremacist website, Stormfront, on his Twitter account.

King is referencing Party for Freedom candidate, Geert Wilders, who is running for Dutch Prime Minister. My personal belief of political organizations which use “family” or “freedom” in their name is that it increases their likelihood of being hateful cesspools (e.g., Focus on the Family, Family Research Council, American Freedom Party, American Freedom Union). This applies to European groups as well. Party for Freedom doesn’t disappoint.

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Casualties of War

On Tuesday, Home Alone 2 star Donald Trump gave his first address to Congress as president. The most powerful moment of the night would arrive when the President addressed Carryn Owens, widow of fallen U.S. Navy SEAL William “Ryan” Owens. Owens was killed on a failed military operation ordered by Trump just days after taking office.

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