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“I am Jon Wieseler’s mom, or I was.” A mother finds it hard to talk about her child in the past tense. “Jon was the best son ever.” A bond between the two still alive, even after death. “He was so good.” Linda Wieseler’s voice strains because of pure emotion mixed with a medical condition. “I have what is sporadic dysphonia. It causes a tremor with my vocal cords.” Jon Wieselser graduated from North High School in 2001, got his law degree from Iowa, then followed a different path, by...

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The longest-serving Republican in the Iowa Legislature has announced he’s switching to the Democratic Party, and that narrows the party split in the Iowa House of Representatives to 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats.

Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa says the statehouse is much more partisan than when he was first elected in 1978. 

0423mckean2: 09   “I think the party has veered very sharply to the right. And that concerns me—it’s a bit further than I would care to be.”

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State Representative Andy McKean of Anamosa is leaving the Republican Party and joining the Democrats in the final days of the Iowa legislative session.

That narrows the party split in the chamber to 53 Republicans and 47 Democrats.

McKean says the statehouse has become much more partisan and he was uncomfortable with Iowa Republicans moving further to the right. And he doesn’t like what he’s seeing at the national level, especially with the 2020 presidential election coming up.  

The census case before the Supreme Court could have major implications on how congressional seats and hundreds of billions of dollars in federal funds are distributed in the U.S. over the next decade.

Egyptian voters have approved sweeping constitutional amendments that allow President Abdel-Fattah el-Sissi to remain in office until 2030 and further entrench the power of the military.

Voters approved the amendments by 88.83%, according to the National Election Authority, which said that 44.33% of eligible voters took part in the poll.

If the Trump administration gets its way, federal law will require this question to be asked of each person living in all of the country's households in 2020: "Is this person a citizen of the United States?" It's been close to 70 years since a citizenship question has been included among the census questions for every U.S. household.

Tens of millions of Hindus took a ritual dip in the Ganges River this winter as part of the largest religious festival in the world — the Kumbh Mela. For centuries, the festival has been held in various cities in northern India, including Allahabad.

But when pilgrims arrived this year for the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad had a different name.

NPR's Audie Cornish talks with The Marshall Project's Justin George about the Trump administration's proposal for a new hiring rule that has drawn criticism from criminal justice reform advocates.

Democrats have prioritized climate change as an issue in the 2020 presidential campaign. Most candidates have talked about it through the framework of the Green New Deal.

The Comet is Coming defies definition. It's a little space jazz, a little electronic dance music, and all improvisation. The London trio's second album is Trust in the Lifeforce of the Deep Mystery

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