Noon News 1.3.20: Iran Reaction, Billionaire Tom Steyer in Siouxland, More on Klobuchar

Jan 3, 2020

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Iran has vowed “harsh retaliation” for a U.S. airstrike near Baghdad's airport that killed its top general.

Iowa Senator Joni Ernst, a retired member of the Iowa National Guard wrote on Twitter “she applauded the work of U.S. military personnel in carrying out the mission, America, and our world is safer”.

With a month on go before the Iowa caucuses, Democratic candidate Tom Steyer visits northwest Iowa.

The billionaire hedge fund manager spoke to a crowd of about 100 Thursday night in Sioux City.  He  reiterated his stance on President Trump, by calling him fraud and a failure.   

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“He played a business person on a reality TV show. He has been terrible to the people of the United State economically and especially terrible to the people of Iowa.”

Steyer says Trump is a politician with a history of taking down traditional and top candidates.  However, Steyer believes he can compete with Trump when it comes to the economy.

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He called the president’s tax plan, the single-worse piece of legislation.

 “A trillion-dollar give-away to the richest people and the corporations that you know will come out of the hides of the working class in the future.”

Steyer claims voter turnout is key for the Democrats to win the White House in November.

 “We’re going to show up because our whole future is at stake.  We’re going to show up hell or high water and get rid of these guys.  That’s what’s going to happen in 2020.” 

Steyer says while some of his Democratic opponents focus on criticizing each other, he keeps to the issues, with climate change still his number one priority.    

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Steyer was in Sheldon Friday morning before opening a campaign office in Spirit Lake today.

Minnesota US Senator Amy Klobuchar talked with potential caucus-goers yesterday Sioux City’s Orpheum Theater.  

Klobuchar said her campaign was surging and said she had raised more than one million dollars the day after the Dec. 19th presidential debate.  

She answered a question from the crowd about “recovering” from President Trump’s trade war.  Klobuchar said the country needed consistent trade policies.

“This guy does tweets at 4 a.m. and there’s a saying about trade policy, keep your policies and keep your threats, he does neither.”

Klobuchar also talked about the need to reform health care with a public option, improve public education and require universal background checks to purchase firearms.  

Former Maryland Congressman John Delaney will be campaigning in Siouxland this weekend.  He will be in

On Sunday he is planning on having lunch with supporters at Horizon Family Restaurant at 11 a.m.  Tomorrow, he plans on knocking on doors in Bronson.

Best-selling author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson has laid off her entire 2020 campaign staff. However, the candidate says she is pushing ahead with her Democratic presidential bid.

A group representing Nebraska public-school teachers is pushing once again for a state law that would allow educators to physically restrain violent students who pose an imminent threat.

The Nebraska State Education Association released a survey of its members Thursday in which teachers reported getting bruises, cuts, torn ligaments, a broken nose and concussions from students.

At least one educator said she was hit in the stomach while pregnant. The group has repeatedly asked lawmakers for legal protections over the last few years, but the measures have stalled.

Opponents argue that such a law could be used disproportionately against minority students and students with disabilities.

The wet weather that caused flooding problems in much of the Midwest last year had one small benefit: electric generation from the Missouri River's six upstream dams was up 5.6 percent.

It was the first time this century the river had back-to-back years of producing surplus power.