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Iowa environmentalists hail Biden’s first-day actions, ask for more

By Perry Beeman
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  • President Joe Biden spent part of his first day in office reversing the previous administration’s environmental policies on climate change, vehicle emissions and drilling in an Arctic refuge.
  • Kerri Johannsen, the council’s energy program director, said the Biden-Harris administration is expected both to boost renewable energy while moving to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.
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President Biden urges a divided nation to ‘end this uncivil war’ in inaugural address

By Laura Olson
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  • WASHINGTON — Calling on Americans to bridge the widening divisions in the country, Joe Biden became the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday, completing the peaceful transition of presidential power on the same stage where a violent mob just two weeks ago sought to prevent him from taking office.
  • “I hope that, rather than fan the flames of division during this time of conflict in our nation, President-elect Biden will put forward serious proposals to address the most pressing issues facing Iowans and Americans, particularly targeted COVID-19 relief for those who need it.
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Public defender disciplined for ‘explicit’ jailhouse conversations

By Clark Kauffman
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  • Records of the Iowa Supreme Court’s Attorney Disciplinary Board indicate the girlfriend of Des Moines attorney and public defender Tomas Rodriguez was arrested in October 2019 on drug and theft charges.
  • However, the board did find that Rodriguez violated other rules of the profession, in part by frequently discussing other inmates with the woman, and by sharing confidential information with her about his other clients.
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Biden will take the oath of office with troops on guard and towering challenges ahead

By Laura Olson
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  • Instead of looking out at a sea of supporters, the former vice president and longtime senator from Delaware will be speaking before members of Congress seated in socially distanced chairs, a massive force of National Guard members, and a display of flags stretching to the Washington Monument representing those who fell victim to COVID-19 and cannot be there in person.
  • WASHINGTON — Joe Biden is set to become the 46th president of the United States at 11 a.m. CT, when he will take the oath of office while standing on the same platform where insurrectionists swarmed just two weeks ago as they sought to prevent Congress from certifying Biden’s victory.
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