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CLIENT SPOTLIGHT: Want healthy Iowans? Fund the outdoor recreation trust, advocates say

DES MOINES REGISTER: Iowans could reduce their risks for chronic health problems — from heart disease to diabetes — with financial support for a voter-approved outdoor recreation trust fund that promises improved trails, parks, lakes and streams, health advocacy groups said Thursday. “Our organization has seen first-hand the health benefits of vibrant outdoor recreation and

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USA TODAY: Trump picks Iowa governor for China ambassador

   …The frequent visits and relationship with Xi mean the Chinese know and like Branstad, said Tim Albrecht, a former aide to the governor.“He’s a known commodity (in China), more so probably than any other political leader save for (President) Obama,” said Albrecht. “There’s not just a respect there, there’s a kinship that’s hard to

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Washington Post: 10 things to know about Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, Trump’s pick for ambassador to China

1. He’s “old friends” with China’s president: Their relationship goes back decades, and it’s one of the most unique in international politics. On his long path to the presidency, China’s Xi Jinping visited rural Iowa in 1985, when Branstad was in his first term as governor, and again in 2012, when Branstad was also governor. (One likely

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