On May 28, US president Donald Trump signed an executive order on "Preventing Online Censorship." From the title and the document respectively we can draw to two lessons.

First: Never, ever, ever believe the title of a government document. The internal texts of congressional bills and resolutions, as well as executive branch orders, "findings," intelligence "estimates," etc. seldom have much, if anything, to do with their titles.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (May 29, 220) — Iowa PBS will bring science into viewers' living rooms through demonstrations at the Science Center of Iowa with a new, education-based series, "Go Beyond." Airing on Iowa PBS .1 Fridays, June 12, 19, and 26 at 11:30AM and 4:30PM, the series will feature fun explorations and experiments, and encourage children to examine the world within their own reach.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 27, 2020) — The State of Iowa’s 2020 US Census Complete Count Committee, formed by Governor Kim Reynolds, chaired by Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg and vice-chaired by Iowa Secretary of State Paul Pate, is launching a

In mid-May, the US House of Representatives passed a resolution authorizing remote voting by proxy. Per the resolution, one congressperson may vote on behalf of up to ten others. In theory,  as few as 40 of the House's 435 members could show up in Washington for the House to do business.

“The fundamental political question is why do people obey a government. The answer is that they tend to enslave themselves, to let themselves be governed by tyrants. Freedom from servitude comes not from violent action, but from the refusal to serve. Tyrants fall when the people withdraw their support.” — Étienne De La Boétie, The Politics Of Obedience

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 25, 2020) — The state of Iowa has been notified of 263 additional positive cases for a total of 17,213  positive cases. There have been additional 2,841 negative tests for a total of 110,358 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. The positivity rate for this report is 8.4%.

As the COVID-19 pandemic ran its deadly course in New York, governor Andrew Cuomo affirmed a state policy forbidding nursing homes to reject suffering from the disease. At least partially as a result (Cuomo himself acknowledged early on that the virus spreads through such facilities "like fire through dry grass"), nearly 6,000 long-term care residents have died so far.

JOHNSTON, IOWA (May 22, 2020) — Iowa PBS will shed light on the sacrifices of Korean War veterans in a new broadcast special, The Forgotten War: Iowans in Korea, premiering Monday, June 22 at 8PM.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 22, 2020) — The Office of Governor Kim Reynolds announced new Test Iowa locations will open next week in Marshalltown, Sioux Center, and Council Bluffs.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK (May 21, 2020) — In a victory for common sense and the rights of churches to safely exercise their constitutional rights in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, New York State has conceded that churches may hold drive-in worship services.

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