Writing at Reason magazine, Eric Boehm notes two trends revealed in data released by Apple and Foursquare. Trend One: Americans began reducing their outings and social interactions before, not because of, "shelter in place" orders issued by grandstanding, opportunistic politicians. Trend  Two: Americans started coming back out and resuming something like normal life before, not because, those politicians started lifting those orders.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 5, 2020) — Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 408 additional positive cases for a total of 10,111 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,000 negative tests for a total of 50,458 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

“Those who created this country chose freedom. With all of its dangers. And do you know the riskiest part of that choice they made? They actually believed that we could be trusted to make up our own minds in the whirl of differing ideas.

DES MOINES, IOWA (May 4, 2020) — The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 534 additional positive cases for a total of 9,703 positive cases. There have been an additional 3,441 negative tests for a total of 47,458 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs. 85 percent of new positive cases today are in the 22 counties where restrictions remain in place.

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA (May 4, 2020) — One thousand Iowans on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis will be receiving pork care-packages thanks to Iowa Select Farms and the Deb and Jeff Hansen Foundation. The program, called "Helping the Helpers," is seeking nominations for Iowans helping their communities during the global pandemic.

"Remember $2 gas?" former House Speaker Newt Gingrich asked in 2012 as he sought the Republican Party's presidential nomination. Politicians love to remind us of low gas-prices in the past and promise their return in the future. But in early April, Reuters reports, US President Donald Trump threatened to severely curtail the US government's military relationship with Saudi Arabia unless the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) reduced oil output to drive prices back UP.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 30, 2020) — Today, the Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 302 additional positive cases for a total of 7,145 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,028 negative tests for a total of 35,552 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

DES MOINES, IOWA (April 29, 2020) — Today, The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) has been notified of 467 additional positive cases for a total of 6,843 positive cases. There have been an additional 1,047 negative tests for a total of 34,494 negative tests to date, which includes testing reported by the State Hygienic Lab and other labs.

On April 28, US Representative Justin Amash (?-MI) launched a presidential "exploratory committee."  He wants to take on Republican incumbent Donald Trump and Democratic nominee-apparent Joe Biden this November as the nominee of the Libertarian Party. If this was a "straight news" story instead of an op-ed, the first paragraph above would be known as the "lede" — an introductory paragraph summarizing the most important facts the story covers.

“If 2019 was the year of the street protest, of tear gas and rubber bullets, 2020 might be the year the street protest died, or perhaps fell into a deep sleep, and went online.” — Journalist Christopher Miller

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