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Bachmann has a quiet day in Iowa

Bachmann has a quiet day in Iowa

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — It was almost as if the Rep. Michele Bachmann campaign expected no one to show up at all. Bachmann…

Ohio unemployment falls, but so does support for Obama

By Alana Semuels, Los Angeles Times – CANTON, Ohio — Reg Rozell and Kim C. Sweitzer seem like they’d be sure-fire Obama 2012 supporters. Both have good-paying union jobs at a…

With Iowa’s voting, GOP likely to plot future path

With Iowa’s voting, GOP likely to plot future path

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – DES MOINES — Republicans enter a new election year Tuesday debating more than just who should be their nominee for president against Barack Obama. They’re…

OPINION: Ron Paul disavows … Ron Paul?

MCT FORUM: By Thomas Schaller, The Baltimore Sun – To look at him, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul seems harmless. He’s cute and contrarian. He wears poorly fitting suits. He’s decidedly un-slick.…

Romney seems optimistic in face of Santorum surge

Romney seems optimistic in face of Santorum surge

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – ATLANTIC, Iowa — For Mitt Romney, it’s deja vu all over again. The former Massachusetts governor has spent much of the year as the…

Lee Co. precincts at center of conflict over Iowa caucus totals

Christinia Crippes, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Lee County is responsible for four of the eight precincts not counted in the final tally of the certified caucus results that overturned…

Pulse quickens as Tuesday Iowa caucuses approach

Pulse quickens as Tuesday Iowa caucuses approach

By Thomas Fitzgerald, The Philadelphia Inquirer – WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — An icy wind scoured the parking lot of the Hy-Vee supermarket, ruffling Mitt Romney’s perfect hair as he urged…

Campaign shows power of super PACs

By Tom Hamburger and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Political committees unfettered by donation limits are dominating the last weeks of the presidential nominating contests in Iowa and…

With GOP rivals in Iowa, Huntsman takes tough questions in New Hampshire

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LACONIA, N.H. — The Rotarians of Laconia applauded when Jon Huntsman Jr., the former Utah governor, announced that he was celebrating the 130th New…

Obama hints at campaign strategy pitting him against ‘do-nothing’ Congress

HONOLULU, Hawaii — Heading into the new year, President Barack Obama will insist that Congress renew the payroll tax cut through the end of 2012, but will otherwise limit his…

Santorum, others argue their talents for Iowa’s GOP caucuses

By David Lightman, Steven Thomma and William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – DES MOINES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidates spent the last day of 2011 making their closing arguments to curious, often…

Influential Iowa talk radio hosts go for Gingrich, Perry

By Seema Mehta and Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — Two influential conservative talk radio hosts announced their picks for the Republican presidential nomination, and to no…

Some GOP voters in Iowa hope nominee stresses economy over social issues

By Thomas Fitzgerald, The Philadelphia Inquirer – WEST DES MOINES, Iowa — An icy wind scoured the parking lot of the Hy-Vee supermarket, ruffling Mitt Romney’s perfect hair as he urged…

Grassley predicts Iowa caucuses could produce 3-4 ‘winners’

Grassley predicts Iowa caucuses could produce 3-4 ‘winners’

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa Sen. Chuck Grassley is predicting as many as four GOP presidential hopefuls could come out of the Iowa precinct caucuses claiming victory. “I would be…

Iowa poll: Santorum surges as Gingrich fades; Romney leads

Iowa poll: Santorum surges as Gingrich fades; Romney leads

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — While Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead the pack among GOP candidates favored by likely Iowa caucus-goers, Rick Santorum’s surge continues, according to…

Ron Paul: Sanctions against Iran are ‘acts of war’

Ron Paul: Sanctions against Iran are ‘acts of war’

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau PERRY, Iowa — Defending himself against charges of isolationism, Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul told voters in Iowa on Thursday that western sanctions against Iran…

GOP candidates split into 2 tiers in Iowa

By David Lightman, William Douglas and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers DES MOINES, Iowa — The volatile struggle for votes in next Tuesday’s Iowa Republican presidential caucuses featured two different fights…

Team Obama lays out electoral map strategy

By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The mood in President Barack Obama’s camp is picking up these days, with his poll numbers inching northward and Republicans mired in…

As Newt Gingrich surged, cash rolled in

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich will report raising at least $9.3 million since the beginning of October, including more than $4.6 million in the month…

Mitt Romney continues final push in Iowa

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – CEDAR FALLS, Iowa — Reflecting a growing confidence in scoring a top spot in the Iowa caucuses, Mitt Romney on Thursday scanned a diner…

Suddenly, Santorum gets the attention in Iowa

Suddenly, Santorum gets the attention in Iowa

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – MUSCATINE, Iowa — For Rick Santorum, it was the paparazzi moment that looked like it would never come. Cameras and correspondents awaited him Thursday…

Obama’s Hawaii vacation marks contrast to opponents’ activities in Iowa

Obama’s Hawaii vacation marks contrast to opponents’ activities in Iowa

By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau HONOLULU — As Republicans who want to be president slog through chilly Iowa in the run-up to next week’s caucuses, the man who is president…

GOP lawmakers target Endangered Species Act

GOP lawmakers target Endangered Species Act

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The gray wolf hit a major milestone on Dec. 21, when the Obama administration said the wolf’s population in the Great Lakes region…

High court to weigh immigration rulings

High court to weigh immigration rulings

By David G. Savage and Carol J. Williams, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Federal judges have blocked strict new immigration laws adopted by conservative legislatures in half a dozen states,…

Tea party rant with a British accent

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times DES MOINES, Iowa — The rants are familiar to any listener of talk radio — blistering critiques of the Occupy Wall Street movement, outrage over…

Gary Johnson quits GOP race, will run as Libertarian

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Gary Johnson ended his long-shot bid for the Republican presidential nomination Wednesday, announcing instead that he’ll continue his quest for the White…

Leading in Iowa, Ron Paul says ‘a message is going to be sent’

Leading in Iowa, Ron Paul says ‘a message is going to be sent’

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau NEWTON, Iowa — Returning to Iowa, where polls show him contending for first place in next week’s caucuses, Ron Paul studiously ignored a barrage of…

Perry sues to get on Virginia primary ballot

Perry sues to get on Virginia primary ballot

By Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Rick Perry is taking his fight to get on the Virginia primary ballot to the courts, challenging the constitutionality of the commonwealth’s…

Perry shifts abortion views: No exception for rape, incest

By James Oliphant, Tribune Washington Bureau – OSCEOLA, Iowa — Rick Perry, in the midst of a furious late-stage effort to finish strongly in next week’s GOP Iowa caucuses, said at…

Obama nominates 2 to Federal Reserve Board

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama nominated a former Treasury official from the George H.W. Bush administration and a Harvard economist to fill two vacancies on…

Newly combative Newt Gingrich swipes at Mitt Romney, Ron Paul

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times DUBUQUE, Iowa — Newt Gingrich, trying to reverse a slide in Iowa by positioning himself as the unabashedly positive alternative to his trash-talking rivals for…

The final push

James Q. Lynch, The Gazette, Cedar Rapids, Iowa CEDAR RAPIDS – It’s hard to find a straight Republican in Iowa. It seems they’re all leaning. With a week to go before…

Branstad, Reynolds announce Excellence in Mentoring Award recipients

Awards to be presented following Mentoring Day on the Hill on January 30, 2012 (DES MOINES) – The recipients of the 2012 Excellence in Mentoring Award have recently been announced…

Gingrich, N.C. author cause a stir with doomsday theory

Gingrich, N.C. author cause a stir with doomsday theory

By Jim Morrill, McClatchy Newspapers CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Airliners falling from the sky. Mass starvation. Roving gangs in lawless cities. Highways transformed into “nightmare paths of exile.” That’s the American Armageddon…

A lonely Christmas for young workers for presidential campaigns

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times DES MOINES, Iowa — Except for Jacob Fullmer, a 27-year-old staffer from a small town in Idaho, Mitt Romney headquarters here was empty on Christmas…

Santorum fails to win endorsement from Iowa conservative

Santorum fails to win endorsement from Iowa conservative

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times ADEL, Iowa — It was a ringing non-endorsement on a surprisingly slow day Monday, considering that Iowa’s first-in-the-nation caucuses are barely more than a week…

Grassley: College Tuition Hikes Come Despite Tax-favored Asset Hoarding

Grassley: College Tuition Hikes Come Despite Tax-favored Asset Hoarding

Sen. Chuck Grassley of Iowa made the following comment on recent interest from President Obama and his education secretary in the cost of higher education. “It’s good to see the…

GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’

GOP hopefuls poised to go ‘back to war’

Chris Cassidy, Boston Herald After a silent-night Christmas cease-fire, GOP presidential hopefuls are expected to launch an -all-out political artillery barrage in the final days before the Jan. 3 Iowa…

Obama seeks to shift debate on his handling of economy

Obama seeks to shift debate on his handling of economy

By Christi Parsons and David Lauter, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — With Republicans distracted by an increasingly divisive primary battle, President Barack Obama and his aides have begun a high-stakes effort…

Mitt Romney leads strongly in New Hampshire poll

By Maeve Reston, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON —Mitt Romney is holding on to his double digit lead in the early primary state of New Hampshire, according to poll results released Sunday..…