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Romney ridicules Obama’s ‘Big Oil’ ad

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – WAUKESHA, Wis. — Just before President Barack Obama gave his scathing critique of the Republican Party on Tuesday, Mitt Romney sought to blunt the…

Romney wins Wisconsin, Maryland and D.C., edges closer to nomination

Romney wins Wisconsin, Maryland and D.C., edges closer to nomination

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – MILWAUKEE — Mitt Romney edged closer to capturing the Republican presidential nomination on Tufesday as he beat back a challenge from rival Rick Santorum…

Obama calls GOP budget a ‘Trojan Horse,’ criticizes Romney by name

By Lesley Clark and Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama slammed likely rival Mitt Romney and the Republican Party on Tuesday for the “social Darwinism” of their…

Romney’s set up for a big-win primary night Tuesday

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — The Republican Party takes a three-week break from presidential primaries starting Wednesday, poised to rally at last behind Mitt Romney as its nominee…

Romney cruises to easy win in Maryland, anticipates big night ahead

Romney cruises to easy win in Maryland, anticipates big night ahead

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney coasted to a primary victory in Maryland on Tuesday, tightening his grip on the Republican presidential nomination. (PHOTO: GOP presidential hopeful Mitt…

Senate’s turn to tackle education reform

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES — Partisans in the split-control Iowa Legislature are optimistic they will be able to send a scaled-back version of Gov. Terry Branstad proposed…

GOP is pushing female voters to Obama’s camp, DNC chairwoman says

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – PASADENA, Calif. — The Republican presidential candidates’ focus on issues such as contraception, abortion and health care will push female voters into President Barack…

Santorum courts Wisconsin conservatives on eve of primary

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – MENASHA, Wis. — If Rick Santorum was weighing whether to abandon his quest for the presidency on Monday, the eve of the Wisconsin primary…

Biden leads Obama campaign assault on Romney

By Michael Finnegan, Los Angeles Times – MILWAUKEE — The shape of a general-election battle between Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama came into sharper focus on Sunday as Vice President…

First lady to deliver three college commencement speeches

By Samantha Stone, McClatchy-Tribune – First lady Michelle Obama is scheduled to deliver the commencement addresses at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University and…

Trayvon Martin’s shooting case draws partisan battle lines

By Marc Caputo, McClatchy Newspapers – MIAMI — From suspect to victim to cultural symbol, Trayvon Martin has metamorphosed into a political point of departure over race. When President Barack Obama…

Romney targets Obama in Wisconsin swing

By Craig Gilbert, Mike Johnson and Don Behm, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – APPLETON, Wis. — Despite staking rival Rick Santorum to a six-day head start in Wisconsin, Mitt Romney arrived here…

Obama blasts GOP’s ‘you’re-on-your-own economics’

By Kathleen Hennessey and Michael A. Memoli, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Framing the November election as a defining moment for the middle class, President Barack Obama said voters would…

Paul pitches his economic policies to Wisconsin voters

By Patrick Marley, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel – MADISON, Wis. — U.S. Rep. Ron Paul made his first stop in Wisconsin Thursday in advance of Tuesday’s presidential primary in the most unlikely…

Senate deal will end GOP hold on Obama appointments

By Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — In a rare sign of bipartisan cooperation, the Senate approved dozens of President Barack Obama’s nominees as leaders sought to temper the…

Santorum invokes Ronald Reagan at Jelly Belly factory in California

By Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times – FAIRFIELD, Calif. — Republican leaders and voters, frustrated by their party’s prolonged presidential contest, are increasingly coalescing behind front-runner Mitt Romney. Yet Rick Santorum…

Gingrich ‘at the end of his line,’ major donor says

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Casino titan Sheldon Adelson, who has almost single-handedly bankrolled a “super PAC” backing Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign, now believes Gingrich is “at…

Former President George H.W. Bush endorses Mitt Romney

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney heads to Texas on Thursday to accept the formal backing of former President George H.W. Bush — another prominent figure…

Senate begins probe of Army’s handling of PTSD cases

By Rob Hotakainen, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Fearing that the Army may be mishandling the matter, the top senator on the veterans affairs panel said Wednesday that she has begun…

Florida AG Pam Bondi force behind health care challenge

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Blessed with sound-bite sensibilities in an all-male scrum of long-winded gray suits, Florida Attorney General Pam Bondi stood out in Washington this week…

Harkin Announces $390,000 for Three Iowa Fire Departments

Harkin Announces $390,000 for Three Iowa Fire Departments

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that three Iowa fire departments have been awarded a total of $391,512 from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Assistance to…

Rep. Bobby Rush dons hoodie on House floor, gets tossed out

By William Douglas and Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Rep. Bobby Rush went to the floor of the House of Representatives on Wednesday with two thoughts: a hoodie is…

Obama targets groups that would be hurt by overturned health care law

By Michael A. Memoli and Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Even before the Supreme Court heard arguments about the constitutionality of the federal health care law, President Barack…

Tea partyers cheer as Bachmann headlines rally outside Supreme Court

By Kevin Diaz, Star Tribune (Minneapolis) – WASHINGTON — Amid TV cameras, microphone booms and a large crowd chanting against “Obamacare,” U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann was back in the national spotlight…

Trayvon Martin slaying sparks racial profiling discussions on Capitol Hill

By Erika Bolstad, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — As Trayvon Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, entered a crowded congressional hearing room Tuesday, time stood nearly still. A Justice Department…

Iowa lawmakers plan to restore status quo funds for Workforce

James Q. Lynch, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Lawmakers are moving legislation to restore funding for Iowa Workforce Development offices forward, with committee action likely later this week. House Study…

Governor Branstad and several state department heads scheduled to attend Keep Iowa Beautiful event this afternoon

AMES, Iowa – March 27, 2012 – Iowa Governor Branstad, Iowa Department of Natural Resources Director Roger Lande, Iowa Department of Corrections Director John Baldwin, and Iowa Department of Transportation…

Obama administration sets limits on power plant emissions

By Neela Banerjee, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The Obama administration announced long-awaited rules that would sharply limit the output of carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants, the gases…

Romney still close to Obama, Santorum 5 points back, poll finds

Romney still close to Obama, Santorum 5 points back, poll finds

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Months into a bruising primary campaign, Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is still neck and neck with President Barack Obama in a hypothetical…

Delegate counting is odd science

By Paul West, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — According to the latest delegate count, Mitt Romney is nearly halfway to the Republican presidential nomination. Or not. Delegate trackers for the…

In the presidential race, it’s the ‘60s all over again

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – LOS ANGELES — Last fall, before he became a front-runner in the Republican presidential race, Rick Santorum told a conservative Christian blogger in Iowa…

Grassley Q&A on Cameras in the Courtroom

Grassley Q&A on Cameras in the Courtroom

Q:    Who is able to witness arguments made in a case before the Supreme Court? A:    The Supreme Court case to consider the constitutionality of the health care law enacted…

Branstad rethinking neutrality in GOP race

Rod Boshart, CR Gazette – DES MOINES – Gov. Terry Branstad indicated today that he may well endorse a candidate in the GOP presidential race after next week’s Wisconsin primary.…

Harkin Announces $83,000 to Assist Homeless Veterans in Iowa

Harkin Announces $83,000 to Assist Homeless Veterans in Iowa

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Davenport Housing Commission has been awarded $83,870 from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Veterans Affairs…

MN Senate agrees to shift $430 million out of reserves to pay portion of money owed schools

Megan Boldt, Pioneer Press, St. Paul, Minn. – The Republican-led Senate approved a bill that would start paying back the $2.4 billion owed to Minnesota public schools, despite criticism that it…

A daunting Obama ground game awaits Romney

By Matea Gold and Melanie Mason, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — As he moves unceasingly toward the Republican presidential nomination, Mitt Romney has cast himself as the only GOP candidate…

Santorum’s N.C. backers optimistic

By John Frank, McClatchy Newspapers – RALEIGH, N.C. — Earlier this month, in the days after the Georgia presidential primary, Chuck Campbell drove five hours to Augusta, Ga., to collect leftover…

Is foot-in-mouth disease always fatal to campaigns?

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – The 2012 Republican presidential campaign has provided a bounty of infelicitous phrasings, wrongheaded assertions and embarrassing gaffes. There was Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s memory…

In health care case, Supreme Court weighs entwined provisions

By Noam N. Levey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Like most Americans, Lauren Woodard has mixed feelings about President Barack Obama’s health care law. She’s glad the law guarantees that…

Santorum rolls over competition in Louisiana primary

By John Hoeffel, Los Angeles Times – NEW ORLEANS — Rick Santorum won handily in Louisiana’s Republican presidential primary Saturday, solidfying his position as Mitt Romney’s last credible challenger as the…