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Obama circumvents Congress to make appointments

Obama circumvents Congress to make appointments

By Peter Nicholas, Lisa Mascaro and Jim Puzzanghera, Tribune Washington Bureau – SHAKER HEIGHTS, Ohio — President Barack Obama kicked off the election year aggressively, picking a fight with congressional Republicans…

As GOP race’s pace quickens, Romney’s on top — and the target

By Steven Thomma and David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – CONCORD, N.H. — The Republican presidential campaign shifted to New Hampshire on Wednesday with one key question hanging over it: Can Mitt…

New Hampshire appears to be a Romney stronghold

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — When several GOP contenders announced this week that they would fly straight from Iowa to South Carolina on Wednesday, bypassing the…

Iowa caucus is messy, delightful exercise of democracy

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – ANKENY, Iowa — The sound system hissed and spit so loudly they finally had to turn it off. This meant the attorney general of…

Texas Gov. Perry says he’s going home to weigh his future

Texas Gov. Perry says he’s going home to weigh his future

By Dave Montgomery, McClatchy Newspapers – DES MOINES, Iowa — Texas Gov. Rick Perry faced his first defeat in a 27-year-political career Tuesday night in Iowa’s Republican presidential caucuses, after waging…

Michele Bachmann to address future of campaign

Michele Bachmann to address future of campaign

By Michael A. Memoli, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — Michele Bachmann, who finished a distant sixth in Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, will hold a news conference Wednesday morning where she…

John McCain to endorse Mitt Romney in New Hampshire

By Michael A. Memoli and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – MANCHESTER, N.H. — John McCain, the Republican presidential nominee in 2008 and a two-time winner of the New Hampshire primary,…

Branstad, Reynolds to unveil education reform plan Friday

(DES MOINES) –  Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that they will unveil their final recommendation for education reform at Capitol View Elementary on Friday, January…

Santorum will ride momentum from Iowa into New Hampshire, eyeing S.C., too

Santorum will ride momentum from Iowa into New Hampshire, eyeing S.C., too

By William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers – DES MOINES, Iowa — Emboldened by his strong Iowa finish, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum is headed to New Hampshire — the heart of Mitt…

Obama to visit swing state Ohio Wednesday

By Lesley Clark, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — With the first contest of the Republican presidential primary over, President Barack Obama will hustle to get back into the spotlight, jetting to…

Supreme Court takes up property rights dispute

By David G. Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Mike and Chantell Sackett wanted to live on scenic Priest Lake in Idaho but couldn’t afford it. So they bought 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…

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…