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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..…

Gingrich’s ‘disaster’: Failure to get on Va. primary ballot raises questions

Andrew Cain, Richmond Times-Dispatch, Va. – The exclusion of Newt Gingrich from Virginia’s presidential primary is heightening scrutiny of his campaign organization and the state’s strict rules for ballot access. The…

Gingrich may be too arrogant for Iowa

Gingrich may be too arrogant for Iowa

By Robin Abcarian, Los Angeles Times – DES MOINES, Iowa — With a rich trail of utterances, Newt Gingrich has outlined an opinion of himself that ranges from lofty to stratospheric.…

Boehner loses some ground as House leader

By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner likes to call himself a happy warrior. On days when Washington politics get rough, he…

Q&A on Payments from Drug Companies and Medical Device Makers

Q&A on Payments from Drug Companies and Medical Device Makers

Q:        When will the public have access to information about payments made by drug and device makers to doctors? A:        The public is a step closer to learning just how…

Senator Harkin Announces Over $1.5 Million in FEMA Grants for Webster County

Senator Harkin Announces Over $1.5 Million in FEMA Grants for Webster County

WASHINGTON D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that Webster County Acquisition has been awarded $1,558,716.00 to acquire/demolish nine flood prone residential properties that were severely damaged due to…

In ’90s newsletter appeal, Ron Paul warns of ‘coming race war’

In ’90s newsletter appeal, Ron Paul warns of ‘coming race war’

By Kim Geiger, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — A solicitation from the 1990s that carried Texas Rep. Ron Paul’s name predicted a “coming race war,” suggested the government was engaged…

Obama’s use of average citizens helped in the payroll tax fight

Obama’s use of average citizens helped in the payroll tax fight

By Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau – HONOLULU — President Barack Obama’s success in getting congressional Republicans to renew a payroll tax cut flowed from a strategy the White House has…

Michele Bachmann campaigns in Oskaloosa, Iowa

Duane Nollen, The Oskaloosa Herald, Iowa – OSKALOOSA — Patrons of the Pizza Ranch got a free side order of politics with their food Thursday night as Republican Minnesota Congresswoman Michele…

Congress approves payroll tax cut; work on longer-term deal remains

Congress approves payroll tax cut; work on longer-term deal remains

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Congress on Friday quickly and quietly approved a two-month extension of the Social Security payroll tax cut, ending a week of rancor and…

Bachmann ends whirlwind day of touring in Ottumwa

Chelsea Davis, Ottumwa Courier, Iowa – OTTUMWA — In her 10th Iowa county, Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s voice was fading, but her convictions were not. For awhile, Bachmann let her…

Had House GOP been playing into Obama’s hands with hard-line stance on payroll tax?

Had House GOP been playing into Obama’s hands with hard-line stance on payroll tax?

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers – WASHINGTON — Republican leaders in the House of Representatives may have avoided steering their entire party toward political disaster in 2012 by giving up…

Branstad, Reynolds announce IRS approval of housing relief for those affected by Missouri River flood

Affordable housing income restrictions waived for flood-impacted residents of Fremont, Harrison, Mils, Monona and Pottawattamie counties (DES MOINES) – Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds today announced that…

Candidates court — and split — evangelical voter bloc

By Alana Semuels and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times DES MOINES, Iowa — In mere days, Iowa voters will turn their attention to the holidays. So for the trio of…

Mitt Romney declines to release tax returns

By Melanie Mason and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LANCASTER, N.H. — Facing increasing scrutiny over the profits he made while working in private equity, Mitt Romney said Thursday he…

Romney touts his solid marriage as example of dependability

By Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times – LANCASTER, N.H. — It was a simple errand, a husband buying a Christmas gift for his wife. But in this case it was Mitt…

House GOP leaders yield on payroll tax

House GOP leaders yield on payroll tax

By Lisa Mascaro and Peter Nicholas, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — House Republican leaders, bowing to pressure from both the White House and their Senate colleagues, agreed to a…

Governor’s STEM Advisory Council Announces Working Groups

(DES MOINES) – The Governor’ Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Advisory Council has charged nine working groups with bringing solutions to the challenges Iowa faces in STEM Education. Eight…

EPA issues strong limits on mercury emissions

EPA issues strong limits on mercury emissions

WASHINGTON — The Obama administration on Wednesday announced a tough new rule to limit emissions of mercury, arsenic and other toxic substances from sources such as power plants, a landmark…

Harkin Congratulates Newton and Johnson County Fire Departments on Grant Awards

Harkin Congratulates Newton and Johnson County Fire Departments on Grant Awards

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Senator Tom Harkin (D-IA) today announced that the Johnson County Fire Department has been awarded $84,228 and the Newton Fire Departments has been awarded $10,450 by the…

Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

Governor Branstad issues proclamation naming December 2011 as General Aviation Appreciation Month

AMES, Iowa – Dec. 21, 2011 – Governor Terry Branstad has issued a proclamation designating December as General Aviation Appreciation Month in Iowa. In the proclamation, the governor notes that…

Four House members got Countrywide VIP loans, lawmaker says

By Jim Puzzanghera, Los Angeles Times – WASHINGTON — Four current members of the House of Representatives received special VIP loans from Countrywide Financial Corp., according to the chairman of…

House Republicans wrestle with next step in fight over tax-cut deal

House Republicans wrestle with next step in fight over tax-cut deal

By Kathleen Hennessey and Lisa Mascaro, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — Faced with criticism from within the party, House Republicans wrestled Monday night with the next step in their politically risky…

House vote leaves fate of payroll tax break unclear

House vote leaves fate of payroll tax break unclear

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau – WASHINGTON — The House rejected a Senate-brokered compromise to extend a tax cut for working Americans and sent the measure to a conference…

Obama plans conference call to Iowa supporters caucus night

Obama plans conference call to Iowa supporters caucus night

UPDATED with comments from Iowa Democratic Party Chairwoman The 2012 Iowa precinct caucuses won’t have quite the same feel for Democrats as they did four years ago. However, President Obama’s…

OPINION: First in the nation

Dale Alison, The Hawk Eye, Burlington, Iowa – Next Monday will be the day after Christmas; the Monday after that will be the eve of the Iowa caucuses. Democrats will…

Grassley Law Recovers Another $2.8 Billion of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Lost to Fraud

Grassley Law Recovers Another $2.8 Billion of Taxpayer Money Otherwise Lost to Fraud

More than $30 billion has been recovered thanks to federal False Claims Act WASHINGTON – Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Chuck Grassley today said that the federal False Claims Law…

Romney, Gingrich ease up on each other, bash Obama

By Maeve Reston CHARLESTON, S.C. — With dueling appearances on Sunday news shows, Republican rivals Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich sought to rebut attacks on their private sector experience but…

With 16 days to decide, Iowa ‘hungry for a champion’

Jim Ragsdale – Star Tribune, Minneapolis – DES MOINES – Last week, it was Newt Gingrich. This week it’s Ron Paul. Next week, who knows? Heading into its final stretch,…

Gingrich would ignore court rulings

Gingrich would ignore court rulings

By David Savage, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Newt Gingrich says as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions that conflict with his powers as commander in chief, and he…

Senate OKs payroll tax cut extension, spending package

Senate OKs payroll tax cut extension, spending package

By David Lightman, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The Senate on Saturday approved a measure to assure 160 million people that they’ll get a Social Security tax break for two more months.…

Congress passes spending package, but bigger money issues still loom

By David Lightman And William Douglas, McClatchy Newspapers WASHINGTON — The House of Representatives on Friday approved a $915 billion spending package that will keep the government running through Sept.…

Iowa GOP race is wide open, and anyone might win

By Steven Thomma, McClatchy Newspapers COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa — Hold on to your hats. The Republican presidential campaign in Iowa heads into its final two weeks with a wild race…

New Data: Thanks to Health Reform, 2.5 Million More Young Adults Have Health Insurance

Historically, young adults making the transition from school to work have been substantially more likely than any other demographic group to go without health insurance. In today’s labor market, it…

Statement by the Press Secretary on the Lifting of Sanctions in Libya

Today, after careful consultation with the new Libyan government, the United States rolled back most U.S. sanctions on the Government of Libya to keep our commitment to the Libyan people.…

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat

After 202-day delay, Senate confirms judge for appeals court seat

By Carol J. Williams, Los Angeles Times LOS ANGELES — Alaska Supreme Court Justice Morgan Christen won confirmation to the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday, ending a…

Pentagon to address little-noticed measures tucked into defense bill

By Richard Simon, Los Angeles Times WASHINGTON — Will Jewish American World War I heroes be posthumously awarded the Medal of Honor? Can the remains of American sailors killed in Tripoli…

Congress approves $662 billion defense spending bill

Congress approves $662 billion defense spending bill

By Kathleen Hennessey, Tribune Washington Bureau WASHINGTON — Ending a weeks-long tangle with the White House, Congress approved a sweeping defense bill Thursday that includes controversial provisions on handling detainees…