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Jon Stewart on Whether Bernie Sanders and Hillary Clinton Will Run in 2016

The independent Vermont senator and the former secretary of state caused quite a stir during their visits to Iowa over the weekend. As some in the media put it, there’s no turning back now.

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Why Does Hillary Clinton Want to Run For President?

Judging by her weekend appearance in Iowa, it looks as if Hillary Clinton is indeed running for president. Now she has to answer one simple question: Why?

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Michele Bachmann Subject of Congressional Ethics Probe

It’s been more than a year since she stopped her White House run, but the disastrous, slow-moving train wreck that constitutes the congresswoman’s failed 2012 presidential bid is still going.

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Huckabee Compares Abortion to Holocaust During GOP Event

Delivering the keynote speech at the Celebrate Life forum in Iowa over the weekend, former Arkansas governor and current Fox News host Mike Huckabee claimed that abortion has become “this incredible Holocaust of our own in America.”

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Sanders Wants to End Corporate Tax Handouts, O’Reilly Makes Big Error, and More

A look at the day’s political happenings, including GOP infighting involving Karl Rove and the latest Republican-led assault on women’s rights.

Posted on Feb 7, 2013 READ MORE



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Democrats, Especially, Struggle to Register New Voters

A Guardian survey of six swing states finds new voter registration markedly down from 2008 levels, particularly among Democrats. A lack of enthusiasm could be to blame, as could the nationwide effort by Republican-controlled state legislatures to make it more difficult to vote.

Posted on Oct 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Drought Belts the Breadbasket

Almost 30 percent of the American Midwest—the area that produces most of the country’s corn, soybeans and livestock—is suffering an escalation of its most extreme drought in five decades.

Posted on Jul 26, 2012 READ MORE



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Stuck in the Bloody Primaries

So far, the impact of this year’s Republican contest has been more negative than positive for the GOP. Unless Romney closes the nomination struggle quickly, he could suffer further damage.

Posted on Jan 8, 2012 READ MORE


Not So Fast, Mitt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Boyarsky complicates the conventional wisdom on Mitt Romney; the Rev. Madison Shockley has a beef with the Catholic Church; a judge wants to ban Mexican-American education in Arizona; Mr. Fish applies his skeptical wit to the political process, and Robert Scheer on Iowa.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE



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Not So Fast, Mitt

This week on Truthdig Radio in association with KPFK: Bill Boyarsky complicates the conventional wisdom on Mitt Romney; the Rev. Madison Shockley has a beef with the Catholic Church; a judge wants to ban Mexican-American education in Arizona; Mr. Fish applies his skeptical wit to the political process, and Robert Scheer on Iowa.

Posted on Jan 6, 2012 READ MORE


America’s 5 Political Parties

It would seem that the United States has a five-party system right now. What was done in Iowa last Tuesday could unravel in New Hampshire, but whatever happens next, the United States is more politically fractured than it has been in decades.

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On to New Hampshire

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Mitt Wins

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Bye Bye Bachmann

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Two Jerks

Of the two top finishers in the Iowa Republican caucuses, it’s hard to tell who is worse: Mitt Romney, the eight-vote winner, or Rick Santorum.

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Search and Destroy Mission

Mitt Romney and his backers decided that to win in Iowa they had to destroy Newt Gingrich’s campaign. Now Gingrich looks eager—and able—to return the favor.

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Santorum, Huntsman and the Future of Conservatism

If the Republicans want to have a genuinely searching debate about the future of their party, they’d send Santorum and Huntsman off for the long fight.

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Mitt Romney Beats Rick Santorum by 8 Votes

11:34 p.m. Pacific: The Republicans of Iowa just settled it: Mitt Romney wins, beating Rick Santorum (pictured) by a mere eight votes, the smallest margin ever in the caucuses.

Posted on Jan 3, 2012 READ MORE



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Ron Paul’s Popularity a Sign of a War-Weary America

The clear crossover vote-getter issue on which Ron Paul has differed from the rest of the candidate crowd is war: his hostility to the commitment of both Democratic and Republican administrations to prosecuting undeclared war in the Middle East, South Asia and elsewhere.

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A ‘Fuck You’ From Iowa

The caucuses have a lot of us fizzy-water-drinking cognoscenti chortling about those backward Iowans with their reactionary conservatives and simpleton farmers. This guy would like to set the record straight.

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‘Democracy Now!’: About That Whole Iowa Caucus Thing

It’s Iowa Caucus Day, everyone—can you feel the excitement? Now, you’ve probably heard a lot of white noise coming from certain other outlets that shall remain nameless about the GOP’s big campaign 2012 kickoff extravaganza, so here’s some welcome commentary to cut through all that from some smart people who do have a clue.

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Iowa and USA Voters

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The Supreme Court Approves This Vicious, Cowardly Message

Joe Klein points out that the newfound anonymity of attack ads, made possible by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United decision, which allows faceless money conglomerates to run ads on a candidate’s behalf without the usual “I approved this message,” makes for much “more effective and brutal” adverts.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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All Eyes on Iowa

As of Monday morning, just a tad over 24 hours before Tuesday’s Iowa caucuses, the balance of power among the top GOP presidential candidates had once again shifted. Most surprising was the reemergence of Rick Santorum—remember him?—as an actual contender.

Posted on Jan 2, 2012 READ MORE



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Stealth PAC Serves Romney in Iowa

Observers credit a spate of attack ads for Newt Gingrich’s recent tumble—and Mitt Romney’s rise—in Iowa polls ahead of the state’s Republican caucus. But where did they come from? Not Romney’s campaign, but rather a PAC staffed by former Romney insiders and empowered by the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling to spend as much as it likes to destroy his opponents.

Posted on Jan 1, 2012 READ MORE



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Romney and the Art of Unpredictable Predictability

No matter what happens in Iowa, Mitt Romney has a safety net in New Hampshire. And that could rank as the year’s most perilous sentence.

Posted on Dec 29, 2011 READ MORE



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Everything’s Coming Up Romney

Although Ron Paul leads in some polls and Rick Santorum of all people has started to gain steam, CNN has Mitt Romney winning the Iowa caucuses. A win in Iowa could make Romney’s nomination appear inevitable, as he holds a 27 point lead over his nearest competitor in the New Hampshire primary.

Posted on Dec 28, 2011 READ MORE


Over-Caucused

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The GOP’s Iowa Chaos

Is Rick Santorum the next non-Romney to emerge from the pack? Could he conceivably win Iowa?

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Ron Paul Projected to Win Iowa

Stat whiz Nate Silver is currently projecting Ron Paul to win the Iowa caucuses. Mitt Romney trails by 24 points in Silver’s projection as of this posting.

Posted on Dec 19, 2011 READ MORE



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The Republican Closet That Won’t Stay Closed

If these are the last weeks of Rick Perry’s ridiculous presidential campaign, his desperation is turning him into a nasty clown indeed.

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What About Newt Gingrich?

Republicans are still looking for a non-Romney to carry their banner into the White House, and although Herman Cain appears to be weathering numerous sexual harassment allegations with ease, a new poll shows a certain amphibian nipping at his heels. (more)

Posted on Nov 7, 2011 READ MORE



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He’s for Real: Herman Cain Leads in Iowa

Many keen political observers have not taken the ascendancy of Herman Cain seriously, because they know winning the Republican presidential nomination isn’t about national polls, it’s about Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina and the other primaries and caucuses. (more)

Posted on Oct 30, 2011 READ MORE


Iowa Straw Poll

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Iowa Straw Poll

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Straw Poll Winner: Obama

The Iowa Straw Poll has shifted the GOP contest sharply to the right. This may fire up the Republican base, but it may also turn off independents who have made clear their distaste for uncompromising partisanship.

Posted on Aug 15, 2011 READ MORE



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Why Is Everyone Ignoring Ron Paul?

Michele Bachmann has been riding high ever since she won her party’s straw poll in Iowa, but Ron Paul, who finished less than a percentage point behind her in a virtual tie, can’t seem to get anyone to pay attention to his campaign. (more)

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Bachmann Makes Hay in Iowa

Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann beat out other Republicans to win the Iowa straw poll in Ames on Saturday, receiving 4,823 of the nearly 17,000 votes cast. (more)

Posted on Aug 14, 2011 READ MORE


Bachmann as ‘Unifying Choice’ in First Campaign Ad

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann’s first TV ad airs Thursday in Iowa. After 25 seconds of nostalgia about the Hawkeye State and predictable rhetoric about not increasing the debt ceiling, it says she’s “the unifying choice that will beat Obama.”

Posted on Jul 7, 2011 READ MORE



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Here Comes Ron Paul

He made a stir in 2008, and it looks like Texas wild-card Congressman Ron Paul is throwing his hat in the ring again for another try at the presidency in 2012. Paul will reportedly announce his intentions in Des Moines, Iowa, on Tuesday.

Posted on Apr 25, 2011 READ MORE


When Democracy Doesn’t Work

In one of Tuesday’s most disturbing election results, the losing candidates didn’t even have opponents.

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Harkin Sees a Public Option in Health Bill’s Future

Those two little words keep popping up amid all the chatter about health care reform, and here they are again, thanks to Sen. Tom Harkin, chair of the Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee: “public option.”

Posted on Oct 16, 2009 READ MORE


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‘Queer Eye for the Hawkeye’

Jon Stewart shares his amazement that “the aortic valve of the heartland of America” is more gay-friendly than California.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Same-Sex Marriage Legalized in Vermont

Vermont has followed Iowa’s lead, becoming the fourth state to make same-sex marriage legal. On Tuesday, the Vermont Legislature overturned Gov. Jim Douglas’ veto with one more vote than was needed to make it official.

Posted on Apr 7, 2009 READ MORE


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Iowa Is 3rd State to Recognize Gay Marriage

Proving once again how awesome Iowa is and how the battle for civil rights continues, Iowa’s Supreme Court has ruled that its ban on same-sex marriage is unconstitutional, making it the third state to legalize gay marriage.

Posted on Apr 3, 2009 READ MORE


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Is This Heaven? No, It’s Team Obama

Doing little to slough the stereotype that Midwestern governors are automatically good at farming, Barack Obama has announced the next nominee to his presidential inner circle: former Iowa governor and presidential candidate Tom Vilsack as agriculture secretary.

Posted on Dec 17, 2008 READ MORE



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Wrong Again, Bill

Foreign Policy magazine has identified the 10 worst predictions of the year. William Kristol, who seems to get it wrong more often than right, tops the list with this doozy: “If [Hillary Clinton] gets a race against John Edwards and Barack Obama, she’s going to be the nominee. ... Barack Obama is not going to beat Hillary Clinton in a single Democratic primary. I’ll predict that right now.”

Posted on Dec 10, 2008 READ MORE


Flashback: Obama Looks Forward to Clinton’s Advice

Barack Obama’s fondness for Clinton retreads and his choice of Hillary Clinton as secretary of state took many by surprise, but we might have seen it coming. This debate skirmish before last year’s Iowa caucuses has turned out to be remarkably prescient.

Posted on Dec 1, 2008 READ MORE


McCain Categorically Rejects Criticism of Palin

During an interview with The Des Moines Register, a miffed John McCain reiterates his fundamental disagreement with and categorical rejection of the idea that Sarah Palin is somehow unqualified to be a heartbeat away from the presidency. Maybe he just hasn’t seen this, this, this or this.

Posted on Oct 1, 2008 READ MORE



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Palin’s Crowd Doesn’t Have Time for McCain

Radio Iowa has a great play-by-play of a McCain-Palin rally in Cedar Rapids. With the “Top Gun” soundtrack heralding the arrival of the ticket (seriously), the crowd was pumped—for Sarah Palin. A casual poll before the rally suggested that Palin was the event’s star, and that sentiment was backed up when the audience started filing out five minutes into McCain’s speech.

Posted on Sep 18, 2008 READ MORE


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