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Poll: Who Will Win the Iowa Caucuses?

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

How will the Iowa caucuses shake out? You tell us.

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The Takeaway

Iowa Caucuses Set to Begin

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

After months of campaigning, 13 debates, and an unprecedented $12.5 million spent, Iowa voters will gather at caucus sites across the state Tuesday night in the first contest of the GOP presidential nomination race. Scores of voters remain undecided, as many as 41 percent in recent polls. Presumptive front-runner Mitt Romney told an audience Monday, "We're going to win this thing." But Ron Paul and Rick Santorum are also mopping up in polls.

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The Takeaway

Flash Forward: How Will 2012 Change the World?

Monday, January 02, 2012

2011 was a year in flux. The Arab Spring, Occupy Wall Street, the ongoing financial crisis, the turmoil in the European Union brought the world to the brink of major changes. The old rules no longer apply, and the world finds itself in a period of extended transition. Heading into the new year, the question on everyone's mind is, "What comes next?"

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The Final Pitch in Iowa, by Air and on the Ground

Monday, January 02, 2012

For Republican hopefuls, it's the final full day of campaigning in Iowa. And at least in the television ads the candidates are putting their names and faces to, it's all positive in their final pitches.

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Opinion: Is Ron Paul Racist?

Monday, January 02, 2012

Ron Paul’s comments on race should disqualify him from holding the most powerful job in the world.

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The Takeaway

GOP Makes Final Push in Iowa

Monday, January 02, 2012

The Republican presidential hopefuls spent their New Year's weekend trying to differentiate themselves from each other and convince Iowans to caucus for them on Tuesday. Front-runner Mitt Romney tried to fend off a new challenge from Rick Santorum, who has surged in recent days to the top of the polls. Ron Paul, who spent his New Year at home in Texas, also stands to make a strong showing in Tuesday's caucuses. The Democratic Party has stepped up efforts in Iowa as well, targeting Romney for his record of laying off workers while CEO of private equity firm Bain Capital.

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The Takeaway

The Week's Agenda: Iowa Caucus

Monday, January 02, 2012

The first week of the new year holds a lot of potential change. The widely-hyped Iowa caucuses will be held Tuesday. The same day Palestinian and Israeli negotiators will meet in Jordan to revive peace talks. And four Nigerian states declared a state of emergency.

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The Takeaway

Do Caucuses Help Find the Best Candidate?

Friday, December 30, 2011

Iowa is not representative of the rest of the U.S. demographically, yet the state's caucuses every four years have overwhelming influence on the presidential nomination process. It is this idea that has some critics saying the caucus system itself is inherently flawed. The number of states holding caucuses — in addition to the amount of money spent and extremist positions espoused — have grown exponentially over the past few years, and are a far cry from their grassroots, populist origins.

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The Takeaway

Friday Follow: Kim Jong-il's Funeral, New Year's Resolutions

Friday, December 30, 2011

Every Friday, The Takeaway convenes a panel to look back at the week's big stories. This week North Korea held a funeral for deceased dictator Kim Jong-il, Arab League monitors arrived in Syria, Sears announced they were closing more than 100 stores after poor holiday sales figures, Republican presidential candidates campaigned heavily in Iowa, and Americans around the country crafted new year's resolutions.

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Opinion: Iowa DOES Represent the Country, Thank You Very Much!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Where else could Barack Obama have gotten his start except by winning the Iowa Caucuses and where else could Pat Robertson been given a chance to even try for the toughest job in the nation? Nowhere, I say!

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The Takeaway

The Art of the Political Flip-Flop

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Newt Gingrich was for health care mandates before he was against them. Rick Perry was for allowing abortions in cases of rape and incest before he was not. And Mitt Romney has changed his positions on climate change, health care, abortion, and gay rights, just to name a few. In 2004, the caricature of John Kerry as a "flip-flopper" partly cost him the presidential election. Although flip-flopping is almost universally portrayed as negative, these changes of heart sometimes reveal an evolution of ideals and maturity. "When the facts change, I change my mind," John Maynard Keyes once said. "What do you do, sir?"

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The Takeaway

Days Before The Iowa Caucus, Is Santorum In and Gingrich Out?

Thursday, December 29, 2011

With five days to go until the Iowa caucus, all six contenders for the Republican presidential nomination are making their rounds in small towns across Iowa. Newt Gingrich's poll numbers continue to fall in the Hawkeye state, opening up the possibility for another candidate to overtake the lead. Hopefuls who have stuck it out since the beginning — like Rick Santorum and Ron Paul — have experienced a recent uptick in popularity.

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Opinion: Will the GOP's Standard on Faith Trip up Romney?

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

There are many of us who don't care about a candidate's faith at all and are uncomfortable basing our views of a candidate on his involvement with his church.

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The Takeaway

Election 2012: The Year Ahead

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Although some GOP hopefuls have been informally campaigning since this time last year and Barack Obama announced his campaign for reelection back in April, the January 3rd caucus will be the true beginning for the 2012 presidential race. This year, $5.9 million has been spent on TV advertising alone in Iowa. With no heavily favored Republican candidate, the strategy for turning fundraising dollars into actual votes has yet to reveal itself.

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A Ground-Level Look at the Iowa Caucus

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Most Americans probably won't start receiving the flood of presidential campaign materials until May or June of next year. But Iowans, as they do every four years, get inundated with politically-charged robo-calls, mailers, and television ads for almost a full 12 months — from late November until election night. This year, $5.9 million was spent on TV advertising alone leading up to the January 3rd caucus.

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Obama Campaign, DNC Returns Corzine Contributions

Friday, December 23, 2011

President Barack Obama's campaign and the Democratic National Committee have returned more than $70,000 in campaign contributions from New Jersey Gov. Jon Corzine following the collapse of MF Global, Corzine's financial firm, officials said Friday.

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The Takeaway

Days Before Caucuses, Iowa Voters Uninspired by GOP Candidates

Friday, December 23, 2011

With less than two weeks until the caucus, many voters are unenthusiastic about the Republican presidential hopefuls. Ron Paul, a libertarian Texas congressman, is in the lead, but many voters don't believe his unconventional politics will get him elected. Tea Party members and evangelical Christians don't feel they are properly represented in any of the candidates. No candidate has a solid core of voters, so aggressive campaigning will continue until January 3rd.

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The Takeaway

After a Century of Suffrage, Women Still Can't Get Elected in Iowa

Thursday, December 22, 2011

A woman has never been elected to Congress or held the governorship in Iowa. The only other state to hold this dubious distinction is Mississippi. Several studies point to cultural factors, such as the state's older population and evangelical lobbying groups. But nearly a century after women's suffrage and three years after Iowa legalized gay marriage, the Hawkeye State's problem seems to lie deeper.

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The Takeaway

Grassroots Support Launches Ron Paul Campaign

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Out of the dust and debris of Herman Cain's campaign and Newt Gingrich's string of media gaffes, a new contender for the Republican presidential nomination is emerging. Polls show libertarian-leaning Texas congressman Ron Paul taking the lead in the Iowa caucus. He's also expected to have a strong finish in New Hampshire. 

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The Takeaway

An 'All Boys Club' in Iowa?

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

The rise and fall of Michele Bachmann in Iowa has brought to light an uncomfortable truth about Iowa politics. The state, which holds the first caucus in the nation, has never elected a female to the U.S. Senate, Congress, or the governorship

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