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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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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

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 Brian Lehrer Show

Inside Iowa and New Hampshire

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Andrew Smith, professor of politcal science at the University of New Hampshire and director of its Survey Center, and Steffen Schmidt, professor at Iowa State University, discuss how Iowa is gearing up for the GOP caucus. 

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The Takeaway

A Review of the Iowa Republican Debate

Friday, December 16, 2011

Republican presidential candidates held their final debate last night in Sioux City just weeks before the Iowa caucus takes place on January 3. In the Fox News debate candidates attempted to draw distinctions from one another and defend their record to conservative voters. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Newt Gingrich gaining ground on consistent front runner Mitt Romney. But some voters are still undecided.

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The Takeaway

GOP Holds Final Debate Before Iowa Caucus

Friday, December 16, 2011

Republican presidential candidates held their final debate last night in Sioux City just weeks before the Iowa caucus takes place on January 3. In the Fox News debate candidates attempted to draw distinctions from one another and defend their record to conservative voters. The latest New York Times/CBS News poll shows Newt Gingrich gaining ground on consistent front runner Mitt Romney. But some voters are still undecided.

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The Takeaway

Romney Tries to Recoup in New Hampshire

Monday, December 12, 2011

He was Mr. Teflon for a long time but now Mitt Romney, the long-time Republican frontrunner, is getting pummeled in last clutch weeks before primary voting starts. Former house speaker Newt Gingrich has big leads in the early voting states including Iowa, South Carolina and Florida. But New Hampshire, though, the presumed frontrunner for most of the last year still has an edge.

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The Takeaway

This Week's Agenda: Economy, Euro, GOP and Jobs

Monday, December 12, 2011

Every Monday, The Takeaway looks at the big stories that will dominate headlines in the week ahead. The euro zone may be on the brink of an agreement that will set into motion budget crunching measures throughout the continent. The GOP is heading into the home stretch in Iowa. And Congress looks to possibly pass a jobs bill.

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The Takeaway

Capitol Hill: GOP Blocks Cordray From CFPB; Gingrich's Popularity in Congress

Thursday, December 08, 2011

Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich looks at two major stories playing out inside the halls of Congress this week. The White House is attempting to push recalcitrant Senate Republicans to confirm former Ohio Attorney General Richard Cordray as director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. Forty-five Senate Republicans signed a letter in May vowing to block any nominee unless Congress was given more oversight of the bureau. Zwillich also spent time on Capitol hill talking to lawmakers about GOP frontrunner Newt Gingrich. 

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The Takeaway

Social Conservatives Still Looking for a Candidate in Iowa

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

With less than a month until the Iowa Caucus, social conservatives still do not have a clear choice for in the GOP primary. Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich have been leading in polls, but both candidates have come under fire for their lack of conservative bona-fides. And as for Bachmann, Santorum, and Perry it's an open question whether they can gather enough conservative voters to pull a win. To make matters worse the Iowa Faith and Freedom Coalition has declined to endorse any candidate. What is a social conservative to do?

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The Takeaway

Newt Gingrich Proposes Radical Change in Labor Laws

Monday, December 05, 2011

GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich says we need a radical proposal to "change America's culture of poverty," and put children to work. He advocates allowing kids as young as nine to replace school janitors. Gingrich thinks this approach would not only teach good work ethic to children in poor communities, but also help them earn a wage for their families.

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The Takeaway

As Cain Suspends Campaign, Newt Moves Forward

Monday, December 05, 2011

Over the weekend a new poll conducted by The Des Moines Register found Newt Gingrich in the lead, with the support of 25 percent of likely Republican caucus-goers. The poll was conducted before Herman Cain suspended his candidacy on Saturday, and it gave stark evidence of the former Godfather CEO's fall from favor: Cain was tied with Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann for last place. With Cain’s campaign on hold, and the Iowa Caucus just a month away, Republican presidential candidates are competing for the backing of his former supporters.  

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The Takeaway

How Much Does Adultery Matter in Politics?

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Herman Cain is the latest in a long line of political figures dogged by allegations of extramarital affairs. Cain is said to be reconsidering his campaign after an Atlanta woman came forward on Monday alleging a 13-year-affair with the one-time Republican front runner. But, should the allegations be true, Cain is hardly alone when it comes to adultery. Fellow GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich had two marriages unravel after affairs. Mark Sanford, Eliot Spitzer, Jim McGreevey, and Bill Clinton are just a few names on a long list of American politicians with wandering eyes. But does adultery disqualify a candidate from political office? Does being unfaithful to one's spouse give any indication of what kind of leader he or she might be?

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Herman Cain May Drop Presidential Bid

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

In the wake of several allegations of sexual harassment and a woman's claim that he had a 13-year affair with her, Herman Cain is reportedly reconsidering his run for president. On Tuesday, he denied the affair with Ginger White. The reported affair is the latest allegation in a campaign rife with gaffes, brain freezes, and charges of sexual misconduct. Cain admitted to staff members on Tuesday that the additional rumors were having an impact on his family.

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The Takeaway

GOP Candidates Debate Security and Foreign Policy

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

The GOP presidential candidates discussed foreign policy and national security during yet another debate on Tuesday night. The candidates attempted to subtle distinctions between each other in policies on Afghanistan, Pakistan, the Patriot Act, Iran, and Israel. Newt Gingrich, the current front runner, made waves when he suggested the party should not adopt an immigration policy that "destroys families that have been here a quarter-century."

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The Takeaway

Spotlight on Newt Gingrich in Next GOP Debate

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

The Republican candidates will debate again tonight on foreign policy. But this time around, Newt Gingrich is leading in the polls. It's a major comeback for Gingrich who started out ahead and took a heavy hit early on. He's now doing one percentage point better than former front-runner Mitt Romney. But is this just a passing trend? Or is he now a serious contender? 

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry Wants Congress to Work Part-Time

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Texas Governor and Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry announced a proposal Tuesday that has been circulated for years in chain emails: cut Congressional pay. It's part of what he calls his plan to "uproot and overhaul Washington." In addition, Perry wants to end lifetime tenure for federal judges. The proposal would drastically re-shape the federal government and may be unconstitutional. Takeaway Washington correspondent Todd Zwillich talks about whether this plan is likely to pass.

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The Takeaway

Rick Perry's 'Oops' Moment and the GOP Debate

Thursday, November 10, 2011

The Republican presidential candidates met for another debate last night in Rochester, Michigan. Herman Cain was in the hot seat over accusations of sexual harassment from four women. But the crowd was supportive as he tried move on from the many allegations which were made against him this week. Texas Governor Rick Perry, who had entered the debate hoping to get his campaign back on track, suffered the night's worst humiliation when he asserted that he would abolish three federal agencies, but failed to remember the third.

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The Takeaway

Cain Blames 'Democratic Machine' for New Harassment Allegations

Wednesday, November 09, 2011

Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain responded to multiple allegations of sexual harassment at a press conference in Phoenix on Tuesday. "These anonymous allegations are false and now the Democrat machine has brought forth a troubled woman to make accusations," Cain said. "Many of which exceed common sense, and they certainly exceed the standards of decency in America." He made this statement same day that Karen Kraushaar's decades old sexual harassment claim against the Republican front runner was made public.

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The Takeaway

Fourth Woman Accuses Herman Cain of Sexual Harassment

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

Accusations are mounting against Republican presidential candidate Herman Cain. In a press conference on Monday, a woman from Chicago, Sharon Bialek, openly accused Cain of groping her inappropriately when she was seeking a job over a decade ago. She is the first to publicly accuse Mr. Cain. Bialek was accompanied by superstar lawyer Gloria Allred. The Cain campaign issued a statement moments after the news conference started saying, "Activist celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred is bringing forth more false accusations against the character of Republican front-runner Herman Cain."

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