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Tom Harkin

America and its politics in flux as 2016 voting begins

First there was the promise of political change in Barack Obama's historic 2008 election. Then the pledge to upend Washington's ways after the 2010 tea party wave.

But for some Americans, the change and disruption have come too slowly, or failed altogether. On the eve of the first contest on the 2016 presidential election calendar, these voters are pushing for bolder, more uncompromising action, with an intensity that has shaken both the Republican and Democratic establishments.

Candidates named Bush and Clinton — members of America's elite political families — and others with deep ties to party leadership have been unexpectedly challenged by a billionaire...

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