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  • In Iowa, pastors hold major sway in 2016 presidential race

    Cary Gordon isn't a political operative, a top dollar donor or an elected official. But that hasn't stopped Jeb Bush's team from already reaching out as the 2016 Republican presidential campaign revs up in Iowa.
  • GOP 2016 primary field gets case of indigestion over measles vaccine

    GOP 2016 primary field gets case of indigestion over measles vaccine
    Thanks to a thoughtless equivocation by an American governor visiting Britain, the measles vaccine has become the first important controversy of the 2016 Republican presidential primary. As with other long-settled issues that unexpectedly pop up to bite...

    Is Scott Walker too Midwestern to be president?

    Is Scott Walker too Midwestern to be president?
    Scott Walker is the hottest thing in the 2016 GOP presidential race (to the extent it even exists). He gave a very well-received speech at the Iowa Freedom Summit a couple of weekends ago, and the new Bloomberg/Des Moines Register poll of the Iowa...

    Seeking Iowa rebound, Bachmann hits Gingrich on Freddie Mac

    Seeking Iowa rebound, Bachmann hits Gingrich on Freddie Mac
    Michele Bachmann slashed at Newt Gingrich on Sunday, calling on him to return the $1.6 million he was paid by Freddie Mac, and castigated him for his past positions on immigration and his willingness to support Republican candidates who did not oppose...

    Community Commentary: Libertarianism is crony capitalism's nightmare

    With the rise of Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in the presidential primary polls, America may be ready to crush crony capitalists by embracing "libertarianism." As the founding philosophy that once unified our nation, today libertarianism represents the true...