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Flustered by reporter, Perry repeatedly demands source’s name

Texas Governor Rick Perry has no love for nameless allegations. When Politico reporter Mike Allen asked him about rumors of discontentment within his campaign Tuesday morning in Iowa, Perry repeatedly insisted that Allen name his source before he’d comment on the story. “I don’t know who you’re talking to so…

Bachmann urges missile alert, blockade against Iran

Republican White House hopeful Michele Bachmann said Monday that if elected she would erect a blockade against Tehran and put US missiles on alert “to let Iran know that we mean business” over its nuclear program. One day before Republican voters in the midwestern state of Iowa officially make their…

Iowa Republicans favor Romney to win

With less than 48 hours to go before the state officially kicks off the nation’s presidential election season, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney has emerged atop the GOP field among Iowa Republicans, polling data revealed Monday. Despite Romney’s narrow lead over Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX), who he’s beating 24 percent…

Religion plays major role in Iowa caucuses

In a small Sioux City cafe, about a hundred people gather around Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum, a Christian conservative and former senator. The election rally begins with a prayer led by Protestant pastor Cary Gordon. He speaks about the need to make the right choice in picking a Republican…

Obama has ‘failed’ on Iran: Romney

ATLANTIC, Iowa — Republican White House hopeful Mitt Romney charged Sunday that President Barack Obama has “failed” in his efforts to get Iran to abandon its suspect nuclear program. “I want to make sure that the people of this nation understand that he failed us not only here at home,…

Ron Paul: Racist newsletters had ‘some very bad sentences’

Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul on Sunday admitted that racist and homophobic newsletters published in his name called into question his management style, but insisted there were only eight offensive sentences. “I wrote a lot of part of the letter,” Paul told ABC’s Jake Tapper. “And I’ve never said I…

White House hopeful Romney on top in final Iowa blitz

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney clung to a narrow lead in Iowa Sunday, two days before the heartland state casts the first votes of the 2012 election season. Romney’s massive campaign warchest and high-profile endorsements have fed his image as the candidate to beat in the state-by-state fight for the…

Voter photo ID, E-Verify laws to take effect in new year

WINSTON-SALEM, North Carolina (Reuters) – Laws that require voters to present photo identification at the polls, recognize same-sex civil unions and aim to restrict illegal immigration are among the state measures taking effect on New Year’s Day. Measures passed in 2011, which numbered nearly 40,000 across the country, often reflected…

Huntsman trains White House sights on New Hampshire

As his Republican rivals blitz Iowa, underdog White House hopeful Jon Huntsman is pinning his hopes on New Hampshire, touting his foreign policy experience, especially in China. “There are two nations on the world stage and they will be as far as the eye can see into the 21st century…

‘Occupy’ protests target Republicans in Iowa

Protesters tied to the “Occupy Wall Street” movement, angrily denouncing “corrupt” US politicians, descended Saturday on the Iowa headquarters of Republican presidential candidates. Police arrested 10 of the demonstrators, including two teenage girls ages 14 and 16, outside Representative Michele Bachmann’s Urbandale base and charged them with trespassing, organizers said.…

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