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Colbert skewers cable news coverage of Iowa caucuses

On last night’s Colbert Report, Stephen congratulated his colleagues in cable news for their coverage of the 2012 Iowa caucus results. He saluted the Fox News team’s willingness to soldier on in spite of the loss of all “basic mental functions” like speech and the ability to operate a calculator.…

Perry calls Iowa a ‘quirky place’ after finishing fifth

Texas Gov. Rick Perry said Wednesday that he was staying in the presidential race, blaming his poor showing in the Iowa caucuses on the “loosey goosey process,” which allowed Democrats to vote. “This wasn’t a hard decision,” Perry told reporters, according to CBS News. “[Iowa] is a quirky place, a…

WATCH LIVE: Bachmann announces campaign plans, may drop out

Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann will speak about the future of her campaign after a poor finish in the Iowa caucuses. The event was scheduled to begin at 11:00 a.m. ET. Watch this live video from CNN, broadcast Jan 4, 2012.  …

Bachmann quits GOP presidential race

Update: Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) announced on Wednesday morning that she would suspend her presidential campaign. More soon… Following her poor finish in the Iowa caucuses, Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN) on Wednesday canceled a campaign event in South Carolina and scheduled a press conference instead. Campaign manager Keith Nahigian refused…

Perry unsure of ‘path forward’ for campaign

After coming in nearly last in the Iowa caucuses last night, Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R) said he would return home to reassess his campaign for the presidency, implying that the end might be near for the candidate. “With the voters’ decision tonight in Iowa, I’ve decided to return to…

Obama campaign warns of ‘extremist’ Republicans

US President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign early Wednesday sought to portray the nation’s first Republican nomination battle as a victory for “extremist” candidates. The Iowa caucuses – which saw former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney barely edge out former Pennsylvania senator Rick Santorum by eight votes — launched the battle to deny Obama his hoped-for second term. In keeping with its…

Bachmann claims she is not a politician

Minnesota Congresswoman and Republican presidential candidate Michele Bachmann claimed she was not a politician Tuesday night after the Iowa caucuses. “I am a very real person, I am not a politician,” she said during a speech to her supporters. “Nor do I ever hope or aspire to be a politician.”…

Ron Paul: Third in Iowa ‘nothing to be ashamed of’

At the Courtyard Marriott hotel in Ankeny, Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) praised his supporters on Tuesday night after finishing third in the Iowa caucuses. “Tonight we are coming out of an election with essentially three winners, three top vote-getters,” he said in reference to Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum and…

WATCH LIVE: C-SPAN coverage of Iowa caucuses

Watch live video from C-SPAN 1, as Republican voters gather throughout Iowa to choose a nominee, below:  …

What To Expect In Iowa Tonight

First, I (@pandagon) and Amanda (@amandamarcotte) will be offering up commentary on the Iowa Caucuses on Twitter tonight. Follow us for fun and hilarity and idle ruminations on how awesome it would be if a giggly-drunk Rick Perry showed up at Romney’s victory party and offered to weed his garden,…

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