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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,…

Murdoch backs Santorum for president

DES MOINES, Iowa — Media magnate Rupert Murdoch on Monday urged Iowans to back firebrand social conservative Rick Santorum, one day before they cast the first votes of the 2012 White House race. “Can’t resist this tweet, but all Iowans think about Rick Santorum. Only candidate with genuine big vision…

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,…

Gingrich begins crying while speaking to Iowa moms

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) broke down and cried during a campaign stop in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday after he was asked a question about his mother. Appearing at a forum in the state’s capital city, Gingrich took questions before an audience from Republican messaging strategist Frank Luntz,…

Independent group tells Iowans to ‘vote rogue’ for Palin

One group in Iowa is keeping their dream of a Sarah Palin presidency alive. An independent group released a radio ad on Wednesday morning encouraging the state’s Republicans to “vote rogue” for the former governor of Alaska during the January 3rd caucus. “Are you unhappy with the current GOP field?” the…

A surge of santorum sheds light on the irrelevance of Iowa

Right on schedule, Rick Santorum is getting a push in Iowa amongst people who probably don't know how to use the googles anyway. He's polling at 10%, but as Steve at Salon explains, a bunch of evangelical leaders have endorsed him, which might put him over the top in Iowa.…

Perry to bisexual 14-year-old: Homosexuality is a ‘sin’

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry explained Sunday that his faith tells him that gay men and lesbians shouldn’t be allowed to serve openly in the military. Following a campaign event in Decorah, Iowa, 14-year-old Rebecka Green, who openly identifies as bisexual, asked the Texas governor why he was “so opposed…

Santorum: ‘Court has gotten it wrong’ that pornography is free speech

Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum said Tuesday that he was a “big believer” in free speech, but the “court has gotten it wrong” on pornography. At a town hall-style campaign event in Belle Plaine, Iowa, a woman asked the Pennsylvania Republican what he would do about the Occupy Wall Street…

Graphic anti-abortion ads to air in Iowa and surrounding states

Television advertisements featuring graphic images of dead fetuses will soon begin airing in Iowa, according to Mother Jones. The ads are the brainchild of anti-abortion crusader Randall Terry, who founded Operation Rescue. He mounted a Democratic primary challenge against President Barack Obama to take advantage of a Federal Communication Commission…

Iowa National Guard will boot married gays; former drill sergeant — don’t let them near the guns

This is another example of why Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell is ridiculous and why Congress should repeal it. If a gay couple gets legally married in Iowa, and, let’s say, puts the announcement in the paper, if one of them is in the National Guard that’s all it takes to…

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