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Iowa poll finds Ron Paul in second, edging past Mitt Romney

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Libertarian-leaning Texas Rep. Ron Paul (R) is outperforming the odd-on Republican frontrunner, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R), in the key GOP primary state of Iowa, according to a new poll out on Sunday.

It’s the third poll so far to confirm Paul’s emergence as a leading candidate for the Republican nomination to the presidency. A second poll, also released this weekend, found Paul trailing Romney by 1 percent — well within the margin of error.

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-GA) earned 25 percent support among likely Republican caucus voters polled by The Des Moines Register — a massive upswing from the seven percent backing he earned in the Iowa newspaper’s last poll in October.

Paul moved into second place with 18 percent support, ahead of Romney, who earned just 16 percent, according to the newspaper.

Far from being the “gadfly” Republicans attempted to label him as early on in the campaigns, Paul has now, definitively, emerged as a frontrunner for the nomination. Appearing on CNN Sunday afternoon, Paul attributed his rising fortunes to a consistent message emphasizing fiscal responsibility and civil liberties.

“So, I think we continue to do what we’re doing,” he said during the interview. “We’ve had the flavors of the month up and down so far in this campaign. I’d like to think of myself as the flavor of the decade.”

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In the Register poll, Herman Cain — who on Saturday suspended his presidential bid amid allegations of sexual harassment and adultery — and Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann each earned eight percent support. Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum each garnered six percent support, and former U.S. ambassador to China Jon Huntsman took two percent.

An NBC News poll (PDF) of Iowans similarly found Gingrich leading at 26 percent, with Paul and Romney trailing closely behind at 17 percent and 18 percent, respectively.

A Bloomberg News poll last month found Paul in a similar position with Iowa voters, trailing former frontrunner Herman Cain by just 1 percent, with Romney and Gingrich close behind.

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It’s just the latest in a string of small victories for Paul, who won a Calif. straw poll in Sept., an Ohio straw poll in Oct. and an Illinois straw poll in Nov. He also dominated a CBS News viewer survey after the last Republican debate, topping all the other candidates by tens of thousands of votes, even though he was only allowed 89 seconds to speak during the entire broadcast.

The Iowa caucuses kick off next year’s election season on Jan. 3.

With AFP.

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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’

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On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.

As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.

Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:

1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."

Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR

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British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate

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Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.

The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.

In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.

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Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6

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President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.

Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.

Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.

— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019

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