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Democratic presidential candidate Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) speaks to guests at the Jefferson-Jackson Dinner on Oct. 24, 2015 in Des Moines, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

Sanders' long independent streak comes back to haunt him

11/10/15 12:35PM

For decades, Bernie Sanders’ independence served him well as he won election after election in Vermont, first to become mayor of the state’s largest city and then to become the longest-serving independent member of Congress in American history. But now, as he tries to win the first real partisan primary of his life, his complicated relationship... read more

Republican presidential candidate Jeb Bush speaks at the RedState Gathering, Aug. 8, 2015, in Atlanta, Ga. (Photo by David Goldman/AP)

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio gear up for war

11/10/15 10:08AM

Jeb Bush and Marco Rubio gear up for warBenjy SarlinThe long simmering rivalry between former Florida governor Jeb Bush and Senator Marco Rubio is at a crossroads.After the New York Times reported that a pro-Bush super PAC, Right to Rise, was weighing a $20 million all-out advertising assault on Rubio, Rubio’s campaign responded with a web ad... read more

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton speaks to guests at a campaign event on Nov. 3, 2015 in Coralville, Iowa. (Photo by Scott Olson/Getty)

A reminder: The FBI isn't finished investigating Clinton's emails

11/10/15 09:19AM

Another Bush-vs.-Rubio fight sets the stage for tonight's GOP debate: Tonight's fourth Republican presidential debate picks up where the last one left off -- with Jeb Bush in desperate need of a strong showing, and with his team (this time his Super PAC) picking a fight with Marco Rubio. The Right to Rise Super PAC "has filmed a... read more

Republican presidential candidates take the stage during the CNBC Republican presidential debate at the University of Colorado, Oct. 28, 2015, in Boulder, Colo. (Photo by Brennan Linsley/AP)

Five things to watch in Tuesday’s GOP debate

11/10/15 06:57AM

After last month’s bitterly contentious Republican CNBC debate, everyone -- moderators included – will be under the microscope like never before in Tuesday’s Fox Business/Wall Street Journal debate. As voting nears, the GOP front-runners are facing tougher questions about their backgrounds and records while the lower-tier candidates are under... read more

Abigail Gustoff listens to her mom Sara read while home schooling at the kitchen table in in their home in Des Moines, Ia., April 18, 2013. (Photo by Charlie Neibergall/AP)

Homeschool advocates in Iowa are still divided on 2016 — for now

11/09/15 01:41PM

AMES, IOWA — As the oldest of six homeschooled children, Caleb Burke is a lot like his father, David.The 17-year-old from Boone is thinking about starting a window-washing service modeled after his dad's business. Both father and son love the World War II survival novel Unbroken — but not the movie. And both have a passionate faith in God... read more

Presidential candidates Donald Trump pauses on stage during a break at the CNBC Republican Presidential Debate at University of Colorado Coors Events Center, Oct. 28, 2015. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty)

Scholars doubt Donald Trump's approach to the presidency

11/09/15 12:17PM

Donald Trump's promise to overhaul both foreign and domestic policy through his leadership skills vastly overstates and misunderstands the power he would hold if elected president, according to political scientists and scholars of the presidency.The real estate mogul has said that he would convince the Mexican government to pay for a wall... read more