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Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., July 24, 2014. (Photo by AP)

Bernie Sanders fires up devotees in Iowa

09/15/14 06:55AM

On the same day retiring Sen. Tom Harkin’s Democratic Steak Fry became a de facto Hillary Clinton campaign rally, another group of Iowa progressives gathered in a church basement to hear from Vermont Independent Sen. Bernie Sanders. read more

Hillary Rodham Clinton speaks during an event on Feb. 26, 2014 in Coral Gables, Fla.

Hillary Clinton's long, difficult history with Iowa

09/12/14 11:56AM

When Hillary Clinton takes the stage Sunday in Iowa, it will the culmination of the former secretary of state’s long, complicated relationship with the state.She has often spoken about her experience on husband’s two successful presidential campaigns has informed her own thinking and experience, but Iowa was the one place Bill Clinton did not campaign in 1992, since Sen. read more

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Bernie Sanders on 2016: We need 'a political revolution'

09/11/14 09:26PM

There’s a fable in Democratic circles about the time Bernie Sanders, Vermont’s self-described socialist senator, who is visiting Iowa this weekend as he considers a presidential bid, apologized to Bill Clinton. It was right after the “Hillarycare,” the health reform plan championed by Clinton’s wife, went down in flames. read more

Hillary Clinton's poll numbers come back down to earth

09/09/14 08:19PM

Hillary Clinton’s favorability ratings continue to tumble as she renters the political fray, with 43 percent of respondents now saying they view her positively, according to a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal poll, down from a high of 60 percent in 2009. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State, Clinton, gestures during a conference at the Seminar "Mexico Siglo XXI" organized by Telmex foundation, in Mexico City

Hillary Clinton's perfect opportunity to do nothing

09/09/14 08:14AM

Hillary Clinton is often the center of attention, and never more so than when she makes her much-anticipated return to Iowa Sunday at a Democratic event hosted by retiring Sen. Tom Harkin. Years of anticipation have built to the moment, which many are viewing as the unofficial kickoff of a second attempt for the White House. read more

President Barack Obama makes a statement from the Brady Press Briefing Room at the White House in Washington, D.C, July 18, 2014.

The politics of ISIS

09/09/14 07:53AM

After dominating election year campaigns under President Bush, foreign policy has largely taken a backseat for partisans under President Obama. As Obama prepares to announce an expanded military campaign to confront the Islamic State, however, the impending midterms and a changing Republican party could move it further to the front of the national conversation. read more

A view of Capitol Hill Oct. 16, 2013 in Washington, DC.

A heartbreaking work of staggering cynicism

09/06/14 06:05PM

A heartbreaking work of staggering cynicism Last year’s push for immigration reform began with a burst of optimism and bipartisan momentum for change. This week, it’s ending in an explosion of bitter recriminations and nakedly partisan maneuvering from all sides. read more

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Want to know what Hillary Clinton thinks? Read her book

09/05/14 06:45PM

When Hillary Clinton stepped onto the stage at an clean energy conference in Las Vegas Thursday night, the many observers eagerly hoping for some fresh comments on natural gas extraction or the Keystone XL pipeline were instead treated to a veritable book reading. read more

U.S. Sen. Pat Roberts talks to the media after making his victory speech at an election watch party, Aug. 5, 2014, in Overland Park, Kan.

Pat Roberts campaign chief out as Republicans rush to right ship

09/05/14 02:16PM

Republicans rush to right Roberts  The good news for Republicans worried about holding onto Senator Pat Roberts’ suddenly competitive seat in Kansas: Thing probably can’t get much worse than they are now. With Democratic Chad Taylor out of the campaign (although possibly still on the ballot), independent candidate Greg Orman looks like a strong contender based on the available polling. read more