By James A. Lyons
By arming the rebels, we're aiding al Qaeda
Independent voices from the TWT Communities
Rep. Tom Latham, Iowa Republican, said he won't seek the U.S. Senate seat being vacated by Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin.
OWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — An Iowa Board of Regents member worked behind the scenes to create a university institute honoring her husband, Democratic Sen. Tom Harkin, and then pushed for its approval before two of the couple's allies left the board, according to an email obtained by The Associated Press.
Gov. Nikki Haley has ordered a special election to fill the congressional seat being vacated as Tim Scott becomes South Carolina's next senator.
Republicans and Democrats in state capitals across the country are talking ambitiously about what they will do next year with the unchecked power they amassed in the fall elections. In more states than not, one party now has full control of government.
Gov. Gary Herbert announced Friday that Utah will stick with its own existing health insurance exchange in hopes that the federal government will deem it acceptable under the health care overhaul.
This isn't the first time Republicans have tried to bail on the Iowa straw poll.
Sen. Marco Rubio, in a matter of days, leapfrogged from being one of Mitt Romney's reliable foot soldiers on the campaign trail to being a front-runner for the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
In the days since Republicans lost an election many in the party thought was theirs, chatter has been bubbling about what the party should do to recover.
Sen. Marco Rubio says the way to turn around the nation's struggling economy is not to raise taxes on the wealthiest individuals but rather to make "poor people richer" as he visited this politically important state in a trip certain to stoke speculation about 2016.
From the South to the heartland, cracks are appearing in the once-solid wall of Republican resistance to President Barack Obama's health care law.
Top Republicans meeting for the first time since Election Day say the party lost its bid to unseat President Barack Obama because nominee Mitt Romney did not respond to criticism strongly enough or outline a specific agenda with a broad appeal.
He may have matinee idol looks and the hard body of an action hero, but Mitt Romney's newly cast running mate is already sending shudders through Hollywood.
As much as Democratic strategists enjoy vilifying or condemning either Mitt Romney's personal wealth or the largesse of Republican donors, the Grand Old Party itself is not playing into the Democratic scenario that an ample treasure chest is somehow shameful, unsavory or "out of touch" with the American people. Why, that Republican treasure chest actually came from the American people.
Justice Antonin Scalia drew unusually critical attention during this past Supreme Court term for comments he made in court and in his writing that seemed to some more political than judicial.
Iowa on Monday became the latest state to suggest it will refuse to expand its Medicaid program under President Obama's health care law once the option becomes available in 2014.
Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad said he told Mr. Rove to keep the new effort out of his political backyard.
"I basically told Karl Rove that what he was doing is counter-productive, and he needs to stay out of it," Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad told The Associated Press last week, recounting a conversation he had with Mr. Rove.