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Hungry, Hungry Huckabee

Matthew Palevsky and Bess Kalb | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Matthew Palevsky and Bess Kalb

Chuck Norris won't roundhouse kick Mitt Romney in the face. Instead, he explained to a room of bloggers at a Mike Huckabee Q&A event at the Des Moines Marriot, he's "gonna choke 'im."

Author of Obama Muslim Smear Piece Is Giuliani Advisor

Talking Points Memo | Greg Sargent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home

As Ben Smith noted over the weekend, conservative writer Daniel Pipes has authored a new piece that unveils the next Obama Muslim smear. Pipes wrote: ...

The Tao Of Iowa Caucus Voters

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

DES MOINES -- Lynn Sweet, the big dog political columnist for the Chicago Sun Times - fond of wearing clogs on the campaign trial, snapping photograph...

New Year's Eve With Bill Richardson

Gale Walden | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Gale Walden

Several people mention that they were here at this same winery for a Howard Dean rally several years ago but that there was no wine offered.

Kucinich Asks Iowa Supporters To Back Obama

Neil Nagraj | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Neil Nagraj

In a press release today, Rep. Dennis Kucinich urged his supporters to back Sen. Barack Obama as their second choice at the Jan. 3 caucuses. In the ...

Biden's Dream: Finish Fourth

Kelly Nuxoll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Nuxoll

"Our goal is to come in fourth," said Luis Navarro, campaign manager for Biden, speaking at a campaign rally in a downtown Des Moines' restaurant that attracted more than 500 people.

Iowa Caucuses 101

Kelly Nuxoll | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Kelly Nuxoll

Even to a lot of Iowans caucusing is a mystery. "How many delegates does each candidate get?" a diner asked Gwen, of Gwen's Diner in Lisbon, Iowa.

Obama Campus Kick-Off

Reilly Center For Media & Public Affairs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reilly Center For Media & Public Affairs

(Des Moines, IA) Barack Obama held a rally in the gymnasium of Roosevelt High School this morning. Special guests included local a musician, alumni an...

Why Barack Obama Will Win Iowa Caucuses

Douglas Burns | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Douglas Burns

The following commentary by Iowa Independent fellow Douglas Burns first appeared in the Carroll (Iowa) Daily Times Herald, a newspaper owned by his fa...

Ron Paul: "I Don't Want To Run The Economy. I Don't Know How To."

Elana Berkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elana Berkowitz

Even Ron Paul himself seemed surprised at the enthusiasm that 280 students brought to the opening ceremonies of "Ron Paul's Christmas Vacation," a week-long Iowa pre-caucus program.

The Battle for Council Bluffs: The Clinton, Edwards and Obama Campaigns Converge, 72 Hours Out & Counting

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

The race is probably much closer than the latest Des Moines Register poll indicates. Or at least that's what Kamala Harris, the San Francisco Distric...

Biden Volunteers Dot I's, Cross T's

Shelby Highsmith | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Shelby Highsmith

A video peek backstage at Joe Biden's campaign headquarters is Des Moines, as volunteers make the final phone calls to lock up support and solidify th...

Finding Time to "Stand Up" With John Edwards

Reilly Center For Media & Public Affairs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reilly Center For Media & Public Affairs

Elizabeth spoke of the long haul in the near future and joked, "I'm an insomniac which will be helpful on this 36 hour marathon."

I Like Obama, But ...

Reilly Center For Media & Public Affairs | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Reilly Center For Media & Public Affairs

Written by Paul Harang of "Tigers On The Trail" and in collaboration with HuffPost's OffTheBus Business at Senator Clinton's New Year's Eve rally was...

Preacher-Politician Huckabee Takes Iowa But Faces Bumpy Road

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Des Moines--Sounding like the Baptist preacher that he is, former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee connected emotionally with his crowd gathered for Thursd...

2008 Shortchanging Women (And You)

Lynda Waddington | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Lynda Waddington

Women, however, weren't content with platitudes, and it became clear to the campaigns that horse races listing female supporters and sound bites were not going to be enough.

Snap Out Of It, Hillary! Or Lose Bigger Than Iowa

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

The undercurrent of lethargy and stodginess to Hillary's campaign trail performance has infected us all--down to the few press in the armory, who sit in a stupor as Hillary goes through her proposals.

Two Views of Hillary Clinton -- On And Off The Stage

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

Suddenly, Hillary Clinton is in. I hardly recognize her. In the few seconds before the elevator doors close, she doesn't realize that she is being watched.

Up Close and Personal With Edwards

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

"These people have a stranglehold on your democracy!" John Edwards exhorts a crowd in Iowa. He's like a small-town early twentieth-century preacher decrying the Seven Deadly Sins.

Review: Caucus! - The Musical

Mark Pike | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Pike

Nick Rustin, age 14, thought the show reminded him a bit of a "mix of the Colbert Report, Daily Show, and South Park." Judging by the audience applause, writer Robert John Ford should be pleased with his product.

Cell Phone-only Voters Frustrate Campaigns

Mark Pike | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mark Pike

Many of Des Moines' younger population have skipped out on getting a land-line altogether in favor of their trusty omnipresent cell phones.

Obama Fails to Close the Deal in Knoxville

Mayhill Fowler | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Mayhill Fowler

Undoubtedly sensing that he had not closed the deal, Obama kept on, long past what sounded like a point of closure: "Bill Clinton was right then, and I'm right now."

Behind The Scenes At A Hillary Rally

Beverly Davis | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Beverly Davis

Guthrie Center, Iowa---The day began early this morning as Hillary Clinton crisscrossed the frozen fields of Iowa, searching for votes in a tight race...

New Iowa Caucus Rules Allow Dog to Eat Homework

Elana Berkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elana Berkowitz

For those who thought that caucuses bear no resemblance to a high school dance, not true.

Des Moines T-Shirt Shop A Hotspot For Campaign Stories and Faces

Elana Berkowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Home
Elana Berkowitz

Elana Berkowitz and Mark Pike, OffTheBus correspondents, follow the youth beat this week while traveling through Iowa. Smash, a local Des Moines sho...