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Mitch Perry Report for 2.1.16 — Iowa, finally

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Good morning, everyone. While there will definitely be drama in awaiting the returns from Iowa tonight, I will argue right now that if Ted Cruz ekes out a victory, it won’t really mean all that much in the end. That’s a prediction, something I try to stay away from in — at least putting such statements in print (or in cyberspace). However, think about it: Iowa is a state that is designed for a guy like Cruz — heavy with religiously…

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Iowa Republican state chair says it’s time to change Straw Poll

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For years, veteran political scribes and even some politicians have blasted the Iowa Straw Poll, traditionally held every August in the year before the following year’s first-in-the-nation caucuses. Generally it’s been decried as a media-driven event that places way too much significance on the results (we all saw how Michele Bachman’s “win” in 2011 helped her out the next year). “A delightful fraud,” the Chicago Sun-Times Roger Simon called it earlier this year. It’s also been blasted as a pay-for-play deal, with campaigns having to…

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President Obama: Gulf spill ‘echoes 9/11’

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Sounding reflective as he heads into a bruising electoral season, President Barack Obama told POLITICO columnist Roger Simon that the Gulf disaster “echoes 9/11” because it will change the nation’s psyche for years to come. Obama — facing mounting criticism of his handling of the BP gusher, even from longtime allies — vowed to make a “bold” push for a new energy law even as the calamity continues to unfold. And he said he will use the rest of his presidency to…

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President Obama: Gulf spill ‘echoes 9/11’

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Sounding reflective as he heads into a bruising electoral season, President Barack Obama told POLITICO columnist Roger Simon that the Gulf disaster “echoes 9/11” because it will change the nation’s psyche for years to come. Obama — facing mounting criticism of his handling of the BP gusher, even from longtime allies — vowed to make a “bold” push for a new energy law even as the calamity continues to unfold. And he said he will use the rest of his presidency to…

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