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Ahead of Iowa, presidential candidate round-up

Ahead of Iowa, presidential candidate round-up

WASHINGTON — On Monday, Feb. 1, Iowans will gather to launch the 2016 presidential election with an arcane ritual — the caucus.

In living rooms and meeting halls throughout the state, caucus-goers will group themselves into clusters according to which presidential candidate they favor.

By the end of the day, two real-life winners will emerge: not a “leader in the polls,” not a “likely frontrunner,” but the Democrat and Republican who will have secured Iowa’s delegation to the parties’ respective conventions in the summer.

Last Updated ( Thursday, 28 January 2016 10:53 )

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Bernie Sanders suddenly is taken seriously

Bernie Sanders suddenly is taken seriouslyWASHINGTON — Talk of a Bernie Sanders presidency has suddenly become a lot more serious. Recent polling shows the independent Vermont senator and Democratic presidential hopeful dramatically improving his prospects in the first two primary states against front-runner Hillary Clinton. Two polls out last week — by the Des Moines Register and Quinnipiac University — showed Clinton’s nine-point lead in Iowa dwindling from the past month, with Sanders pulling ahead in the latter survey....
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Where does Bernie Sanders stand on Israel?

Where does Bernie Sanders stand on Israel?WASHINGTON — Bernie Sanders’ best friend is a Zionist who teaches Jewish philosophy, he had a formative experience on a kibbutz and “Saturday Night Live” dubbed him the “old Jew.” Still, Sanders can’t get away from the inevitable “But where is he on Israel?” question, especially now that the Democratic presidential contender, an Independent senator from Vermont who caucuses with Democrats, has pulled ahead of Hillary Rodham Clinton in New Hampshire, the first primary state. ...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 August 2015 10:43 )

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GOP in ‘frank conversations’

GOP in ‘frank conversations’ WASHINGTON — The Republican Party as a whole is having the morning-afters, reconsidering how it might have done better in an election that saw the party fail to win the White House and suffer modest losses in Congress, and Jewish Republicans and conservatives are coming forward with their own insights. “There will be a lot of very frank conversations between our organization and its leadership and the leadership within the party,” Matt Brooks, the director of the Republican Jewish Coaliti...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 15 November 2012 03:50 )

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