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Congress Ends Era Of Ethanol Subsidies

Over the weekend, the multi-billion dollar subsidy for ethanol expired. It had been in place for more than 30 years but Congress let it expire. Bruce Babcock, the Cargill endowed chair of energy economics at Iowa State University, talks to Linda Wertheimer about the effects of the subsidy expiring on the ethanol industry and consumers.
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Iowa Caucuses Set To Begin 2012 Presidential Voting

The voting in the Iowa GOP caucuses begins Tuesday night. On the last day before the caucuses, Republican presidential candidates campaigned across the state Monday. Their goal was the same — motivating supporters to leave their homes on a cold evening, go to their precinct meeting places and vote.
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Modern Campaigning At Odds With Iowa Tradition

Much has been made of the unusual volatility of the GOP race this year, with candidates taking turns in the front-runner spot in Iowa. But with more outside money and a reliance on social media, the run-up to this election season's Iowa caucuses has been different in other ways as well.
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Will The New Year Be A New Start For Congress?

According to Gallup, Congress has never been more disliked in all the years it has been polling that question. Can it get any worse heading into the new year?
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D.C. Interest Groups Well Represented At Iowa Caucuses

Almost all the GOP candidates in Iowa claim to be running against the political establishment, but area interest groups are well-represented amongst campaign donors.

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Hynes Elected Chairwoman Of Arlington County Board

The Arlington County Board elected Mary Hynes as chairman Monday, and she has promised to make engaging with the community a priority on her agenda.

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Iowa's Cold Doesn't Stop Campaigns From Heating Up Ahead Of Caucuses

Six GOP candidates — most with family members in tow — shook voters' hands and made their final arguments on the eve of the Iowa caucuses.
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Tobacco Maker Touts Smokers Rights Website

A Richmond-based cigarette maker is touting a new website that gives smokers and consumer-rights advocates interested in tobacco an outlet for their beliefs.

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