Congress' approval ratings hit an all-time low in December, according to the polling firm Gallup. Host Michel Martin looks at why many Americans seemed to be frustrated with Congress. She hears from NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Mark Eaton of the Capitol Steps, a musical political satire group.
It was a clean photo op aimed squarely at Iowa's many hunters and gun owners. Santorum, wearing a hunter's orange NRA cap, talked about the need to nominate federal judges who would uphold second amendment rights.
With just a week until the Republican caucuses, presidential candidate Rick Santorum spent Monday in Iowa. He took his teenaged son John pheasant hunting. Although Santorum's worked hard in Iowa, he's not won over the group he's targeted: social conservatives.
As in 2008, Florida is breaking GOP rules to hold a winner-take-all primary in January. But this time the decision could confuse the race: If the nomination fight is close, any Florida Republican voter could challenge the delegate count at next year's convention.
Iowa voters will go to local caucus meetings on Jan. 3 in the first round of the presidential nominating process. In the Republican race, Mitt Romney and Ron Paul lead the polls, but it's unclear whether there will be a big winner in Iowa, Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving tells Robert Siegel.
In a newly surfaced YouTube video from 1995, GOP hopeful Ron Paul seems to claim credit for a controversial newsletter that he has since tried to distance himself from. "I put that out on a monthly basis," he says.
If Iowans feel they've been bombarded by political ads in recent weeks, that's nothing compared to what the next eight days will be like. With the caucuses only a week from Tuesday, the ad wars are changing gears for the final stretch.
The Iowa caucuses are a little more than a week away. But the GOP presidential candidates dialed back the intensity of their TV ads over the weekend. Instead, many ads featured gentler messages — many of which showcased the candidates' wives.
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