An Atlantic article by a University of Iowa professor makes the state out to be less Field of Dreams and more Deliverance meets Children of the Corn. Stephen Bloom raises hard facts about how Iowa doesn't accurately represent America, but for many Iowans, the piece felt personal.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney spent the past week focused on New Hampshire, which holds its primary on Jan. 10, one week after the Iowa caucuses. After former House Speaker Newt Gingrich's recent surge in the polls, Romney appeared to be shoring up his position in a state where he's had a commanding lead all year.
President Obama is in Hawaii with his family Saturday after signing a bill to extend payroll tax cuts and unemployment benefits for two months. It was a victory for the president. For Republicans in the House of Representatives, though, this marked a huge political defeat.
Robert Siegel speaks with our regular political commentators, E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution, and David Brooks, of the New York Times. They discuss the two-month extension for a tax break and unemployment benefits signed into law.
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