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Political Events Pull Eyes To Iowa

It's a politics-filled Saturday as Republicans hold a presidential candidate forum and the Democrats have their Jefferson-Jackson Dinner in Des Moines, Iowa. This year's dinner features Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel as the keynote speaker; four years ago the dinner launched then-Sen. Barack Obama's presidential candidacy into high gear. Guest host Linda Wertheimer talks with NPR's Don Gonyea about the events.

Europe Overthrows Politicians For Technocrats

The European debt crisis has driven politicians in Italy and Greece to turn to technocrats for leadership. What exactly is a technocrat? Will they be the silver bullets needed to help lift Europe out of its economic quagmire? Guest host Linda Wertheimer gets some answers from political scientists.

Foreign Policy Funding A Top Candidate For Cuts

Foreign aid is being attacked by presidential candidates and members of Congress. It looks certain that assistance to other countries, which makes up a miniscule percentage of the overall budget, is about to be cut even further.

5 Things You May Not Know About Gingrich

Newt Gingrich has been in the public eye for decades. Now that he is a potential presidential nominee, we wonder: Is there anything new to know about Newt? Maybe.

In Budget Crisis, Some Easy Targets For Defense Cuts

The Pentagon and its growing budget is on the supercommittee's radar as it looks to reduce the federal deficit by $1.2 trillion. At half the federal government's budget, it's not hard to see why, so which cuts might bleed the least?

Are Candidates Selling Their Ideas Or Their Books?

If a candidate has written a book — like Newt Gingrich, Herman Cain and Michele Bachmann — the campaign trail presents many opportunities to promote it. These candidate books are a time-honored tradition: The all-time sales champ is Barack Obama's The Audacity of Hope.

Where's Mitt Romney? 'Running Out The Clock'

As his opponents seem to stumble day after day, the former Massachusetts governor avoids mishap in part by doing just a few public events a week. Behind the scenes, he's wooing endorsements and raising a good bit of cash.

Gingrich's History On Health Care Gets An Exam

Some of the positions Gingrich took while at the helm of a health care think tank are getting another look. Ideas such as an insurance mandate and incentives to spur the use of computerized medical records are planks of the Democrats' health overhaul law.