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Triple Crown

His father and brother won in the Hawkeye State and Jeb’s hire of a top Iowa operative raises the expectation that he will play there, too.


At one of the most influential synagogues in Washington, a rabbi secretly taped dozens of women as they undressed for a ritual bath. Now he's on trial, and his victims are speaking.

Hawkeye Visit

While there’s certainly a hunger for Democratic attention among activists in the state, the vice president’s trip this week might not be what they’re looking for.

Louisiana Governor and potential 2016 hopeful Bobby Jindal used a speech at a swanky Washington hotel to slam “elite bureaucrats” who implemented Common Core.

‘I Call It Like It Is’

Rep. Alan Grayson may be married to a bigamist. He’s compared the Tea Party to the KKK. He also wants to replace Marco Rubio in the Senate—and Republicans couldn’t be more thrilled.

Showdown Over Immigration

Senate Republicans want to link a bill to fund the department with another measure to defund Obama’s immigration executive order—but Democrats are digging in. Who will blink first?