February 16, 2012 |
DES MOINES, Iowa - The vice president of China is spending a good deal of his U.S. trip in Iowa, a state better known for hosting American presidential candidates than major heads of state. So why is this rural place playing such a big role in the leader's historic tour of the United States? The answer lies in the way Xi Jinping likes to do business - by building personal relationships - and in Iowa's rich agricultural industry, which is closely tied to China's. "He's very outgoing, very personable," said Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad, who met with Xi in 1985, when a Chinese delegation visited Iowa to study farming practices and again last year, when Branstad led a trade mission to China.
January 26, 2012 |
CHANDLER, Ariz. - If President Obama is showing some swagger, it shouldn't be a surprise. His job approval ratings point to an uptick. The Navy SEAL unit that killed Osama bin Laden just pulled off a daring rescue that Obama authorized in Somalia. He's fresh off a big speech before Congress, and the Republicans who want his job are criticizing each other probably more than they are Obama. As he hits the road for three days of travel to important political states, Obama is on a roll.
January 23, 2012
The third-ranked Penn State wrestling team reeled off seven straight wins to run away from No. 2 Iowa, 22-13, in a marquee Big Ten dual Sunday in sold-out Rec Hall in State College, Pa. Nearly 7,000 fans came to their feet as true freshman Morgan McIntosh clinched the victory with a win over Iowa all-American Grant Gambrall in the 197-pound weight class. SOCCER: The U.S. women's team took it to Guatemala, 13-0, to clinch a berth in the semifinals of the CONCACAF qualifying tournament for the London Olympics in Vancouver, British Columbia.
January 13, 2012 |
Austin Hollins scored a career-high 18 points to help visiting Minnesota beat No. 7 Indiana, 77-74, last night. Christian Watford missed a potential game-tying three-pointer in the closing seconds for Indiana. Rodney Williams scored 14 points and Julian Welch added 10 for the Golden Gophers (13-5, 1-4 Big Ten), who had lost four straight. Minnesota shot 6-for-13 on three-pointers in the first half to take the lead. Indiana freshman Cody Zeller matched a season high with 23 points for the Hoosiers (15-2, 3-2)
January 10, 2012 |
NASHUA, N.H. - Rick Santorum was more than halfway through his 20-minute pep talk at an outdoor rally here when the 2012 GOP presidential hopeful heard something for the first time - applause, or, more accurately, the muffled noise of a few dozen pairs of gloves thudding together on a bracing-cold January morning. "You can keep your hands inside your big pockets to stay warm," the bemused former Pennsylvania senator told a crowd of roughly 100 people - half of them journalists and many of the rest undecided voters curious to see the candidate who shocked pundits by nearly winning last week's Iowa caucuses.
January 8, 2012 |
I love Iowa. One of my favorite stories was on the Donna Reed Festival years ago in tiny Denison (7,000 and change), a town that willed its economic success. As an investigative gastronome, I downed corn dogs and fried Snickers at the Iowa State Fair, America's prototypical agrarian exposition, home of the only known version of The Last Supper made entirely out of butter. I joined the swarm of reporters descending on Iowa for its first-in-the-nation caucus. Not to brag, but the most expensive plane trip I ever took was from Des Moines to Manchester, N.H., $1,700 and only one way!
January 6, 2012 |
TILTON, N.H. - A buoyant Rick Santorum on Thursday urged New Hampshire voters to reject pundits and polls favoring Mitt Romney as the Republican standard-bearer. "Don't settle for less than America needs," the former Pennsylvania senator said at an old train station here. "Don't defer your judgment to national polls. Don't defer your judgment to the pundits. " Romney, the former Massachusetts governor, eked out an eight-vote victory in the Iowa caucuses this week and is favored to win the New Hampshire primary on Tuesday.
January 5, 2012
Can former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum prove he's not a one-hit wonder after his caucus showing in Iowa?
January 5, 2012 |
Just a few hours before the Iowa caucuses opened on Tuesday, Don Acheson, a general contractor from West Des Moines, remained as he had been for months: wracked by indecision. First he had been for Rick Perry, then Newt Gingrich. When I caught up with him, he was preparing to give Rick Santorum a hard look, but Mitt Romney was "not far behind" in his esteem. "This late in the game, I've never been undecided before," he lamented. "This probably is the most bizarre caucus I've been to. " His drift was typical, and revealing.
January 5, 2012
Don't be fooled by the swagger in Mitt Romney's walk at the conclusion of Iowa's caucuses to choose a Republican presidential nominee. His eight-vote victory over Rick Santorum may have winnowed the field, but it hardly clears up who will be the eventual nominee to face President Obama. In fact, the outcome may be murkier. Three-quarters of caucus participants Tuesday night chose someone other than Romney, and his 24 percent tally was almost identical to what he received four years ago, when he finished second to caucus winner Mike Huckabee.