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What mind-set leads one to argue that cutting higher education funds (while calling it “reform”) strengthens a state?  Is downsizing faculty related, in the conservative lexicon, to the hallowed principle of slashing government bureaucracy?  Seriously, is it?

As for Jindal, after going to London to establish foreign policy credentials, and succeeding only in embarrassing himself with his broad-brush anti-Muslim comments, he came home to speak at the “American Principles Project,” a conservative group seeking influence over public school issues.

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Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, is urging Congress to tackle the "unimaginable pain" that victims of sex and labor trafficking have suffered.

"Too often we hear that this sort of thing just 'doesn't happen where I live,'" Grassley said in the weekly GOP address. "The cruel truth is that trafficking is found in all 50 states."

"Shoving this horrific activity into the shadows only denies opportunity for a young girl or boy who deserves much better," Grassley continued in the video.

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DES MOINES, Iowa -- Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Florida, wasn't going to let his absence from Iowa in recent years get in the way of his return visit.

Reintroducing himself to Iowa Republicans this weekend amid criticism of his positions on Common Core education standards and immigration, he addressed the elephants in the room at every opportunity.

He pointed out to crowds in Urbandale and Des Moines that he truly is no stranger to the state, recounting his campaigning with his father and his brother, going all the way back to his father's failed 1980 bid for the GOP nomination.

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Former Texas Gov. Rick Perry voiced his concerns about the Obama administration's stance on trade with Cuba and China at the Iowa Ag Summit Saturday.

"The administration basically empowered the Castro regime with no thought about helping the people," Perry said to summit host Bruce Rastetter. "I think we got a bad deal. The people of Cuba got a bad deal."

The former Texas governor also conveyed his frustration over the 2014 prisoner exchange for USAID subcontractor Alan Gross, who had been sentenced to 15 years in prison by the Cuban government in 2011.

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Dickerson: The Republican Race for Iowa
Saturday, 07 March 2015 00:51

DES MOINES, Iowa -- This Saturday, Jeb Bush makes his first visit to Iowa as a possible presidential candidate to attend the Iowa Agriculture Summit. In past years an establishment favorite like Bush would approach the first caucus state gingerly, unsure whether to expend time and resources in a process that generally has favored more conservative candidates. But 2016 may be different. All the Republican candidates seem to be playing in Iowa. So in advance of his visit to the state this weekend, Bush told Iowa radio that if he were to run he would be "all in.

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villereRoger Villere, has been re-elected chairman of the Louisiana Republican Party for another term, coming off a banner year in which the major goal for the state party was fulfilled—defeating Democrat Senator Louisiana Mary Landrieu.

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no-ball-compressedThe sports media has been in a tizzy covering the scandal known as “deflate gate.” After it was discovered that 11 of the 12 footballs used by the New England Patriots in their playoff game against the Colts were deflated, the media speculation has been intense about whether the Patriots purposely altered the footballs in an attempt to gain an advantage. Their coach, Bill Belichick, and the team's quarterback, Tom Brady, have been peppered with questions. While they both have denied responsibility, the NFL and media investigation is continuing.

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three-amigosAfter six difficult years under Barack Obama, the country is ready for a change in the White House. The President has delivered a continual dose of no compromise liberalism that has divided the races and polarized the political climate.

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rhinoFormer Florida Governor Jeb Bush’s announcement today that he will “actively explore” the presidency marks the start of an 18 month battle for control of the Republican Party.

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jindal-angryJINDAL PRIVILEGES

As so many of us so well know, Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal is single-focused:  The White House.  In advance of what many believe to be his opening statement in his “official” presidential-run announcement, he is bringing in scores of religious leaders to the  LSU for prayer.

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