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MANCHESTER, N.H. - If this is Mitt Romney's idea of a victory rally, one shudders to think what would have happened if he had lost the Iowa caucuses.

Fri, 01/06/2012 - 3:28pm

DES MOINES - Just a few hours before the Iowa caucuses opened, 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.

Wed, 01/04/2012 - 6:01pm

WASHINGTON - The great thing about Iowa is that no matter whom the voters select in their neighborhood huddles, it doesn't really matter.

Tue, 01/03/2012 - 6:39pm

If you've never made a New Year's resolution, you're in the minority: One 2006 study found that more than 80 percent of those surveyed had once promised to, say, eat, smoke or spend less after Jan. 1.

Mon, 01/02/2012 - 5:45pm

One year ago, the first thing I did as the new publisher was write a column on some of the changes you could expect see at the Dispatch and in the news and information industry going forth.

Fri, 12/30/2011 - 6:56pm

WASHINGTON - Pundits say the darnedest things on TV. Take, for example, the genius who said in January that "the president has a fairly easy" re-election ahead of him.

Wed, 12/28/2011 - 5:51pm

WASHINGTON - It is axiomatic in these political times that The Candidate must submit to comedic humiliation - with grace, humor and the skin of an armadillo.

Sun, 12/25/2011 - 8:07pm

This has not been a great season for the Christmas tree. First there was the short-lived federal effort to add 15 cents to the price of a tree to support promotion of the industry - a fee derided by opponents as a "Christmas tree tax.

Fri, 12/23/2011 - 5:09pm

WASHINGTON - Atop the House chamber Wednesday morning, the flag fluttered in the breeze. In his office underneath the Capitol dome, House Speaker John Boehner twisted in the wind.

Thu, 12/22/2011 - 5:36pm

WASHINGTON - Callista Gingrich has done something she might come to regret - succumbed to the Twitter fairy and opened the door to unwelcome scrutiny.

Tue, 12/20/2011 - 6:06pm