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The Ron Paul Coalition: Six Groups That Back the Texas Congressman

Ron Paul's supporters have donated millions of dollars and provided countless hours of work boosting his presidential bid – all for a man who, according to many top political analysts, cannot win the Republican nomination or the presidency, no matter how well his campaign performs in the early states.

It begs an important question: Who are Ron Paul’s supporters, and why do they back him?

1.    Homeschoolers

Posted: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 7:40am

Romney Says He Would Veto the DREAM Act

SIOUX CITY, Iowa -- Mitt Romney, an opponent of the DREAM Act, says he would veto it if it came across his desk as president.

The question was posed Saturday by a voter at the Family Table Restaurant in Le Mars. It was the first time Romney had been asked directly if he would veto the act and  he responded that the “answer is yes.”

Posted: Sunday, January 1, 2012 - 1:40am

Poll: Romney With Narrow Lead Over Paul, Santorum

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated poll numbers. Romney is polling at 24 percent; Paul is polling at 22 percent.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this article misstated poll numbers. Romney is polling at 24 percent; Paul is polling at 22 percent.

(PICTURES: Scenes from the campaign trail in Iowa)

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 10:40pm

Is Rick Perry the Iowa Dark Horse?

BOONE, Iowa -- While Iowa-watchers obsess over Rick Santorum's miniature surge and Mitt Romney's late strength, there's one other candidate on an upward trajectory: Rick Perry.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 8:40pm

Rick Santorum's Miniature Iowa Moment

MARSHALLTOWN, Iowa -- In a stifling room filled with inquisitive Iowans, Rick Santorum was being Rick Santorum: plodding, long-winded and achingly sincere. The Iowans seemed to like it.

It was, he noted, his 361st campaign event in the state. "All year -- except for the last 5 days -- I got the same question: Why are you still doing this?" he said, noting pointedly that he was the only one to grind it out in this dutiful manner. "And I said it's because I want to earn the votes of Iowans."

What had changed in the last five days was evident from Santorum's surroundings.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 6:40pm

Can Gingrich, Santorum Win by Whining?

ATLANTIC -- Delivering their closing arguments before Tuesday's caucus, both Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum are making a similar pitch: Vote for me to send a message in favor of good, clean campaigns.

Gingrich began whining about the negative onslaught of ads against him weeks ago and has made it an essential part of his stump speech. The constant complaints have knocked him off message.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 6:40pm

2011's Top Breakout Stars

Happy New Year's Eve and welcome back to our series of year end posts/recaps (see our takes on 2011's Biggest Flops, Luckiest Candidates, Top Comeback Kids, The Year in Media, and the

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 6:40pm

Virginia Attorney General Intervenes to Get GOP Candidates on Ballot

FORT DODGE, Iowa – Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and other Republican presidential candidates who failed to get onto the Virginia primary ballot may have a glimmer of hope thanks to the intervention of Virginia’s top lawyer.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 4:40pm

Obama Signs Defense Authorization Bill

President Obama signed on Saturday the defense authorization bill, formally ending weeks of heated debate in Congress and intense lobbying by the administration to strip controversial provisions requiring the transfer of some terror suspects to military custody.

"I have signed this bill despite having serious reservations with certain provisions that regulate the detention, interrogation, and prosecution of suspected terrorists," Obama said in a statement accompanying his signature.

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 4:40pm

Gingrich Says He's Raised Almost $10M in Fourth Quarter

COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa—Newt Gingrich is close to reaching the $10 million mark in the fourth quarter of 2011, according to an email the former speaker sent out to supporters Saturday morning. He writes that reaching this amount would be an “incredible achievement” that would dispel the notion that his campaign lacks the resources to compete. 

Posted: Saturday, December 31, 2011 - 4:40pm