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November 4, 2012 | By Seema Mehta
DES MOINES - Iowa is the state that launched President Obama four years ago, and the state that bedeviled Mitt Romney in two primary cycles, even if he was temporarily named the winner this year before all votes were counted.  So in addition to its six electoral votes, Iowa holds great symbolic significance in this year's presidential race. Romney stumped here Sunday morning, his second visit in two days. He urged his supporters to reach out to disenchanted backers of the president and persuade them that a change in direction is vital for the nation's future.
October 19, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Oct. 21 - 27 in PDF format This week's TV Movies     SPECIALS Funny as Hell 2012:  More performances from the Just for Laughs comedy festival in Montreal (8 p.m. BBC America). MOVIES A Nanny's Revenge:  A woman schemes to punish the man she blames for the death of her parents in this 2012 TV drama starring Jodi Lyn O'Keefe and Victoria Pratt (8 p.m. Lifetime). I Married Who?
October 12, 2012 | Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games. MORNING No. 15 Texas (4-1) vs. No. 13 Oklahoma (3-1) at Dallas 9 a.m., Channel 7 The Longhorns and Sooners go on a carnival elimination ride at their annual State Fair of Texas showdown at the Cotton Bowl. Texas lost at home last week to West Virginia; Oklahoma dropped an earlier home game to Kansas State.
March 5, 2012 | By Dean Kuipers
On Friday, Iowa Gov. Terry Branstad signed into law a bill designed to thwart activists who go undercover to report animal abuse. This makes Iowa the first state in the country to pass such a law; Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, New York and Utah are considering them. Undercover investigations, including videos and photographs, are a principal tool used by activists of all stripes to document abuse cases and have led to legislative reforms, prosecutions and even facility closures around the country.
December 16, 2011 | By Paul West, Washington Bureau
Iowa State junior Jeremy Freeman is juggling final exams in ecology and invertebrate biology along with a tough assignment from a presidential campaign: find supporters willing to stand up and deliver a persuasive pitch for Newt Gingrich at the caucuses next month. Recruiting "somebody who can get up there in front of people and speak will be very difficult," said Freeman, the Gingrich campaign chairman in Story County, one of the most populous in the state. At the moment, he has enlisted a Gingrich backer in about a dozen of the county's 43 caucus sites, mainly churches, schools and other public buildings, and he hopes to locate about a dozen more in coming days.
November 18, 2011 | Staff and wire reports
Backup running back Jeff Woody scored on a four-yard run in the second overtime and Iowa State stunned second-ranked Oklahoma State, 37-31, on Friday night at Ames, Iowa, derailing the Cowboys' national title hopes. The Cyclones (6-4, 3-4 Big 12 Conference) overcame a 17-point deficit to beat the Cowboys (10-1, 7-1), who were one win away from a showdown with rival Oklahoma with a spot in the Bowl Championship Series title game likely to be on the line. Oklahoma State quarterback Brandon Weeden's first pass in the second overtime was intercepted by Ter'Ran Benton.
November 4, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
Break out the chips and cold drinks, but let Chris Dufresne handle the remote. Each Friday, the Times' national college football writer handicaps what's worth watching, and skipping, on Saturday's menu of games: MORNING No. 13 Michigan (7-1) at Iowa (5-3) 9 a.m., ESPN Michigan, if it's looking for motivation, might not want to read this. Minnesota lost to New Mexico State and North Dakota State but somehow defeated Iowa last week in Minneapolis. All three of Iowa's defeats have been away from Kinnick Stadium.
October 30, 2011 | Chris Dufresne
College football has always been equal parts passion, roller-coaster emotions, high stakes, split decisions and handing your teenager the keys to the car. This weekend was only the latest rambling wreck. How could Georgia Tech look so bad in losses to Virginia and Miami and then dismantle the No. 5 team in the BCS standings? "They are 18- to 21-year-olds," Georgia Tech Coach Paul Johnson explained after Saturday's upset win over Clemson. "I keep telling people that, but they don't want to listen.
September 10, 2011 | By Mike Hiserman
It was a rough week around Ames, Iowa, with the Big 12 Conference backed into a corner as speculation swirled that the league's best football programs might be headed for new homes. All the while, the local team, Iowa State, wasn't being wooed or coveted by anyone. It was simply mentioned among the leftovers after the megaconferences swooped in and picked off the prime targets. But the town's mood improved appreciably Saturday after the Cyclones stunned Iowa, 44-41, in a triple-overtime thriller that was the highest-scoring of the 59 games played between the heated intrastate rivals.
August 12, 2011 | By James Oliphant
A day before the Ames Straw Poll in Iowa, Michele Bachmann seemed to traverse the line from politician to full-blown political celebrity. Careening from event to event in central Iowa, Bachmann arrived for a scheduled speech at the Iowa State Fair 30 minutes late. She then spoke for just three minutes before departing, with many who had been waiting in the baking August sun audibly registering their disappointment. The Minnesota congresswoman's rivals for theGOP nomination, such as Mitt Romney and Tim Pawlenty, had spoken at length at the so-called “soapbox” at the fair sponsored by the Des Moines Register.
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