Kent Sorenson says he was paid for his endorsement of Ron Paul in the 2012 presidential campaign — and that the exchange was hidden from the public.
August 27, 2014 Kent Sorenson pleaded guilty in federal court to taking under-the-table payments when he switched sides between GOP presidential candidates. The former state senator previously denied the rumors.
August 27, 2013 Javier Sanchez did not admit any guilt, but has agreed to do 32 hours of community work. He was accused of taking $200 in cash from envelopes in the congresswoman's office.
July 16, 2013 The sting operation sounds like something from a crime novel. What was allegedly taken by the Minnesota lawmaker's assistant? An envelope marked "petty cash" that had $80 in it and maybe another marked "birthday money" that held $120.
She's saying goodbye, for now at least: Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., has announced she won't seek re-election in 2014. (File photo from Jan. 4, 2012, when she left the Republican presidential race.)
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May 29, 2013 The congresswoman says she won't be seeking a fifth term. She does not rule out getting back into politics in the future. In 2012 she made a bid for the Republican presidential nomination. Her fortunes quickly rose and fell.
January 9, 2012 Candidates have gone into New Hampshire in the past with high expectations, only to be shot down, even if they won. Mitt Romney knows the Granite State is set with traps for his nomination.
January 3, 2012 As Iowa Republicans head to the caucuses to have their say, we look at how the candidates stack up on the eve of the vote — and how previous winners (and losers) eventually fared.
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Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-Minn.) in Pella, Iowa, on Nov. 1, 2011.
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January 2, 2012 She's a "consistent, conservative fighter," the ad proclaims. Since winning the Iowa straw poll last August, her poll numbers in the state have fallen into single digits.
December 28, 2011 As NPR takes to the road in Iowa this week, we are collecting the words and images of Iowa Republicans still uncertain who they will vote for in next Tuesday's state GOP presidential caucuses.
December 16, 2011 Newt Gingrich used one of his favorite talking points, that when he was speaker of the House, he "balanced the budget for four straight years, paid off $405 billion in debt." But PolitiFact checked the numbers and found he's off on both counts.
December 12, 2011 A change in the primary delegate rules may extend the battle for the Republican nomination into the spring. But, if history is a guide, some candidates may not survive the Iowa caucuses.
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Hillary Clinton's "inevitability" became less certain after a debate in Philadelphia at Drexel University in October 2007.
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November 21, 2011 Once, a winning candidate for the presidential nomination relied on money or campaign organization to get him there. This year, doing well in the debates have replaced the roadmap of old. All that and more in the new "Political Junkie" column.
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October 28, 2011 The presidential candidate personally responds to a call for her to drop out, accusing Rick Perry's campaign of a "stealth attack."
Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota speaks at an Americans for Prosperity "Cut Spending Now" rally on Capitol Hill in April. Bachmann built a Tea Party base before launching her White House run.
October 28, 2011 Michele Bachmann has championed the Tea Party, but now one group is telling her to drop her presidential bid.
August 4, 2011 Was it false balance on Morning Edition and did it legitimize homosexual conversion therapy? — Back in the news on the heels of Michele Bachmann's husband.
July 13, 2011 Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, suggested Wednesday that he'd like President Obama to be more like President Franklin D. Roosevelt.No, he wasn't talking about wanting Obama to massively expand the federal government or engage in more Keynesian pump-priming. Rather Gohmert wanted Obama to channel the spirit of FDR's first inaugural where Roosevelt urged Americans against fear.
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