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Ex-Iowa State Sen. Kent Sorenson defected from Michele Bachmann's campaign before the 2012 Iowa caucuses. In a 2014 plea deal, he admitted that he lied about payments from the Ron Paul campaign.
September 16, 2015 The hyperfocus on Iowa as the first presidential nominating contest has meant more money — and sometimes leaving allegiances behind — for consultants, who can make up to $10,000 a month.
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German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Wednesday (Aug. 23, 2011) in Belgrade.
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August 25, 2011 First lady Michelle Obama, who ranked No. 1 last year, is now at No. 8. The increasing importance of some, including Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, made for changes in the rankings.
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