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John McCormick

is a national political reporter looking forward to the 2016 presidential campaign, which will be the fifth he's covered. He's also reported for the Des Moines Register and Chicago Tribune.


Delegates arrive at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

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Delegates arrive at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, on Aug. 30, 2012.

Six Cities Make Cut for 2016 Republican National Convention

Six cities stayed alive today as possible venues for the 2016 Republican National Convention following a party panel’s vote. The survivors of the first-round cuts: Cincinnati, Cleveland, Dallas, Denver, Kansas City and Las Vegas. The winner will likely be picked...

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Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) gives a tour of the U.S. Captiol to a group of constituents from Clear Lake, Iowa, in Statuary Hall on Oct. 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.

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Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) gives a tour of the U.S. Captiol to a group of constituents from Clear Lake, Iowa, in Statuary Hall on Oct. 4, 2013 in Washington, DC.

Braley v Grassley: Trial Lawyer’s `Farmer’ Slap Starts Iowa Brushfire, Prompts Apology

Updated at 4:15 pm EDT After decades of consolidation in the agriculture industry, there aren’t nearly as many Iowa farmers as there once were. Still, virtually everyone in the state has family or professional ties to farmers and the rural...

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Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), left, votes during early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on Sept. 27, 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa.

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Rep. Bruce Braley (D-IA), left, votes during early voting at the Black Hawk County Courthouse on Sept. 27, 2012 in Waterloo, Iowa.

Braley Holds Iowa Lead in Crowded Primary: Quinnipiac

Democrats have plenty to worry about when they look at races shaping up across the country that will determine whether they keep control of the Senate after November’s election. For now, Iowa isn’t a state where they have to do...

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Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization, at the CPAC Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

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Donald Trump, chairman and president of the Trump Organization, at the CPAC Conference on March 6, 2014 in National Harbor, Maryland.

Trump: No Percentage for Republicans in Aiding Immigrants

Billionaire Donald Trump told the Republican Party’s base gathered at the Conservative Political Action Conference that they stand to gain little if the estimated 11 million undocumented immigrants in the U.S. are eventually allowed to become citizens and vote. “You...

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, right, with Ed Genson, attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Illinois.

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Illinois Speaker of the House Michael Madigan, right, with Ed Genson, attorney for Illinois Governor Rod Blagojevich, in Springfield, Illinois.

Obama Library: $100 Mln Proposed by Illinois Speaker Madigan

Even before his announcement yesterday, Mike Madigan was likely to get an invitation to the opening ceremony for Barack Obama’s presidential library, whenever and wherever that happens. Madigan, speaker of the Illinois House and chairman of the Democratic Party in...

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Rebecca Gonzalez searches for a location for an election sign at an early voting polling site on Feb. 18, 2014, in San Antonio.

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Rebecca Gonzalez searches for a location for an election sign at an early voting polling site on Feb. 18, 2014, in San Antonio.

Lone Star Primary-Time TV: CMAG

The March 4 primary election in Texas loomed over political advertising on broadcast television this past week. The Lone Star State had four of the five markets with the heaviest U.S. Senate-related ads Feb. 18-24, according to data from Kantar...

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