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'Repeal every word': Potential GOP 2016 rivals hammer ObamaCare, IRS at Iowa summit

Conservative heavyweights joined with up-and-comers in hammering President Obama Saturday over everything from the health care law to his immigration policies as they played to a sold-out Iowa crowd in what amounted to the opening bell of the Republican presidential campaign.<p>They spoke at the Iowa …

Trump: ‘No way’ Bush, Romney would win in 2016

Donald Trump slammed potential 2016 Republican presidential candidates Mitt Romney and Jeb Bush, telling a sold-out crowd Saturday at the Iowa Freedom Summit there is “no way” they would win.<p>“The last thing we need is another Bush,” the real estate mogul and sometimes-conservative pundit told the …

GOP battle lines drawn for budding 2016 presidential race, after Iowa summit

The budding Republican presidential race has kicked up a notch, after a slew of potential candidates played directly to the base at a forum in Iowa -- an event that saw Sarah Palin back in the mix, Chris Christie proving he can mingle in the heartland, and Ted Cruz and others showing their fiery …

Obama seeks wilderness designation for Alaska refuge, sets up battle with GOP

President Obama announced a plan on Sunday to preserve Alaska's Arctic National Wildlife Refuge that includes asking the GOP-led Congress to designate more than 12 million acres as a protected wilderness, which includes the potentially oil-rich Coastal Plain.<p>The designation would halt oil …