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GOP Overview: Win gives Cruz momentum

DES MOINES, Iowa – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a fiery conservative loathed by his own party’s leaders, swept to victory in Iowa’s Republican caucuses Monday, overcoming billionaire Donald Trump and Florida Sen. Marco Rubio. Among Democrats, Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders were deadlocked in a tight race. Cruz’s victory over Trump was a testament to his massive get-out-the-vote operation in Iowa and the months he spent wooing the state’s influential conservative and evangelical leaders. It was also a harsh blow to Trump, the supremely confident real estate mogul who has riled the Republican field for months with controversial statements about women and minorities.

Democrat O’Malley suspends campaign

Democrat Martin O’Malley has suspended his presidential campaign. The former Maryland governor and Baltimore mayor never gained traction against rivals Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders.

Lastest GOP results from Iowa: Cruz tops Trump, Rubio

1,048 of 1,681 precincts – 62 percent Ted Cruz, 31,036 – 28 percent

McManus: Authenticity a bad measure of leadership

Joe Biden has it, and so does Bernie Sanders. Donald Trump and Ben Carson have it too — at least, they seem to. But Hillary Rodham Clinton strains to achieve it. And Jeb Bush? He doesn’t seem to want to try. The elusive quality is authenticity, and it’s become a preoccupation of the 2016 presidential campaign. Can candidates convince voters — amid all the noise and artifice of politics — that they are real people underneath, with character and convictions?

Today’s fun video: Testing Trump on dogs

Jimmy Kimmel last night played Donald Trump’s order to a journalist to “sit down” for dogs. The video results are inside.

Trump won’t commit to sticking with GOP in first Republican debate

CLEVELAND — Setting a combative tone, billionaire businessman Donald Trump grabbed the spotlight in the first Republican presidential debate, declaring he would not commit to supporting the party’s eventual nominee and would not rule out running as a third-party candidate.

Biden still considering White House bid

Vice President Joe Biden’s associates have resumed discussions about a 2016 presidential run after largely shelving such deliberations during his son’s illness and following his death earlier this year.

Trump, who avoided Vietnam, mocks McCain for being prisoner of war

AMES, Iowa — Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump criticized Sen. John McCain’s military record at a conservative forum Saturday, saying the party’s 2008 nominee and former prisoner of war was a “war hero because he was captured. I like people who weren’t captured.”

3 legislators back Walker; video mocks him

OLYMPIA — Three GOP legislators, including Spokane Sen. Mike Baumgartner, are backing the newest Republican in the presidential race. A new video, meantime, definitely does not. Details inside

Kathleen Parker: Sanders, Trump entertaining, but appeal won’t last

WASHINGTON – Stranger things have happened in American politics, but the sudden surge of Democratic/Populist Bernie Sanders and Republican/Pompulist Donald Trump puts one in mind of alternate universes. And I don’t mean Miss Universes.

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