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Lady Gaga and Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) [source: CNN]

Tom Harkin: ‘Born this way’

DES MOINES—Need more evidence that Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) is preparing to run for a sixth term? The Cumming resident’s campaign committee, Citizens for Harkin, will hold its second Lady Gaga-related fundraiser next month....
by Jeff Patch
 

 
 
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Gov. Branstad criticizes secrecy at Harkin Institute

DES MOINES—Gov. Terry Branstad (R-Iowa) weighed in on the developing secrecy scandal at the Iowa State University-based Harkin Institute during his weekly conference with Iowa journalists Monday. “On the issue of transparen...
by Jeff Patch
 

 
 
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Harkin Institute’s culture of secrecy causes controversy at ISU

DES MOINES—A culture of secrecy shrouding the Harkin Institute of Public Policy at Iowa State University has continued to cause controversy as Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa), the institute’s namesake, continues refusing to answer...
by Jeff Patch
 

 

 
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Tom Harkin: serial fabulist?

When a politician fibs about little things, Iowans start to wonder if he lies about matters of great significance. After all, Hawkeye State voters have finely tuned b.s. detectors honed by decades of participation in the First ...
by Jeff Patch
 

 
 
PMX Industries' Cedar Rapids headquarters.

Harkin evades questions on Korean firm, which he has wooed with favors for decades

Sen. Tom Harkin (D-Iowa) again refused to answer reporters’ questions about foreign corporate influence at the Harkin Institute of Public Policy, the new academic unit at Iowa State University that bears his name and for whic...
by Jeff Patch
 

 

 
PMX Industries' Cedar Rapids headquarters

Korean ammo manufacturer and polluter gives Harkin Institute 500,000 dollar coins

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa—Money can’t buy you love, but $500,000 might buy you Iowa’s junior senator. Just make sure the kickback is in dollar coins, not greenbacks. That’s the implication of an investigative report by the Ass...
by Jeff Patch