Tom Harkin Suggests Bruce Braley Will Lose Senate Race

Bruce Braley

Sen. Tom Harkin (D., Iowa) told the New York Times in a recent interview that he is not sure what the big deal is about his aspiring Democratic successor’s comments about Iowa farmers earlier this year—and appeared to predict that he will lose.

Russian Government Pushes to Eliminate Civil Society Groups

Vladimir Putin

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s effort to eliminate one of the country’s oldest human rights organizations is the latest indication that the authoritarian leader has revived many Soviet-era practices to crush civil society and tighten his grip on power, including persecuting dissidents and disseminating anti-Western propaganda.

Bruce Braley Skipped Key Hearings on Mental Health Care for Veterans

Bruce Braley

Rep. Bruce Braley’s (D., Iowa) absences at House Veterans’ Affairs (VA) Committee hearings included meetings where mental health care for veterans was prominently discussed, another potential headache for the U.S. Senate candidate as his campaign allies seek to criticize his Republican opponent on that issue.

Romney Campaigns for Ernst in Iowa

State Sen. Joni Ernst / AP

DES MOINES, Iowa—Former Gov. Mitt Romney joined Republican Joni Ernst to help rally her supporters on Sunday night, encouraging them to help get Ernst over the edge in the Iowa Senate race, which remains in a virtual dead heat.

Romney, the Republican presidential candidate in 2012, has become the go-to star for GOP Senate campaigns across the country as the party seeks to regain control of the chamber this fall. The former Massachusetts governor sounded relaxed and spoke in an almost folksy manner in front of about 150 attendees at the Iowa Farm Bureau headquarters.