Today’s Essential Politics is a team effort, as we prepare to take a holiday break.
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First, Washington bureau chief David Lauter brings you an abbreviated edition of his normal Friday afternoon newsletter looking back at the week in politics:
Every four years, political candidates descend on the coffee shops, auditoriums and fairgrounds of Iowa, seeking to introduce themselves to the state’s voters. As Mark Z. Barabak explains, the reason is not that Iowa actually picks the nation’s...