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CSPAN: Iowa Freedom Summit Remarks

The 2015 Iowa Freedom Summit aired all day Saturday on C-SPAN and c-span.org, as a number of potential Republican 2016 presidential hopefuls and other party luminaries gathered in the state capital of Des Moines.

Representative Steve King (R-IA), one of the summit's co-sponsors, delivered his opening remarks shortly after 10 a.m. ET, following the summit's start.

He was followed by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad (R), who told attendees the event was the official kick-off of the 2016 presidential campaign in Iowa, which is slated to hold its caucuses in early February 2016. The governor later took questions from reporters on the 2016 field.

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NBC: Iowa Freedom Summit Kicks Off With Republican Star Power

DES MOINES, Iowa — The Republican race for the White House in 2016 starts here. At least that's what Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, said Saturday morning as he kicked off the Iowa Freedom Summit, a GOP star-powered event hosting nearly two-dozen speakers and possible presidential contenders. King, who's co-hosting with the conservative group Citizens United, said he believes the next country's president will be speaking from the summit's stage.

This "cattle call" of potential candidates is the unofficial precursor to the Iowa caucus season, which begins Feb. 1, 2016. Twenty-three speakers are on the Iowa Freedom Summit program — 10 of whom are being eyed for the White House nod in 2016, including Ben Carson, Scott Walker, Rick Santorum, Ted Cruz, Carly Fiorina, Rick Perry, Chris Christie, Mike Huckabee, Donald Trump and Sarah Palin. Other potential 2016 contenders who were invited — but are not attending — include Jeb Bush, Mitt Romney, Bobby Jindal, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

King called for the election of a "full-spectrum constitutional conservative, who makes the pledge to America ... to restore that separation of powers between the legislative, executive and judicial branches of government." He cited Obamacare as an example of President Barack Obama overreaching his authority, adding that conservatives must "defend this Constitution, and we must restore the rule of law."

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USA Today: 6 quick takes from the Iowa Freedom Summit

DES MOINES — Conservative Iowans and likely Republican caucusgoers packed Hoyt Sherman Place in Des Moines for nine hours of political speechifying on Saturday, hearing from more than 20 prominent Republicans — eight or nine of whom are considering a run for president.

As the final Brooks & Dunn song rang out over the hall, here's a quick survey of the biggest moments and lingering questions.

Scott Walker is legit

For a guy who's only recently entered the 2016 conversation and hasn't spent a lot of time in Iowa, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker impressed on Saturday.

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Breitbart: Citizens United - Republican Members Should Vote For Boehner Alternative For Speaker

As lawmakers prepare to select new leadership on Tuesday, conservative movement powerhouse Citizens United is urging Republicans to replace Rep. John Boehner (R-OH) as Speaker of the House.

“It’s clear to Citizens United and millions of grassroots conservative activists nationwide that the time has come for new conservative leadership in the People’s House,” Citizens United president David Bossie, a former top aide to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, said in a statement provided to Breitbart News. “We need a Speaker who will stand up to President Obama’s dangerous policies and drive an optimistic conservative agenda. The failed status quo should not stand.”

There are currently two Republican candidates for Speaker other than Boehner, Reps. Louie Gohmert (R-TX) and Ted Yoho (R-FL). For Citizens United — along with scores of grassroots groups both national and local across America — to throw its support into the movement to replace Boehner is a sign that opposition to his leadership is growing. And Boehner is feeling it.

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Politico: Tea party fumes over campaign finance plan

Tea party activists are attacking a campaign finance rider in the $1.1 trillion spending bill that they view as a sneaky power grab by establishment Republicans designed to undermine outside conservative groups.

The provision would increase the amount of money a single donor could give to national party committees each year from $97,200 to as much as $777,600 by allowing them to set up different funds for certain expenses. The change would be a huge boost for party committees that have faced steep challenges in recent years from well-funded outside groups.

Disgruntled activists fear the committees will unleash the added cash against conservative candidates in primaries, making it even harder for them to unseat establishment-friendly incumbents. Most tea party groups have political action committees for which individual donations are capped at $10,000 per election cycle. Some also have super PACs, which do not have any contribution limits.

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The Wall Street Journal: Tea Party Angered by Fundraising Change in Spending Bill

It’s not often that Democrats and the tea party end up on the same side of a debate. But a hotly contested clause in the spending bill lawmakers revealed Tuesday, which would effectively allow individuals to contribute 10 times the current limit to national parties, is creating unlikely allies.

A string of tea-party groups are protesting the clause—which would allow national party committees to raise money for conventions, building renovations and election recounts under higher contribution limits—for returning too much power to the “Washington establishment,” highlighting the rift that has emerged in the Republican Party in recent years between its conservative wing and pro-business incumbents. The 2014 election saw nearly across-the-board victories for the latter group.

David Bossie, president of Citizens United—a tea-party group behind the lawsuit that resulted in the Supreme Court striking down decades-old limits on corporate political expenditures—said in a statement, “What congressional leaders are doing is what they do best: protecting incumbents and the two-party system. The Omnibus rider will only strengthen the Washington Establishment in both parties and not create a level playing field for candidates who are outside the beltway.” He called for the limits on contributions to PACs to be raised.

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AP: Delays Plague Hillary Clinton's State Dept. Files

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The State Department has failed to turn over government documents covering Hillary Rodham Clinton's tenure as secretary of state that The Associated Press and others requested under the U.S. Freedom of Information Act ahead of her presumptive presidential campaign. They include one request AP made four years ago and others pending for more than one year.

The agency already has missed deadlines it set for itself to turn over the material.

The State Department denied the AP's requests, and rejected the AP's subsequent appeals, to release the records sought quickly under a provision in the law reserved for journalists requesting federal records about especially newsworthy topics.

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Breitbart: Chris Christie to join Steve King conference with Ted Cruz and Sarah Palin

New Jersey’s Republican Governor Chris Christie will attend The Iowa Freedom Summit with Republican Rep. Steve King on January 24. The event is co-hosted by Citizens United and is seen as a step on the road to the 2016 presidential elections.

Other confirmed guests for the forum include potential 2016 hopefuls such as Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX), former Gov. Mike Huckabee, Dr. Ben Carson and former Sen. Rick Santorum.

Former Gov. Sarah Palin will also attend the event, together with former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT).

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Des Moines Register: Chris Christie To Attend Conservative Summit In Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie will attend a conservative summit in Iowa next month, a spokesman for a group sponsoring the event said.

Jeff Marschner with Citizens United said Monday that Christie will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit on Jan. 24 in Des Moines. The conservative group is sponsoring the event along with Republican Congressman Steve King of Iowa.

Christie is weighing a bid for the 2016 Republican presidential nomination. He made several visits to the early voting state during the midterm election cycle, including a stop at a King fundraiser. The summit would put him in front of a more conservative crowd than he has seen in many of his past visits.

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The Hill: Chris Christie Heading Back To Iowa

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) will travel to Iowa next month for a conservative gathering.

Christie, who is considering running for president, will attend the Iowa Freedom Summit hosted by Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) and outside group Citizens United. King invited Christie, according to The Associated Press.

The potential 2016 hopeful also spent time in the state campaigning for candidates during the midterm elections.

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