Sarah Posner is an investigative journalist. Her work in partnership with the Investigative Fund covering the 2016 presidential election and its aftermath has appeared in Rolling Stone and Mother Jones.
At the Iowa straw poll, Michele Bachmann—and Ron Paul—offered up the tough talk on the deficit, and on religion, that voters wanted.
For Iowa voters, Bachmann's Christian rhetoric, combined with staunch opposition to raising the debt ceiling, sealed the deal.
Rep. Peter King’s witnesses tried to paint Muslims as untrustworthy citizens, but other speakers, including LA Sherriff Lee Baca, attested to broad cooperation with law enforcement.