Big news from Iowa: David Yepsen is leaving the Des Moines Register, after 20 years as its chief political reporter. He is a first class reporter and a very good and clear-sighted analyst--and also a very nice guy. If we have to start presidential campaigns in Iowa--and despite my failure to find in the Constitution the clause that says "Iowa and New Hampshire vote first," it appears we do--we could at least say that Yepsen was on the scene refereeing the contest. Now we'll have to do without him. Too bad.
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By Michael Barone