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NDIANOLA, Iowa (AP) — Hillary Rodham Clinton has returned to Iowa for the first time since her 2008 presidential campaign, telling Democrats that voters face a choice between "the guardians of gridlock" and those who push for shared opportunity and prosperity.

Former President Bill Clinton joined the former Secretary of State to pay tribute to retiring Iowa Sen. Tom Harkin at his final steak fry fundraiser. The couple arrived as anticipation was building over the possibility of another Hillary Clinton presidential campaign.

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AMSTERDAM (AP) — Hundreds of young Dutch men and women turned Amsterdam's central Dam square into a blizzard of red goop on Sunday, as they pelted each other mercilessly with overripe tomatoes.

In theory, the event was set up as a protest against Russian sanctions blocking imports of European fresh produce. In practice, most participants turned out to experience the joy of smacking a loved one — or total stranger — with tomato pulp at close range.

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Sarah Palin's camp has finally weighed in on the Alaska birthday party brawl that put the former Republican vice presidential nominee and her family back in the national spotlight this past week.

The website Real Clear Politics spoke to what it described as a "source close to the Palin family" who offered the Palins' side of the physical, bloody altercation that took place on Sept. 6 at a house in Anchorage. The article said the source's description "diverge[d] significantly" from what had been reported elsewhere, but the anonymous portrayal essentially confirmed the broad outlines of the fight, including that Sarah Palin herself was present and was shouting as it all went down.

On Friday, TPM published a detailed account of the brawl based on reports from several news outlets as well as our own reporting. Two named eyewitnesses reported seeing the former Alaska governor at the party, including one who said he saw Palin's husband Todd, son Track, and daughter Bristol were involved in multiple melees with other party guests that night. One anonymous source said Sarah Palin was "nearly crawling on top of people" while screaming and shouting profanities.

The source who spoke to Real Clear Politics for its article on Saturday said, however, there were a few details the Palin family saw differently, including how the fighting began.

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LONDON (AP) — Queen Elizabeth II has made her first comments about this week's Scottish independence vote, urging Scots to "think very carefully about the future."

But the popular monarch didn't indicate a preference on how Scots should vote, carefully maintaining the neutrality that is her constitutional obligation.

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DENVER (AP) — A Pueblo County commission candidate said an article posted on Facebook saying the Newtown shootings were a hoax said his remarks were misunderstood.

The Denver Post reported Saturday (http://dpo.st/1xZEnTX ) that Tom Ready apologized for hurting those affected by the December 2012 shootings in the Connecticut city that killed 20 children and six adults at an elementary school.

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The Carolina Panthers deactivated defensive end Greg Hardy for Sunday's game against the Detroit Lions, according to ESPN.

The team would not give a statement on why Hardy has been placed on the inactive list. Hardy awaits trial for domestic violence charges, but as of last week, the team said they would wait for the legal process to finish before disciplining the player.

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Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), who has been pushing for aggressive action against ISIS and warning about the terrorist group's threat to the homeland, on Sunday seemed unable to deal with President Obama's Middle East policy any longer.

"It’s going to take an army to beat an army, and this idea we’ll never have any boots on the ground to defeat them in Syria is fantasy, and all this has come home to roost over the last three years of incompetent decisions," Graham said on "Fox News Sunday." "It’s delusional in the way they approach this."

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White House chief of staff Denis McDonough on Sunday disputed claims that the Obama administration threatened to prosecute the families of the journalists killed by ISIS.

On Friday, Steven Sotloff's family told Yahoo News that White House counterterrorism official told them that if they paid a ransom to ISIS, they could face criminal prosecution. The family of James Foley recalled similar threats from the White House.

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) on Sunday said NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell would need to resign if he did lie about what the league knew about Ray Rice's domestic assault and the video of him hitting his fiancee.

"Initially I wanted him lead the reform to actually create and enforce a zero-tolerance policy," she said on CBS' "Face the Nation," but said she could change her mind.

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