Good morning. Here are some of the headlines we're following today:
1. How We Got to Iowa: A 2016 Timeline
The 2016 presidential race has already been a wild ride, and no one has even voted yet. So, as Iowans prepare to choose the winners of the opening contest of the White House race, here’s a look back at how we got here. Read more in POLITICS.
2. Trump Kicks in Real Sums of Personal Cash for Campaign
Trump released new financial data about his campaign late Sunday night, as required by federal election law, and the numbers suggest an operation built for the long haul. Over the past three months, Trump funded his campaign with $10.8 million in loans and a $100,000 donation, his largest personal investment to date. Supporters also donated $2.6 million, with the most money coming from Florida and California. Read more in POLITICS.
3. Koch Brothers' Political Network Is Stumped by Trump
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump was not at the biannual Charles and David Koch-organized conference over the weekend, but he was a constant presence on the minds of many here at the seminar hosted by the billionaire executives known for their active role in Republican politics. Read more in POLITICS.
4. Scientists Announce Cheap Fix for Tainted Flint Water
Swiss scientist Raffaele Mezzenga is touting a paper-like membrane, packed with carbon and processed milk proteins, that grabs heavy metals, radioactive waste and other industrial byproducts as polluted water passes through. Mezzenga said in an interview that his new method could be part of the solution in Flint, where lead is seeping into the water from tainted pipes. Read more in NEWS.
5. Only Woman Arrested With Oregon Militants, Released
Shawna Cox, 59, the only woman arrested with the armed Oregon protesters who occupied a wildlife refuge, has been released from jail, records show. She is facing federal felony charges of conspiracy to impede federal officers from discharging their official duties, and it is not clear why she was released. Read more in NEWS.
6. Man on California's Death Row Claims He's Innocent
California lifted a moratorium on executions in November and is now set to execute Kevin Cooper — even though several federal judges say he may be innocent. Now, Cooper, 57, is about to file a last-ditch appeal with Gov. Jerry Brown. Read more in NEWS.
7. 'Armed and Dangerous' Kidnap Suspects Sought in Alabama
Alabama police on Monday were searching for Brian Fitzgerald and Brittany Harper, both 31, who are wanted for allegedly kidnapping a woman at gunpoint during a home invasion. The suspects — from Joplin, Missouri — are considered "armed and dangerous." Read more in NEWS.
Nightly Spotlight: Meet the Iowa Man Who’s Never Caucused Before
Charlie Good has never caucused before, but in this upside down political year, he's thinking of casting his first caucus vote.