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Another poll, another Republican presidential hopeful jumps into the top tier… only this time there's only one day left to go. We hear about Rick Santorum and the others in Iowa.  Also, Iran flexes its muscle, test firing a new missiles. On Reporter's Notebook, is football good for higher education?

Banner image: Republican presidential hopeful US Rep Ron Paul (R-TX) waves during a campaign stop at the Park Place Event Center on January 2, 2012 in Cedar Falls, Iowa. Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Caitlin Shamberg
Karen Radziner

Making News Iran Flexes Its Muscle, Test Firing New Missiles 7 MIN, 36 SEC

On Saturday, President Obama signed a defense bill threatening tough sanctions against countries that deal with Iran. Today, Iran announced the test firing of a cruise missile near the Strait of Hormuz. Martin Fletcher is Associate Editor for the Times of London.

Guests:
Martin Fletcher, The Times of London

Reporter's Notebook The Impact of Football on Grades and Graduation Rates 7 MIN, 22 SEC

Today's the day for the TicketCity Bowl, the Gator Bowl, the Capital One Bowl, the Outback Bowl, the Fiesta Bowl and the Rose Bowl. What does it all mean for the schools involved and for higher education? This has been a season of scandal in college football. At Ohio State, the University of Miami and, most nightmarish of all, at Penn State. So "it's hard not to wonder: is college football really good for college?" asks Jordan Weissmann in the current Atlantic magazine.

Main Topic Romney, Paul and...Santorum? 36 MIN, 2 SEC

The Des Moines Register Poll, out today, shows yet another also-ran picking up steam as Iowa Republicans prepare to caucus tomorrow night. Pennsylvania's former US Senator Rick Santorum has 15 percent to Ron Paul's 22, and Mitt Romney's still leading with 24 percent. But 41 percent of those polled said they'd be willing to change their minds. We take a last look at a nomination race unique in American history. Why does Iowa matter so much? What is the caucus process all about? How many Republican candidates have the resources to go on from here?

 

Websites of other Republican presidential candidates:

Newt Gingrich
Michele Bachmann
Rick Perry
Jon Huntsman, Jr

Guests:
Michael Shear, New York Times (@shearm)
Dennis Goldford, Drake University
David Yepsen, Paul Simon Public Policy Institute (@DavidYepsen)
Doug Gross, veteran Republican activist
Glenn Thrush, Politico.com (@GlennThrush)

The Iowa Precinct Caucuses

Dennis Goldford and Hugh Winebrenner

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