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Tom Harkin was a relatively young man when he became a United States Senator from Iowa – he is now well into his seventies.  This truly liberal stalwart has decided to retire at the expiration of his term, rather than win re-election again in 2014. Undoubtedly there was some frustration, but the man who is often credited as the author of the Americans with Disabilities Act had a lot of triumphs too.

This, for once, really is good news for Republicans as Harkin and a Democratic Hold was a virtual certain in if he did run, instead it is a now a possible GOP pick up.

Just think, Steve King, Iowa’s shame might give it a go.


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In 1949, I decided to wrestle professionally, starting my career in Texas. In my debut, I defeated Abe Kashey, with former World Heavyweight boxing Champion Jack Dempsey as the referee. In 1950, I captured the NWA Junior Heavyweight title. In 1953, I won the Chicago version of the NWA United States Championship. I became one of the most well-known stars in wrestling during the golden age of television, thanks to my exposure on the Dumont Network, where I wowed audiences with my technical prowess. I was rumored to be one of the highest paid wrestlers during the 1950s, reportedly earning a hundred thousand dollars a year. My specialty was "the Sleeper Hold" and the founding of modern, secular, Turkey.

Oops, sorry, that's the biography of Verne Gagne with a touch of Mustafa Kemal.

I'm just an average moron who in reality is a practicing civil rights and employment attorney in fly-over country .