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Jeanne Shaheen: No Need To Come Campaign For Me, Mr. President

Election 2014

Jeanne Shaheen isn’t exactly eager for President Obama to come campaign for her: Pushed Thursday night on whether she would want President Barack Obama to campaign with her as she seeks a second term, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) said it doesn’t make sense and Obama is “exactly where he needs to be” — in Washington. […]

Voters Still Not Caring Very Much About The Midterms, And That’s No Surprise

Election 2014

Polls continue to show that most Americans are largely tuning the midterms out.

The Midterm Elections Will Be Over In 13 Days. Or Will They?

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There’s at least a 50-50 chance we won’t know who controls the Senate until weeks after Election Day.

Republicans Have Little Incentive To Move Forward On Immigration Reform

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Despite conventional wisdom, there remains little incentive for the GOP to change its position on immigration reform.

Obama’s Diminished Standing Among Women Is Hurting Democrats In The Midterms

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To a large degree, the Democratic Party’s supposed advantage among women voters appears to not exist this year.

Nearly $100 Million Spent On North Carolina Senate Race, And It’s Not Over Yet

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The North Carolina Senate race between Senator Kay Hagan and Republican Thom Tillis is expected to break records for the amount of money spent on a single Senate race: From the Koch brothers and Art Pope to George Soros and Michael Bloomberg, wealthy donors are making North Carolina’s U.S. Senate race one of America’s first […]

Republican Ad In Nebraska House Race Brings Up Memories Of Willie Horton

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Everything old is new again.

Political Pressure Grows For An Ebola Travel Ban, But The Argument For One Remains Weak

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A travel ban sounds like a simple solution to a complex problem. Like most simple solutions, though, it becomes far less appealing when you think about the details.

Alaska Governor’s Race Slipping From GOP Column

Election 2014

While 2014 is looking like a Republican year, the Alaska Governor’s race seems to be slipping away from Republican control: Things have been looking up in recent months for Alaska Senate nominee Dan Sullivan, whose position against Democratic Sen. Mark Begich has improved since his difficult primary ended. But the state’s other big-name Republican on […]

Mary Landrieu: Against Medical Marijuana, In Favor Of Keg Stands

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During last night’s Louisiana Senate debate, Senator Mary Landrieu came out against legalizing marijuana for medical purposes, while her chief Republican opponent, Congressman Bill Cassidy, who is an M.D., said he favors it: Yet in a surprising moment later in the debate, Cassidy said he would support the legalization of marijuana for medical treatment, while […]

DSCC Pulls Ads For Grimes In Kentucky

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The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee will not be spending any money for television ads in the final three weeks of the campaign in Kentucky, a move that seems to send a signal about what national Democrats really think about the prospects for Alison Lundergan Grimes: The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee has gone dark in Kentucky, […]

White House Won’t Name New Attorney General Until After Election

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The White House has announced that it will not announce a new pick for Attorney General until after the midterm elections: President Obama has decided to wait until after next month’s midterm elections to nominate a replacement for Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., White House officials said on Tuesday, effectively ensuring that the choice […]

Alison Lundergan Grimes Really Doesn’t Want To Admit She Voted For Obama

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Sometimes, being evasive in answering a question just makes a politician look silly. This is one of those times.

Tide Of Unaccompanied Minors Crossing Border Down Significantly

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Remember the border crisis? Yea, it’s not much of a crisis these days.

Obama May Punt On Executive Action On Immigration, Even After The Election

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Will the President back track on his promise of further action on immigration if the GOP wins the Senate?

A Surprise Brewing In South Dakota’s Senate Race?

Election 2014

Is former Senator Larry Pressler surging in his Independent bid to win back his old Senate seat?

About That Poll Showing Alison Lundergan Grimes Leading Mitch McConnell

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Could Alison Lundergran Grimes be surging? Maybe, but we’ll need more evidence to be sure.

If Republicans Win The Senate, They May Not Hold It For Very Long

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If the GOP wins the Senate in November, their majority could prove to be fleeting.

Another Poll Shows Pat Roberts In Trouble In Kansas

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In a race that could determine control of the Senate next year, there’s another poll showing three-term Senator Pat Roberts trailing Independent candidate Greg Orman in Kansas: Independent Greg Orman is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican Sen. Pat Roberts, according to a new poll of the Kansas Senate race, a contest that could […]

Republicans Will Hold The House, And Are Likely To Add To Their Majority

Election 2014

While the battle for the Senate remains up in the air, the Republican majority in the House remains secure.

Congress Has Abdicated Its Constitutional Responsibility In The War Against ISIS

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Speaker Boehner wants to delay a vote on the ISIS war until January, but any such debate will be meaningless because Congress has already abdicated responsibility.

Battle For Senate Control Tipping Towards The GOP?

Election 2014

Two weeks after it seemed to be tightening, there are signs the battle for control of the Senate may be moving in the GOP’s direction.

Third-Party Candidates Poised To Play Big Role In Deciding Senate Control

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Third-party candidates in several states could end up having a big say in the battle for control of the Senate.

The Next Attorney General And Lame Duck Sessions Of Congress

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The next Attorney General will likely see their nomination taken up by Senators who will not be in office past December. That’s somewhat disturbing, but it’s become all too common in Washington.

Social Conservatives Campaign Against Republicans Who Endorsed Same-Sex Marriage

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Opponents of marriage equality clearly don’t like the idea of a “big tent” in the GOP on the issue.

Attorney General Eric Holder To Resign

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One of last members of President Obama’s original cabinet is stepping aside.

Mitt Romney 2016? Maybe More Likely Than We’ve Been Thinking

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While it still seems unlikely that he’ll run, Mitt Romney does seem to be leaving the door open to a third run at the White House.

Justice Ginsburg Won’t Resign Because Obama Couldn’t Appoint A Good Replacement

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Once again, Justice Ginsburg is telling people she has no plans to resign, but her explanation is a bit different this time.

Who’s Going To Pay For The President’s War Against ISIS?

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As we head into a new conflict, perhaps we ought to give more thought to fiscal issues than the President is to overall strategy.

Most Americans Don’t Care Very Much About Who Controls Congress

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A majority of Americans don’t care very much who controls Congress.

Chief Justice Roberts: Neither Scalia Nor Ginsburg Could Get Confirmed Today

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Chief Justice Roberts lamented recently that an increasingly partisan confirmation process could mean that Justices who have contributed much to the Court would not be confirmed today. He’s right.

Bob Dole Tries To Rescue GOP In Kansas As Another Poll Shows Pat Roberts Losing

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With Pat Roberts’ Senate campaign, not to mention the rest of the GOP statewide ticket, in serious trouble, former Senator Bob Dole is heading home to try to save things: It has been a rough two-and-a-half weeks for Kansas Sen. Pat Roberts, a three-term Republican facing his toughest fight for re-election since arriving in Washington […]

Kansas Supreme Court Rules Democratic Candidate’s Name Must Be Removed From Senate Ballot

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The Kansas Supreme Court may have just upended the battle for control of the U.S. Senate

Americans View Both Major Parties Equally, Which Probably Helps The GOP

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The GOP has bounced back significantly from the lows it experienced after last year’s government shutdown.

Good News For GOP, Bad News For Obama In Latest CBS/New York Times Poll

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President Obama hits new job approval lows, while the GOP seems poised for success in November,

Obamacare Fading As A 2014 Campaign Issue

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The Affordable Care Act is playing almost no role in the midterm elections.

We May Not Know Who Controls The Senate Until January

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A number of factors unique to 2014 make it likely that control of the Senate could be up in the air for months after Election Day.

Kansas Supreme Court Appears Prepared To Allow Democrat Chad Taylor To Get Off Ballot

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Kansas’s highest court heard argument today in a legal dispute that could play a huge role in deciding who controls the Senate after November 4th.

Joint Chiefs Chairman Doesn’t Rule Out U.S. Ground Troops In ISIS Fight

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So much for the President’s promise about ‘no ground troops.’

Race For Senate Control Tightening

Election 2014

Republicans still have an advantage, but Democrats seem to be holding their own in the battle for Senate control.

Mark Sanford Surfaces Again

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South Carolina Congressman Mark Sanford, who ended his time as Governor of that state amid controversy after disappearing for days without explanation to visit a mistress in Argentina and then made a seemingly unlikely comeback last year by being elected to his old Congressional seat, is back in the news: Representative Mark Sanford, whose extramarital […]

Obama’s Flimsy Legal Case For War

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The Obama Administration’s legal justification for war against ISIS is laughably flimsy.

Kansas Democrat Files Lawsuit To Get Off Ballot

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Kansas Democratic Senate nominee Chad Taylor really doesn’t want to be on the ballot in November: Chad Taylor, the Democrat attempting to drop out of the Kansas Senate race, filed a petition with the state Supreme Court on Tuesday to remove his name from the ballot and block state officials from printing ballots with his […]

Republican Senate Candidate Backs Same-Sex Marriage In New Ad

Election 2014

Monica Wehby, the Republican nominee for Senate in Oregon, comes out in favor of same-sex marriage in a new ad: A Republican Senate candidate in Oregon will unveil a television commercial Tuesday that highlights her support for gay marriage — a reflection of the rapidly shifting politics of the issue. Monica Wehby, a pediatric neurosurgeon, […]

First Poll Shows Pat Roberts Trailing Independent Candidate In Kansas

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Less than a week after Democratic nominee Chad Taylor announced his withdrawal from the race for Pat Roberts’s Senate seat, the first new poll of the race shows the veteran Republican Senator trailing Independent candidate Greg Orman: After a monumental shake-up last week in which the Democratic nominee attempted to drop out of the Kansas Senate […]

Obama To Delay Action On Immigration Reform Until After Election

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For purely political reasons, the Administration is delaying the announcement of new executive action on immigration.

The Kansas Senate Race Is Just Getting Weirder

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The Kansas Senate race is becoming unexpectedly interesting.

D.C. Circuit Grants En Banc Review In Obamacare Funding Case

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Back in July, a three judge panel of the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that the tax subsidies provided by the Affordable Care Act could only be applied to policies purchased under exchanges established by an individual state, not to policies purchased via the exchange set up by the Federal Government for the 30-odd […]

Democrat Drops Out Of Kansas Senate Race, Which May Help Democrats

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A political earthquake in the Sunflower State that could have a big impact on the battle for control of the Senate.

Russian Bank Hires Two Former Senators To Fight Sanctions

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In perhaps one of the more audacious displays of the arrogance of former elected officials who turn around and use their influence to make big money after they retire, two former members of the Senate are now working for a Russian bank that was hit with sanctions earlier this year: Gazprombank GPB (OJSC), a Russian […]

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