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  • First Draft: Obama Votes Early

    21 October 2014, 1:09 am by: By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

    President Obama cast his ballot in the midterm elections as early voting started in his hometown, Chicago, hoping to send a message to the Democratic faithful about the importance of turning out to vote.
  • Midterm Calculus: The Methodology Behind the Upshot’s Estimates of Hispanic Republicans

    21 October 2014, 12:30 am by: By NATE COHN

    First, we posed a tough question: Did Republicans need Hispanic voters to retain the House in 2012?
  • Midterm Calculus: Why House Republicans Alienate Hispanics: They Don’t Need Them

    21 October 2014, 12:29 am by: By NATE COHN

    Even if they did not receive a single vote from a Latino, anywhere in the United States, Republicans could most likely retain control of the House.
  • A Survey Says: Next Open Enrollment for A.C.A. Approaches, but Few Notice

    21 October 2014, 12:21 am by: By MARGOT SANGER-KATZ

    Despite all the furor connected to last year’s rollout of the health insurance marketplace, few people are aware that a new deadline is on the way.
  • U.S. Denial of Visas for 6 in Hungary Strains Ties

    20 October 2014, 11:51 pm by: By RICK LYMAN

    The diplomatic incident involving the unnamed public officials has transfixed Hungarian political circles and provided fresh evidence of growing tension between the two nations.
  • First Draft: Steyer Passes Adelson as No. 1 ‘Super PAC’ Donor

    20 October 2014, 11:17 pm by: By DEREK WILLIS

    Tom Steyer has become the largest “super PAC” donor of all time.
  • National Briefing | Washington: Obama Broadens Support for Same-Sex Marriage

    20 October 2014, 11:00 pm by: By PETER BAKER

    President Obama says he now believes that the Constitution guarantees a right to same-sex marriage in all 50 states but expressed support for the more incremental approach taken by the Supreme Court.
  • Speaker of Alabama House Is Arrested on Corruption Charges

    20 October 2014, 9:18 pm by: By ALAN BLINDER

    Michael G. Hubbard was charged with 23 felony counts, including voting for legislation in which he had a conflict of interest and using his public office for personal gain.
  • In Raising Immigration, G.O.P. Risks Backlash After Election

    20 October 2014, 9:02 pm by: By JEREMY W. PETERS

    Republicans’ use of illegal immigration as an issue in several Senate campaigns is raising questions about what the party wants to be in the longer term.
  • On Ebola Response, Congressional Republicans Put New Focus on Visa Suspensions

    20 October 2014, 8:28 pm by: By JONATHAN WEISMAN

    Party leaders have conceded the futility of a flight ban from Ebola-afflicted West Africa, but are pressing to suspend visas and create “no boarding” lists.
  • National Briefing | Midwest: Wisconsin: Effort to Reinstate Voter ID Law Is Abandoned

    20 October 2014, 8:15 pm by: By THE ASSOCIATED PRESS

    J. B. Van Hollen, the state’s attorney general, is giving up on finding a way to get a voter photo identification law in place for the Nov. 4 election.
  • With Farms Fading and Urban Might Rising, Power Shifts in Iowa

    20 October 2014, 8:01 pm by: By MICHAEL BARBARO

    A way of life is eroding as small towns hemorrhage younger residents, a potent but unpredictable undercurrent in a closely fought Senate race.
  • Board Says Saudi Detainee Should Be Repatriated

    20 October 2014, 7:40 pm by: By CHARLIE SAVAGE

    Officials determined that it was no longer necessary to imprison Muhammed Murdi Issa al Zahrani at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba, where he has been held for more than 12 years.
  • Despite U.S. Pressure, Travel Ban Stands for American Couple Held in Qatar

    20 October 2014, 6:24 pm by: By RICK GLADSTONE

    A Qatar appeals court said it would rule Nov. 30 on the couple’s conviction in the death of their adopted daughter nearly two years ago.
  • Outspoken Governor Tries to Squeak By in 3-Way Maine Race

    20 October 2014, 5:53 pm by: By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

    Gov. Paul R. LePage, a tough-talking Republican, is seeking a second term in a state known for electing moderates and independents.
  • Bits Blog: Senator Calls on Comcast to Extend Net Neutrality Pledge

    20 October 2014, 4:51 pm by: By EDWARD WYATT

    Senator Patrick Leahy, the Vermont Democrat, called on Comcast to commit to never allow so-called fast lanes on its network.
  • Restaurants in D.C. Are Moving Into Residential Neighborhoods

    20 October 2014, 4:05 pm by: By JENNIFER STEINHAUER

    The capital is rapidly gaining in cozy neighborhood dining spots with distinctive food.
  • Supreme Court Will Consider Police Searches of Hotel Registries

    20 October 2014, 12:25 pm by: By ADAM LIPTAK

    A group of motel owners challenged a Los Angeles law that allows the police to inspect hotel and motel guest registries without permission from a judge.
  • Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Offers No Proof That Democrats Have Improved Turnout Effort

    20 October 2014, 12:04 pm by: By NATE COHN

    Nevada’s early voting numbers highlight the challenge of interpreting the data. Colorado’s numbers may be more relevant.
  • First Draft: Valerie Jarrett to Return to Work After Spinal Surgery

    20 October 2014, 12:00 pm by: By MICHAEL D. SHEAR

    Valerie Jarrett, one of President Obama’s senior advisers, underwent surgery in Chicago last week to treat cervical spine stenosis.
  • First Draft: Today in Politics

    20 October 2014, 10:46 am by: By THE NEW YORK TIMES

    Democrats running in conservative states worry that the Obama administration’s stumbling response to Ebola’s arrival in the United States is generating anxiety among voters — and reinforcing a Republican message.
  • Presidential Referendum: The Bright Side on Jobs, and Why It Might Not Matter for the Midterm…

    20 October 2014, 6:00 am by: By JUSTIN WOLFERS

    Many people still feel a lack of opportunity as wage growth remains stagnant.
  • Edward V. Regan, Longtime New York State Comptroller, Dies at 84

    20 October 2014, 1:13 am by: By ROBERT D. McFADDEN

    As politicians go, Mr. Regan, known as Ned, was as unflashy as they come: a reserved watchdog of the public cash box known for fiscal competence and political reticence.
  • Urban Renewal: Where Young College Graduates Are Choosing to Live

    20 October 2014, 12:30 am by: By CLAIRE CAIN MILLER

    More young people are moving to the very heart of cities, even in economically troubled places like Buffalo and Cleveland.
  • Volatility Unlikely to Alter Fed’s Policy Course

    19 October 2014, 11:10 pm by: By BINYAMIN APPELBAUM

    The Federal Reserve still plans to wrap up its bond-buying campaign at the end of October and remains likely to raise interest rates in mid-2015, although it now seems less likely to act sooner, analysts say.

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