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  • Campaigning to Extend, or End, One-Party Rule

    31 October 2014, 12:26 pm by: By MONICA DAVEY

    The trend toward one-party control of statehouses has made the states a testing ground for party policies in an era of gridlock in Washington.
  • Repeal of Health Law, Once Central to G.O.P., Is Side Issue in Campaigns

    31 October 2014, 11:59 am by: By JONATHAN WEISMAN

    In a year that was supposed to be dominated by attacks on the Affordable Care Act, few Republican candidates focused on repeal or offered alternatives.
  • California Race Brings Democrats’ Divide on Education Into Focus

    31 October 2014, 11:50 am by: By MOTOKO RICH

    The two candidates for state superintendent are at odds over tenure rules, charter schools and evaluations — and so are people on the left across the country.
  • From Governors, a Mix of Hard-Line Acts and Conciliation Over Ebola

    31 October 2014, 11:29 am by: By JESS BIDGOOD and KATE ZERNIKE

    In response to public anxiety, governors of both parties are struggling to define health policies on the virus.
  • State Attorney General Candidates Cite Concerns Over Political Donations

    31 October 2014, 10:41 am by: By ERIC LIPTON

    The incumbent New York State attorney general and his Republican opponent said donations should not be accepted from companies under investigation.
  • First Draft: McConnell Invokes the Past to Help Ensure His Future

    31 October 2014, 10:00 am by: By JASON HOROWITZ

    Mitch McConnell is reminding voters that if he wins re-election he could become the first Senate majority leader from Kentucky since Alben Barkley a half-century ago.
  • Gibson, Republican Congressman, Finds Bipartisan Support in Race Against Eldridge

    31 October 2014, 8:32 am by: By MICHAEL BARBARO

    Representative Chris Gibson, a Republican, has a 41 percent favorability rating among Democrats, and a wide lead over Sean Eldridge, the Democratic candidate.
  • First Draft: Today in Politics

    31 October 2014, 7:17 am by: By THE NEW YORK TIMES

    Democrats still have a chance to hold the Senate, but it won’t be easy.
  • Forecasts: How Confirmation Bias Can Lead to a Spinning of Wheels

    31 October 2014, 6:40 am by: By JUSTIN WOLFERS

    Being a better forecaster means setting aside emotion and being more cold and calculating.
  • Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Results for Midterms in Colorado, North Carolina and Georgia

    31 October 2014, 1:34 am by: By NATE COHN

    Updating vote totals in three Senate battleground states.
  • Midterm Calculus: Early Voting Numbers Look Good for Democrats

    31 October 2014, 1:32 am by: By NATE COHN

    More than 20 percent of the early votes tabulated in four crucial states have come from people who did not vote in the last midterm.
  • Former Navy SEAL Team Member Investigated for Bin Laden Disclosures

    30 October 2014, 10:34 pm by: By CHRISTOPHER DREW and NICHOLAS KULISH

    A former Navy SEAL who wrote a best seller about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under criminal investigation for disclosing classified material.
  • Outside Donors Focus More Attention on New York State Senate Races

    30 October 2014, 10:31 pm by: By THOMAS KAPLAN

    Political action committees are spending about $13 million this year in contests from Long Island to Buffalo.
  • In New England, Obama Rallies Base on Economic Growth

    30 October 2014, 10:14 pm by: By JULIE HIRSCHFELD DAVIS

    In a swing through Democratic territory, the president cited evidence that his policies have worked and sought to dramatize the stakes on Election Day.
  • New Russian Boldness Revives a Cold War Tradition: Testing the Other Side

    30 October 2014, 10:08 pm by: By DAVID E. SANGER and NICOLE PERLROTH

    A breach of a White House computer system and military flights skirting NATO territory could be “message-sending by Putin, and it’s dangerous,” a defense official said.
  • Tone of a House Race in Connecticut Between Ivy League Alumni Turns Nasty

    30 October 2014, 9:32 pm by: By ALISON LEIGH COWAN

    Joint appearances by Representative Elizabeth Esty, a Democrat, and Mark Greenberg, a Republican, have resembled a “Punch and Judy” show.
  • Political Memo: Why Republicans Keep Telling Everyone They’re Not Scientists

    30 October 2014, 9:15 pm by: By CORAL DAVENPORT

    The refrain is a stopgap between two politically untenable positions: the denial of climate change and the embrace of policies to address it.
  • Tearful Displays Enliven Close Governor’s Race in Massachusetts

    30 October 2014, 9:06 pm by: By KATHARINE Q. SEELYE

    Martha Coakley and Charlie Baker have both fought hard to change what caused their 2010 defeats, but neither has made enough of an impression to take the lead in the polls.
  • Voters in Illinois Governor’s Race to Choose ‘Failure’ or the ‘Billionaire’

    30 October 2014, 8:59 pm by: By TRIP GABRIEL

    Gov. Pat Quinn, a Democrat, and Bruce Rauner, a Republican and wealthy political novice, are neck-and-neck in a deep-blue state that President Obama calls home.
  • First Draft: A Textbook on Managing Campaigns, by the Managers Themselves

    30 October 2014, 6:59 pm by: By ASHLEY PARKER

    Secrets from a cross-section of campaign managers will be revealed in a new textbook due out in early 2016 — just in time for the next presidential election.
  • First Draft: One Robo Rings, Another Hangs Up

    30 October 2014, 6:35 pm by: By NICK CORASANITI

    NoMoRobo, a free service, protects some phone customers from political robocalls.
  • Ben Bradlee, Former Washington Post Editor, Remembered

    30 October 2014, 6:09 pm by: By PETER BAKER

    At a power-packed funeral service, Ben Bradlee’s family, friends and admirers celebrated the legendary editor, offering a collective eulogy for a Washington that is no more.
  • Investigator in Secret Service Prostitution Scandal Resigns

    30 October 2014, 5:55 pm by: By MICHAEL S. SCHMIDT

    The investigator who led a review into the Secret Service’s 2012 prostitution scandal quit after he was implicated in his own prostitution episode.
  • Richard Berman Energy Industry Talk Secretly Taped

    30 October 2014, 4:42 pm by: By ERIC LIPTON

    When Richard Berman urged Western Energy Alliance members to fight an “endless war” against their opponents, he did not know he was being recorded.
  • First Draft: From the Bleachers, Jordan Jaws Obama’s Swing

    30 October 2014, 4:27 pm by: By JASON HOROWITZ

    Michael Jordan calls President Obama a “hack” golfer.

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