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House Panel Hearing To Examine Public Health Response To Ebola Outbreak

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:39am

The ability of U.S. hospitals and public health systems to handle the deadly Ebola virus has been called into question.

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Ebola Blame Game Takes The Stage At Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get Interim Leader

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

ACLU deputy legal director Vanita Gupta will lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She will likely be nominated for Senate confirmation to hold the job permanently.

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Ebola Spreads To Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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Clay Aiken: An American Idol On The Campaign Trail

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 2:34am

American Idol runner-up Clay Aiken has hung up his microphone as he runs for congress as a Democrat in North Carolina. But the campaign is a long shot.

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Ebola Seems To Stay Two Steps Ahead Of Government Response

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:10pm

The White House abruptly cancelled President Obama's campaign trip on Wednesday so he could hold a meeting on the federal response to Ebola.

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Louisiana Race Could Determine Control Of The Senate

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:22pm

Democratic Sen. Mary Landrieu is in fight of her career as the GOP ramps up to take control of U.S. Senate. Republican Congressman Bill Cassidy, a Baton Rouge physician, is her strongest opponent.

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In Increasingly Red Louisiana, Democrat Landrieu Struggles To Hold On

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 3:22pm

The senator's opponents are tying her to President Obama's unpopular health care and other policies, while she tries to focus on how she's different. Her race will help decide control of the Senate.

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What Is Really Tearing America Apart

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 10:11am

While the nation focuses on healing race and gender issues, we encourage political divisiveness.

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Fractures Within Alliance May Hamper U.S. Campaign Against ISIS

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama met with allied defense chiefs to discuss the campaign against militants from the Islamic State. They've been gaining ground in Iraq and Syria, prompting questions about U.S. strategy.

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Female Veterans Aim For Washington While Navigating Campaign Trail

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:01am

A military resume has long been a big plus for political candidates. Only 5 female veterans have served in Congress, but 11 are running this year — including Republican Wendy Rogers in Arizona.

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A Guide To Third Party Candidates

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:52pm

With many candidates pulling 5-15 percent in the polls, and appealing to voters who disdain both parties, the establishment campaigns have more a few reasons to worry.

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In Nevada's Governor's Race, Hispanic Candidates Try To Woo Voters

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:07pm

The state's first Hispanic governor, Brian Sandoval, has become popular and is expected to easily win reelection. But Democrats there now have a rising star: a young Latina politician, Lucy Flores.

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Pizza Man And Other Third Party Candidates Shake Up Tight Senate Races

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:27pm

Sean Haugh is a pizza delivery man and Libertarian candidate making waves in the US Senate Race in North Carolina. He isn't the only one. Independent candidates are a factor in at least a dozen races.

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Gay Republican House Candidate DeMaio Hasn't Won Fans In LGBT Community

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:03pm

San Diego's Carl DeMaio is expected to have a real shot at unseating the Democratic incumbent. But the LGBT community isn't embracing the historic moment.

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What's Holding Up Release Of The CIA 'Torture Report'?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:03pm

The CIA, whose post-Sept. 11 interrogation techniques are said to be blasted in the report, has blacked out large parts of the unreleased summary.

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Many GOP Candidates Not Commenting On Gay Marriage Wave

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:45pm

Robert Siegel talks with Washington Post political correspondent, Karen Tumulty, about the role gay marriage is playing as an issue in the 2014 elections — especially for Republicans.

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Krugman: Obama More Transformative Than Clinton, Reagan

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:33pm

Robert Siegel talks with economist Paul Krugman about his Rolling Stone feature, "In Defense of Obama." He says Obama is one of the most consequential and successful presidents in American history.

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Florida Governor's Race: Familiar Faces, Big Money, Brutal Ads

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:24am

Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott is facing off with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist — who's now running as a Democrat. The race is close, expensive and nasty, with a deluge of attack ads.

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What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:19am

To test subtle biases, researchers sent state legislators identical emails about voting requirements. Some emails came from a man with a "Latino" name, and others from an "Anglo" name.

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