Washington Bureau Chief of USA Today. Nine presidential campaigns. Five White House administrations. (Still trying to get it right.)

'Madam Secretary' template? Not Hillary

khou.com — BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Téa Leoni had a model in mind when she shaped the role of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the new CBS series Madam Secretary. It wasn't Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Truthfully, I didn't really go for a politician," Leoni says. "Elizabeth McCord is not a lifetime politician and not ambitious.

The model for 'Madam Secretary?' It's not Hillary

usatoday.com — BROOKLYN, N.Y. - Téa Leoni had a model in mind when she shaped the role of Secretary of State Elizabeth McCord in the new CBS series Madam Secretary. It wasn't Hillary Rodham Clinton. "Truthfully, I didn't really go for a politician," Leoni says. "Elizabeth McCord is not a lifetime politician and not ambitious.

Poll: GOP gains ground for Colorado senator, governor

usatoday.com — In Colorado's crucial Senate race, Republican challenger Cory Gardner now leads Democratic Sen. Mark Udall by 46%-39%, a USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll finds, a troubling finding for Democrats scrambling to hold control of the Senate. In the Rocky Mountain governor's race, the GOP challenger also has gained ground over the past month.

5 House races may predict political tide

usatoday.com — USA TODAY's Susan Page takes a look at the five U.S. House races you should pay attention to on November 4. VPC WASHINGTON - Will Republicans make history in the House on Nov. 4? Just about every independent political analyst agrees that Democrats won't be able to score the net gain of 17 seats they need to regain the majority in the House of Representatives.

5 Senate races you should be paying attention to

usatoday.com — These five U.S. Senate races could decide the balance of power and much more this November. VPC Video Transcript Automatically Generated Transcript (may not be 100% accurate) It's down to the wire. The biggest story on election night will be which party wins a majority of the U.S.

Regrets? Obama's 2012 voters in key states have a few

usatoday.com — Polls in a half-dozen states with key Senate races underscore just how much times and political fortunes have changed for the president. In five of the six states, the percentage of likely voters who say they voted for Obama in 2012 has dipped from the actual results.

Cuomo: Learning from disasters, personal and political

usatoday.com — NEW YORK - He has an oversized Seal of the State of New York on the wall behind him, photographs of his celebrity girlfriend and teenage daughters arrayed on a side table and a double-digit lead in his bid for re-election. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo looks like a pol who could revel in his victories.

After 7 weeks of war, N.C. Senate still too close to call

citizen-times.com — Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is clinging to the narrowest of leads over Republican Thom Tillis, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll of North Carolina finds - disappointing news for Democrats who thought she was beginning to pull away from her challenger.

After 7 weeks of war, N.C. Senate still too close to call

usatoday.com — Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is clinging to the narrowest of leads over Republican Thom Tillis, a new USA TODAY/Suffolk University poll of North Carolina finds - disappointing news for Democrats who thought she was beginning to pull away from her challenger.

Panetta: '30-year war' and a leadership test for Obama

stripes.com — Americans should be braced for a long battle against the brutal terrorist group Islamic State that will test U.S. resolve - and the leadership of the commander in chief, says Leon Panetta, who headed the CIA and then the Pentagon as Al Qaeda was weakened and Osama bin Laden killed.
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Oct 23, 2014

I've interviewed 8 secretaries of State--and now SofS Elizabeth McCord. @TheTeaLeoni & her Kissinger connection: usat.ly/1tLEWPv

Oct 23, 2014

.@coopallen on what you need to know in politics today RT @USATODAY: Election countdown: CO surprise, Iowa hogs &more usat.ly/1D04Xtg

Oct 22, 2014

Exclusive: Koch-linked PAC raises more than $20 million--and reserves TV time for LA Senate runoff. usat.ly/1wl4gti @fschouten

Oct 22, 2014

Call us The United States of Emergency. 30 of them, at the moment. usat.ly/1tLPhuM via @usatoday @gregorykorte

Oct 22, 2014

RT @usatodayvideo: Men should celebrate being married to powerful women: @TimmyDaly talks to @SusanPage about Madam Secretary usat.ly/1rqDYkd

Oct 22, 2014

The model for 'Madam Secretary?' It's not Hillary. @Capitaldownload interview with @TheTeaLeoni & @TimmyDaly. usat.ly/1tLEWPv

Oct 22, 2014

Setting up for interview in the Sit Room. Not the White House. On set of 'Madam Secretary.' usat.ly/1tLEWPv pic.twitter.com/wrJqfbkpjc

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