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Poll: High anxiety, low expectations as election nears

usatoday.com — WASHINGTON - As Election Day nears, America is the Land of the Fearful. Voters are rattled by the Ebola virus, braced for years of conflict against the terrorist group Islamic State and still worried about jobs, a nationwide USA TODAY Poll finds.

Governors on the griddle: 5 races to watch

usatoday.com — The race for the governor's mansion in these five states could have a big impact in 2016. USA TODAY's Susan Page explains why. VPC WASHINGTON -- Governors are on the griddle this year.

Ex-solicitor general: Gay marriage a done deal

ksdk.com — WASHINGTON - Former solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore and the challenge to California's Proposition 8, says the Supreme Court through action and inaction this month passed "the point of no return" on same-sex marriage.

'Point of no return' on gay marriage passed

wtsp.com — WASHINGTON ( USA TODAY) -- Former solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore and the challenge to California's Proposition 8, says the Supreme Court through action and inaction this month passed "the point of no return" on same-sex marriage.

'Point of no return' on gay marriage passed

wusa9.com — WASHINGTON -- Former solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore and the challenge to California's Proposition 8, says the Supreme Court through action and inaction this month passed "the point of no return" on same-sex marriage.

Ted Olson: 'Point of no return' on gay marriage passed

usatoday.com — USA TODAY Capital Download with Ted Olson WASHINGTON -- Former solicitor general Theodore Olson, the Republican lawyer who argued Bush v. Gore and the challenge to California's Proposition 8, says the Supreme Court through action and inaction this month passed "the point of no return" on same-sex marriage.

'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.
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Oct 30, 2014

Now that's a mayor! MT @BenLeubsdorf: "More than 1/2 of Bostonians in 2008 Globe poll said the'd met him personally." bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/10/…

Oct 30, 2014

That's just too scary. RT @jdickerson: This Halloween I'm going as a fundraising email.

Oct 27, 2014

In #LASen debate, Landrieu says it's not Obama's fault if she loses. 'It's on me.' But says she plans to win.

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