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Islamic State’s Distinct Battle Fronts Alarm Washington

blogs.wsj.com — The outside world is learning a bit more every day about Islamic State, and the startling fact now becoming clear is this: The militant group's army is sophisticated enough to conduct big, separate and far-flung operations in multiple places at the same time.

Democrats Lose Edge on Economic, Foreign Policy

online.wsj.com — In politics as in life, it's sometimes useful to reduce complicated questions to their simplest components. And so it is in trying to understand why Democrats are in a bind today, with three weeks to go before the midterm elections. Democrats' problem is simple.

In a Nasty Fight for Senate Control, Democrats Hold Lead in Negative Vibes

blogs.wsj.com — The race for control of the Senate in this year's election is big, expensive, important-and negative. And the most negative so far are those with the most to lose. A good gauge of the overall tenor of campaigns is the television advertising aired either by or on behalf of the candidates.

Why Loss of Senate Would Carry Silver Linings for Obama

Capital Journal: Arab States' Help Opens New Front in Fight - WSJ

online.wsj.com — The American offensive against Islamic State is a big deal, of course, inserting the U.S. into a fight in a region it has been trying to exit for most of the Obama presidency. But in the long run, that may not be the most significant part of what transpired in recent weeks.

Arab States' Help Opens New Front in Fight

online.wsj.com — The American offensive against Islamic State is a big deal, of course, inserting the U.S. into a fight in a region it has been trying to exit for most of the Obama presidency. But in the long run, that may not be the most significant part of what has transpired in recent weeks.

Tension Over Arming Syrian Rebels Cuts Across Party Lines

blogs.wsj.com — A look inside the vote in the House last week to approve one important piece of the strategy for combating Islamic State--arming Syrian rebels--shows just how torn the country is about launching into a new battle in the Middle East, and how the unease cuts unpredictably across political lines.

Capital Journal: Indiana's Mike Pence Draws GOP Presidential Attention - WSJ

online.wsj.com — With Washington's reputation lurking in used-car-salesmen territory, there will be a wide lane in the 2016 presidential campaign for governors with records built outside the national capital. On the Republican side, the list of potential contenders already includes New Jersey's Chris Christie, Wisconsin's Scott Walker, Louisiana's Bobby Jindal,...

Terror Fears Return; Political Consequences Unknown

blogs.wsj.com — The fear is back. Fear of terrorism, that is. In fact, one of the most vivid and meaningful ripple effects of the rising concern about Islamic State extremists in Iraq and Syria is the parallel rise in Americans' concern that the dangerous days of the 9/11 terror attacks might be returning.
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Oct 24, 2014

No coincidence: Royals, only team in majors whose batters struck our fewer than 1,000 times this year, are in World Series. (Nats, 1,304).

Oct 24, 2014

Democrats' advantage among women not matching Republican advantage among men in some key states: on.wsj.com/1yrqmuD via @WSJ

Oct 24, 2014

Something to ponder, Nats fans, as you watch the World Series: Nationals batters struck out 1,304 times in 2014. Royals batters, 985.

Oct 23, 2014

Meet Hurricane and Jordan, and learn the price they paid to keep the White House safe: on.wsj.com/1tOSeL2 via @WSJPolitics

Oct 23, 2014

The $4 billion race: The numbers behind the most expensive mid-term election ever, what they mean: on.wsj.com/1pEYX2Y via @WSJPolitics

Oct 23, 2014

Tab for this year's mid-term election? Almost $4 billion, making it easily the most costly ever. opensecrets.org/news/2014/10/e… via @OpenSecretsDC

Oct 23, 2014

Quietly, Senators from both sides starting to think about how things change with a Republican takeover: on.wsj.com/1ouJBDf via @WSJ

Oct 22, 2014

Democrats' Senate camapign committee went off the air in Kentucky Senate race; now it's back on. on.wsj.com/12dLV7r via @WSJPolitics

Oct 21, 2014

Important, little-noted question:RT @NKingofDC: How much will student debt serve as a drag on housing? on.wsj.com/1wlVo60 via @WSJecon

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