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The Policy-Free Campaign of 2014 — If you like an election campaign in which the candidates offer detailed policy plans explaining how they propose to address the nation's basic budget and entitlement challenges-well, this hasn't been the election year for you. Instead, the key races this year-the ones that will determine who will control the United States Senate-have been about mood, personalities and anger.

2014 vs. 2012: Two Portraits of American Voters — The midterm election that lies just ahead promises to do a terrific job of illustrating the basic schism in American politics, the one that explains why we have deeply divided government in Washington: While Democrats may have built the ideal coalition for winning presidential elections, Republicans have assembled the ideal coalition for winning congressional elections.

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Islamic State’s Distinct Battle Fronts Alarm Washington — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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 — 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.
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Oct 27, 2014

There's the America that votes in mid-terms and the one that votes in presidential years. They aren't the same.

Oct 27, 2014

NBC/Marist polls close: NC Senate even, Cotton up 2 in Ark, Ernst 3 in Iowa, Orman1 in KS, Gardner 1 in Col.

Oct 27, 2014

Is this year's campaign making action on Social Security and Medicare more likely? @jamespmanley thinks not:

Oct 27, 2014

Republicans now see some additional House seats in play, in Iowa, Nevada and elsewhere. via @WSJ

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: 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: via @WSJPolitics

Oct 23, 2014

The $4 billion race: The numbers behind the most expensive mid-term election ever, what they mean: via @WSJPolitics

Oct 23, 2014

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

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