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Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections

usatoday.com — Looking for Nancy Pelosi as the campaign season draws to a furious close? Best place to find her is in a Republican ad or at a Democratic fundraiser. Pelosi, the House Democratic minority leader and former speaker, has been keeping a fairly low profile on the Democratic campaign trail, much like President Obama.

'Best American' writing in comics, stories, more

usatoday.com — Jennifer Egan, editor Mariner, 325 pp. *** out of four Perhaps it won't surprise a modern reader to discover that the world of the contemporary short story is a grim one. And yet the serious reader may even be cheered by this state of affairs. Who wants lollipops and puppies?

Black lawmakers anchor Democratic Southern voter push

usatoday.com — NEW ORLEANS - After two hours of singing, praying and preaching that rattled the rafters at Beacon Light International Cathedral, Rep. Marcia Fudge took her turn on stage. "You are here to defend the defenseless, to make sure that underdogs get a fair break.

Both parties' bigwigs jump into N.H. Senate race

usatoday.com — MANCHESTER, N.H. - The election coming up in three weeks is not a presidential primary, but sometimes it's hard to tell. Wednesday, former GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney greeted an enthusiastic crowd at a metal-fabricating shop where he filmed a TV spot for his run in 2012. Thursday morning, conservative favorite Sen.

The oddest 5 minutes of a political debate you’ll ever see

onpolitics.usatoday.com — The Florida governor's race between incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott and his Democratic challenger Charlie Crist, the former GOP governor, has been contentious enough.

Romney returns to bat for Scott Brown in N.H.

onpolitics.usatoday.com — When you deny rumors you're considering a third presidential run, should you really show up in New Hampshire? Mitt Romney came to the "First in the Nation" primary state (as it very much likes to be called) to stump for Senate candidate Scott Brown against incumbent Democratic Sen. Jeanne Shaheen.

New poll shows Nunn leading Georgia Senate race

onpolitics.usatoday.com — Our colleagues at WXIA in Atlanta released a new poll today showing Democrat Michelle Nunn up 3 points in Georgia's hotly contested open-seat Senate race. Republican David Perdue, former CEO of Dollar General and Reebok, has held the lead over Nunn, a non-profit executive and daughter of former senator Sam Nunn, in the vast majority of polls in this race.

Warner, Gillespie: My opponent isn’t who he claims to be

onpolitics.usatoday.com — In Virginia, first-term Democratic Senator Mark Warner has a double-digit lead in opinion polls over Republican Ed Gillespie. But their final debate of the election gave Gillespie another chance to capitalize on midterm disenchantment with the party of President Obama.

If not Hillary, who? EMILY’s List has some ideas

onpolitics.usatoday.com — If Hillary Clinton doesn't run for president in 2016 - though there's not a lot of betting that she won't - EMILY's List has a backup plan for Democrats: a woman for veep. "The Democratic ticket should absolutely have a woman on it," says Stephanie Schriock, president of EMILY's List, which raises money for Democratic women candidates.

N.H. ad watch: Scott Brown on abortion, contraception

usatoday.com — AD SPONSOR: Scott Brown THE RACE: U.S. Senate STATE: New Hampshire ANALYSIS: Opponents of Scott Brown, the former GOP Senator, have questioned his sincerity on abortion rights and contraceptive access since the first of his three Senate campaigns. In a special election in 2010, Brown defeated Democrat Martha Coakley to take the Massachusetts Senate seat held by legislative legend Ted Kennedy.
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Oct 23, 2014

RT @mattkatz00: He's back on the Jersey Diner campaign circuit this week for 1st time in a year. @GovChristie, with @tmac4congress pic.twitter.com/Taqd5OBZFz

Oct 23, 2014

Wendy Davis: I'd be 'thrilled' if Obama came to Texas usat.ly/1wuTzFG via @usatonpolitics

Oct 23, 2014

Learned it all from you. Thx. RT @DaviSusan: @pkcapitol Thanks, I agree! But story actually by fab colleague @USATMoore

Oct 23, 2014

Was thinking, "What would Sue write?" Thx v much. RT @pkcapitol: @DaviSusan @USATMoore D'oh! My bad. Great piece by Martha.

Oct 23, 2014

.@rlocker12 Yes, means she's in fewer ads this year than 2010, but her third election in a row as R whipping post.

Oct 23, 2014

Pelosi: Low profile, major figure in 2014 elections usat.ly/1wn4Tmo via @usatoday

Oct 23, 2014

RT @asmith83: SMH: Christie says GOP gubernatorial candidates need to win so they control 'voting mechanisms' northjersey.com/news/christie-…

Oct 22, 2014

RT @chucktodd: We are definitely in that mode of a campaign cycle where every day feels like a week. Developments coming and going that quickly

Oct 22, 2014

@cableKent RT @AlexiLalas: Wait, LFC lost because Mario traded shirts? #ForWantOfANail

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