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  • Democrats divided: How did they lose the white middle class?

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. The Democratic Party is a mess. One group of party leaders sees 2014 as simply a bad year, requiring just some tweaks. Others regard 2014 as a disaster and want an overhaul, and fast. Leading the tear-it-up side are liberals, the party's...
  • Iowa politics have Christie hog-tied on animal rights bill

    Iowa politics have Christie hog-tied on animal rights bill
    Iowa can have a magical effect on visiting politicians. Peripheral concerns become major issues. Long-standing policy positions melt like spring runoff in the Des Moines River. It’s not the enchanting allure of Ottumwa, or the rhapsody of gazing...
  • Iowa's Grassley is first nonlawyer to head Senate Judiciary Committee

    Sen. Charles E. Grassley is fond of calling himself "a pig farmer from Iowa," but both friends and political opponents don't buy the country rube image. The 81-year-old Republican is expected Thursday to become the first nonlawyer to be elected chairman...
  • In Iowa, GOP's Joni Ernst broke a gender barrier on her own terms

    In Iowa, GOP's Joni Ernst broke a gender barrier on her own terms
    Joni Ernst's feat this week was one that many thought was impossible: a Republican victory in a blue state that Obama won twice, and the first woman ever elected to Congress from Iowa. Not only did Ernst win a U.S. Senate seat, she clobbered her...
  • Joe Biden emerges as patron saint of the embattled House Democrat

    Earlier than expected, there is a Biden-Clinton race underway — between Joe Biden and Bill Clinton, that is. In a year when an unpopular President Obama has been forced to scale back his campaigning to only the bluest states, former President...
  • Candidates in hottest races make final appeals: 'Your vote matters'

    Candidates in hottest races make final appeals: 'Your vote matters'
    Hopscotching across fiercely divided terrain, candidates in the country's hottest contests made their final urgent appeals Monday in a midterm election that will determine control of the U.S. Senate and the size of the Republican House majority. After...
  • Joni Ernst on Tom Harkin comparing her to Taylor Swift: 'Shake it off'

    In the heated battle for control of the U.S. Senate, Democrats have drilled many of their Republican opponents on issues affecting women – from abortion to minimum wage – arguing that their party would champion gender equality while the...
  • Senators Reid, Warren push Iowa voters to save Senate for Democrats

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid said keeping a U.S. Senate seat in Iowa was key to Democratic control of the upper chamber as he and Sen. Elizabeth Warren rallied voters Saturday in a final push before election day. "If we win Iowa, we're going to...
  • Republican Joni Ernst leading in final Iowa Senate preelection poll

    Right now, Harry Reid is hoping the Des Moines Register poll is wrong. Just hours after he told voters in Iowa Saturday that their state was crucial to Democratic hopes of holding control of the Senate -- "If we win Iowa, we're going to be just fine,"...
  • New polls: Kansas has GOP on defense in its bid to take Senate

    With less than a month until election day, new polls unveiled Sunday reinforced what's become the theme of the 2014 midterms: It's going to be close.  In Alaska and Arkansas, the latest polls continued to show Republican leads in Senate contests there....
  • The secret behind the midterm election

    The secret behind the midterm election
    There's a hidden history to the nasty midterm election campaign that will, mercifully, end on Nov. 4. What's not being widely talked about is as important as what's in the news. Underappreciated fact No. 1: The number of Democratic seats that are not in...