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Fired-up Republicans have edge in midterm turnout war 31 Oct 2014

WASHINGTON - A daunting reality looms for President Barack Obama's Democrats ahead of U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday: Voters from the Republican Party are much more fired up.

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Most expensive Senate race down to the wire in North Carolina

GREENSBORO N.C. - The costliest U.S. Senate race in history is drawing political heavyweights like Mitt Romney and the Clintons to North Carolina as Republicans and Democrats scramble to pull out a win in the battleground state.

31 Oct 2014

Ex-California state senator to begin jail term for fraud, perjury

LOS ANGELES - A former California state senator convicted of perjury and voter fraud for lying to cover up the fact that he lived outside the district he represented was due to surrender to authorities on Friday to begin serving a 90-day jail term.

31 Oct 2014
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Republicans question preparedness spending after Ebola missteps

WASHINGTON - Texas Republicans, including Tea Party-backed U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, sought to ratchet up the pressure on the Obama administration's Ebola response on Friday, by questioning its use of federal tax dollars for emergency preparedness.

31 Oct 2014
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Congress to revisit Islamic State war debate after election

WASHINGTON - When lawmakers return to Washington after Tuesday’s congressional elections they will resume a debate they began with some reluctance last month on the U.S.-led fight against Islamic State militants in Syria and Iraq.

U.S. 31 Oct 2014

U.S. voters contend with new voting rules in 14 states

WASHINGTON - U.S. voters in 14 states are navigating new laws that critics say make it harder for lower-income and minority voters, who typically back Democrats, to cast ballots in the midterm elections.

31 Oct 2014