Senate candidate and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D-KY) campaigns in advance of the state's Democratic primary May 19, 2014 at Lakeview Park in Frankfort, Ky.
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The gloves come off in Kentucky
by Aliyah Frumin

Kentucky Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell and Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes are both in attack mode as they seek to undermine each other in the final five months of their campaigns.

Oprah pal could be Virginia district’s first black woman in Congress
by Anna Brand

Seven Democrats are vying for an open House seat in Virginia’s 8th District, but only Laverne Chatman has the star power of Oprah Winfrey on her side.

Who is Vincent Rue?
by Irin Carmon

A look at the controversial researcher behind abortion laws around the country. 

Conditions slowly improve for migrant children at the border
by Amanda Sakuma

The conditions for the nearly 1,000 unaccompanied migrant children sheltered at an impromptu holding center in Nogales, Ariz. are slowly starting to improve.