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Democratic U.S. Sen. Al Franken, left, and Republican challenger Mike McFadden enjoy a laugh before their debate, on Oct. 1, 2014, in Duluth, Minn (Photo by Jim Mone/AP)

Mike McFadden tries to break Al Franken's cool in first debate

10/01/14 12:25PM

Democratic Senator Al Franken and Republican businessman Mike McFadden met for their first debate on Wednesday morning, tangling over the war on ISIS, a proposed mining project, and health care.McFadden said Franken had been “Washingtonized” and accused him of hewing closely to President Obama’s agenda. read more

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate Michelle Nunn in Columbus, Ga., on April 16, 2014.

Michelle Nunn fights back against terror-baiting ad

09/26/14 03:43PM

Democrats fight back on GOP terror ads  Democratic nominee Michelle Nunn is out with a new ad in which she directly rebuts an ad by Republican rival David Perdue featuring footage of ISIS fighters and declaring that "Michelle Nunn’s own plan says she funded organizations linked to terrorists” while running former President George H.W. Bush’s Points of Light Foundation. read more

Former US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and husband, Former U.S. President Bill Clinton address the audience during the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 22, 2014 New York, N.Y. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty)

The agony and the ecstasy of the Clintons at CGI

09/25/14 11:04AM

The Clinton Global Initiative, the signature event of America’s preeminent family, concluded Wednesday night, and now comes the search for meaning ahead of another likely Clinton presidential run. Is it a cronyistic confab of global elite? An innovation in charity that could help save the world? Political theater?  The only correct answer is all of the above. read more

William Bello, 16, listens to speakers at a vigil in support of refugee children and their families in Murrieta, Calif. on July 9, 2014.

How Latinos are transforming American politics

09/25/14 07:11AM

With the Latino electorate projected to potentially double by 2030, Democratic and Republican strategists alike are grappling with what America’s changing demographics mean for their party’s future. Few people have studied this phenomenon as closely as political scientist Matt Barreto, who co-founded the influential polling firm Latino Decisions with fellow academic Gary Segura. read more

Scott Brown works the phone banks at the New Hampshire GOP Salem headquarters on Sept. 17, 2014 in Salem, N.H. (Photo by Darren McCollester/Getty)

Scott Brown blanks on abortion bill he co-sponsored

09/23/14 06:08PM

Republican Senate candidate Scott Brown repeatedly passed on discussing a bill he reportedly co-sponsored as a state legislator that would require women to wait 24 hours and examine illustrations of fetal development before receiving an abortion, telling an interviewer he couldn’t remember the legislation in question. read more

Former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton watch from the audience as U.S. President Barack Obama, speaks at the Clinton Global Initiative on Sept. 23, 2014 in New York City.

Obama: I owe a 'debt' to Hillary Clinton

09/23/14 03:56PM

After a summer that occasionally tested the bond between the two most prominent families in Democratic politics, the Clinton Global Initiative Tuesday offered an opportunity for current, former, and potential future presidents to heap praise on each other. read more

John Boehner answers questions during a press conference at the U.S. Capitol July 24, 2014 in Washington, DC.

Lawmakers react to US strikes on Syria

09/23/14 11:17AM

President Barack Obama’s decision to launch strikes against radical Islamic groups in Syria Monday night prompted some praise and criticism that jumped across party lines, but lawmakers shared mostly muted responses as they awaited further details. read more