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Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

The days of candidates dominating their own political campaigns are over. In the most competitive U.S. Senate races this year, big-money special interests that proliferated after the U.S. Supreme Court’s Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission decision are routinely out-muscling … Continue reading

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Missouri auditor revels in Hollywood, history

CLAYTON, Mo. (AP) — It’s just a few weeks before the election, and Missouri Auditor Tom Schweich is talking animatedly about a big success that’s been years in the making. The subject isn’t his re-election, which appears all but assured. … Continue reading

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Roberts scarcely mentions long ag record in Kansas

LIBERAL, Kan. (AP) — One would hardly know from Republican Sen. Pat Roberts’ campaign speech that he is revered as a champion of Kansas’ all-important farm economy. He scarcely mentions his many years on the House and Senate agriculture committees … Continue reading

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Across US, Dems enlist Latinas for top of ballot

APOPKA, Fla. (AP) — The Democratic lieutenant governor candidates from Florida, Texas and Nevada all have colorful biographies: a Colombian-born business executive; a pharmacist-turned-veteran lawmaker; and a juvenile delinquent-turned-lawyer. And all balk at the umpteenth “How does it feel to … Continue reading

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Bios of Latina candidates in Fla., Nevada, Texas

MIAMI (AP) — After years of running few Latinos for statewide posts, Democrats are building a bench that better reflects the support they have in the Hispanic community. Polls show more than twice as many Hispanics identify as Democrats than … Continue reading

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Marine dies in noncombat incident in IS campaign

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon says a Marine who died Thursday in a noncombat incident in Baghdad was the second U.S. military death associated with the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria. The Marine was identified … Continue reading

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Cornyn, Democrat Alameel meet in only debate

DALLAS (AP) — Problems with the nation’s immigration system have dominated a debate between U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger David Alameel. During Friday’s debate, Alameel touted comprehensive immigration system changes as the cure for most of the ills … Continue reading

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Canada’s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence

Canadian intelligence and law enforcement officers are “reevaluating” some 90 people they suspect are linked to terrorist groups in the wake of the deadly shooting near Canada’s Parliament, but the nation’s top cop said that unfortunately for him, no arrests … Continue reading

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Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges

By David Morgan and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened … Continue reading

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Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said. “I … Continue reading

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