|2:56 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
During a speech in Rhode Island today, President Obama called for more taxpayer-spending on pre-school in order to "make sure that women are full and equal participants in our economy" and said the following:
2:28 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
News on the economy had been promising these last few days, especially the GDP increase in the last quarter. Today comes a not-so-good report on consumer spending. As Victoria Stilwell reports at Bloomberg:
1:51 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MARIA SANTOS
Barbara Comstock, the Republican House candidate for Virginia’s diverse Tenth congressional district in the suburbs and exurbs of Washington, lost the first thing she ever ran for: a spot on her high school cheerleading team. “After that, I was like ‘I’m never doing anything again,’” she jokes.
12:33 PM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
If one objective of the bombing campaign in the Mideast was to stop – or, at least, reduce – the flow of fresh recruits to ISIS, then it has failed. As Greg Miller of the Washington Post reports
11:26 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In the fight against ISIS in Iraq, Anbar province is decisive and to turn things around there:
9:21 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Republican Scott Brown took issue with Democratic senator Jeanne Shaheen's characterization of the American military operations in the Middle East as an "occupying force" in the two candidates' final debate Thursday evening. The New Hampshire politicians were debating the use of U.S. troops against ISIS forces in Iraq and Syria.
"I don't think we want tens of thousands of American troops as an occupying force for sixty years, as we've had in Korea," Shaheen said.
9:09 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Bad news for Senator Udall. As reported in The Hill, a big-time, high-profile, hero to Colorado is backing his opponent, Rep. Gardner. It isn’t the money. Another five grand, more or less, won’t swing the election. What is ominous for the Udall operation is the identity of the donor.
8:05 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
Harry Reid is now "begging" for support. He made the comment in an email to supporters of the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee.
The subject for the email from Reid, the Senate majority leader, reads: "I'm begging." Which is no wonder considering his job is at stake -- if Democrats lose the Senate, Reid will no longer hold his current leadership position.
"Daniel -- I’ve been emailing a TON," Reid writes.
7:17 AM, Oct 31, 2014 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Two new polls show Republican Ed Gillespie closing in on Democratic incumbent Mark Warner in the Virginia Senate race. Christopher Newport University, which had Warner up 12 points earlier in the month in its survey, now has Warner's lead down to 7.
'It's fun.'9:01 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama hasn't spent that much time on the campaign trail this election season. But that's not because he doesn't like it -- indeed, he does.
6:03 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By MICHAEL WARREN
Louisiana Democrat Mary Landrieu told NBC's Chuck Todd that she has had to work harder for her reelection to the U.S. Senate because the South has "not always been the friendliest place for African Americans."
5:53 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By JAY COST
Chuck Todd of NBC News is traveling the country, talking to voters, and generally filing interesting reports.
5:23 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Democrats up for reelection – especially in the much, much watched and analyzed Senate races – are keeping their distance from President Obama. Obviously and understandably. But this isn’t sitting well with the White House.
Meet the pizza deliveryman who could determine control of the U.S. Senate.4:20 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By JOHN MCCORMACK
“All these people are saying I’m costing Kay Hagan or Thom Tillis the election,” Sean Haugh told me as he sipped a glass of Duck-Rabbit beer on Tuesday night. “It’s like it’s somehow my fault that they’re terrible candidates.”
4:15 PM, Oct 30, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The camera caught many empty seats at a rally Hillary Clinton is headlining in College Park, Maryland:
Hillary Clinton, a possible candidate for president of the United States, had not come out to speak yet, but was expected to take the stage shortly.
The rally is for Lt. Gov. Anthony Brown, who is running to become the next governor of Maryland.
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