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Landrieu revisits Hurricane Katrina in Senate race

  BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) — Six years ago, Sen. Mary Landrieu’s effort to draw billions of dollars in federal disaster aid to Louisiana after Hurricane Katrina helped keep her in office for a third Senate term. Since then, Landrieu has lost much of that post-Katrina goodwill. The prominent Republican support she garnered in 2008 [...]

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Burkina Faso leader steps down, vote in 90 days

  OUAGADOUGOU, Burkina Faso (AP) — President Blaise Compaore stepped down Friday after 27 years in power following a wave of protests against his rule. “I declare that I’m leaving power in order to have a free and transparent election in 90 days,” said Compaore in a statement read out on television and radio stations. [...]

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Dems rush to save suddenly vulnerable incumbents

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Desperate Democrats are rushing to save suddenly vulnerable House incumbents, even in states where President Barack Obama cruised to double-digit victories, amid fresh signs of Republican momentum less than a week before the midterm elections. The once friendly terrain of New York, California, Obama’s native state of Hawaii and adopted state [...]

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Upset primary winner over Eric Cantor in debate

  ASHLAND, Va. (AP) — Republican Dave Brat, who toppled then-House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in a June primary, cast himself as a future check on President Barack Obama’s policies as he debated a Democratic rival Tuesday at the Virginia college where both candidates teach. Brat sparred Tuesday evening with Democrat Jack Trammell over the [...]

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Jeb Bush: Obama handling of Ebola ‘incompetent’

  NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush on Tuesday criticized President Barack Obama’s initial handling of the Ebola crisis as “incompetent,” saying it gave rise to unneeded fears among the American public about the virus. Bush, who is the latest potential Republican presidential candidate to attack the president over Ebola, also said [...]

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George P. Bush says dad ‘moving forward’ on 2016

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush is “moving forward” on a potential 2016 White House run and it appears more likely he will enter the Republican field, according to his son, who’s running for office in Texas. George P. Bush told ABC’s “This Week” that his father is “still assessing” a presidential [...]

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Christie says GOP could win in Obama states

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Gov. Chris Christie on Sunday said Republicans had positioned themselves to succeed in gubernatorial races in Democratic-leaning states carried by President Barack Obama, an effort that could burnish the New Jersey Republican’s potential 2016 presidential bid. Christie said in an interview with “Fox News Sunday” that Republicans face a “daunting task” [...]

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Obama, in low demand, suits up for governor races

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is picking some temperate spots in an otherwise chilly political landscape, avoiding hostile Senate terrain during the final days of the midterm campaign in favor of tight governor races where his liabilities are less likely to stick to Democratic candidates. With a week left before Election Day, Obama is fanning [...]

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Governors stress home quarantine for Ebola workers

  NEW YORK (AP) — State leaders in New York and New Jersey are at odds with scientists over Ebola as the states’ governors back 21-day quarantines for medical workers returning from West Africa, while the nation’s top infectious-disease expert warns that such restrictions are unnecessary and could discourage volunteers from aiding disease-ravaged countries. The [...]

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Hagan and Tillis in a battle of ‘extremes’ in NC

  RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — North Carolina’s Senate race boils down to a battle of extremes. At least that’s how Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan and Republican challenger Thom Tillis want voters to see it. Running against President Barack Obama as much as he is against Hagan, Tillis calls the president’s health care law an “unworkable [...]

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Police brutality claims shadow Tunisia elections

  TUNIS, Tunisia (AP) — When Mohammed Ali Snoussi was arrested last month in Tunis, witnesses say, police beat him with truncheons, stripped him naked and threatened to rape him in broad daylight. The Interior Ministry said Snoussi was wanted for drug possession, trafficking and assaulting police. He lasted six days in police detention cells, [...]

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