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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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Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

  CHICAGO (AP) — As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school — some on as little as $7.25 per hour. First, though, they are out to [...]

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Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs

  CHICAGO (AP) — Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois’ financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday. Like the previous two debates, the matchup between the Democratic incumbent and Republican venture capitalist got personal at times with Rauner [...]

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Obama pitches for votes on black radio

  WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is turning to black radio listeners to plead for midterm votes, a targeted approach to drum up Democratic support at a time when many candidates don’t want him around in person. African-American turnout will be vital to Democrats’ hopes in states such as Arkansas, Georgia, Louisiana and North [...]

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Michelle Obama rallies voters in Iowa, Minnesota

  MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — First lady Michelle Obama stumped for Democrats in Iowa and Minnesota Tuesday, calling on the young and minority voters who powered her husband’s rise to the presidency to help the party avoid a potentially bruising midterm election. Mrs. Obama first urged college students and supporters at the University of Iowa to [...]

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The Clintons, the Democrats’ 2014 super surrogates

  AURORA, Colo. (AP) — Bill and Hillary Clinton are the validators-in-chief for Democrats struggling through a bleak campaign season in states where President Barack Obama is deeply unpopular. With speculation rampant about whether Hillary Rodham Clinton makes a second presidential run, the power couple has blanketed the political map this fall, attending fundraisers and get-out-the-vote rallies [...]

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GOP’s Gillespie ditches ads in Senate race in Va.

  RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Ed Gillespie has one of the sharpest political instincts of any of the Republicans’ recruits for Senate races this year. But that and a thick Rolodex of GOP donors haven’t helped him close a massive campaign cash deficit against incumbent Virginia Sen. Mark Warner. Warner has a 4-to-1 advantage in [...]

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Arkansas Democrats calling, again, on Bill Clinton

  LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) — Arkansas Democrats are again enlisting their favorite politicalson to fend off a Republican drive to claim a U.S. Senate seat and other top offices, announcing Tuesday that former President Bill Clinton will return to the state to campaign for the second time this month. The party said the former president [...]

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Former NC mayor sentenced for taking bribes

  CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — The former mayor of North Carolina’s largest city on Tuesday was sentenced to almost four years in prison for taking bribes from undercover federal agents he thought were developers seeking to fast-track projects. Patrick Cannon had resigned in the midst of the case that stunned Charlotte residents who had once [...]

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Dems’ House chances fade as reality sets in

  WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats’ high hopes of mitigating House losses in a rough election year have been dashed by reality. The question now is not whether Republicans hold the House — that’s a given. Rather, it’s how many seats could the GOP add to its majority on Election Day? And how close could it [...]

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