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Republicans Look To Ban Travel To Ebola-stricken Western Africa

Oct 21, 2014 5:10 AM PT

President Obama has recently stated that he will not impose a travel ban to and from western African countries stricken with the deadly Ebola disease.

But do you think legislators like Florida Congressman Dennis Ross and Senator Marco Rubio are going to sit idly by while more Americans are put at risk of contracting Ebola from those traveling from Africa?

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Bachmann Gets Security Detail After ISIS Threat

Oct 20, 2014 5:43 PM PT

Ater an ISIS (or ISIL - Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant) threat against Rep Michele Bachmann emerged online last week, federal law enforcement took it seriously enough that Capitol Police have now assigned her a special security detail.

An online threat against Bachmann emerged recently, according to multiple law enforcement officials familiar with the situation. Last week, Bachmann was provided a security detail in response, according to the sources.

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Video: Democrats' Early Exit from Obama Rally

Oct 20, 2014 4:21 PM PT

President Obama attended a rally for gubernatorial candidate Anthony Brown in Maryland on Sunday. The event drew a large crowd but some people walked out before the President was even done speaking.

WBAL-TV in Baltimore, Maryland captured video of people trying to exit the packed auditorium while the even was in progress.

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Begich Latest Democrat Unwilling to Say He Voted for Obama

Oct 20, 2014 1:22 PM PT

In what's become something of a 'gotcha' moment in this years mid-terms, what with barack Obama's numbers so low, Mark Begich was confronted on video and asked the question last night while entering a town hall in Anchorage.

As with a now growing number of Democrats, Begich refused to answer the question when asked if he voted for Obama in 2008 or 2012.

Winning the Senate Depends on Picking the Right Battles

Oct 20, 2014 10:24 AM PT

I'm generally skeptical of consultants who hype up digital and social media capabilities while ignoring the "old-fashioned" part of campaigning.  Much was made in the 2012 election about the Obama campaign's use of technology, while ignoring the boots on the ground networking.

As we get closer to the midterm elections I am gratified to see that we haven't just been suckered by consultants insisting all fieldworkers use iPads.  Instead, we're using the kind of analytics and microtargeting data that allowed the Obama machine to turn out the vote.

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