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Chris McDaniel might still be wandering about Mississippi in his bus, looking for mislaid votes, but Sen. Thad Cochran and his Democratic opponent already have moved on to the more advanced stage of searching for votes in the state -- in the general election. And that means they're preparing their speeches for the Neshoba Couty Fair.
Immigration has emerged as perhaps President Obama's worst issue -- definitely for today, and maybe of his entire presidency -- when it comes to public perception.
A new poll from AP-GfK shows more than two-thirds of Americans (68 percent) disapprove of Obama's handling of the immigration issue in general. Just 31 percent approve -- down from 38 percent two months ago.
Pretty soon, the country's top pollsters will make a subtle change that even some political junkies won't process: They will shift from reporting results of registered voters to only those most likely to vote in the 2014 election -- a.k.a. "likely voters."
For those who follow polling closely the distinction between the two is key to understanding the true state of play in a race. It's also likely to cause an apparent shift -- almost certainly in the GOP's favor -- that some will misinterpret as newfound momentum.
Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) just gave the response to the impeachment question that GOP leaders probably should have been giving for days.
Asked at a Christian Science Monitor breakfast about the chatter, Ryan offered this:
I see this as sort of a ridiculous gambit by the president and his political team to try and change the narrative, raise money, and turn out their base for an upcoming election that they feel is not going to go their way… [The Republicans’ differences with the White House do] not rise to the high crime and misdemeanor level.
But now, as he stares down a potentially rocky midterm election for his party -- not to mention a Congress that’s gridlocked at near-historic low approval ratings -- the past half-year has meant anything but action on some of the president’s key goals.
Organizing For Action has spent two months sending emails to the Post, trying to convince us of its effectiveness. (They were unhappy with this post asking how long the organization could survive.) So, we decided to look at what the group's executive director, Jon Carson, was sending us. To catalog it. To do exactly what Carson apparently intended: Evaluate their work.
Democrats have no chance at winning back the House in 97 days. (Well, that's not entirely accurate; they have a less than 1 percent chance, according to our Election Lab model.) And, in truth, it might be hard for them — short of a major electoral wave — to retake control for the rest of the decade.
Why? Because the number of competitive seats continues to shrink rapidly, leaving the minority party with very little margin for error. This chart, posted by Brookings and taken from Cook Political Report data, tells the story.
Liberal environmentalist Tom Steyer's new group just dropped some serious coin on what is surely one of the most bizarre political ads of the 2014 election -- and not really bizarre in a good way.
The ad hits Iowa GOP Senate candidate Joni Ernst for signing the Americans for Tax Reform's no-new-taxes pledge, suggesting the pledge is aimed at protecting her GOP special-interest benefactors (Koch brothers, anyone?).
Good news on the economic front Wednesday morning: The Gross Domestic Product surged 4 percent in the second quarter of 2014, after dropping 2.1 percent in the first quarter. It's good economic news that lands on top of continued monthly job growth, meaning that President Obama's approval rating should move up and Democrats should enjoy vastly improved prospects in the 2014 election, right?
Earlier this week, we brought you pictures of former Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney relaxing with his family on a pioneer days-themed vacation out West.
"Who knew that Mitt Romney and his extended family were such super hikers?" we all marveled from our desks. "They are absolutely crushing this."