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Midterms leave Senate control up for grabs

With just days to go before voters cast their ballots in the high stakes midterm elections, control of the Senate hangs on just a few states, and the GOP is feeling optimistic that both houses of Congress may soon be back under its control.

Burkina Faso to adopt transitional government

The head of Burkina Faso's armed forces announced dissolution of national assembly and creation of a transitional government to last up to 12 months, but he did not say who would lead it.

Pentagon defends decision to quarantine troops

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Army Gen. Martin Dempsey discussed the the military's decision to isolate troops returning from West Africa during a news briefing Thursday.

Campaign 2014: Ginny Deerin 'Jenny Sanford Opens Up About Mark'

In this ad, secretary of state candidate Ginny Deerin talks with Jenny Sanford, former first lady of South Carolina and ex-wife of Deerin's opponent Rep. Mark Sanford (R-S.C.).

Campaign 2014: David Perdue 'Ebola'

Georgia Republican Senate candidate David Perdue asks, "Do you trust President Obama?" and references, "Terrorism and Ebola coming at us from oversees."

How to spend $3.6 billion this midterm election

Thirty-six Senate races, $3.6 billion in total costs and one election: Here's a look at 2014 midterm spending, by the numbers.

Campaign 2014: Americans for Responsible Solutions 'Arizona, remember to vote'

Former Rep. Gabby Giffords and her husband, Mark Kelly, urge Arizonans to vote in this ad for their PAC, Americans for Responsible Solutions. Giffords is seen filling out a ballot, voting for her successor and former staffer, Rep. Ron Barber (D-Ariz.) and Fred DuVal, the state's Democratic candidate for governor.

Kerry defends U.S. relationship with Israel

Secretary of State John Kerry criticized reports that the relationship between the U.S. and Israel is deteriorating. This comes after an anonymous U.S. official was quoted using profanity to describe Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Former Boston mayor Thomas M. Menino dies at 71

Thomas M. Menino, Boston’s longest-serving mayor and one of its most beloved, died Thursday. He was 71.

Campaign 2014: Chad Barefoot 'House of Crawford - A Serious Conflict of Interest'

North Carolina state Sen. Chad Barefoot (R) released this "House of Cards" themed ad to slam his Democratic opponent, Sarah Crawford, whose husband is a lobbyist.

Paul Ryan: 2016 on his terms

The Post’s Robert Costa explains how Rep. Paul Ryan is on his own timeline for a White House bid.

Campaign 2014: Tom Cotton 'Cowboy'

U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) released this ad, which features a cameo by his wife and her dog.

Grimm and his opponent can't name the last book they read

In a debate on Tuesday, Rep. Michael Grimm (R-N.Y.) and his Democratic opponent Domenic Recchia struggled to name that last book they read.

White House says it addressed computer threat

White House press secretary Josh Earnest said Wednesday that steps had been taken to address “activity of interest” detected on the White House’s classified computer network.

Israeli police kill suspected Palestinian shooter

Israeli police on Thursday shot and killed a Palestinian man suspected of trying to kill American-Israeli hard-line Jewish activist Yehuda Glick in Jerusalem.

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Adults attending conversion classes at Sixth and I synagogue learn about the traditions behind the ancient Jewish practice of circumcision.

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PostTV has incorporated technology that allows you to play any of our videos on your TV set through the popular Chromecast device. That means you can watch videos and news shows from The Washington Post and control the playback right from your computer, tablet or smartphone.

Property rights and the pipeline

South Dakota rancher John Harter tried to stop TransCanada from securing the right of eminent domain over his land where they want to put part of the proposed Keystone XL pipeline, but Harter recently lost his battle in court.

Brazil swept up by new energy source

Brazil swept up by new energy source

In Northeastern Brazil, energy companies are erecting wind farms to capitalize on the constant winds that have challenged farming families for generations.

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The Post's Anne Midgette shares five tips for how to get the most out of your visit to a museum.

Obama slams GOP: 'Do your job'

Obama slams GOP: 'Do your job'

A mashup of highlights from the president's speech on the government shutdown at M. Luis Construction company in Rockville, Md. Thursday.