GOP poised for historic statehouse wins

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GOVBEAT | Republicans have the opportunity to take control of a record number of state legislative chambers across the country this year, as Democrats play defense in unfavorable terrain.

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The British colonial origins of anti-gay laws

The British colonial origins of anti-gay laws

The British colonial empire spread laws that criminalized homosexuality. Many of these laws are still there.

Why red states aren’t necessarily more charitable than blue states after all

A deeper dive into how residents of red and blue states spend their money and time reveals little difference in charity.

Damage control: USAID OIG cancels Germany trip after reports of altered audits

After whistleblowers told Washington Post that their reports had been altered to remove negative findings, OIG cancels leadership meeting overseas to focus on damage control.

The Hispanic vote is completely misunderstood. Here’s proof.

The Hispanic vote is completely misunderstood. Here’s proof.

Reactions to Obama’s immigration decision are quite muted, despite the narrative.

Can the Federal Protective Service meet demands for heightened security?

Can the Federal Protective Service meet demands for heightened security?

The agency has had its share of problems, and a series of government audits raises questions about whether it’s prepared for new threats.

Exaggerated Silver Line savings

Barbara Comstock’s campaign says she saved $400 million on Silver Line construction. But there’s not much to that number.

Donors investing early in GOP governors as 2016 prospects

Donors investing early in GOP governors as 2016 prospects

An early focus on potential presidential candidates fuels a fundraising bonanza for the RGA.

Ferguson police chief to exit, law enforcement officials say

They would not say when Thomas Jackson would step down or under what circumstances.

Orbital Sciences Corp. investigates rocket-launch failure

Orbital Sciences Corp. investigates rocket-launch failure

The firm says development of a new rocket engine could be accelerated if the old Russian engine is to blame.

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In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

In the Loop: Got Ebola? Call a doctor. Or maybe a lawyer.

A D.C. law firm is hard at work anticipating your dread-disease needs. Just in case.

8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

8 things you didn’t read today (but should have)

Polls, games and money, money, money.

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GOP releases timeline of IRS targeting scandal

GOP releases timeline of IRS targeting scandal

The House Oversight and Government Reform Committee released a timeline this week outlining the Republican version of the events comprising the Internal Revenue Service’s targeting scandal.

Holder sees Frank Underwood -- but thinks Dick Cheney

Holder sees Frank Underwood -- but thinks Dick Cheney

Outgoing Attorney General Eric Holder, in wide-ranging interview, say Frank Underwood reminds him of “a pretty bad vice president.“

The Republican version of the IRS targeting scandal, in one timeline

The Republican version of the IRS targeting scandal, in one timeline

Republicans on the House oversight committee released a video this week detailing their version of how the scandal evolved.

Chris Christie yelled at someone today, because the Earth continues to spin

Chris Christie yelled at someone today, because the Earth continues to spin

The governor gave a protestor the full Christie.

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Chris Christie goes off on protester at Sandy event

Chris Christie goes off on protester at Sandy event

At an event in Belmar, N.J. marking two years since Hurricane Sandy pummeled the East Coast, Gov. Chris Christie (R) let loose on a protester heckling him from the crowd.

Early vote update: North Carolina Democrats are banking a lot of votes

Early vote update: North Carolina Democrats are banking a lot of votes

Our semi-regular look at the state of early voting across the country.

Arab views on governance after the uprisings

Arab views on governance after the uprisings

Concerned about the effects of rapid political change, have Arab publics changed their beliefs about the best type of political system?

The story of the 2014 election, as told on Snapchat

The story of the 2014 election, as told on Snapchat

Tell us how you feel.

Grandmas in Maine l-o-v-e talking about the election on Facebook

Grandmas in Maine l-o-v-e talking about the election on Facebook

Well, not *love.* But they’re talking about the midterms more than most people.

Guam: A high concentration of veterans, but rock-bottom VA funding

Guam: A high concentration of veterans, but rock-bottom VA funding

The U.S. territory of Guam ranks dead last for per capita VA funding, despite its relatively large veteran population. This PBS documentary examines the issue.

The national environment is terrible for Democrats, say Democrats

The national environment is terrible for Democrats, say Democrats

It always the darkest just before it goes completely black.

Another Zambian president dies in office. What happens now?

Another Zambian president dies in office. What happens now?

Despite focus on the vice president’s race, who takes power following Zambian President Michael Sata’s death is rather straightforward, given constitutional stipulations on succession.

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Campaign 2014: Free at Last PAC 'Elbert Guillory: Mary Landrieu is Not Helping Blacks'

Campaign 2014: Free at Last PAC 'Elbert Guillory: Mary Landrieu is Not Helping Blacks'

Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory goes after Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) in this attack ad from Free at Last PAC.

Pentagon scientists win first Guinness World Record

Pentagon scientists win first Guinness World Record

DARPA program wins record for developing world’s fastest electric circuit.

Navajo Nation presidential campaign in turmoil

Navajo Nation presidential campaign in turmoil

A presidential candidate is out after he was deemed insufficiently fluent in the tribal language.

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Campaign 2014: Our America PAC 'Elbert Guillory: Send Hagan Home'

Campaign 2014: Our America PAC 'Elbert Guillory: Send Hagan Home'

Our America PAC released this ad, which features Louisiana state senator Elbert Guillory slamming Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).

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Warren skewers Scott Brown while stumping for Shaheen

Warren skewers Scott Brown while stumping for Shaheen

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) spoke in support of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.) during a rally Saturday in Concord, N.H. Shaheen is running against Scott Brown (R) who Warren defeated to win her Senate seat in 2012.

Elbert Guillory is trying to help Republicans by playing the race card. It’s not working.

Elbert Guillory is trying to help Republicans by playing the race card. It’s not working.

The conservative playbook on how to court black voters need to be re-written.

Marijuana legalization in Oregon is anyone’s game, poll finds

Marijuana legalization in Oregon is anyone’s game, poll finds

Tuesday’s vote will come down to the wire, recent polls suggest.

Today’s most depressing poll for Democrats

Today’s most depressing poll for Democrats

Young people prefer a GOP-controlled Congress? What?

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Campaign 2014: Florida GOP 'Then or Now'

Campaign 2014: Florida GOP 'Then or Now'

The Florida GOP released this ad, which uses Democratic gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist's own words against him.

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Campaign 2014: NARAL Pro-Choice 'Cory Gardner banned birth control'

Campaign 2014: NARAL Pro-Choice 'Cory Gardner banned birth control'

In this radio ad, paid for by NARAL Pro-Choice Colorado, Republican senate candidate Cory Gardner (CO) is attacked for his stance on access to contraception.

How Putin turned Ukraine to the West

How Putin turned Ukraine to the West

In a watershed election, Ukraine elects a solidly pro-Western parliament for the first time.