Political ad spending likely to shatter record

(AP)

Total political advertising in the 2014 elections is expected to reach a record $2.4 billion, up $100 million from four years ago, according to estimates by the Kantar Media research firm.

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Hank Harrison, a retired teacher, shared why he thinks incumbent Sen. Mark Begich (D-Alaska) should serve another term at a coffee shop in Anchorage Friday.

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For most of history, politicians haven’t been able to have Halloween Twitter names. This is a travesty.

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These studies show that airport Ebola screenings are largely ineffective

Scientific studies published by NIH have shown that similar protocols were largely ineffective during a 2009 Swine Flu outbreak.

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Fed unions push candidates, some from the GOP

Federal employee unions working and spending for candidates, including some Republicans.

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Des Moines voters: You don't want to criticize Iowa farmers

The Post's Ben Terris spoke to voters in Des Moines, Iowa Thursday on their thoughts going into the 2014 Iowa Senate race.

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‘Don’t throw traditional stamps into the [postal] dumpster,’ former USPS committee member warns

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Blackface, lynching in effigy, and the unbearable awfulness of Halloween

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Let the 2016 Iowa Caucus coverage begin

Let the 2016 Iowa Caucus coverage begin

It’s really been about 2016 all along, but on Friday, the Des Moines Register made it official.

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Abbott is likely the next governor of Texas. He may run for president, too.

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Are non-citizens following American election laws?

Non-citizens aren’t making illegal donations to political candidates.

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How not to cite a fact check

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Republicans forecast to win 5 state senates and 9 state houses

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Dueling Super PAC ads in Kansas Senate race

These ads aired in back-to-to back commercial breaks: One attacking incumbent Sen. Pat Rogers (R-Kan.) by a Super PAC supporting his opponent, Greg Orman (I) and one from a Koch-affiliated super PAC supporting Roberts.

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How Christie earned 'worst week in Washington'

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) faced backlash over mandatory quarantine of a nurse who treated Ebola patients and publicly engaged with a heckler at a Sandy anniversary event. The Post's Chris Cillizza says he had the worst week in Washington.

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Campaign 2014: Mary Burke 'Attackers'

This ad from Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke accuses her Republican opponent, Gov. Scott Walker, of "sleaze politics."

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Sheldon Snook leaves U.S. District Court with accolades

The administrative assistant, who will take a similar post at the Supreme Court, is praised by many.

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Any push for expansion would set McCrory and state Senate President Phil Berger on another collision course.

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Here are the top 4 Google searches for a bunch of candidates -- and what they tell us

Americans are very interested in the net worth of their politicians.

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Report: VA still a mess, needs help with everything from hiring to parking

The report found issues in both the work culture -- with overwork causing employees to leave -- along with a slow and confusing hiring process.

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Pelosi invites members of Congress to D.C. lunch on Election Day

Democrats are expected to lose big on Tuesday. Some House members will spend the day lunching in Washington.

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Why a Nevada candidate is paying to air his opponent’s ad

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Providence shines, just a bit, on Obama in return visit

The state’s greeting for the president was sunny. Its economic performance hasn’t been.

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California voters seem ready to end the state’s ‘tough on crime’ era

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Mary Landrieu said Obama’s race hurts him in the South. Outrage ensues.

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The evolution of this year’s House races, in one chart

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