For Walker, 2014 race may decide 2016 future

Gov. Scott Walker mingles with veterans after giving a speech in Milwaukee on Sept. 24.

Among the class of Republican presidential hopefuls, the Wisconsin governor is the only one who faces a critical test on Nov. 4, and he’s far more worried than he was in previous contests.

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Another man jumps White House fence

Another man jumps White House fence

Officials said the jumper was taken into custody after being bitten by a guard dog on the North Lawn.

Black witnesses, evidence largely back officer in Ferguson police shooting

Black witnesses, evidence largely back officer in Ferguson police shooting

Michael Brown and Darren Wilson fought for the officer’s gun, interviews and the autopsy indicate.

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

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

John Deere, bears and memes.

Vote for me, because puppies (Video)

Vote for me, because puppies (Video)

The inevitable moment when candidates try to cash in on America’s campaign fatigue

Chris Christie versus Rand Paul, part 19: Ebola

Chris Christie versus Rand Paul, part 19: Ebola

The governor downplays the risk that Paul had hyped.

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Chris Christie discusses Ebola

Chris Christie discusses Ebola

Christie described talking to his young daughter about why she doesn't need to worry about the disease while speaking at Hackensack University Medical Center on Wednesday.

In its lesser-known role, immigration agency returns stolen artifacts

In its lesser-known role, immigration agency returns stolen artifacts

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Wednesday returned looted Peruvian artifacts that were smuggled into the U.S.

2014 will be the most expensive midterm election ever

2014 will be the most expensive midterm election ever

The biggest growth area? Outside group spending.

A Florida city voted to split the state in two because of concerns over climate change

A Florida city voted to split the state in two because of concerns over climate change

The City of South Miami voted 3 to 2 in favor of secession.

So, just how rich is Congress? Richer than you.

So, just how rich is Congress? Richer than you.

If you play the law of averages, that is.

Inspector slams Secret Service for diverting agents to staffer in dispute

Inspector slams Secret Service for diverting agents to staffer in dispute

Secret Service agents were diverted to guard the director’s assistant, who had been involved in a dispute with a neighbor.

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Campaign 2014: Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Say Anything'

Campaign 2014: Alison Lundergan Grimes 'Say Anything'

This ad from Democratic U.S. Senate candidate for Kentucky, Alison Lundergan Grimes, accuses her Republican opponent, Sen. Mitch McConnell of being willing to "say anything."

Paid not to work for a year or more: GOP lawmakers ask federal agencies, ‘Why?’

Paid not to work for a year or more: GOP lawmakers ask federal agencies, ‘Why?’

GOP lawmakers want agencies to disclose why employees were paid not to work for a year or more.

How judicial campaign ads may be affecting legal decisions

How judicial campaign ads may be affecting legal decisions

More ads are associated with more rulings against those accused of crimes, a new study finds.

The 945 people who we assume bought Gov. Cuomo’s book

The 945 people who we assume bought Gov. Cuomo’s book

First week sales were presumably lower than expectations.

Will Democrats’ ground game save their Senate majority? We asked an expert.

Will Democrats’ ground game save their Senate majority? We asked an expert.

An interview with Columbia University’s Donald P. Green.

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Campaign 2014: Mitch McConnell 'Represents Me'

Campaign 2014: Mitch McConnell 'Represents Me'

This ad from Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) slams his Democratic opponent, Alison Lundergan Grimes, on women's issues.

$26 million has been spent on TV ads attacking this one candidate

$26 million has been spent on TV ads attacking this one candidate

These 10 candidates have faced a combined total of $163 million in attack ads. And that’s a low estimate.

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Inside the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act oral arguments

Inside the Supreme Court's Affordable Care Act oral arguments

An animated look at Supreme Court oral arguments about Medicare expansion between Justice Stephen Breyer, Justice Antonin Scalia and Paul Clement.

‘Walmart Moms’ think America is in the ‘crapper’

‘Walmart Moms’ think America is in the ‘crapper’

This cycle’s much coveted demographic is fed-up with politics and afraid about the future.

The 19 best pictures from the 2014 debate season

The 19 best pictures from the 2014 debate season

Awarding the most amusing -- if not the most consequential -- debate performances of the midterms.

N.D. proposal would limit constitutional amendments

N.D. proposal would limit constitutional amendments

The state legislature doesn’t want to be hamstrung by measures that require certain types of spending.

The truth about Truthy

The truth about Truthy

The FCC’s Ajit Pai is propagating a conspiracy theory claiming that the National Science Foundation is funding an Orwellian political surveillance program. In fact, the Truthy research project is a scientific effort to study how both political and non-political communication happens on the Internet.

When things go wrong, Obama relies on his external fixers, not his Cabinet

When things go wrong, Obama relies on his external fixers, not his Cabinet

From one crisis to the next, the president has turned to outsiders to right the government’s course.

Ben Bradlee: A real-life action figure

Ben Bradlee: A real-life action figure

Ben Bradlee was always there for his reporters. Even if it meant booking a Learjet.

Don Young would make a really lousy grief counselor

Don Young would make a really lousy grief counselor

He says things. Controversial things.

Michigan bans direct sales of Tesla cars

Michigan bans direct sales of Tesla cars

Michigan joins a handful of states that require car manufacturers to sell vehicles through dealerships.

Georgia Democrats send out mailer asking residents to vote to “prevent another Ferguson“

Georgia Democrats send out mailer asking residents to vote to “prevent another Ferguson“

“If we want a better, safer future for our children, it’s up to us to vote for change,” the mailer reads.

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Campaign 2014: NRSC 'What's Wrong'

Campaign 2014: NRSC 'What's Wrong'

"What's Wrong" alleges shady financial dealings by Sen. Kay Hagan (D-N.C.).

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Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Can't Afford'

Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Can't Afford'

"Can't Afford" goes after Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-N.H.).

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Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Million'

Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Million'

"Million" slams Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa) on taxes.

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Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Matters'

Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Matters'

"Matters" calls U.S. Senate candidate for Georgia, Michelle Nunn (D), "Obama's Senator."

Chris Christie needs to update his stereotypes about the minimum wage

Chris Christie needs to update his stereotypes about the minimum wage

Minimum wage earners are largely women over the age of 25.

Medical marijuana licenses don’t protect you from getting a DUI, court rules

Medical marijuana licenses don’t protect you from getting a DUI, court rules

A case involving an Arizona man who had traces of marijuana in his system was decided Tuesday.

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Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Didn't Know'

Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Didn't Know'

"Didn't Know" says Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) "voted with Obama 99%."

5 ads that tell you how much Republicans believe this election is all about Barack Obama

5 ads that tell you how much Republicans believe this election is all about Barack Obama

It’s all Obama, all the time now for GOPers.

New data offers an inside look at labor trafficking in the U.S.

New data offers an inside look at labor trafficking in the U.S.

A new study takes a deep look into the underground world of forced labor.

How much each state’s governor gets paid

How much each state’s governor gets paid

Salaries range from $70,000 to more than $185,000.