Martha Coakley is looking for redemption

Coakley and GOP candidate Charlie Baker are in a dead heat. (AP)

Coakley has learned from her botched 2010 Senate run. But there are two weeks left in her Massachusetts gubernatorial run, and it’s not going well. In a state dominated by Democrats, Coakley is neck-and-neck with her Republican opponent.

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36 breaches of the White House perimeter, mapped

36 breaches of the White House perimeter, mapped

Where people usually jump the fence to get into the White House -- and what happens next.

Popularity is overrated when it comes to winning Senate seats this year

Popularity is overrated when it comes to winning Senate seats this year

The predicted winner in several Senate races: someone viewed more negatively than positively.

Can quotas solve the problem of ‘bias’ against women in top government positions?

Can quotas solve the problem of ‘bias’ against women in top government positions?

The private sector may hold back women due to cultural bias, but we expect the government to be above those biases

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Campaign 2014: American Future Fund 'Haugh'

Campaign 2014: American Future Fund 'Haugh'

The Koch-backed American Future Fund is behind the online ad campaign "More Weed, Less War" which encourages young people in North Carolina to cast their vote for Libertarian U.S. Senate candidate Sean Haugh, who supports marijuana legalization.

Dogs were key in stopping White House intruder

Dogs were key in stopping White House intruder

The latest suspect’s rapid capture posed a marked contrast to the Secret Service’s handling of a similar incident in Sept.

American support for the death penalty hasn’t budged since botched executions

American support for the death penalty hasn’t budged since botched executions

Do botched executions change how people feel about executions? No, not really.

Kentucky now has the most interesting Senate race in the country

Kentucky now has the most interesting Senate race in the country

The two sides have a deep disagreement about where this one is headed.

In North Carolina’s Senate race, a negative ad ran on average once a minute -- for SEVEN days

In North Carolina’s Senate race, a negative ad ran on average once a minute -- for SEVEN days

That’s 10 ads for every commercial break, statewide.

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.

This is how far black and Hispanic women lag behind white men on pay

Here’s a look at wage gaps by state, according to the National Women’s Law Center.

Colorado governor’s race tests Hickenlooper’s leadership

Democrats express frustrations — including that race is a tossup — and governor seems to be getting the message.

New Jersey files response to pro-sports leagues in sports betting case

New Jersey files response to pro-sports leagues in sports betting case

Earlier this week, the NBA, NCAA, NFL, NHL, and MLB argued New Jersey’s plan to allow sports betting violated state law. New Jersey says it disagrees.

There are 850 164-year-old voters in New York City. Yes, you read that right.

There are 850 164-year-old voters in New York City. Yes, you read that right.

These folks apparently were able to cast ballots for Andrew Cuomo and Theodore Roosevelt.

WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

WATCH | Jimmy Kimmel uses Coburn’s ‘Wastebook’ for ‘Expenditure or Stoner?’ quiz

Can you guess whether these zany-sounding projects were real government expenditures or stoner ideas?

No, Don Young, ‘government largesse’ doesn’t lead to more suicide

No, Don Young, ‘government largesse’ doesn’t lead to more suicide

An argument easily disproved with data.

Jerry Brown can rest easy: support is strong for the two ballot measures he wants passed

A majority of likely voters say they support the pair of measures, which would improve water infrastructure and bolster a rainy-day fund.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

Deputy Secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring. Really, he is.

Veteran career diplomat and deputy secretary of State Bill Burns is retiring after 32 years.

IRS boosts retirement investment limits

IRS boosts retirement investment limits

Inflation-related adjustment allows larger savings in TSP, 401(k) plans in 2015.

S.C. House Speaker to plead guilty, resign

S.C. House Speaker to plead guilty, resign

House Speaker Bobby Harrell will plead guilty to using campaign funds for personal purposes.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the buzziest candidate on Facebook. But the GOP is better ‘like’-d.

Alison Lundergan Grimes is the buzziest candidate on Facebook. But the GOP is better ‘like’-d.

GOP candidates have about three times as many “likes.“

What do you care about in the midterms?

What do you care about in the midterms?

Tell us at #mymidtermfix on Twitter.

How zombies could decide control of the Washington state Senate

How zombies could decide control of the Washington state Senate

If you build a zombie empire and then try to run for office, the jokes will come.

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Campaign 2014: Martha McSally 'Puppies'

Campaign 2014: Martha McSally 'Puppies'

The Republican U.S. congressional candidate for Arizona's 2nd district, Martha McSally, responds with humor to attacks from her Democratic opponent, Rep. Ron Barber.

This cowboy poet might be America’s next great political analyst

This cowboy poet might be America’s next great political analyst

Former senator Larry Pressler recently cited the work of Baxter Black, who is no newcomer to politics.

Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

Can the nation’s oldest veterans groups attract younger veterans?

The American Legion and VFW fight back after a Washington Times article cast doubt on whether they can attract post-9/11 veterans.

9 percent of likely 2014 voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about President Obama

9 percent of likely 2014 voters are ‘enthusiastic’ about President Obama

Understanding the lack of a pro-Obama vote.

Alison Grimes doubles down
on a 4-Pinocchio claim

Alison Grimes doubles down <br> on a 4-Pinocchio claim

She puts her credibility on the line by uttering the claims herself.

Transgender federal employee wins historic discrimination case

The Office of Special Counsel said the Army discriminated against a transgender civilian employee.

Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

Testimony of some witnesses said to back officer in Ferguson shooting

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

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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.