In conservative S.C., few yard signs or debates

(Linda Davidson / The Washington Post)

All seven House members and both senators are floating toward Nov. 4 free and easy, running unopposed or facing absurdly underfunded, almost completely unknown challengers.

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Justices who graduated from Yale Law School hold court

Justices who graduated from Yale Law School hold court

Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel A. Alito Jr. hold a casual conversation at their alma mater.

In conservative S.C., few yard signs or debates

In conservative S.C., few yard signs or debates

All seven House members and both senators are floating toward Nov. 4 free and easy, running unopposed or facing absurdly underfunded, almost completely unknown challengers.

A comedian walks into the Senate
— and there’s no punch line

A comedian walks into the Senate <br>— and there’s no punch line

Afraid of missteps, politicians are following Al Franken and turning boredom into a campaign virtue.

Claims in Grimes’s new ad had been proven to be false

Democratic candidate for the Senate in Kentucky makes another highly questionable assertion as well.

What Colorado’s elections could say about 2016

If Republicans can’t win the statewide races this year when national conditions favor the GOP, they could have an even more difficult time in 2016.

Republicans ramp up minority outreach ahead of 2016 campaign

Republicans ramp up minority outreach ahead of 2016 campaign

Party leaders see an opening to actively court black voters who have rebuffed previous efforts.

Nurses need gear to care for Ebola patients

Nurses need gear to care for Ebola patients

Nurses put themselves at risk by caring for Ebola patients -- now they want support from Congress for mandated protocols.

Survey: Federal employees unhappy with senior leaders

A survey of the federal workforce shows dissatisfaction with senior leadership, discontent overall.

Student kills one, injures four, then kills himself in Wash.

Deadly incident occurred in a high school cafeteria in the Seattle area.

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

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

Best hair, Supreme Court haiku and the latest from the campaign trail.

Is Libya a proxy war?

Is Libya a proxy war?

A dangerous scenario looms ahead in Libya with an ongoing, multi-faceted struggle that is only partially understood.

With Martha Coakley, deep-blue Massachusetts continues to be a headache for Democrats

With Martha Coakley, deep-blue Massachusetts continues to be a headache for Democrats

The GOP has actually been in the ballgame for each of the last four major statewide campaigns.

Joni Ernst skipped an editorial board meeting. That was probably smart.

Joni Ernst skipped an editorial board meeting. That was probably smart.

Good for candidates. Bad for democracy.

U.S. paying $3.6 million to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan

U.S. paying $3.6 million to upgrade TV sports coverage in Afghanistan

An inspector general is questioning a $3.6 million contract for TV trucks to cover Afghan sports, including horseback goat-hauling matches and cricket.

Why watching grass grow might actually be a good investment of federal money

Why watching grass grow might actually be a good investment of federal money

Take Tom Coburn’s “Wastebook” with a grain of salt.

QUIZ: Which Senate race are you?

QUIZ: Which Senate race are you?

Forget polls. There is only one way to learn which electoral contest understands your soul.

Five myths about black voters

Five myths about black voters

A primer for the next 11 days.

Could control of the Senate be swayed
by non-citizens casting illegal votes?

Could control of the Senate be swayed <br>by non-citizens casting illegal votes?

New research finds that non-citizens do vote, and this may swing some midterm races.

Jerry Brown thinks California’s big cities should have strong mayor form of government

Jerry Brown thinks California’s big cities should have strong mayor form of government

More than $1.5 million has been spent on a measure to give Sacramento’s mayor more authority.

A sampling of Supreme Court decisions as haiku

Keith Jaasma, who created Supreme Court Haiku, picked the following poems as his favorites.

Antiabortion lobby pitches new group: Democratic women

The experiment by the Susan B. Anthony List is being tried in the tight Iowa Senate race.

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Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Extreme'

Campaign 2014: NRSC 'Extreme'

The National Republican Senatorial Committee released this ad, which slams U.S. Senate candidate Rep. Bruce Braley (D-Iowa), for his "failed record."

How Ebola panic could hurt civil liberties

How Ebola panic could hurt civil liberties

Ebola is frightening Americans. We know from past research that when Americans are worried about infectious diseases, they trust medical experts more, and are more likely to temporarily give up civil liberties.

McCain to new VA Secretary: Hurry up and fire people already

“[W]e are dismayed to learn that senior leaders of the VA are still not being held accountable for their grievous misconduct,” wrote McCain and Flake.

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.

Forecasting the Brazilian election

Forecasting the Brazilian election

Polls in the first round systematically overestimated support for Roussef and underestimated support for Neves, but there is interesting variation across polls.

Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

Federal workers’ satisfaction with senior leaders falls to 5-year low

A government survey found that morale plummeted a year after the shutdown and furloughs.

How demographics can (basically) predict what will happen in November

How demographics can (basically) predict what will happen in November

A look at demographic details from a series of recent polls.

Jerry Brown spending more on initiatives than his own race

Jerry Brown spending more on initiatives than his own race

The California governor is cruising to a fourth term. He’s so far ahead he won’t be advertising on his own behalf.

The top skills people list on their LinkedIn profiles, mapped out by city

The top skills people list on their LinkedIn profiles, mapped out by city

Finance is a top skill in New York City, while it’s mining in Las Vegas, and SEO marketing in Provo, Utah.

The Democrats’ midterm turnout problem -- in 6 charts

The Democrats’ midterm turnout problem -- in 6 charts

Midterm turnout drops off among young people, blacks and unmarried women.

The top 13 Senate races of 2014

The top 13 Senate races of 2014

The Senate’s massive playing field.

Outside groups and political parties are driving judicial campaigning

Outside groups and political parties are driving judicial campaigning

Only about one third of judicial campaign TV ads this year came from the candidates themselves.

Nevada is the Best State in America

Nevada is the Best State in America

Nevada promotes college savings more than any other state. Studies suggest that makes kids much more likely to go to college.

Michelle Nunn has the momentum, but Georgia’s runoff system is not her friend

Michelle Nunn has the momentum, but Georgia’s runoff system is not her friend

Recent history shows the GOP dominates such runoffs.

Democrats rebound in early vote count

Democrats rebound in early vote count

Quick shifts in a volatile metric.

The evolution of Islamism since the Arab uprisings

The evolution of Islamism since the Arab uprisings

Islamist movements have evolved dramatically due to a several key trends that have defined and redefined their experience in the new Arab political (dis)order.

Sex Pistols, ‘Sub-Mission’: The Week in One Song

Sex Pistols, ‘Sub-Mission’: The Week in One Song

The hunt for a mystery sub in the Baltic.

Campaign signs and crime reports -- 12 times they crossed paths in 2014

Campaign signs and crime reports -- 12 times they crossed paths in 2014

You know the election is almost here when campaign signs begin to disappear.