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Obama campaign enters its final week

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With only several days to go before the election, the president, vice president and campaign officials and supporters are making their final push in such swing states as Florida and Ohio — just as Hurricane Sandy makes its way up the East Coast, leading Obama to head back to Washington to focus on the federal government’s storm response.

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Can John Kasich survive in Ohio?

Ted Strickland's decision not to run means a race that was already shaping up as a referendum on Gov. Kasich stands to be even more about him.

Congressional poet rhymes for a reason

The unofficial Bard of the House submits some new verse.

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Tim Ryan (D-Ohio)

Happy Hour Roundup

Our nightly wrap-up of news and opinion.

Quoted: Australian DJ makes easiest prank call ever to Kate Middleton’s hospital

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The radio hosts couldn’t believe they actually got through.

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Ethics group questions who picked up tab for lawmaker lunches

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Members of Congress frequently eat meals there that they list in filings as “campaign” or “political” expenses, apparently counter to House rules.

Tim Ryan meditates; Romney’s courtship; and a DC-set show (Read-this roundup)

In the Loop’s roundup, Rep. Tim Ryan meditates; the courtship of Mitt Romney; and a new DC TV series.

The Fix's top 15 gubernatorial races

History shows that former governors trying to win their old jobs back have succeeded more than half the time. That bodes well for Charlie Crist, who might launch a comeback bid in Florida next year.