With state gubernatorial elections ramping up and a federal government shutting down, there was a lot of news in play this week. Here's a look back at the stories everyone has been and will continue to be talking about.


Gov. Chris Christie (R) is aiming to further increase his lead in the New Jersey gubernatorial election that he is expected to win, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli (R) says the government shutdown is affecting his race for Virginia governor, Gov. Scott Walker (R) has a new challenger in Wisconsin businesswoman Mary Burke (D), Vice President Joe Biden campaigns for North Carolina Senator Kay Hagan (D) and the Supreme Court is back in session for the "year of the sequel." Watch Monday's highlight reel here.


Vice President Biden cancels plans to campaign for Newark Mayor Cory Booker due to the shutdown, Gov. Christie (R) and Barbara Buono (D) debate in New Jersey, Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.) recovers from heart surgery and encourages his colleagues to solve the budget problem, tea party favorite Rep. Justin Amash (R-Mich.) has a new challenger in conservative businessman Brian Ellis and President Obama's second cousin is challenging Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) in the state's Republican primary. Watch Tuesday's highlight reel here.


Michelle Nunn (D) is raking in cash for her senate campaign in Georgia, members of Congress are arrested at an immigration rally on Capitol Hill, Florida's longest-serving congressman Rep. Bill Young (R) is retiring, new attack ads launch to pressure Republicans to support a clean CR and Libertarian candidate Robert Sarvis may qualify to join the final Virginia gubernatorial debate. Watch Wednesday's highlight reel here.


The New Jersey Senate debate heats up between Cory Booker (D) and Steve Lonegan (R), Sarah Palin will campaign at a race car track rally for Lonegan, only 7 percent of Americans think the launch of Obamacare went well or very well, former Detroit mayor Kwame Kilpatrick was sentenced to 28 years in prison for corruption and Hillary Clinton heads to a convenience store conference — without the media. Watch Thursday's highlight reel here.


Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Tex.) has drawn attention during the shutdown but a new Gallup poll shows it may not be for the best, Republican groups say they won't hold a clean CR vote against future candidates, Virginia gubernatorial frontrunner Terry McAuliffe (D) picks up an endorsement from former governor Doug Wilder and Kentucky Republican senators Mitch McConell and Rand Paul have quite the war chest they've been saving. Watch Friday's highlight reel here.

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