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In US Senate elections, reputation
is more important than party

Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan

Original Article

Posted By:Attercliffe, 6/26/2014 10:18:37 AM

In November, Americans will vote in their midterm elections. Republicans are almost certain to retain control of the House of Representatives, so if they can also take control of the Senate, they´ll probably render President Obama a lame duck. But will President Obama’s present political difficulties (his approval rating is plummeting) assist Republican candidates? It´s a complex story. Assessing months of polling data, it’s clear that the 2014 Senate elections are more insulated from national politics than is commonly believed. Take Arkansas. Here, in a state that went for Romney by 61pc to Obama’s 37pc, the incumbent Democrat, Senator Mark

      


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In US Senate elections, reputation
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Telegraph [UK], by Tom Rogan    Original Article
Posted By: Attercliffe- 6/26/2014 10:18:37 AM     Post Reply
In November, Americans will vote in their midterm elections. Republicans are almost certain to retain control of the House of Representatives, so if they can also take control of the Senate, they´ll probably render President Obama a lame duck. But will President Obama’s present political difficulties (his approval rating is plummeting) assist Republican candidates? It´s a complex story. Assessing months of polling data, it’s clear that the 2014 Senate elections are more insulated from national politics than is commonly believed. Take Arkansas. Here, in a state that went for Romney by 61pc to Obama’s 37pc, the incumbent Democrat, Senator Mark

   

 

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House Speaker John Boehner said Wednesday that he will file a lawsuit against President Obama for what he claimed is a series of abuses of power in the executive branch of the federal government. ´This is not about impeachment,´ the Ohio legislator insisted. ´It´s about him faithfully executing the laws of this country.´ Obama has touted his ´pen and phone´ approach to implementing his domestic agenda by going around Congress, casting 2014 during his most recent State of the Union address as a ´year of action.´ ´´What we´ve seen, clearly over the last five years, is an effort to erode the power

   

 

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US secretary of state John Kerry will attend key Nato discussions on Iraq on Wednesday, the day after US military advisers began moving into Baghdad as Iraqi forces battle Sunni militants. [Snip] The first of up to 300 US military advisers began their mission in Baghdad Tuesday to help the Iraqi army, but the Pentagon said the American troops were not taking on a combat role. The primary task of the advisers was to evaluate the state of the Iraqi forces and not to turn the tide against militants from Isis, which have swept across western and northern Iraq, the

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939 days before Obama leaves office, the 2016 Presidential Campaign is well underway. Likely Republican candidates are raising money and shaking hands. Media coverage is growing. And Hillary Clinton is talking about her wealth. In a silly way. All of this began in early June, when Clinton told ABC News that her unsuccessful 2008 Presidential run had left her family "dead broke". Clinton then explained the struggle of paying multiple mortgages and Chelsea´s education fees. The story could have ended there. Instead, Clinton gave another interview in which she demanded media "context" for her earlier remarks. [Snip] Then, last weekend,



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