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  • Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot Tuesday, 21 Oct 2014 | 1:03 AM ET

    CHICAGO— As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they often point to fast food workers, baristas and others who are struggling to raise families, pay rent or get through school— some on as little as $7.25 per hour. In one state, Illinois, the campaign to support the minimum wage would not actually raise the wage.

  • News Guide: DCCC outraises Senate rivals Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET

    Democrats' campaign committee for House races picked up $16.7 million in September despite long odds of winning a majority— surpassing both parties' campaign arms focused on the Senate, which is very much in play. If Republicans net six Senate seats and win handily as expected in the House, they will control both chambers in Congress for the final two years of...

  • Majority in US says country 'out of control': Poll Monday, 20 Oct 2014 | 11:39 AM ET
    A tattered American flag waves from a storefront in Jacksonville, N.C.

    A picture of the U.S. electorate is emerging, and it is not pretty for either party, according to a poll from Politico.

  • Will Ebola affect the outcome of the election? Friday, 17 Oct 2014 | 2:03 PM ET
    Infection control nurse Marc Dangel, right, assists colleague Heinz Schuhmacher with a protection suit during a media presentation at an isolation ward for possible Ebola patients at of the Universitaetsspital Basel hospital in Basel, Switzerland.

    Politicians are jumping on the Ebola bandwagon as a campaign tactic, but will it sway the midterm elections?

  • GOP's Gillespie ditches ads in Senate race in Va. Thursday, 16 Oct 2014 | 11:06 AM ET

    RICHMOND, Va.— Ed Gillespie has one of the sharpest political instincts of any of the Republicans' recruits for Senate races this year. But that and a thick Rolodex of GOP donors haven't helped him close a massive campaign cash deficit against incumbent Virginia Sen. While a handful of competitive Senate races have gained national attention and millions of...

  • In Kentucky, will verve upend sure-footed experience? Tuesday, 14 Oct 2014 | 9:56 AM ET
    Minority Leader U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R) and Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes (D) rehearse with host Bill Goodman before their debate on 'Kentucky Tonight' at the KET Network Center on October 13, 2014 in Lexington, Kentucky. Voters go to the polls on November 4, 2014.

    Sen. Mitch McConnell faces a surprisingly tough battle this fall against Alison Lundergan Grimes, who was 5 when he first went to D.C.

  • Sen. Pat Roberts: I'm gonna win this thing     Friday, 10 Oct 2014 | 12:38 PM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood talks to Kansas Republican Senator Pat Roberts, who's locked in a very tight race for his seat.

  • Obamacare could delay a Fed rate hike Thursday, 9 Oct 2014 | 12:52 PM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks during the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute Awards, Oct. 2, 2014, in Washington.

    Obamacare and the tax hit some may face next year could delay a rate hike by the Fed, says ex-Treasury official Stephen Myrow. Here's why.

  • Confidence in Obama on economy sinks to new low Tuesday, 7 Oct 2014 | 12:01 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaking in Washington, October 2, 2014.

    President Obama's economic leadership stands at the lowest level of his presidency, according to the latest CNBC All-America Economic survey.

  • GOP agenda this week: Paint Obama as incompetent Monday, 6 Oct 2014 | 9:44 AM ET
    President Barack Obama speaks at Northwestern University October 2, 2014 in Evanston, Illinois.

    The GOP will attack the president on the Secret Service, intelligence on ISIS and Ebola's entrance into the U.S., Politico's Ben White says.

  • Democrats lean heavily on PACs in Senate battle Sunday, 5 Oct 2014 | 12:00 AM ET

    With the battle for the Senate tilting toward Republicans, Democrats are more reliant than ever on groups they tried to outlaw, the NY Times reports.

  • Why the Secret Service matters in the midterms Thursday, 2 Oct 2014 | 12:32 PM ET
    Secret Service Director Julia Pierson testifies at a House hearing on the White House security breach, Sept. 30, 2014.

    Recent government missteps could cost the midterm elections for the Democrats, NBC News reports.

  • *Republicans plan to force a vote if they win Senate. The $10 billion Keystone project to connect Canadian oil sands with U.S. refineries will top the list of Republican energy priorities if they gain control of the Senate after the Nov. 4 midterm elections.

  • No porn for you! Bill targets federal employees Friday, 26 Sep 2014 | 3:24 PM ET
    Rep. Mark Meadows

    Rep. Mark Meadows introduced legislation that would ban federal employees from looking at porn during work, reports the Fiscal Times.

  • *Medicaid expansion key part of Obama's healthcare reform. Up to a dozen states, including several led by Republicans, could move forward with plans to expand coverage under Medicaid after the November elections. Texas Governor Rick Perry once said expanding Medicaid would be similar to "adding a thousand people to the Titanic."

  • How Hillary could lose in 2016 Wednesday, 24 Sep 2014 | 1:34 PM ET
    Hillary Clinton at the Clinton Global Initiative in New York.

    Everyone's talking like Hillary Clinton is already the next president. But here's how she could lose, says ex-Treasury official Stephen Myrow.

  • An essential guide to the midterm elections Friday, 19 Sep 2014 | 7:29 AM ET
    Speaker of the House John Boehner and President Barack Obama.

    America's permanent partisan war for now shifts exclusively to the campaign trail. Here's what you need to pay attention to.

  • Rand Paul's 'double-edged' sword     Monday, 15 Sep 2014 | 6:37 AM ET

    CNBC's John Harwood reports on the likelihood of Sen. Rand Paul running in the 2016 presidential election.

  • Ex-Im Bank extension could be its demise Friday, 12 Sep 2014 | 11:28 AM ET

    Extending the Ex-Im Bank's charter to June separates it from must-pass legislation and could mean its death, Politico's Ben White says.

  • Been there: What Obama WON'T say in terror speech Wednesday, 10 Sep 2014 | 7:35 AM ET
    President Barack Obama

    Here's a look back at some of the key statements that Obama has made about terror groups, and Syria that you won't hear from him Wednesday night.