- Candidates Stick to Script in Last Louisiana Debate
(First Draft - October 30 2014 - 12:15 PM:)<>The final debate in the Louisiana Senate race delivered few surprises.> <>
- Dan Sullivan’s Final Word in Alaska? Obama.
(First Draft - October 30 2014 - 11:30 AM:)<>Dan Sullivan released a final ad in Alaska on Thursday in which he never mentions his Democratic rival, focusing instead on the president.> <>
- Today in Politics
(First Draft - October 30 2014 - 11:20 AM:)<>Election watchers might want to take a moment to savor the uncertainty of these midterms.> <>
- Senator Angus King Switches Endorsement in Maine Governor’s Race
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 9:19 PM:)<>Senator Angus King, the Maine independent who had backed another independent, Eliot Cutler, for governor, switched his allegiance to the Democrat, Representative Michael H. Michaud.> <>
- Seven Endangered House Democrats Get a Cash-Infusion
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 9:08 PM:)<>Increasingly worried about some of its incumbents, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee is putting more money behind seven Democrats in tough contests less than a week before Election Day.> <>
- Worried, Harry Reid Invokes Impeachment Politics
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 7:00 PM:)<>Senator Harry Reid, the majority leader who is facing the likely loss of Democratic control of the Senate, is bringing out the bogymen.> <>
- Latinos Still Lean Toward Democrats, but Less So
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 6:59 PM:)<>With inaction defining the immigration debate in Washington this year, Latinos’ support for Democrats has softened going into the midterm elections next week, but they still heavily favor Democrats over Republicans, according to a new poll.> <>
- Truest to Life? Holder Says ‘House of Cards’
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 6:46 PM:)<>Attorney General Eric Holder talks TV and perhaps reveals something about his views on life in Washington.> <>
- First Draft Focus: At the Bradlee Funeral
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 6:30 PM:)<>Quinn Bradlee, a son of Benjamin C. Bradlee, the former executive editor of The Washington Post, rested his head on the coffin after he spoke at his father's funeral at Washington National Cathedral on Wednesday.> <>
- Verbatim: Said the Pot to the Kettle …
(First Draft - October 29 2014 - 5:44 PM:)<>"It’s a little rich to have a lecture on profanity from the speaker of the House," Josh Earnest, White House press secretary, said.> <>
FIVE THIRTY EIGHT
- Special Election Timing in New Jersey Points to a Weak G.O.P. Field
(FiveThirtyEight - June 04 2013 - 8:11 PM:)<>Gov. Chris Christie's decision to schedule a special election for Senator Frank R. Lautenberg's seat on Oct. 16 suggests that he evaluated the potential Republican challengers and did not like what he saw.> <>
- How Christie Can Maximize the G.O.P.’s Chances in New Jersey
(FiveThirtyEight - June 04 2013 - 12:55 AM:)<>Any Republican that Gov. Chris Christie appointed to replace Senator Frank R. Lautenberg would probably be an underdog in an election. But if Mr. Christie wants to maximize his party's chances of holding the seat, his path is fairly straightforward.> <>
- Lautenberg’s Death Continues Sharp Decrease in Military Veterans in Senate
(FiveThirtyEight - June 03 2013 - 6:14 PM:)<>In the late 1970s, 81 of 100 senators had served in the military. Today, just 16 have.> <>
- A Predictable Decline in Hillary Clinton’s Popularity
(FiveThirtyEight - May 31 2013 - 7:58 PM:)<>The drop in Mrs. Clinton's favorability ratings was likely just a matter of time -- and if the Benghazi hearings had not triggered it, something else would have.> <>
- Why Can’t Canada Win the Stanley Cup?
(FiveThirtyEight - May 31 2013 - 4:46 PM:)<>No Canadian team has won the N.H.L. championship since 1993. How unlikely is this 20-year drought? And is there anything in the league's economics that might explain it?> <>
- Bachmann’s Retirement Reduces Electoral Risk for G.O.P.
(FiveThirtyEight - May 29 2013 - 11:48 PM:)<>Some Democrats are giddy that the Tea Party provocateur Michele Bachmann has announced her intention to retire from Congress, but her decision may allow Republicans to avoid a toss-up race in what should be a reasonably safe district.> <>
- Popular Governors, and Prospects for 2016
(FiveThirtyEight - May 28 2013 - 4:11 PM:)<>The Republicans have several widely popular governors in swing states and blue states. But they aren't always the ones most frequently mentioned for 2016.> <>
- Is the Economy Saving Obama’s Approval Ratings?
(FiveThirtyEight - May 21 2013 - 12:04 PM:)<>Political coverage over the last week has focused on a series of stories that reflect negatively on the executive branch, but President Obama's approval ratings have held steady.> <>
- New Audit Allegations Show Flawed Statistical Thinking
(FiveThirtyEight - May 17 2013 - 8:31 PM:)<>Some conservatives are alleging that the I.R.S. targeted not just conservative groups, but also individual conservative taxpayers. But a handful of anecdotal data points are not worth very much in a country of 300 million people.> <>
- Is There Really a Second-Term Curse?
(FiveThirtyEight - May 16 2013 - 4:47 PM:)<>Two-term presidents since World War II tended to be quite popular in their first terms, and significantly less so in their second terms. Is this proof of a second-term curse? In reality, there are some complications.> <>