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How the personal is political: Women voters and the midterms

Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:03
It's become conventional wisdom to say "women voters" are a key this year, and much of the Democrats' strategy has focused on trying to hold their advantage with them. But if the "women's vote" sounds like a very big group, that's because it is; in fact, it's more than half the electorate. So we have ask: which groups of women, in particular, may be up for grabs? And an even bigger question: what do pollsters…
2014 midterm election projected to be most expensive ever
Thursday, 23 October 2014 12:03
When the dust settles after November's midterm elections, candidates, parties, and outside groups will have spent almost $4 billion on the election, making 2014 by far the most expensive midterm campaign ever, according to the Center for Responsive Politics (CRP). Republicans and conservative-leaning groups are expected to narrowly outpace their counterparts on the left, spending a projected $1.92 billion to the Democrats' and progressives' $1.76 billion. Combined with over $300 million in administrative costs on…
Court: Olympian Jim Thorpe's remains can't be removed to tribal land
Thursday, 23 October 2014 11:34
By Jonathan Stempel (Reuters) - Jim Thorpe's remains will stay in the Pennsylvania hamlet named for the legendary Native American athlete and Olympics champion, after a federal appeals court on Thursday rejected an effort by two sons to move them to tribal lands in his native Oklahoma. Addressing an unusual dispute between two generations of descendants, the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Philadelphia said a lower court judge was wrong to order that…
Justice Dept. 'exasperated' by local probe of Missouri teen shooting
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:34
(Reuters) - U.S. Justice Department officials on Thursday criticized local authorities' investigation of the shooting death of an unarmed black teenager in Ferguson, Missouri, saying the case had been handled in a "selective" and "inappropriate" manner. The department's criticism comes after the official St. Louis County autopsy of Michael Brown, 18, who was shot by Ferguson police officer Darren Wilson on Aug. 9, was leaked to media on Wednesday. The autopsy report, obtained by the…
Using drones to fight infectious diseases
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:34
In a remote area of Southeast Asia, drones are fighting a battle — not against terrorists or insurgents, but against infectious disease. Researchers on the island of Borneo are using flying robots to map out areas affected by a type of malaria parasite (Plasmodium knowlesi), which most commonly infects macaque monkeys. In recent years, public health officials in the Malaysian state of Sabah have seen a rise in the number of cases of humans infected…
WHO: Ebola still of grave concern; number with disease approaches 10,000
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:34
Geneva (AFP) - Top experts on the Ebola virus raised grave concerns Thursday about the worsening epidemic in west Africa as the number of people with the disease neared 10,000. The World Heath Organization said after an emergency meeting on the deadly haemorrhagic fever that the situation in the worst-hit countries of Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone "remains of great concern". "It was the unanimous view of the committee that the event continues to constitute…
DSCC changes course on Grimes in Kentucky
Thursday, 23 October 2014 10:01
The Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee (DSCC) plans to advertise for Kentucky Democratic Senate candidate Alison Lundergan Grimes once again, changing course after last week's decision to cease advertising when it appeared her candidacy against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, was losing steam. A DSCC official confirmed to CBS News that the group is pouring an additional $650,000 into the race to advertise on Grimes' behalf after internal polling showed the race tightening with undecided…
U.S., allies stage 15 air strikes on Islamic State positions
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:33
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - U.S. military forces again focused air strikes on the area near the Syrian city of Kobani in their campaign to turn back Islamic State forces and also hit oil facilities held by the militant group, the U.S. Central Command said on Thursday. A total of 15 strikes were staged against Islamic State in Iraq and Syria on Wednesday and Thursday, according to a statement from Central Command.
What do we know about Canada gunman?
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:33
The gunman who fatally shot a soldier standing guard at the National War Memorial in Ottawa then stormed the Canadian parliament and opened fire before being shot and killed by the sergeant-at-arms was identified as 32-year-old Michael Zehaf-Bibeau. Here's what we know about the gunman so far: • He was a Quebec native. Zehaf-Bibeau was born in 1982; he is the son of Bulgasem Zehaf, a Quebec businessman, and Susan Bibeau, the deputy chairperson of…
Is Elizabeth Warren considering running for president?
Thursday, 23 October 2014 09:01
It may be that no American news outlet (including this one) can interview Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Massachusetts, without asking her whether she is running for president in 2016. The latest was People Magazine, for an article running in this week's issue. Is she "on board" with a presidential run? "I don't think so" Warren told People. "If there's any lesson I've learned in the last five years, it's don't be so sure about what lies…

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