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How a surge in Puerto Rican voters is changing Florida politics

The road to political victory in Florida is not just a metaphor, it's a place: Interstate 4, the busy highway that cuts across the vote-heavy heart of the state from Tampa to Daytona Beach. And the I-4 corridor, as it's called, now runs through a swing-vote region undergoing significant demographic change.

Ann Romney: If Mitt had been elected president, ‘I do not believe there would have been an invasion in Ukraine’

Ann Romney says Russia wouldn’t have invaded Ukraine had her husband Mitt been elected president. In a clear shot at the Obama administration, Romney told Yahoo News and Finance Anchor Bianna Golodryga, “I do not believe there would have been an invasion, of course, in Ukraine. I believe Putin would have known there would've been consequences to that.”

Mississippi Supreme Court rejects McDaniel Senate primary challenge

By Emily Le Coz JACKSON Miss. (Reuters) - The Mississippi Supreme Court on Friday rejected a Republican primary challenge by former U.S. Senate candidate Chris McDaniel, possibly ending his legal effort to overturn the June result that he alleged was stolen by incumbent U.S. Senator Thad Cochran. In a split decision, justices affirmed a lower court ruling dismissing McDaniel’s case, saying he fi

U.S. judge blocks New Jersey sports betting law

By Steve Ginsburg and David Ingram (Reuters) - A federal judge issued a temporary restraining order on Friday blocking a New Jersey law that would have allowed legal betting on sporting events. U.S. District Judge Michael Shipp gave the order orally in court and planned to issue a written order later in the day, according to his chambers. The National Football League and other sports leagues sue

Pentagon official upbeat on streamlining U.S. military acquisitions

By Andrea Shalal WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The Pentagon and Congress have better-than-ever odds of reaching agreement on how to streamline myriad overlapping laws that slow the process for buying military equipment and services, a top Defense Department official said. "I am optimistic," Andrew Hunter, a former congressional aide who helped draft many of those laws before joining the Pentagon four y

Republicans take aim at U.S. Ebola response after fourth case emerges

By David Morgan and Toni Clarke WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans with an eye on next month’s congressional elections ratcheted up their criticism of President Barack Obama’s response to Ebola on Friday after the emergence of a fourth U.S. case heightened public anxiety about the disease spreading outside of West Africa. Darrell Issa, a California Republican who is a constant critic of Democrat O

How the North Carolina Senate race became ground zero for what's wrong with 2014

But with less than two weeks left until the midterm elections, it’s clear the Tar Heel State has indeed emerged as a ground zero — though not in the way the GOP chairman meant. The highly competitive Senate race in North Carolina is the multimillion-dollar epicenter of the negative campaigning that has come to define this election and that parties are using to try to win tight races nationwide.

Smuggled oil, sex slaves, kidnappings, crime: Inside the Islamic State’s million-dollar money stream

The Islamic State militants got rich off smuggled oil, kidnappings for ransom, and extortion. Here is how the United States is responding.

Pat Robertson calls gay rights activists 'terrorists'

A day after his controversial comments about AIDS were obliterated by Anderson Cooper, the conservative televangelist called gay rights activists “terrorists."

On Politics: The silliest emails of the week

I've been traveling around the country plugging my book on the collision of politics and celebrity in 1987 (see, I just did it again), so I haven't had a lot of time to check in on the latest election polls and midterm controversies. I did spend a half-hour watching TV in a Denver hotel, during which I saw a total of three 30-second ads that did not feature one candidate slandering another. Colora

Ottawa shootings: Kevin Vickers, parliament's sergeant-at-arms, hailed as hero

The head of Ottawa's parliamentary security is being hailed as a hero for reportedly fatally shooting a suspected male gunman before he could enter the caucus rooms.

Canada’s Top Cop Wants More Terror Arrests, But Needs Evidence

RCMP Commissioner Says No Arrests Imminent After Parliament Shooting, But He’d Rather They Were

Afghan Opium Trade Thriving Despite - or With Help of - US $7 Billion Effort

Despite American Efforts, Afghanistan's Opium Trade Is Booming

American Jeffrey Fowle Released From North Korea and Flies Home on US Jet

Jeffrey Fowle Was Arrested for Leaving Bible in North Korean Nightclub

Debate over compromise shapes Georgia Senate race

MCDONOUGH, Ga. (AP) — Democrat Michelle Nunn of Georgia has made her willingness to work with Republicans a central theme as she campaigns across the state for a key seat in the fight for control of the Senate.

Today in History

Today is Saturday, Oct. 25, the 298th day of 2014. There are 67 days left in the year.

Cornyn, Democrat Alameel meet in only debate

DALLAS (AP) — Problems with the nation's immigration system dominated a debate Friday between U.S. Sen. John Cornyn and Democratic challenger David Alameel.

Marine death is 1st in campaign against IS

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Pentagon has announced the first death of a U.S. military member involved in the campaign against the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria.

Navajo officials mull election amid confusion

PHOENIX (AP) — With their presidential election less than two weeks away, Navajo Nation officials are weighing how to proceed with a race that has become increasingly embroiled in confusion amid a debate involving the tribe's language.

Power shifts to outsiders in U.S. Senate fight

Battle for control determined in large part by big-spending super PACs and nonprofits.

Corporations, advocacy groups spend big on ballot measures

Corporations and national advocacy groups are throwing big dollars behind TV ads before voters decide 158 state ballot measures.

North Carolina's state of political hate

North Carolina's U.S. Senate race is the nation's nastiest — and few are particularly friendly affairs.

Brazil poll rivals clash over corruption claim

Brazil's presidential candidates clashed over corruption allegations in a final debate, as incumbent Dilma Rousseff rejected a report that she knew about a kickback scheme at state oil giant Petrobras. The last debate before Sunday's run-off election was heated from the start as the report in conservative newsweekly Veja dominated opening exchanges before the candidates moved on to the economy a

Israel troops kill US-Palestinian teen in West Bank

Washington confirmed that a Palestinian teenager shot dead by Israeli troops was a US citizen -- the second time this week an American child has fallen victim to the ongoing conflict. An army spokeswoman said troops posted at the village of Silwad to protect a major road widely used by Jewish settlers in the occupied territory spotted a person about to hurl a petrol bomb. Palestinian officials n

Grateful for US strikes, Syrian Kurds name baby 'Obama'

Sultan Muslim, a Syrian Kurd, had no doubt what to name her seventh child when he was born, safely in Turkey, after a harrowing month-long flight from her home in Kobane: Obama. I will never change this name," the shy 35-year-old said in a refugee camp in Suruc, just inside Turkey. The family started their exodus almost a month ago, following some 200,000 Kurds who have already entered Turkey to

War-scarred Ukraine counts down to key vote

Ukraine voters will go to the polls Sunday in elections set to dramatically reshape parliament, after a year of upheavals in which a deadly pro-Russian uprising has threatened to splinter the ex-Soviet state. Campaigning ended on Friday for the polls called by President Petro Poroshenko in August. Poroshenko is under pressure to purge parliament of lawmakers tied to the old regime of Viktor Yanu

Allies of deposed leader struggling in Ukraine vote

As he campaigned for Ukraine's parliamentary polls, to be held Sunday, Nestor Shufrych was pelted with eggs and injured in a scuffle with nationalists. It's not easy for one-time allies of ousted leader Viktor Yanukovych in Ukraine these days. Shufrych, a former minister and ruling party MP, trod a fine line when he spoke to 300 voters at a recent rally in the eastern town of Kramatorsk, taken b

Colombian rebel jailed for 27 years over US hostage case

A former commander of Colombia's leftist FARC rebels was jailed for 27 years for his role in the 2003 kidnap of three US citizens held captive for five years, the US Justice Department said. Alexander Beltran Herrera, 38, pleaded guilty in March to three counts of hostage-taking relating to the abduction of Marc Gonsalves, Thomas Howes and Keith Stansell. The three men were taken prisoner by FAR

State of emergency in Sinai after bomb kills 30 Egypt soldiers

Egypt declared a three-month state of emergency would begin Saturday in the north and centre of the Sinai Peninsula after a suicide car bombing killed 30 soldiers. The emergency measures will begin Saturday at 0300 GMT "for a duration of three months", the presidency said in a statement in the wake of the deadliest attack on the security forces since the army deposed Islamist president Mohamed M

Firestorm over White House security after new fence jump

For once, the debate gripping Washington is not about party politics. It's about the White House fence. White House fence jumpers are hardly a new phenomenon. The arrest of yet another fence-jumper this week has fueled the debate over how to best secure the building where American presidents and their families have lived and worked since 1800.


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