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Georgia partisans feud over voter registration

Amid a scramble for political supremacy in rapidly changing Georgia, Democrats and Republicans are pointing fingers over the handling of as many 50,000 voter registration forms as the Nov. 4 election looms. The dispute pits one of the state's highest ranking Democrats and the minister of the church where the ...

In this Oct. 20, 2014, photo, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., speaks at a campaign event for her senate race in Baton Rouge, La. Behind are her brother, New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu, and Rep. Cedric Richmond, D-La. An old political stand-by _ the future of Medicare _ is emerging as the go-to attack in Louisiana’s bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections. Landrieu got hundreds of seniors grumbling at a recent forum when she told them her top Republican rival, Rep. Bill Cassidy, wants to turn Medicare into a "voucher system" and has voted to raise the retirement age to make Americans wait longer for benefits.  (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

In Louisiana, both sides claim defense of Medicare

An old political standby — the future of Medicare — is emerging as the go-to issue in Louisiana's bitter Senate race as the candidates woo seniors who typically wield strong influence in midterm elections. The challenge for voters is to figure out which side, if either, is telling the whole ...

Body products on display at the Whole Foods in Washington, Thursday, Oct. 9, 2014. There’s a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an Agriculture Department seal or certification, there are few ways to tell if those organic claims are bogus. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

The meaning of 'organic' hazy for nonfood items

There's a strict set of standards for organic foods. But the rules are looser for household cleaners, textiles, cosmetics and the organic dry cleaners down the street. Wander through the grocery store and check out the shelves where some detergents, hand lotions and clothing proclaim organic bona fides. Absent an ...

Ebola: Providing time to fight the virus

People who shared an apartment with the country's first Ebola patient are emerging from quarantine healthy. And while Thomas Eric Duncan died and two U.S. nurses were infected caring for him, there are successes, too: A nurse infected in Spain has recovered, as have four American aid workers infected in ...

Democratic Gov. Pat Quinn, left, and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner meet for a third debate before the Nov. 4 election Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Illinois governor candidates spar on finance, jobs

Locked in a neck-and-neck contest ahead of November, Gov. Pat Quinn and Republican challenger Bruce Rauner sparred on jobs, Illinois' financial issues and qualifications in their final televised debate Monday. Like the previous two debates, the matchup between the Democratic incumbent and Republican venture capitalist got personal at times with ...

FILE - In this Sept. 14, 2014 file photo,  protesters participate in a rally outside a McDonald’s on Chicago's south side as labor organizers escalate their campaign raise the minimum wage for employees to $15 an hour.   As Democrats across the country make an election-year push to raise the minimum wage, they are also looking to motivate younger people, minorities and others in their base to go to the polls on Nov. 4th. The party has put questions on the ballot in five states asking voters whether the minimum wage should be increased. (AP Photo/M. Spencer Green, File)

Democrats love seeing minimum wage on the ballot

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. First, though, they are out ...

Ross, Hutchinson get final digs in on tax cuts

Republican Asa Hutchinson and Democrat Mike Ross took swipes at each other's tax cut plans and political backgrounds Monday night as the two ex-congressmen running for Arkansas governor squared off in their fourth and final televised debate. The rivals sparred over familiar issues in their fight for the state's top ...

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, right, appeared at the Kansas Republican headquarters in Topeka, Kan., on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014, with Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback. Christie was in town to campaign for Brownback and thank the volunteers working at the office. (AP Photo/Topeka Capital-Journal, Thad Allton)

Kansas governor, challenger discuss gay marriage

Republican Gov. Sam Brownback vowed Monday to defend Kansas' ban on same-sex marriage, while Democratic challenger Paul Davis said during a debate Monday that there's nothing either of them can do at this point because the matter is in the hands of the courts. The issue came up during a ...

FILE - This Sept. 29, 2014, file photo shows Ohio Gov. John Kasich as he speaks at a GOP Get Out the Vote rally in Independence, Ohio. Republicans may be close to winning control of Congress and more votes to repeal “Obamacare,” but GOP governors don’t see the president’s health care law going away. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

GOP governors don't see 'Obamacare' going away

While Republicans in Congress shout, "Repeal Obamacare," GOP governors in many states have quietly accepted the law's major Medicaid expansion. Even if their party wins control of the Senate in the upcoming elections, they just don't see the law going away. Nine Republican governors have expanded Medicaid for low-income people ...

A cyclist passes the Supervisor of Elections office in Jacksonville, Fla. Early voting for the November 4 elections began on Monday, Oct. 20, 2014 in Duval County. (AP Photo/The Florida Times-Union, Bruce Lipsky)

Parties jockeying for early vote in Iowa, Florida

More than 2.3 million Americans already have cast ballots for the November midterm elections, with both Republicans and Democrats saying the early votes are helping sway the election their way. Republicans in Iowa and Florida, in particular, are celebrating their push for early votes, an electoral strategy the GOP once ...

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