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Obama promoting economic gains as elections near
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Boosted by recent economic gains, President Barack Obama is sounding more bullish about the nation's recovery from the Great Recession and the White House is encouraging Democrats to show similar optimism as they head into the November mid-term elections....

Obama seeks to do no harm to Democrats in midterms
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Hampered by low approval ratings and an unfriendly electoral map, President Barack Obama enters the fall campaign as a liability to some vulnerable Democrats and a target for Republicans trying to fire up conservatives and appeal to disillusioned independents....

US trained Alaskans as secret 'stay-behind agents'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Fearing a Russian invasion and occupation of Alaska, the U.S. government in the early Cold War years recruited and trained fishermen, bush pilots, trappers and other private citizens across Alaska for a covert network to feed wartime intelligence to the military, newly declassified Air Force and FBI documents show....

Lawmakers: Islamic State groups wants to hit US
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Cities in the United States and Western Europe are being eyed as Islamic State militants' future targets and President Barack Obama needs to take action, U.S. lawmakers say....

Brace yourselves: Campaign cash buying tons of ads
DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa's airwaves are already jammed with political ads, most of them negative, in one of the Senate races nationwide that will decide which party claims the majority....

5 things to watch in this fall's Senate races
ATLANTA (AP) -- The top prize of the November midterm elections is control of the Senate for the final years of President Barack Obama's administration. Republicans need six more seats to take over....

5 things to know about House races
WASHINGTON (AP) -- Here's a start of the school year lesson: History and geography are coming up aces for House Republicans....

Surly 2014 electorate poised to 'keep the bums in'
WASHINGTON (AP) -- A surly electorate that holds Congress in even lower regard than unpopular President Barack Obama is willing to "keep the bums in," with at least 365 incumbents in the 435-member House and 18 of 28 senators on a glide path to another term when ballots are counted Nov. 4....

Obama's delay on immigration creates uncertainty
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama's possible delay in taking action on immigration has thrown advocates and lawmakers from both parties a curveball, barely two months before the midterm elections....

5 things to know about 2014 governor's races
Thirty-six states choose governors in the November elections. Winning one of these races can take years of paying political dues and a grueling nomination battle....

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