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Poll: Donnelly up 11 in Indiana; rival claims dead heat

The final Howey/DePauw Indiana Battleground poll shows Democratic Rep. Joe Donnelly ahead by 11 points over his opponent, GOP state Treasurer Richard Mourdock, in the state's open Senate seat — a strong indication that Republicans could squander a chance to hold onto a seat once expected to be safely in their column.

President Obama (left) attends a briefing with Federal Emergency Management Agency Administrator Craig Fugate at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters in Washington on Sunday, Oct. 28, 2012. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

FEMA head Fugate defends Obama's quick Sandy response

Craig Fugate, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, has pushed back at criticism of President Obama's response to Hurricane Sandy from Mike Brown, who headed the George W. Bush administration's much maligned response to Hurricane Katrina.

** FILE ** Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican (The Washington Times)

Graham threatens Tunisia aid over access to Benghazi suspect

Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, the ranking Republican on the foreign aid appropriations subcommittee, is threatening Tunisia with a possible suspension of U.S. assistance if the country refuses to allow U.S. authorities access to a suspect arrested in connection with the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.