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**FILE** Rep. Maxine Waters, California Democrat (Associated Press)

Ethics Committee to hold public hearing in Waters case Friday

The House Ethics Committee will hold a public hearing Friday in an attempt to conclude its conflict-of-interest case against Rep. Maxine Waters, Democrat from California, which has lingered for more than two years after accusations of prosecutorial misconduct spawned an outside review of how the panel handled the case and lawmakers involved were forced to recuse themselves.

Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Senate candidate, addresses the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, N.C., on Wednesday, Sept. 5, 2012. (Associated Press)

Polls show Warren leading Brown

A fourth poll has brought good news for Elizabeth Warren this week, who barely trailed Massachusetts Sen. Scott Brown through the summer but has recently opened up a small lead over the Republican she is trying to unseat in November.

** FILE ** President Barack Obama arrives on Air Force One at John F. Kennedy International Airport, Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012, in New York. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Poll: Obama leading in key battlegrounds Fla., Ohio and Va.

A Fox News poll released Thursday is the latest to show that President Obama has an edge in three crucial swing states that could decide this fall's election between him and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. According to the poll, Mr. Obama leads by 7 percentage points in Ohio and Virginia and is also leading by 5 points in Florida.

Democrats are looking to Rep. Tammy Baldwin to stem a long and deep losing streak in Wisconsin for the party that dates back to 2010. She is running for a U.S. Senate seat against former Wisconsin Gov. Tommy Thompson in the November election. (Associated Press)

Poll: Obama, Baldwin build leads in Wisconsin

Wisconsin Democrats are making a hard charge at keeping the state blue in this year's presidential election and holding onto one of its two U.S. Senate seats, according to a poll released Wednesday afternoon.

**FILE** New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie speaks July 2, 2012, in Trenton, N.J., to a joint session of the legislature. (Associated Press)

Christie: Focus on Romney's '47 percent' remarks shows media bias

Republican New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie struck back Wednesday at critics of GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney, arguing that the furor over his statement that nearly half of Americans are "dependent upon government" is a media-generated distraction designed to take away from the true issues in this year's campaign.

President Obama boards Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., en route to New York on Sept. 18, 2012. (Associated Press)

White House hails boost in tourism

The White House issued an election-year progress report Wednesday on the impact of tourism on the U.S. economy, hailing the administration's efforts to speed up visa applications in countries such as China and Brazil.