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That’s a 15 percentage point gap.

“Democrats need strong turnout to minimize the potential seat losses in Congress that occur in nearly every midterm election for the president’s party. But with Republicans much more engaged in the election at this point than Democrats — and by one of the larger margins in recent midterm election years — the odds of strong Democratic turnout seem low, suggesting 2014 could be a good year for Republicans. Even if the Republican advantage narrows considerably by Election Day, as seen in 2010, Republicans seem poised to have the upper hand in turnout,” Mr. Jones observes.

NOW THIS IS ASYMMETRIC

“21st-century warfare: ISIS co-opts Twitter hashtags to spread threats, propaganda.”

— An assessment by Glenn Reynolds, the “Instapundit” for PJ Media.

THE MERITS OF JINDAL’S LAWSUIT

Yes, interpretations have been many about Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s lawsuit challenging the rigid federal standards for the nation’s youngsters, as defined by the Common Core curriculum. But his motivation may not be entirely political, some say.

“It’s about time a governor has stepped up to the plate to bat for his citizens instead of the federal government. It’s clear Gov. Jindal is looking at a presidential run in 2016, but it is also clear that his aspirations in that regard have keenly attuned his ears to what voters of all political persuasions are concerned about,” says Joy Pullmann, an educational research fellow with the The Heartland Institute, a Chicago-based nonprofit.

“And his lawsuit is right on the merits: In pushing, funding and evaluating Common Core and its tests, the federal government has stepped right into nearly every American child’s classroom. This is both illegal and a bad idea, and polls show most Americans agree,” she says.

POLL DU JOUR

49 percent of Americans say the Islamic State is an “immediate and serious” threat to the U.S.; 73 percent of Republicans, 42 percent of Democrats and 47 percent of independents agree.

39 percent of Americans overall consider al-Qaeda an immediate, serious threat to the U.S.; 49 percent of Republicans, 36 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independents agree.

38 percent overall favor cooperating with Syria to resolve the “current crisis in Iran”; 39 percent of Republicans, 41 percent of Democrats and 38 percent of independents agree.

45 percent say the U.S. must “destroy” the Islamic State”; 70 percent of Republicans, 32 percent of Democrats and 44 percent of independents agree.

27 percent overall say it is “a matter for Iraqis to solve”; 17 percent of Republicans, 34 percent of Democrats and 25 percent of independents agree.

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