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Sen. Mark Udall gives his concession speech at the Colorado Democrats' party at the Westin in Denver, Colo., Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014. (AP Photo/The Colorado Springs Gazette, Jerilee Bennett) MAGAZINES OUT

Go-to Democratic game plan failed badly in Colorado

- The Washington Times

The so-called “Bannock Street Project,” the Democratic political blueprint for attracting young- single women and turning purple states blue, faces new questions after last week’s stunning loss by incumbent Democratic Sen. Mark Udall in Colorado.

** FILE ** Job seekers at a recent Los Angeles career fair were less likely than before the recession to find full-time work. Starting Jan. 1, larger employers must provide health care benefits to those who put in at least 30 hours a week. (Associated Press)

Happier consumers remain disgruntled voters

- The Washington Times

U.S. consumers are feeling more confident than they have since the Great Recession, but that does not provide much advantage to President Obama or the incumbent legislators on the ballot Tuesday, according to recent economic surveys. The severe job and financial difficulties many Americans experienced during and after the recession convinced most that the economy has permanently changed for the worse, and they blame current political leaders in Washington for failing to do much about it.

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Dr. Ben Carson has signed a petition calling for the destruction of the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

Carson plans 'big announcement' with PAC launch

- The Washington Times

Conservative superstar Dr. Ben Carson is set to launch his new campaign superPAC with a nationwide phone call announcement Wednesday night during which the former surgeon said he plans to make a major announcement.

FILE - This Aug. 5, 2013, file photo shows U.S. Rep. Scott Perry, R-Pa., talking to reporters after a closed-door fundraiser with U.S. House Speaker John Boehner on City Island in Harrisburg, Pa., where pro immigration protestors gathered. For Perry, the influx of Central American children who have crossed illegally into the United States has propelled immigration to a top concern for voters in his heavily rural district far from the Mexican border, eclipsing both the new health care law and the federal deficit. (AP Photo/Marc Levy, File)

Immigration shaping up as leading election issue

- Associated Press

For Republican Rep. Scott Perry, the influx of Central American children who have crossed illegally into the United States has propelled immigration to a top concern for voters in his heavily rural district far from the Texas border, eclipsing the new health care law and the federal deficit.