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President Barack Obama and Maryland Gubernatorial Democrat candidate Lt. Governor Anthony Brown campaign at an Early Vote Rally at Dr. Henry Wise High School in Upper Marlboro, Md., Sunday, Oct. 19, 2014. This is Obama's first major campaign appearances of the midterm elections. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

Desperate Democrats resort to race-baiting to spur black vote

- The Washington Times

The spate of campaign fliers that use images of lynchings, Jim Crow laws and the recent racial unrest in Ferguson, Missouri, to urge blacks to vote in next week’s election somehow failed to grab the attention of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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Nguyen Van Hai, one of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents, speaks to the Associated Press on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Los Angeles after being released from prison and flown to the United States. Hai, who is known as Dieu Cay, was serving a 12-year prison term on charges of spreading "propaganda against the state" through his blogging and citizen media activities. (AP Photo/Richard Vogel)

AP Interview: Dissident forced to leave Vietnam

- Associated Press

One of Vietnam's most prominent dissidents said he was asked to sign a form seeking a pardon for spreading "propaganda against the state" before his release from prison last week, then forced onto a U.S.-bound flight with just the clothes on his body.

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2014 file photo, Sen. Mark Udall, D-Colo., left, and his Republican opponent, Rep. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., face off during a televised debate at 9News in Denver. As a season of campaigning enters its final, intense weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)

Poll: Economy, health care eclipse social issues

- Associated Press

As a season of campaigning enters its intense final weekend, a new Associated Press-GfK poll illustrates the challenge ahead for candidates and their allies trying to rally voters around traditional wedge issues such as abortion and gay marriage. This fall, voters just have other matters on their minds.

Kentucky Senator Rand Paul stumps for Georgia Republican candidate for U.S. Senate David Perdue at a rally at McDonough Square in Henry County Friday, Oct. 24, 2014. (AP Photo/Akili-Casundria Ramsess)

Rand Paul: 'The Republican Party brand sucks'

- The Washington Times

Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky likened the Republican party to Domino's Pizza this week during a swing through Detroit, declaring that the GOP brand "sucks" as he tries to make it more palatable to minority groups.

Lawmaker gets house arrest, keeps pension for plea

- Associated Press

A Pennsylvania lawmaker will avoid jail time and keep her pension despite admitting in a felony plea that she used her taxpayer-funded staff for campaign fundraising.