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Greg Orman, the Independent candidate for U.S. Senate, speaks during a campaign stop at the National Center for Aviation Training, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014, in Wichita, Kan. Orman is running against incumbent Republican Sen. Pat Roberts. (AP Photo/The Wichita Eagle, Bo Rader)

Anti-incumbent mood in Kansas could sway Senate control

- The Washington Times

Sen. Pat Roberts’ efforts to link his opponent to the president haven’t been enough to overcome anti-incumbent sentiment in Kansas, leaving him in a tight race with independent Greg Orman that could blunt the Republican Party’s election night momentum.

Incumbent U.S. Rep. Mike Coffman, R-Colo., right, looks on as his Democratic challenger, Andrew Romanoff, makes point as they debate in Spanish in the studio of a television station in Denver on Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)

English-speaking House hopefuls do first-of-kind all-Spanish debate

- The Washington Times

Two congressional candidates whose first language is English held a Spanish-language debate Thursday evening in a first for Colorado politics. Republican Rep. Mike Coffman and Democrat Andrew Romanoff squared off in a 30-minute live televised debate at Entravision studios in Denver, near the 6th Congressional District in the southern and eastern suburbs.

President Obama's closed-door fundraisers are examples of an unacceptable level of White House secrecy and censorship, critics argue. (Associated Press)

Obama’s party fundraisers shutting out media

- The Washington Times

President Obama has been largely invisible on the campaign trail this fall, but his disappearing act also has extended to party fundraisers, frequently held in secret and away from the view of the press.

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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.

Democrat, U.S. Sen Jeanne Shaheen, left, shakes hands with her Republican opponent former Massachusetts U.S. Sen. Scott Brown before a live televised debate for U.S. Senate hosted by WMUR, the New Hampshire Union Leader, and The New Hampshire Institute of Politics at Saint Anselm College, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Manchester, NH (AP Photo/Jim Cole)

Shaheen, Brown take geography quiz in final debate

- Associated Press

Republican Scott Brown, the former Massachusetts senator now running in New Hampshire, appeared to have a bit trouble with geography in his final debate with Democratic incumbent Sen. Jeanne Shaheen on Thursday.

Banners at a memorial service for three South African sports figures who died within days of each other at an indoor sports arena in downtown Johannesburg, South Africa, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014. South Africa's sport ministry organized a combined memorial service for fans of national soccer captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa, Olympic silver medalist Mbulaeni Mulaudzi and welterweight boxer Phindile Mwelase. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

South Africans mourn sport deaths

- Associated Press

South African officials on Thursday called for a strict new gun law as a tribute to a soccer star who was shot and killed earlier this week.

Judge grants jailed Ohio lawmaker early release

- Associated Press

An Ohio lawmaker convicted of accepting trips, gifts and campaign cash in exchange for promising to introduce legislation was granted immediate release from prison on Thursday, after telling a judge he's sorry for his mistakes and wants to turn his future to improving Ohio's prison system.

News from around Wisconsin at 5:28 a.m. CDT

Associated Press

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke and her brother on Wednesday rejected a claim by a former top Trek executive that she was fired from her job at the family company, calling it "character assassination" just days before an election where she's running close with GOP Gov. Scott Walker.

Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

Veterans caught triple-dipping on benefits

- The Washington Times

One veteran on disability collected nearly $210,000 in benefits in 2013, while another earned more than $122,000 — nearly three times what his actual military pay would have been — according to a watchdog report being released Thursday that found tens of thousands of veterans are triple-dipping on disability.

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.