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With four days left in Kentucky's combative Senate race, Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., a 30-year incumbent, makes a final appeal for votes during a stop in Lexington, Ky., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. The results of the closely watched Kentucky contest will be crucial in the midterm election that could shift the balance of power in Congress. The facility, SRC of Lexington, Inc., is a remanufacturer of engines, drive train components and hydraulics for industrial equipment. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

For McConnell, hard choices await a leader in waiting

- The Washington Times

Mitch McConnell is days away from knowing whether he will be leading a GOP-controlled Senate for the next two years, but the Kentucky lawmaker is already getting a taste of what it might be like for Republicans to run both chambers of Congress.

Former Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney addresses an enthusiastic crowd during a campaign event for Republican senate candidate David Perdue, Wednesday afternoon, Oct. 29, 2014, in Augusta, Ga. (AP Photo/The Augusta Chronicle, Michael Holahan)

Republicans can’t quit Mitt Romney

- The Washington Times

Mitt Romney has said repeatedly he’s not running for president again, but if he were to throw his hat in for a third presidential run, he’s well-positioned for a solid start.

President Barack Obama speaks about the economy after participating in a roundtable discussion with working parents, small business owners, students and faculty, Friday, Oct. 31, 2014, at Rhode Island College in Providence, R.I. Obama wants women to know what his administration is doing to help them succeed. (AP Photo/Stephan Savoia)

Obama makes last-minute election pitch to women

- The Washington Times

With just four days until voters head to the polls and with his party facing the prospect of significant losses, President Obama on Friday made a last-minute pitch to women by again pushing new equal-pay laws and a hike in the minimum wage.

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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Republican nominee in the race for U.S. Senate from Arkansas, Tom Cotton, left, speaks with New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie at a Republican political rally in Jonesboro, Ark., Friday, Oct. 31, 2014. Christie and several other GOP governors headline a rally for Republican Senate hopeful Tom Cotton and gubernatorial nominee Asa Hutchinson.  (AP Photo/Danny Johnston)

Christie visits Arkansas to tout GOP candidates

- Associated Press

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie touted the Republican Party's nominees for governor and the U.S. Senate in Arkansas on Friday, as the GOP tries to build on its recent gains in a state that had been a Democratic holdout in the South.

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.

Thai prime minister, an ex-general, is millionaire

Associated Press

Asset disclosures by members of Thailand's military-dominated post-coup Cabinet reveal they are quite well-off, a trait shared with the civilian politicians they accused of corruption.

Author of Bin Laden book is under criminal probe

- Associated Press

U.S. military officials say a former Navy SEAL who wrote a firsthand account of the 2011 raid that killed Osama bin Laden is under investigation for possibly disclosing classified information. He could face criminal charges.