Today’s Water Cooler lineup of off the beaten path online stories are: China plants flag in south sea amid disputes, Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening, New forecast shows Democrats losing 6 to 7 Senate seats.
- Reuters: China plants flag in south sea amid disputes
China said on Thursday it had used a small, manned submarine to plant the national flag deep beneath the South China Sea, where Beijing has tussled with Washington and Southeast Asian nations over territorial disputes.
- Politico: Democrats privately fear House prospects worsening
Top Democrats are growing markedly more pessimistic about holding the House, privately conceding that the summertime economic and political recovery they were banking on will not likely materialize by Election Day.
- NY Times: New forecast shows Democrats losing 6 to 7 Senate seats
The Democratic majority is in increasing jeopardy in the Senate, according to the latest FiveThirtyEight forecasting model. he Democrats now have an approximately 20 percent chance of losing 10 or more seats in the Senate, according to the model, which would cost them control of the chamber unless Gov. Charlie Crist of Florida, who is running for the Senate as an independent, both wins his race and decides to caucus with them.