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(CNN) – More than $1 million is being spent in North Carolina to run an ad attacking Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan in one of the tightest races in the country. The ad calls her "a big believer in a controversial plan that raises the retirement age."
The attack ad – one of many – is referring to a deficit reduction plan put together by a bipartisan group of politicians, called Simpson-Bowles for its co-chairs: former Republican senator Alan Simpson and Democrat Erskine Bowles.
The commission made many tough recommendations to better balance the budget. There was something in it for everyone to hate. But that was kind of the idea.
"This issue has not gone away, we have not dealt with the underlying problem of the deficits," said CNN political analyst David Gergen. "And people want solutions."
The commission was formed by President Obama, but he did not embrace its 2010 findings. And former Bush White House operative and Fox News contributor Karl Rove called him out on it.
(CNN) – A victim of Friday's shooting at Marysville Pilchuck High School greeted his grandfather with a wonderful surprise this morning.
"I start walking down the hallway, and here he comes around the corner, walking with his nurse holding onto his arm," said Don Hatch, Jr., who had gone to the hospital to visit his 14-year-old grandson, Nate.
"Really surprising the progress he had in the last few days," Hatch said. "I couldn't believe it."
Yesterday, Nate was even talking, said Hatch, adding that "a lot of prayers" have been answered.
Washington (CNN) - Nearly 7 in 10 Americans are angry at the direction the country is headed and 53% of Americans disapprove of President Barack Obama's job performance, two troubling signs for Democrats one week before the midterm elections, a new CNN/ORC International Poll shows.
Democrats are battling to try and save the Senate majority, while hoping to prevent more losses in the House, which the GOP controls by a 234 to 201 margin.
In the Senate, Republicans need a net gain of six seats, and several state polls in the past month of contested races show that Democrats are in danger of losing control of the majority, and thus Congress. Currently, Democrats control the Senate by a 55-45 margin with two of those seats held by independents that align themselves politically with Democrats.