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October 31st, 2014
06:45 PM ET

New CNN polls show tight senate races in Iowa, N.C.

Washington (CNN) - Democratic Sen. Kay Hagan is clinging to a narrow lead over Republican challenger Thom Tillis in North Carolina, a new CNN/ORC International poll shows.

Hagan led with 48% support to 46% for Tillis, the state House speaker, in the survey of 559 likely voters, conducted Oct. 27-30 and with a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points. Libertarian Sean Haugh polled at 4%.

Meanwhile, in Iowa, Republican Joni Ernst has a small lead over Democrat Bruce Braley.

A new CNN/ORC International poll shows Ernst had 49% support, topping Braley's 47%, in the survey of 647 likely voters, which was conducted Oct. 27-30 and has a margin of error of plus or minus four percentage points.

More on North Carolina here, and on Iowa here.

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October 29th, 2014
05:54 PM ET

Obama hits governors for 'hiding under the covers' from Ebola

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama took more thinly-veiled shots at governors like New Jersey's Chris Christie on Wednesday, saying the mandatory quarantine policies some states have imposed amount to "hiding under the covers" from Ebola.

After visiting a group of health care workers who'd recently returned from the epicenter of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa - some still within the virus's 21-day incubation period, but showing no symptoms - Obama said policies like states requiring three-week quarantines of doctors and nurses who treated Ebola patients could harm U.S. efforts to stop its spread.

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October 20th, 2014
05:59 PM ET

Attorney General Holder reveals his biggest failure

Washington (CNN) - Attorney General Eric Holder said Monday that he found it "frustrating" that the Justice Department hasn't been able to carry out criminal prosecutions of executives whose risky banking practices blamed for the global financial crisis.

As Holder wraps up nearly six years at the helm of the Justice Department, the attorney general has drawn criticism for his department's record on white collar crime.

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October 14th, 2014
05:32 PM ET

Democrats pull money out of Kentucky Senate race

Washington (CNN) - Democrats pulled their TV advertising in Kentucky from now through election day, leaving Senate hopeful Alison Lundergan Grimes without air support from the national party, which had invested heavily in trying to unseat the Senate's top Republican.

It's a sign of how stretched Democrats are in defending their own turf across the country that they can no longer afford to go on offense in the marquee race against Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

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October 1st, 2014
06:10 PM ET

Secret Service director out: What was the last straw?

(CNN) - Julia Pierson, the first female director of the Secret Service, resigned Wednesday in the aftermath of a fence-jumper gaining access to the White House on September 19 and a subsequent congressional inquiry uncovering other security lapses.

Homeland Security Director Jeh Johnson announced the resignation in a statement. He also announced that the Department of Homeland Security would take over an internal inquiry of the Secret Service and that he would appoint of a new panel to review security at the White House.

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