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Foreclosure fury floods campaign trail

Three weeks before the election, anger over tainted home foreclosure documents is bursting into the battle for control of Congress, especially in hard-hit states such as Nevada and Florida. Democrats in tight races in the worst housing markets are pressing for a national moratorium, putting a reluctant White House on the spot. Leading the call for a nationwide time-out on kicking people out of their homes is Democratic Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who is locked in a neck-and-neck re-election contest with tea party-endorsed Sharron Angle in Nevada, which has the highest foreclose rate in the country. Reid is decrying
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Rand Paul hedges on tax code revamp

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul sidestepped questions Wednesday about revamping the federal tax code, a day after the tea party favorite took a stand to replace the income tax with a national sales tax. Paul, a limited-government advocate, said he supports a “simpler tax code” but wouldn’t offer specifics about his written comments to an anti-tax group supporting repeal of the 16th Amendment that created the federal income tax. “I haven’t really been saying anything like that,” Paul told reporters following a speech in Henderson as part of his Kentucky bus tour. “I think it’s probably better to go
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Poll: Republicans poised to take control of House

American voters unhappy at high unemployment are set to oust President Barack Obama’s Democrats from control of the U.S. House of Representatives in November 2 elections, a Reuters-Ipsos poll projected on Wednesday. The national poll found that Americans plan to vote for Republicans over Democratic candidates by 48 percent to 44 percent, an edge that will likely give Republicans dozens of seats in the House and big gains in the Senate. The poll numbers suggest Republicans would win around 227 seats in the House to 208 for the Democrats, Ipsos pollster Cliff Young said. In the Senate, the poll indicates
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Rand Paul: Scrap income tax, use sales tax

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Rand Paul of Kentucky says the federal tax code is a “disaster,” and he wants to replace the income tax with a retail sales tax. Paul said Tuesday that he would support changing the federal tax code to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service and the federal income tax. The sales tax proposal is being championed by the Texas-based advocacy group Americans for Fair Taxation and a newly formed affiliate, FairTax America Support Team. Paul’s former campaign manager, David Adams, is a member of the affiliate’s governing board. Paul faces Democrat Jack Conway in one
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Consultants repackage and sell candidates

Wearing a smart business suit and a friendly smile, political newcomer Linda McMahon easily sells herself as an entrepreneur who can relate to store owners in a Hispanic business district — thanks, in part, to the advice of paid professionals. “One of my first jobs, one of my very first jobs was to clerk at a grocery store,” recalls the multimillionaire former wrestling executive, now a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, standing beside a rack of potato chip bags in a New Haven market. McMahon explains how the small grocery and her publicly traded World Wrestling Entertainment, which generated about $106.8
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Republicans count on breakthroughs in Northeast

Three weeks from midterm elections, Republicans speaking up for fiscal conservatism are making strong runs at governorships across the Northeast, where some of the nation’s bluest states went big for President Barack Obama two years ago. Democratic incumbents face tough fights in Massachusetts and New Hampshire against Republican challengers, and the GOP is making aggressive bids for open seats in Vermont, Maine and Connecticut. Democrats say they’ll prevail in a region where voters eager for solutions to economic woes will be turned off by the surge of tea party activists and extremists driving the GOP rightward. In states dependent on
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Democrats gamble big bucks on close races

Struggling to build a firewall against a Republican takeover, congressional Democrats are pouring money into roughly two dozen tight races around the country in the campaign’s closing weeks while pulling it back from others where their chances seem slimmer. With polls showing Republicans increasingly well-positioned to seize control of the House, the Democrats are planning TV ad blitzes to shore up their best-positioned incumbents and a handful of challengers in races they believe they can still win. At the same time, they’re scaling back advertising plans to help a number of lawmakers including Reps. Betsy Markey of Colorado, Harry Teague
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No place for Bush in midterm elections

Former President Bill Clinton is busy on the campaign trail, helping candidates in races from Florida to Washington state. His successor, George W. Bush? Holed up in Texas. Bush left office deeply unpopular and sour on domestic politics. After leaving Washington and returning to Texas, he has kept a low profile, working on his memoir and appearing only occasionally at paid speeches. Aides say he has no plans to be a figure in this year’s elections, which could see major gains for the GOP. Republicans, who paid electoral costs in 2006 and 2008 for Bush’s unpopularity, are hardly clamoring for
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Democrats see some hope amid midterm election gloom

With only weeks left in the campaign, some staggering Democrats have jumped back into contention in congressional and gubernatorial races around the country, giving the party glimmers of hope that Election Day won’t also be doomsday. In Illinois, Gov. Pat Quinn has caught up in recent polls after running scathing ads suggesting his opponent is a gun-happy tax cheat who wants to cut the minimum wage. And California Sen. Barbara Boxer gained by portraying the Republican candidate as a heartless corporate bigwig. The Democratic movement, seen in about a dozen races in six states, is limited and hardly amounts to
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Midterm election campaigns get down and dirty

Leaked audio in Nevada reveals a Republican Senate candidate trashing her party. Video of a Democratic Senate hopeful wrongly claiming he served in Vietnam becomes a TV ad in Connecticut. A housekeeper steps forward to say her employer, California’s GOP gubernatorial nominee, knew she was an illegal immigrant. Digging for dirt, political foes are working overtime to surprise rivals with skeletons and other embarrassments, forcing them to defend themselves rather than focus on their closing arguments in the homestretch of critical midterm elections. Control of Congress and of statehouses nationwide is at stake on Nov. 2, and — behind the
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