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GOP Lawmaker Says Migrant Children May Carry Ebola
Aug 4, 2014
Rep. Todd Rokita (R-IN) suggested "that immigrant children from Central America could be carrying the ebola virus that has killed some 800 people this year in West Africa," the Northwest Indiana Times reports.Referencing a conversation he had with Rep. Larry Bucshon (R-IN), a heart surgeon, Rokita said: "He said, look, we need to know just from a public-health standpoint, with ebola circulating and everything else -- no, that's my addition to it, not necessarily his -- but he said we need to know the condition of these kids.

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McDaniel Files Formal Challenge to Runoff Result
Aug 4, 2014
Chris McDaniel (R) has formally challenged his defeat in a runoff by Sen. Thad Cochran (R-MS) in Mississippi, the Jackson Clarion Ledger reports."McDaniel will have to prove there were enough illegally cast votes to change the outcome or that the election was so sloppily handled its result is in doubt." McDaniel claims 3,500 of illegal crossover voting by Democrats, 9,500 "irregular votes" and 2,275 "improperly cast" votes. Certified results show Cochran won by 7,667 votes, or 51 percent.Rick Hasen: "But the reason I expect McDaniel will likely lose is that he is not asking for a new election.

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Rand Paul, Then and Now
Aug 4, 2014
"I think they're an important ally, but I also think that their per capita income is greater than probably three-fourths of the rest of the world. Should we be giving free money or welfare to a wealthy nation? I don't think so."-- Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), in an interview with ABC News in 2011, on aid to Israel."I haven't really proposed that in the past.

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Cotton Slightly Ahead in Arkansas Senate Race
Aug 5, 2014
A new Public Policy Polling survey in Arkansas finds Tom Cotton (R) just ahead of Sen. Mark Pryor (D) in the U.S. Senate race, 41% to 39%.Also interesting: "At least for now Republicans appear to be positioned for a sweep at the state level. In the race for Governor Asa Hutchinson leads Democratic foe Mike Ross 43/38...

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Watch Rand Paul Bolt
Aug 5, 2014
Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) "didn't even get to finish chewing," National Journal reports."Within moments of Erika Andiola introducing herself as a 'Dreamer' immigration activist to Paul and Rep. Steve King at an Iowa fundraiser on Monday, the Kentucky senator and likely 2016 GOP presidential candidate made a hasty exit... With a head nod from aide Sergio Gor, Paul wiped his mouth and departed while still visibly chewing, leaving behind his half-eaten hamburger."The episode was caught on video.

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McConnell Says Kentucky Key to GOP Chances
Aug 5, 2014
Asked whether the Republican Party has any chance of retaking the U.S. Senate if he doesn't win his re-election bid in Kentucky, Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) told National Review: "No.

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Perry Forms a Federal PAC
Aug 5, 2014
Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R), "who's weighing a White House bid in 2016, has formed a federal political action committee to aid fellow Republican candidates in the Nov. 4 elections," Bloomberg reports.RickPAC was created with the "goal of helping elect Republicans to office who share the governor's philosophy of low taxes, limited government, border security, and job creation.

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Polarization Isn't Just Happening in Washington
Aug 5, 2014
First Read: "There was a time when the states and governors were the ones working across the aisle, getting things done. But state capitals have become more nationalized and polarized, so now the LAST bastion of bipartisan work is taking place in cities and counties. The states should no longer be viewed unilaterally as the "better than Washington" ideal. Basically, many state capitals have become 'Washington-ized.

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Another Obamacare Myth
Aug 5, 2014
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Top 10 Most Vulnerable Senators
Aug 5, 2014
Roll Call: "Three months before Election Day, it's clear some senators may not return to Congress after the midterms -- and that's mostly good news for Republicans.

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