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Christie and Clinton Are Stealing 2016 Headlines

If attention from America's top 15 newspapers is any guide, the presidential nominees this time around would be Hillary Rodham Clinton and Gov. Chris Christie of New Jersey.

He’ll Fight Every Day for the Poetry of South Dakota

Larry Pressler, the former South Dakota Republican senator now running for his old seat as an independent, has an affinity for poetry.

Today in Politics

Democrats struggling to hang on to the Senate, who have been drowning in dreary news, have spotted a hopeful sign: Democratic voters who sat out the 2010 elections are becoming more interested in voting this time.

Grimes Again Ducks Question on Whether She Voted for Obama

Mitch McConnell, the Senate minority leader, and his Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, debate in Kentucky.

Watch Now: Virginia Senate Debate

Senator Mark Warner and his Republican challenger, Ed Gillespie, debate the issues.

On This Day: A White House Mystery

The White House has received bad publicity lately for lax security, but the history of scandal at the presidential mansion dates to before its construction.

G.O.P. Uses Newspaper Endorsement Against Senator Udall

A new 30-second ad highlights The Denver Post's endorsement of Representative Cory Gardner in the Colorado Senate race against the Democratic incumbent, Mark Udall.

Watch Now: Arkansas Senate Debate

Senator Mark Pryor and Representative Tom Cotton debate in their race for the Senate in Arkansas.

First Draft Focus: Columbus Day in Washington

Scenes from the annual celebration of Christopher Columbus at the Columbus Fountain in Washington.

In Rival’s Awkward Silence, Hint of McConnell’s Debate Strategy

If there was any question about Senator Mitch McConnell's strategy going into his Monday night debate against Democratic challenger Alison Lundergan Grimes, he has offered an answer.

The Brains Behind Boehner’s Star Turn With a Monkey

A 28-year-old digital communications director is helping to turn Speaker John A. Boehner, no one's idea of a digital-age guru, into a YouTube star.

Texas Democrat’s Much-Criticized Ad: Give Us Your Thoughts

What do you think of Wendy Davis's wheelchair ad in the Texas governor's race?

If Cuts Could Kill: Democrats Fight Back on Ebola

The public health panic spreading around Ebola has now infected both political parties, which have launched a finger-pointing policy debate just weeks before the midterm elections.

From the Office Wall to the TV Screen: The ‘Me Ad’

The latest campaign ad from Larry Pressler, the South Dakota independent Senate candidate, is a multimedia version of the "me wall," that Washington office tradition of hanging posed pictures with important people on a wall.

Tee It Up!

We on First Draft are wondering if Mr. Norquist is simply angling for an invitation to play at Andrews.

Today in Politics

It’s debate night in the marquee Kentucky Senate race featuring one of the country’s shrewdest political tacticians, Mitch McConnell, against a tenacious Democratic challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes.

A note about the Political Ticker

The Political Ticker blog died of old age on Oct. 13, 2014, after eight years of faithful service to CNN's readers. The Ticker began quietly in October 2006, fueled by a realization that a blog could capture and influence the political conversation. It hit 1 million page views during CNN’s 2006 election coverage a month […]

Obama Visit Fuels a Paltrow Neighborhood Feud

Gwyneth Paltrow's neighbors fumed Friday about the presidential fund-raiser that disrupted their lives.

On This Day: A Vice President Resigns

Vice President Spiro T. Agnew resigned on this day in 1973.

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