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The Republican Brand's Recovery Tour — Sort Of

There was a time, a little less than a year ago, when Democrats salivated at the thought of running against the GOP brand and demonizing Republican candidates by attacking them and their party for “shutting down the government.”

Rock On, Rockland

ROCKLAND, Maine – It may be a small town, but Rockland’s got a lot going for it.

Democrats Sound the Alarm on Southern California Race

Democrats are sending warning signals on a previously sleepy southern California House race — a tangible sign of an increasingly tough midterm for the party.

Democratic Poll Shows Dead Heat in New Jersey Race

A new Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee poll shows a dead heat in a competitive New Jersey House race.

Reid Moves NRC Nominations as Fight Over Yucca Mountain Continues (Updated)

Updated 6:35 p.m. | It helps to be the majority leader when you’re trying to kill the Yucca Mountain nuclear repository.

Debo Adegbile Nomination Withdrawn, Returns to Private Practice (Updated)

Updated 12:14 p.m. | Having seen his Senate confirmation blocked by members of President Barack Obama’s own party, Debo P. Adegbile has withdrawn from consideration to be an assistant attorney general.

Rand Paul Sets Timeline to Decide Presidential Bid

Sen. Rand Paul will announce whether he’ll run for president by next spring, the Kentucky Republican said Monday.

Kay Hagan Holds Small Lead in New Poll

A new poll showed Sen. Kay Hagan, a Democrat, holding a small lead over Republican Thom Tillis in the contested North Carolina Senate race.

Alison Lundergan Grimes Shoots Skeet in New Ad (Video) (Updated)

Updated 12:57 p.m. | The latest television spot from Alison Lundergan Grimes shows her skeet shooting on a farm as part of the Senate nominee’s attempt to create distance with an unpopular president in the midterms.

You Decide: Where Should Roll Call Travel for the Midterm Elections?

In our unprecedented effort to cover the midterm elections, Roll Call has hit the campaign trail in 14 states so far this year, covering 24 congressional races and writing 36 datelined stories from Adel, Iowa, to Tallulah, Louisiana.

Democrats Have a Plan to Overcome Obama in Red States

As national analysts say the odds are increasingly against them, Democratic senators and senior operatives remain optimistic the party’s most vulnerable incumbents can survive stiff re-election challenges, even in red states where the president’s popularity is sunk.

Will Women Lose Ground in the House GOP After 2014?

Republicans are at virtually no risk of losing their House majority in November, but there is a little extra pressure to win a handful of key districts in order to avoid taking a step back in the number of women in the Republican conference.

Nuclear Option Helped Obama Refashion Bench

Ten months after his fellow Democrats “went nuclear” in the Senate on his behalf, President Barack Obama is done putting his stamp on the federal judiciary — at least for the year, but maybe forever if Republicans take control of the place.

ISIS Puts Spotlight Back on Terror as Benghazi Hearings Kick Off

Updated 12:16 p.m. | After months of behind-the-scenes work that saw the House Benghazi Select Committee virtually disappear from the media landscape, the much-hyped investigatory panel returns to the spotlight this week with its first public hearing.

Using Social Media to Showcase the Speaker's Lighter Side

What do Speaker John A. Boehner and a windup toy monkey have in common?

Congress, Bringing Up the Rear on ISIS | Capitol Quip

Congress seems to be unified that President Barack Obama needs to do something about the situation in Iraq and Syria. What that is, is a little less clear — given the muddled message from members. This brings us to this week’s Capitol Quip captioning contest.

Eric Cantor, at a Loss | Capitol Quip

Thanks to the many readers who contributed captions for last week’s Capitol Quip contest. Here’s the winning entry, as voted by readers of Heard on the Hill.

Mark Sanford Surprised Maria Belen Chapur With Facebook Post; She Blames Politics For Breakup

Mark Sanford asked fiancee Maria Belen Chapur to wait two more years for a wedding. She said no — and Sanford then surprised her by writing that epic, now infamous Facebook post announcing the breakup and blaming the split on an ugly custody battle with his ex-wife, Jenny Sanford.

Capito Mourns Loss of Mother Shelley Riley Moore

Rep. Shelley Moore Capito announced Saturday the death of her mother, former West Virginia First Lady Shelley Riley Moore. She was 88.

Congressional Hits and Misses: Week of September 8 (Video)

After a five-week recess, members returned to discuss the “crisis with ISIS” and Dick Cheney while reminding C-SPAN viewers to “tweet, tweet, tweet.”

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