The flood of advertising dollars into North Carolina symbolizes the growing influence of outside groups in political campaigns. Overall spending for the Senate race in the Tar Heel State could surpass $100 million.
In the Wednesday debate, embattled Sen. Pat Roberts tried to paint his opponent, Greg Orman, as a Democrat in disguise. For his part, Orman, an independent, had a blunt message: The problem in Washington is both political parties.
The St. Louis County Board of Elections has had to backtrack on reports of more than 3,000 new registrations in the two months since the Aug. 9 shooting of Michael Brown. Voter registration is up, but only by 128 people.
With independent candidates making strong showings in South Dakota and Kansas, as well as the possibility of a runoff election in Louisiana or Georgia, control of the Senate may not be decided until well after Nov. 4.
This last snapshot of the job market before midterm elections marks the first time the unemployment rate has dropped below 6 percent since 2008. But the total share of Americans who have jobs has recovered only modestly.
The big spenders cross the political spectrum from Charles and David Koch and the US Chamber of Commerce on the right to billionaires Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer on the left. But the key name in US campaign funding is 'anonymous.'
New study estimates that some 414,000 home purchases won't happen this year because potential buyers are carrying so much student debt. Student loans have surged from about $300 billion in 2004 to some $1.1 trillion a decade later.