Three ways Middle East fighting threatens US national security

Pentagon analysts are grappling with what this growing unrest in the Middle East means for US national security. Here are the top three ways the advance of the insurgent group the Islamic State in Iraq and violence in Gaza could endanger US national security.

4. Top 10 governors races to watch in 2014

While Democrats face headwinds in midterm US Senate and House races in November, they face 2014 governor’s races with a political map in their favor. Of the 36 governorships on the line in November, Republicans are defending 22 of them – and nine of those GOP governor’s mansions are in states won by President Obama in 2012.

Still, state races are unpredictable.  Here, politics really is local and highly personal. The 2014 primary season has already produced surprises. Even some solid red and blue states could flip in November.

Here are the 10 governor’s races to watch in 2014, starting with the late-breaking wild cards.

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