CHARLES BABINGTON

Senate races: Dems decry birth control plan

WASHINGTON - When a handful of Republican Senate candidates called for oral contraceptives to be sold without a prescription, Democrats cried foul. Read more

Third-party candidates in Senate races worry GOP

WASHINGTON - Caught off-guard by a third-party candidate, veteran GOP Sen. Pat Roberts replaced his campaign manager and summoned new aides to try to revive his re-election bid in a state that should be easy for Republicans. Read more

Alaska ad proudly ties Begich to 'Obamacare'

WASHINGTON - After months of watching Democrats get hammered over President Barack Obama's health care law, friends of an embattled senator are fighting back by proudly linking him to "Obamacare. Read more

Some Dems keep distance from Obama as 2014 nears

WASHINGTON - Democrats running for re-election in Arkansas, Louisiana and other Republican-leaning states faced enough problems before President Barack Obama's popularity swooned in November. Read more

Analysis: Dems reach breaking point on filibusters

WASHINGTON - As Democrats watched Senate Republicans use filibuster powers to thwart more and more of President Barack Obama's agenda and nominees, they wondered how much worse it could get. Read more

Health law's troubles give GOP a much-needed boost

WASHINGTON - The health care law's seemingly endless problems are giving congressional Republicans a much-needed boost of energy, helping them to move past the government-shutdown debacle and focus on a theme for next year's elections. Read more

Ohio's job growth doesn't guarantee an Obama win

COLUMBUS, Ohio - The nation's unemployment rate of 8.2 percent may sink President Barack Obama's re-election bid, but one detail brightens his hopes. Read more

Conservatives: Romney's OK if Obama is alternative, but there's no passion behind support

WASHINGTON - If Mitt Romney needs some good news in an otherwise lousy week, he might find it in an improbable place: the packed hallways of the Conservative Political Action Conference in Washington. Read more

Palin says she will not run for president, won't consider third party

WASHINGTON - Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she will not run for president, leaving little doubt that the eventual Republican nominee will come from the current field of contenders. Read more

Sarah Palin says she will not run for president

WASHINGTON — Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin said Wednesday she will not run for president, leaving little doubt that the eventual Republican... Read more

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