Think the Senate will be decided on Election Day, Nov. 4?
There are all sorts of reasons why you shouldn't, unless in the next seven weeks one side or the other — probably the Republicans — starts opening up a clear lead in enough races to give them a clear majority. If neither side does, control of the Senate could remain up in the air — for a while.
At the very least, political watchers are going to be in for a longer night than usual because one of the key races that is likely to determine control, Sen. Mark Begich's (D) reelection bid in Alaska, is taking place 4,000 miles and four time zones away from Washington, D.C. (and five in the Aleutian Islands). Load up on Red Bull and, if you can, hold the vodka. more >>
The chairman of the House subcommittee on National Security said that he had heard reports that four individuals connected to Middle East terrorists groups have tried to cross the southern border and have been apprehended.
In a House Homeland Security Committee hearing this week, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, said that he was informed that four individuals with known ties to Middle Eastern terrorist organizations were apprehended on Sept. 10 trying make it through the Texas-Mexico border.
Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson, said previously in the hearing that "no specific cases come to mind" when asked if he knew of any apprehensions of known terrorists. Johnson was later asked about the specific incident Chaffetz mentioned and said that he had "heard reports to that effect." Johnson also said he didn't know how much "credence" to give those reports. more >>
Ali Muhammad Brown, 29, a Muslim man who's facing multiple murder charges including the murder of New Jersey teenager Brendan Tevlin, 19, revealed last month that Tevlin's death was payback for the innocent lives of Muslims lost in Iraq, Afghanistan, Syria and Iran as a result of U.S. military action in the Middle East.
"All these lives are taken every single day by America, by this government. So a life for a life," Brown reportedly told detectives, according court documents cited by nj.com.
The court documents, which were filed in Washington State last month where Brown is also accused of murdering three other men, reveal that he felt it was his mission to kill Tevlin. Tevlin and the other men were all shot several times in isolated areas at night. more >>
Dr. Jennifer Arnold and Bill Klein, stars of TLC's reality TV show, "The Little Couple," described the challenges of intercountry adoption and urged reforms of the system as they received an "Angels in Adoption" award Wednesday at the Congressional Coalition on Adoption Institute's annual gala.
The gala is "one of the happiest nights in Washington, because there is no gridlock, no argument. Democrats and Republicans come together from the House and the Senate to celebrate so many of our constituents who are doing wonderful work around the country," Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-Louisiana, explained in a video call interview with The Christian Post.
Senators and Congresspersons honored 122 "Angels in Adoption" at the gala. more >>
Though fans — especially Caskett hopefuls — may find it hard to imagine "Castle" without seeing Rick Castle and Kate Beckett together, the show's upcoming season will reportedly have one episode that toys with this premise. What if Rick and Kate had never met?
According to TVLine, an alternate reality episode will be featured in season 7 to lighten things up after the dramatic ending of season 6. Though specifics of the episode have been kept under wraps, series regular Jon Huertas, who plays Detective Javier Esposito, tells the website that the episode is by far his favorite.
"This 'alternate universe' is classic Castle, where you mix a great procedural crime with comedy," said Huertas to TVLine. more >>
Meredith Vieira revealed her past abusive relationship in the Wednesday episode of her new talk show, noting that domestic abuse can happen to anyone and making the decision to leave is not always black and white.
"When people talk about domestic violence it is really, really a complicated issue," she told the audience of the Meredith Vieira Show. "It's not so easy to get away. You think it would be but it is not."
Vieira, taking her cue from the many #WhyIStayed, #WhyILeft abuse stories swirling around social media since a leaked video of Former Ravens running back Ray Rice delivering a knock-out blow to his now-wife Janay, shared why she stayed with a boyfriend who repeatedly put his hands on her. more >>