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Did Becoming the Favorite Change Mayor-Elect Bill de Blasio?
November 06, 2013 New York City

New York City Mayor-elect (and still Public Advocate) Bill de Blasio had a victory party Tuesday night that, like his victory party nearly two months ago at the end of the Democratic primary, fit its campaign.

McAuliffe's Victory Doesn't Mean a 2014 Landslide for Democrats
November 06, 2013 Virginia Lessons

Ken Cuccinelli was justifiably written off as dead: Thirty-eight consecutive surveys showed McAuliffe ahead, ultimately by about 7.2 point in the final HuffPost Model Estimate.

To Run For President, Chris Christie Will Have to Get Much Less Moderate, or Much More Unpleasant.

With a big win over his Democratic opponent on Tuesday, Chris Christie is sure to enjoy more accolades, and speculation about his plans for higher office.

It Sure Sounds Like John Boehner Just Said He Opposes All Anti-Discrimination Laws
November 05, 2013 ENDA Times

The Employment Non-Discrimination Act (ENDA) will likely pass the Senate after it won a procedural vote Monday.

Obamacare Makes Men Pay for Maternity Care. Good!
November 05, 2013 Obamacare

Stories of real-life Obamacare “rate shock” have revived an old debate. Previously, health insurers could charge women higher premiums than they charged men. Insurers could also exclude maternity benefits.

McAuliffe Strong In Early Voting
November 05, 2013 Election Day

The polls are still open in Virginia, but early voting turnout data suggests that Terry McAuliffe is doing substantially better than the Democratic ticket four years ago.

The NRA Lost a Big One in Virginia
November 05, 2013 Politics

When a con-control pol goes down, it's interpreted as an NRA triumph. But when a guy with an NRA F rating wins, why doesn't it register? 

This Texas Law Could Be the Supreme Court's Next Big Abortion Case
November 05, 2013 Law

On Friday, about one-third of the abortion clinics in Texas started calling women to cancel long-standing appointments and turning away 

Here Are All the Chefs the ‘Double Down’ Authors Thanked
November 05, 2013 Game-Changing Food

Double Down: Game Change 2012, out today, was the fruit of “more than five hundred full-length interviews with more than four hundred individuals,” according to authors Mark Halperin and John Heilemann, writing in the Authors’ Note.

Chris Christie's Presidential Campaign Starts Tomorrow
November 05, 2013 New Jersey

Nowadays, nothing looks good for the Republicans. Demographic and generational change is inexorably narrowing the GOP’s traditional path to victory, at a time when the party hasn’t shown any ability to broaden its appeal.