In it, but not of it. TPM DC

Sen. Mark Pryor (D-AR) was the subject of a brutal headline on Tuesday from a conservative website, which obtained a copy of his college thesis and suggested that he had opposed federal desegregation in Arkansas in the 1950s.

The Washington Free Beacon didn't specifically make that assertion, but it highlighted a portion of his 1985 thesis and implied as much — the headline read, "Arkansas Democrat Mark Pryor: Desegregation an ‘Unwilling Invasion.’"

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Black voters could have a major impact in the hard-fought U.S. Senate race in Kentucky, and both candidates are making direct appeals to them in dueling radio ads.

A new radio ad by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) features an African-American woman calling on Kentuckians to support the Republican incumbent because he "fights for our community and cares about us."

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The number one enemy among conservatives over the last week or so may not actually be President Barack Obama, despite haranguing about Obamacare and the Islamic State and his handling of Ebola and the usual schtick. Instead, that accolade could arguably go to Houston Mayor Annise Parker (D) who has found herself in the crosshairs of the far right over subpoenas of a handful of pastors in the city.

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So far Alison Lundergan Grimes has fared remarkably well against Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell in conservative-friendly Kentucky during a conservative-friendly year.

But lately there have been signs of trouble for the underdog Democrat, even as she remains upbeat about her chances. Two more of them emerged on Friday.

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