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The former campaign manager for Texas Lt. Gov. David Dewhurst's (pictured) 2012 Senate campaign on Tuesday pleaded guilty to embezzling nearly $1.8 million from campaign funds, according to the Houston Chronicle.

Kenneth "Buddy" Barfield now faces up to 28 years in prison, as well as millions in fines. He also pleaded guilty to wire fraud and filing a false tax return.

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Republicans are in shape to easily keep the House of Representatives this fall and probably pick up a few seats, thanks to advantages enjoyed by incumbency, redistricting and off-year turnout.

But with Election Day just two weeks away, there are a number of House races worth keeping an eye on — some of them feature scandal-plagued or otherwise wacky candidates, others are bellwethers that could signify the national mood and yet others are close races poised to go down to the wire.

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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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