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With a Republican Senate majority increasingly plausible, there’s more talk about what will actually happen in an all-GOP-run Capitol next year. What should the Republicans do? House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy suggested they will “prove they can govern.” But many more anticipate the same old standoffs between the Republicans and the president whose second term they tried and failed to prevent.

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The biggest prize in the 2014 midterms is control of the U.S. Senate. Georgia’s race between Democrat Michelle Nunn and Republican David Perdue is now at the very heart of that national fight. The candidates are essentially tied in the polls with less than a week to go.

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After a pitstop for an Italian dinner on Tuesday night, right-wing agitator Charles C. Johnson showed up at what he thought was the residence of his biggest online adversary -- a man who just so happens to share his name -- and snapped photos of himself standing outside the complex's gate holding conspiracy theory bumper stickers.

Johnson said he retrieved the address to the Pacific Palisades apartment online.

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If Republicans win control of the Senate next week, as many expect, they will gain a powerful weapon to reshape President Barack Obama's legacy in his final two years: the authority to block his nominations.

Under a Democratic-led Senate, Obama has enjoyed remarkable success in confirming his executive appointees and remaking the federal courts in his image.

A recent New Yorker essay by legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin fleshed out Obama's contribution to the United States judiciary, which spans two Supreme Court justices, 53 appeals court judges and 223 trial court judges, all with lifetime tenure. Today 9 of 13 appeals courts, which have the last word on a vast majority of legal issues, have a Democratic majority; before he took office Republicans controlled 10 of 13.

"It's been absolutely huge," conservative legal scholar and Georgetown law professor Randy Barnett said of Obama's impact on the courts. "We've noticed patterns of voting with respect to certain kinds of legislation that gets upheld. There are certain executive branch practices that get upheld that would not have been upheld before."

Even Obama's executive branch picks have mostly been confirmed, though many have faced delays due to Republican filibusters and stalling tactics.

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A New York man implicated a former roommate in a fake plot to assassinate the president, allegedly because he never approved of the former roommate dating someone he knew.

Juan Medina called 911 in August to tell them that his former roommate was on his way to New York with an AR-14 and an AK-47 to kill the president, according to a Department of Justice press release.

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Louisiana state officials wants scientists and medical researchers who have dealt with Ebola patients not to come to the state's annual American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene conference next week in New Orleans.

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