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Tom Cotton and Arkansans understand the importance of military service. Cotton, a former platoon leader and captain in the U.S. Army, is ready to lead by example in the Senate.

In "Urgent," his new ad, he explains what he's learned from his service:

Serious times demand serious leaders. It can be a matter of life and death of your countrymen on the battlefield, or your fellow citizens right here in the United States — and that's as urgent and as important as it can get.
You can watch the video above. The Senate needs Cotton, a proven leader and veteran. You can learn more about him and his story here.

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Michael Lehmann | August 29, 2014 |

Historically, one single, big issue defines an election.

That isn't quite the case this cycle, mostly because voters see problems at every turn. They feel like everything is going poorly: the economy (and their own economic security), Obamacare, spending, the crippling debt, immigration, management of government, and foreign policy. It’s shaping up to be the "chaos election."

Chaos, of course, brings us back to the president's foreign policy. Time Magazine (and thousands of others) reported on Obama's disastrous foreign policy admission yesterday:

President Barack Obama seemed to commit the worst of Washington gaffes Thursday when he updated the American people about the ongoing threat from Islamist militants wreaking havoc in Iraq and Syria. "I don’t want to put the cart before the horse: we don’t have a strategy yet," Obama said of the effort to combat the militant group Islamic State of Iraq and Greater Syria (ISIS) in its safe haven in Syria.
Even liberal columnists, like Eugene Robinson, were stunned:

I'd like to know whether the United States is at war with the Islamic State. I'd like to know why -- or why not. I'd like to know whether the goal of U.S. policy is to contain the jihadist militia or destroy it.
Nicholas Kristof, normally one of President Obama's biggest foreign policy cheerleaders, agreed:

CNN's Barbara Starr was also shocked: "Let me be very clear, ISIS heard all of this." Starr was right, according to an IBT report: "Several Twitter accounts widely believed to be ISIS-affiliated live-tweeted the president’s speech, even commenting on how much air time he has given the militant group."

Yahoo reported that Senator Chris Murphy, a liberal, said the president must seek explicit authorization from Congress to widen the conflict:

This decision is too important to allow politics or elections to play a role. It may be inconvenient that ISIS has become a threat on the precipice of an election, but we have a responsibility as a coequal branch to do our constitutional job, regardless of the timing.
The story also noted, correctly, that many Democrats are worried. Privately, they have expressed concerns about a potential vote that could anger the party's war-weary base, or hand Republicans political ammunition.

In Alaska, Republican Senate candidate Dan Sullivan — a Lt. Colonel in the United States Marine Corps Reserve and a former assistant secretary of state — offered a response to the president:

The Obama administration seriously underestimated the threat posed by ISIS to our national security. President Obama owes Congress and the American people a strategic plan to reverse the spread of terrorism in the region.
Politico reported that "Thursday’s messy press conference capped off a month of difficult public statements from Obama on foreign policy issues." That's a polite way of putting it. Americans are feeling less safe by the day; the administration’s bungling of foreign policy fuels that fear.

One thing is for certain, though. "We don’t have a strategy yet" might be the cleanest, simplest and most accurate description of President Obama's entire second term.

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Tim Cameron | August 29, 2014 |

Meet Giopi!

Giopi is a fun-loving elephant who is helping the Republicans win a Senate majority. Giopi looks up to the great Republican elephants from yesteryear.

In fact, you may know Giopi’s great-great-great-great grandfather a little better: He was the first Republican elephant, way back in 1860. In addition to volunteering, Giopi has many other hobbies: bouncing, running and, of course, the occasional yoga session. (Giopi has to stay flexible knocking on all those doors!)

With Harry Reid in charge, everybody’s been a bit too cranky on the Democratic side, blocking bills and protecting an unpopular president. Giopi is here to change all that. Giopi will help Republicans take control of the Senate and get this country heading in the right direction.

To accomplish this goal, Giopi needs YOUR help! Help your favorite elephant navigate a treacherous landscape, full of pitfalls and hard jumps, in the NRSC’s new video game — "Giopi: 2014 Mission Majority."
NRSC | August 28, 2014 |

In a recent statement, Harry Reid said that Republicans are unlikely to gain a Senate majority this fall. While the senator appears confident that there is nothing to worry about, some believe otherwise — and for good reason.

In the second part of Caitlin Huey-Burns' look at the Senate races, she lays out the case for a GOP Senate majority: "Why Republicans Will Take the Senate." Consider six points from her RealClearPolitics article:

1. The Democratic Party is on defense. They need to defend 21 of the 36 seats up for grabs. Some of these 21 races are in states that went for Romney in 2012. Even worse, Democrats are on defense in seven of the nine closest contests.

2. Democratic incumbents are increasingly vulnerable. Zero Democratic candidates in competitive contests are polling above 50 percent. These low numbers mean higher GOP chances of victory.

3. Voters are fed up with Obama and Washington dysfunction. Obama's proven so toxic that vulnerable Democratic candidates avoid him, and his approval numbers are stuck in the low 40s.

4. Three currently Democratic states — West Virginia, Montana and South Dakota — look like Republican locks. Winning these states, and retaining Kentucky and Georgia, means Republicans only need three more wins to control the Senate.

5. Republicans nominated a strong class of candidates. Leaders like Dan Sullivan, Cory Gardner and Joni Ernst have improved Republicans' chances this fall.

6. Five Democratic incumbents are polling poorly, compared to this time of the year in their last elections. Mary Landrieu, Kay Hagan, Mark Begich, Jeanne Shaheen, and Mark Udall are in trouble. We looked at these senators' low numbers last week.

For more analysis on the likelihood of a Republican Senate majority, see Chris Cilliza's take in the Washington Post: "All of the election models are starting to converge. And they are all pointing to a Republican Senate."

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Tim Cameron | August 28, 2014 |
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