To keep open the Government of the United States, protect a balance of progressive influence in the Federal appellate courts, and block extreme legislation passed by the House: The Democrats must maintain control of the U.S. Senate. But, with days to go before November 4, it now seems distinctly less possible.
When countries are in acute difficulties and turn to the United States for support, then they do not expect to be publicly rebuked for corruption. Now, Vice President Joe Biden on a visit to Ukraine has done just this and it may signify a change in U.S. foreign policy approaches to dealing with kleptocratic regimes.
Obama's position on marriage equality changes the policy debate on this issue, probably permanently. Not only is it good to see that the president supports equality for all Americans, but Obama's statement throws down a challenge for future bigots and enshrines marriage equality as the Democratic position.