Nation: The Senate: Arguing on the Issues

Congressional politics almost inevitably is a complicated blend of personalities and issues. But in the Senate, two contests this year offer voters clear ideological choices. The issues do matter and may dominate the outcome. In the House, some G.O.P. leaders are making an unprecedented and, some old hands would say, most unsportsmanlike effort to unseat several of their Democratic counterparts, contrary to clubby tradition.

A Sedate Seminar

The race is more like a sedate college seminar than a campaign for the U.S. Senate—a refreshing antidote to the bitterly personal presidential contest. Running for...

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