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Despite expectations, Obamacare, immigration reform and global warming have not been in the forefront of this year’s mid-Term election campaigns—but Republicans and Democrats are girding for battles to come.  We look at the prospects for the next Congress and for Presidential campaigning that’s already begun.

Also, historic penalties against Korean carmakers for overstating fuel economy claims, and Brittany Maynard has ended her life.

Photo: (L-R) Senators Mary Landrieu (D-LA), Joni Ernst (R-IA) and Mitch McConnell (R-KY)

Historic Penalties against Korean Carmakers for Overstating Fuel Economy Claims 6 MIN, 14 SEC

Kia and Hyundai have agreed to the largest penalty in the history of the Clean Air Act: $100 million for misrepresenting the fuel economy of 1.2 million cars.  The carmakers agreed to a settlement with the EPA and the Justice Department. Joe White is Senior Editor for Automotive Coverage at the Wall Street Journal.

Joe White, Wall Street Journal (@wsjeyesonroad)

Will the Campaign Never End? 36 MIN, 19 SEC

Because of possible runoffs in Louisiana and Georgia, it may be next year before it’s clear if Republicans have taken control of the Senate. Predictions all lead in their direction, but there’s lack of consensus in either party on major issues that have been submerged by relentless attack ads. Gridlock may be the best that President Obama can hope for, with Republicans likely to take harder lines in both the House and the Senate. We hear what to look for in tomorrow’s midterm elections with both parties already focused on the prospects for the next Presidential election in 2016.

Jonathan Weisman, New York Times (@jonathanweisman)
Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics / Dornsife LA Times Poll (@danschnur)
Sally Kohn, Daily Beast and CNN (@SallyKohn)
Ross Kaminsky, Heartland Institute (@Rossputin)

WSJ/NBC poll on which party will win control of Congress
Ted Cruz on taking on Obama

Brittany Maynard and the “Death with Dignity” Movement 7 MIN, 3 SEC

Brittany Maynard ended her life on Saturday after what she called a “brief but solid 29 years.” Diagnosed with a stage 4 malignant brain tumor, she had moved to Oregon, where the law allows people to “die with dignity.” In an op-ed on CNN, Maynard said, “Because the rest of my body is young and healthy, I am likely to physically hang on for a long time even though cancer is eating my mind.”  She said she wanted to spare her family that “nightmare scenario.” Peg Sanden is Executive Director of the Death with Dignity National Center

Peg Sandeen, Death with Dignity National Center (@DeathwDignity)

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