“I fundamentally believe the House of Representatives is in play,” Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Chairman Steve Israel told reporters Thursday, hedging by adding that he’s not yet ready to predict that Democrats will win enough seats to take control.

Democrats say the House of Representatives has become much more competitive because of their success using Medicare as an issue to win the New York special election earlier this week.

(using indeed)

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(Why did Public Policy Polling skip a week for presidential preference testing? Easy.)

“That’s the serious stuff and we did a national President poll two weeks ago and we’ll do another one in two weeks. The real reason we did this extra one is to figure out how big of a political game changer the rapture would be.”

(No, that wasn’t a joke.)

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“These are not the extras, these are not try-to-dos. These are must-dos.”

Doctors are prescribing drinking water for neglected elderly patients to stop them dying of thirst in hospital.

The measure – to remind nurses of the most basic necessity – is revealed in a damning report on pensioner care in NHS wards.

Some trusts are neglecting the elderly on such a fundamental level their wards could face closure orders.

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“This is what I was called to do…Everybody has a calling, and your real job in life is to find it.”

“There are no words to match this moment.”

So began the final episode of The Oprah Winfrey Show. After 25 years and 4,561 episodes, Winfrey bid farewell to her daytime talk show this afternoon. While there may not have been words to “match this moment,” the hour was filled with other words: funny ones, sad ones, inspiring ones, and poignant ones. The final episode was a platform for Winfrey to thank fans, reflect on the past 25 years, and talk about what she learned.

“It is no coincidence that I always wanted to be a teacher. I ended up with the greatest classroom in the world. And this, my friends, will be our last class for this stage,” she said. How was the class?