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Obama's base crumbles: Youths, Latinos slip away

Heading into the last hectic weekend of the 2014 midterm election campaign, a couple of revealing findings stick out that are ominous for Democrats:

Young 'Hope & Change' voters, who formed the core of Barack Obama's 2008 victory, have drifted away from their guy. In other words, they are growing up.

Second, Latinos, another leg on the aging Obama support stool, are flaking off too.

Besides his vigorous fundraising efforts, the Democrat president has spent much of his campaign effort this year working on his party's election day turnout, historically a flaccid factor in liberal midterm balloting. But that may not help much because the base he's trying to turn out has changed.

Conservatives, on the other hand, have a traditional stake in turning out. This time it's especially driven by opposition to Obama policies and pushing GOP candidates to control six more seats to control the Senate, stall Obama's remaining liberal agenda and and help Harry Reid find his way to Sunny Acres.

Among the youths surveyed by Harvard's Institute of Politics, a majority voted for Obama in 2012 and 64% said there's at least a 50-50 chance of their voting next Tuesday. But 43% consider the country headed in the wrong direction. They disapprove of everybody's job performance in Washington: Obama (53%), Democrats in Congress (60%) and Republicans there (72%).

They disapprove of Obama's job on the economy (60%), ObamaCare (57%), the deficit (65%), foreign policy (60%) and immigration (61%).

But -- and here's the key -- youths who voted in 2008 went for Obama by 34 points and 23 points in 2012. Even in 2010, a really bad year for Obama's party, youths supported Democrats 55%-43%.

This time, however, that same cohort will be voting for a GOP-controlled Congress 51%-47%.

As for Latinos, an increasingly important sector of the electorate, the new ABC News-Washington Post Poll shows they are just fine with Republicans taking control of both houses on Capitol Hill.

Fifty percent say it doesn't matter which party controls Congress. Worse for Obama, now out on his longest campaign swing of the cycle, 30% say it would be a good thing if Republicans win control of the Senate. That's twice the size of those who say bad thing. Bueno.

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The more parents learn about Common Core, the less they like it

The more parents learn of Common Core, the less they like it

The more parents of public school students learn about Barack Obama's Common Core education agenda, the less they like it.

A new national poll from Gallup reports:

"The overall proportion of public school parents who report having heard at least a little about the new standards has not changed appreciably since April, now at 73%.

However, nearly half (49%) of public school parents now say they have heard a great deal or fair amount about the new standards, up from 38% in April.

"The data suggest that this increase in awareness has led to an increase in negativity, given the seven-percentage-point increase in those viewing the standards negatively and the two-point decrease in those viewing them positively."

While greater public awareness has not improved Common Core support among Democrat-leaning parents, increased awareness has reduced support among Republican-leaning parents.

Among GOP supporters, 58% now have negative views of Common Core. That's up from only 42% last spring. Also, those with a "Very Negative" opinion has grown to 35% while the "Somewhat Negative" has faded to 23%.

While Democrat parents still support Common Core two-to-one -- 48% to 23% -- their support remains below half and is tepid.

So far, two states -- Indiana and Oklahoma -- have dropped the math and reading standards. Seven states so far are not participating.

But that could change. Obama has boasted across the country that his policies and priorities are in effect on the ballot with Democrats who've supported him, though they're dodging that help now. Common Core has been a hot issue in numerous gubernatorial races. And next week's midterm results could well prompt further opt-outs.

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4 Fiscal Flashpoints Await A Possible GOP Congress

With control of Congress seemingly within their grasp, Republicans are looking forward to showing that they can govern. But a series of budgetary time bombs -- four potential flashpoints that are likely to spark clashes with the White House but may also expose rifts within the GOP -- will complicate their ability to set the agenda. Highway Trust Fund The first will come by May when the last fix for the Highway Trust Fund, a $10.8

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