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5) Mitt Romney is going after President Obama on a new front: His policy toward Syria, in light of a crackdown on civilians that left many dead. The New York Times has the full story here. 4) Sen. Scott Brown, R-Mass., is kicking off the week with the release of a new TV ad aimed at underscoring his bipartisan credentials. "You know what makes me really proud? Being called one of the most bipartisan senators in the country," Brown says in the ad. Last week ended with Elizabeth Warren facing another negative headline about her claim to Native American heritage, but the week also included two new polls showing Warren hasn't been damaged by the story so far. Watch how much time and effort the Brown team dedicates to the issue moving forward for a sense of whether they believe that the issue does not have legs. 3) Here's the latest on Rep. Thad McCotter, R-Mich., who failed to collect enough valid signatures to qualify for the Republican primary ballot: He's running as a a write-in candidate for the GOP nomination.. State law doesn't make life easy for write-in candidates, but McCotter's left with few options following an embarrassing turn of events. 2) There is just a week left until Wisconsin's recall election and both candidates are working to turn out the base and prepare for the final debate on Thursday. Democrat Tom Barrett is stumping with liberal favorite Russ Feingold while Walker is enlisting the help of RGA Chair Bob McDonnell today. At their first debate on Friday night, the candidates deployed familiar lines of attack -- the John Doe investigation of Walker's aides when he was Milwaukee County executive, and the state's jobs outlook. Democratic polls show a close race, but look to the tone on both sides this week for a sense of how party strategists privately feel. DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz's downplaying of the race on Sunday, for example, is a sign Democrats aren't overly optimistic. 1) It's Election Day in Texas, where the feature race is the GOP Senate primary in which Ted Cruz is trying to force David Dewhurst into a runoff. Check out our rundown of what to watch for here (including Tom Leppert's number, which could provide some early hints about what will happen). There is also action in the House. The 23rd District Democratic primary is worth some attention tonight. The winner of the three-way race will face freshman GOP Rep. Quico Canseco in the fall, in the state's only real swing district. Polls close at 8 p.m. ET. Stay tuned to the blog tonight for results and analysis.

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