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The Aspiring Majority

— The Los Angeles Times again covers the still-expanding pool of competitive House seats.  "Democratic strategists believe that if the party can break into this second tier of Republican-leaning districts, they could greatly increase their odds of building a majority large enough to survive for longer than two years...  In a measure of the party's growing optimism, the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee plans to announce Tuesday that it will begin airing advertisements in 11 new districts...  Though both sides agree that many of these districts are growing more competitive, in most cases Democrats still face an uphill climb to reach 50%." 

The Sunday Washington Post profiled Democratic House campaign committee chair Rahm Emanuel, noting that he may have mismanaged the expectations game because of the now widespread assumption that his party will retake the House, and explaining how he lost part of a finger.