The DCCC made an early push this past cycle to take back the House, ultimately targeting 55 races as districts they hoped to turn from red to blue, among others.

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But Democrats faced an uphill battle after redistricting solidified the partisan split in a number of states, making it more difficult for Democrats to win crossover support in many redrawn districts. They ultimately fell far short of the 25 seats they needed to net to flip control of the House, but did gain eight seats.

Israel said the committee had done a review of what went wrong in the previous cycle and that they have "a strong awareness of where we could do better," but declined to offer specifics.


TOMORROW’S AGENDA TODAY: President Obama will attend meetings at the White House.

First lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaMichelle Obama: We raise men to feel 'entitled' Michelle Obama: 'Don't tweet every thought' Michelle Obama, Prince Harry visit public school in Chicago MORE will visit the Children’s National Medical Center.


QUOTE OF THE DAY: “I’m not concerned about my job as Speaker.” — John BoehnerJohn Andrew BoehnerThe two-party system is dying — let’s put it out of its misery One year later, neither party can get past last year's election White House strikes back at Bushes over legacy MORE (R-Ohio), on the debt talks


POLL POSITION:

An NBC/Wall Street Journal poll found that a majority of voters would blame both President Obama and congressional Republicans if the debt talks fail.


BATTLE FOR THE HOUSE:

The National Republican Congressional Committee (NRCC) is attacking some top House Democrats on the medical device tax, one of the less popular elements of Democrats' healthcare overhauls and one that a number of Democrats have said should be re-examined.


SENATE SHOWDOWN:

GEORGIA: Sen. Saxby ChamblissSaxby ChamblissLobbying World Former GOP senator: Let Dems engage on healthcare bill OPINION: Left-wing politics will be the demise of the Democratic Party MORE (R-Ga.) appears to be the senator most likely to face a competitive 2014 primary — but his chief political strategist says he's "not paying any attention" to such talk.

SOUTH CAROLINA: South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley (R) said she doesn't consider previous time in elected office a prerequisite for replacing Sen. Jim DeMint (R-S.C.). "It is not about time in office, which I think is the wrong way of looking at government," Haley told local reporters. "It's the effect and the result they can show in office."


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