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The statue of Grief and History is pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington.
The statue of Grief and History is pictured in front of the U.S. Capitol Dome in Washington.
(KEVIN LAMARQUE/REUTERS)

David Shribman

The six issues that will dominate U.S. politics in 2014

Don’t look now, but we’re in an American election season.

Not a presidential election; that process seems endless, but in truth the 45th president won’t be chosen for nearly three more years. This is a midterm congressional election year, and the fact that all 435 seats in the House and a third of the Senate will be contested warps all in its path. It adds a political tinge to everything done on Capitol Hill, it raises the stakes on even the most routine legislation before each chamber, it diverts attention and resources from the important matters at hand.