Oct 26, 2018

The Texas Senate race is the most expensive in history

Ted Cruz at an Oct. 22 rally with President Trump in Houston. Photo: Loren Elliott/Getty Images

Sen. Ted Cruz and Beto O'Rourke are officially running in the most expensive U.S. Senate race in history, as fundraising surpasses $100 million, per the Houston Chronicle. Before this cycle, $77 million was the highest cost of a Senate race.

The details: Although O'Rourke has raised $61 million as of Oct. 1 compared to Cruz's $40 million, recent public polling shows Cruz leading by a range of five to nine percentage points. And super PACs for both parties are expected to pour even more money into this race right before election day.

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Syria's darkest chapter

Family room without a family, in Idlib. Photo: Muhammed Said/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images

The worst humanitarian crisis of Syriaโ€™s brutal civil war is colliding today with what could be the warโ€™s most dangerous geopolitical showdown, after at least 29 Turkish troops were killed in an airstrike.

The big picture: The fighting is taking place in Idlib in northwest Syria, where a ferocious Syrian and Russian offensive has displaced 1 million civilians and infuriated Turkey, which borders the region.

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Fear of coronavirus pandemic escalates

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In the blink of an eye, we've entered a new phase on the coronavirus.

The big picture: Italy, Iran and South Korea are at "decisive" points in their responses, the World Health Organization said on Thursday.

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