CNN: In key Senate race, incumbent releases her first ad

In what’s turning into a crucial Senate race that could decide which party controls the chamber the next two years, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen of New Hampshire went up Sunday with the first television commercial of her re-election bid.

The Bulletin: Merkley seeks Dem nomination

When Jeff Merkley arrived in the nation’s capital in 2009 as a newly elected senator, it was not his first stint in Washington.

But it quickly became obvious to the Portland Democrat that the Congress of which he was now a member was very different from the ones he knew as an intern for Sen. Mark Hatfield in the 1970s and later as a nuclear weapons analyst for the Congressional Budget Office in the 1980s.

Daily Record: Cory Booker co-sponsors first bill, leads Senate in first week as senator

It’s been a busy first week for New Jersey’s newest senator, who so far has shown he’s more interested in getting to know his colleagues and learning the ropes than basking in the national media spotlight.

Daily Herald: Obama signs Kirk-Durbin bill on epinephrine pens

The epinephrine stockpiling is aimed primarily at children who have previously undiagnosed allergies or as a backup for those with known allergies.

Estherville News: Braley makes Estherville visit

One of the men looking to fill the U.S. Senate seat held by Tom Harkin was inspired by the long-time senator from Iowa.