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This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:23am

This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.

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N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

Mon, 10/20/2014 - 3:15am

Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.

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Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.

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Political Campaigns From The Ad-Maker's View

Sun, 10/19/2014 - 6:43am

The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin kicks off a special series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the ad-makers.

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A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:41am

Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.

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Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 7:01am

With three justices dissenting, the high court's ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.

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In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

Sat, 10/18/2014 - 6:43am

Alaska's Republican governor looked to have a lock on re-election, until state Democrats realized that their best tactic would be to give up — and clear the path for an independent challenger.

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How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:37pm

Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.

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Week In Politics: Midterm Elections, Ebola

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

Audie Cornish talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Amy Holmes, anchor of The Hotlist on TheBlaze.com, about the politics of the Ebola crisis and midterm elections.

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New 'Ebola Czar' Has Political, Not Public Health, Background

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 3:04pm

The White House named a longtime Democratic insider to be the so-called Ebola czar on Friday. Just who is Ron Klain and will his appointment make a difference, good or bad?

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Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

Fri, 10/17/2014 - 4:03am

Congressional Republicans continue to call for a ban on travel from the West African nations caught up in the Ebola outbreak. The Obama administration, however, remains firm in opposing a travel ban.

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Political TV Ad Spending Expected To Top $1 Billion

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:20pm

Audie Cornish speaks with Elizabeth Wilner of Kantar Media about the landscape of political TV advertising in the run up to the 2014 election.

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Navajo Presidential Race Shaken By Language Gap

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:57pm

Chris Deschene's run for president of the Navajo Nation has been challenged because he's not fluent in the Navajo language. The dispute highlights a split among Native Americans over language issues.

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Health Officials Face Ebola Questions On Capitol Hill

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:25pm

A day after news that a second healthcare worker in Texas has Ebola, members of Congress grilled Centers for Disease Control and Prevent Director Tom Frieden about the federal response.

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In South Dakota, A Three-Way Senate Race Draws National Attention

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 3:25pm

Polls show the GOP frontrunner struggling to win over his own party while an underdog Democrat remains close in polls. Meanwhile, an independent candidate's low-budget campaign is gaining traction.

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Recent Rulings Alter Voting Laws Ahead Of November Election

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 1:46pm

Here's a recap of the flurry of last-minute legal activity involving state voting laws from Arkansas to North Carolina.

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House Panel Hearing To Examine Public Health Response To Ebola Outbreak

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:39am

The ability of U.S. hospitals and public health systems to handle the deadly Ebola virus has been called into question.

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Ebola Blame Game Takes The Stage At Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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Justice Department's Civil Rights Division To Get Interim Leader

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

ACLU deputy legal director Vanita Gupta will lead the Civil Rights Division at the Justice Department. She will likely be nominated for Senate confirmation to hold the job permanently.

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Ebola Spreads To Midterm Election Debates

Thu, 10/16/2014 - 4:34am

For a campaign season in search of an issue, Ebola promises to be a prime topic. The virus touches on issues central to both parties — the role of government and its competence.

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