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Fractures Within Alliance May Hamper U.S. Campaign Against ISIS

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:01am

President Obama met with allied defense chiefs to discuss the campaign against militants from the Islamic State. They've been gaining ground in Iraq and Syria, prompting questions about U.S. strategy.

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Female Veterans Aim For Washington While Navigating Campaign Trail

Wed, 10/15/2014 - 4:01am

A military resume has long been a big plus for political candidates. Only 5 female veterans have served in Congress, but 11 are running this year — including Republican Wendy Rogers in Arizona.

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A Guide To Third Party Candidates

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 5:52pm

With many candidates pulling 5-15 percent in the polls, and appealing to voters who disdain both parties, the establishment campaigns have more a few reasons to worry.

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In Nevada's Governor's Race, Hispanic Candidates Try To Woo Voters

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 4:07pm

The state's first Hispanic governor, Brian Sandoval, has become popular and is expected to easily win reelection. But Democrats there now have a rising star: a young Latina politician, Lucy Flores.

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Pizza Man And Other Third Party Candidates Shake Up Tight Senate Races

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:27pm

Sean Haugh is a pizza delivery man and Libertarian candidate making waves in the US Senate Race in North Carolina. He isn't the only one. Independent candidates are a factor in at least a dozen races.

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Gay Republican House Candidate DeMaio Hasn't Won Fans In LGBT Community

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:03pm

San Diego's Carl DeMaio is expected to have a real shot at unseating the Democratic incumbent. But the LGBT community isn't embracing the historic moment.

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What's Holding Up Release Of The CIA 'Torture Report'?

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 3:03pm

The CIA, whose post-Sept. 11 interrogation techniques are said to be blasted in the report, has blacked out large parts of the unreleased summary.

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Many GOP Candidates Not Commenting On Gay Marriage Wave

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:45pm

Robert Siegel talks with Washington Post political correspondent, Karen Tumulty, about the role gay marriage is playing as an issue in the 2014 elections — especially for Republicans.

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Krugman: Obama More Transformative Than Clinton, Reagan

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 3:33pm

Robert Siegel talks with economist Paul Krugman about his Rolling Stone feature, "In Defense of Obama." He says Obama is one of the most consequential and successful presidents in American history.

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Florida Governor's Race: Familiar Faces, Big Money, Brutal Ads

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:24am

Incumbent Republican Gov. Rick Scott is facing off with former Republican Gov. Charlie Crist — who's now running as a Democrat. The race is close, expensive and nasty, with a deluge of attack ads.

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What's In A Name? It Could Matter If You're Writing To Your Lawmaker

Mon, 10/13/2014 - 2:19am

To test subtle biases, researchers sent state legislators identical emails about voting requirements. Some emails came from a man with a "Latino" name, and others from an "Anglo" name.

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In Northern Virginia, Candidates See Opportunity In Asian Vote

Sun, 10/12/2014 - 5:11am

Democrats and Republicans are both trying to lure the votes of Asian Americans, the country's fastest growing racial group.

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Grandpa Jimmy Casts A Shadow Over Georgia Governor's Race

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 3:58pm

Jason Carter is a state senator with an eye on the governor's mansion. But if he wants to follow in the footsteps of his grandfather, Jimmy Carter, he has to be careful how he uses that legacy.

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Republican And Democrat Make Headlines For 'Nicest' Election Race

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:59am

The two have agreed not to mess with each other's yard signs. "This office is bigger than us," a candidate for a county sheriff's post in northern Kentucky says.

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A Republican Battles To Keep His Job In Deep-Red Kansas

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 10:46am

Secretary of State Kris Kobach is a national crusader against illegal immigration, but this year some of his GOP brethren are turning against him as he struggles to win reelection.

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Author: Supreme Court Usurped Congress On Voting Rights

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:42am

NPR's Scott Simon speaks with Darryl Pinckney about his essay "Blackballed," a personal and historical reflection on the struggle of black Americans for the right to vote.

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Governor's Wife's Revelations Show Flair For Scandal In Oregon

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:42am

On Thursday, Oregon's first lady, Cylvia Hayes, admitted to receiving $5,000 to marry a man who wanted a green card. NPR's Scott Simon talks to political editor Charlie Mahtesian about the scandal.

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Revelations From Governor's Fiancee Show Flair For Scandal In Oregon

Sat, 10/11/2014 - 6:42am

On Thursday, Oregon's first lady, Cylvia Hayes, admitted to receiving $5,000 to marry a man who wanted a green card. NPR's Scott Simon talks to political editor Charlie Mahtesian about the scandal.

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Courts Strike Down Voter ID Laws In Texas, Wisconsin

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 3:05pm

The Supreme Court blocked a measure in Wisconsin requiring voters to show photo identification before casting ballots and a federal judge in Texas ruled that state's ID law was discriminatory.

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Labor Secretary Eyed As White House Searches To Replace Attorney General

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 2:09pm

The White House effort to replace Attorney General Eric Holder is happening largely in the shadows. But Labor Secretary Thomas Perez is emerging as a top candidate for the post.

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