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Navajo Nation Changes Language Law

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 10:13am

Chris Deschene's campaign to become president of the Navajo Nation could get a boost after a requirement for candidates to be fluent in the Navajo language is altered.

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Georgia Democrats Hope To Get 'Souls To The Polls' After Church

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

Democratic Senate candidate Michelle Nunn is making a surprisingly strong run in what's been a Republican state. Should she win in Georgia, it will likely be because a strong turnout of African-American voters. A big part of that turnout push is an effort in black churches to get their congregants to go vote immediately after Sunday services.

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Candidates Make Final Arguments In Battle For Control Of Senate

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

With Election Day just over a week away, NPR politics editor Charlie Mahtesian and NPR congressional reporter Juana Summers join us for a look at the state of play in pivotal races across the country.

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Parties Compete To Build The Best Voter-Turnout Machine

Mon, 10/27/2014 - 3:36am

A week ahead of Election Day, both parties are still scrambling to identify and turn out every one of their voters. These get-out-the-vote operations are as expensive and high-tech as every other bit of modern campaigning.

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Opposition Researchers, Stirring Up Daily Brushfires

Sun, 10/26/2014 - 9:08am

The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin continues the series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the opposition researchers.

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Ranting And Throwing Papers: An Angry Candidate Runs For Congress

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 12:57pm

State Rep. Mike Bost's rants on the Illinois House floor are the stuff viral dreams are made of. Bost says he has good reason to be upset, and wants voters to share his anger.

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Ballot Questions Draw Voters In 43 States

Sat, 10/25/2014 - 6:50am

Ballot measures cover a lot of ground this year — from minimum wage to school calendars to one involving doughnuts and bear hunting. NPR's Charlie Mahtesian takes NPR's Scott Simon through the list.

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For The Midterm Elections, A Book On 'What It Takes' To Win

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 5:00pm

The midterm elections are less than two weeks away. Writer Michael Schaub recommends a book that explores what it's like to run for office and live through all the dramatic ups and downs.

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For Republicans, Midterms About Getting Country 'Out Of The Mud'

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:33pm

Robert Siegel talks with Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus ahead of the midterm elections.

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In Alabama, Darius Foster Is An Unlikely GOP Candidate

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:33pm

Republicans are trying to make inroads with African-Americans in the Deep South, where increasingly the color of your skin predicts your party affiliation. In Alabama, the GOP is fielding a record number of black candidates this year. Darius Foster is among them.

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New York Ebola Case Raises Questions About U.S. Readiness

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:33pm

The first case of Ebola in New York City is raising new questions about U.S. readiness and response to the disease.

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Alabama's Darius Foster Wants To Bring Back 'Fight For The People' GOP

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:33pm

In Alabama, the GOP is fielding a record number of black candidates this year, including Foster. It's part of a a Republican effort to make inroads with African-Americans in the Deep South.

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Georgia Democrat Seeks Republican Votes To Keep His Seat

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

As the last white Democrat in the deep South, Congressman John Barrow is perennial target. So far, he's managed to stay in office by portraying himself as an independent voice.

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Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to Robert Kennedy and presidential campaign manager for George McGovern, died Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The journalist and former president of NPR was 90.

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Blue State With Independent Twist: Maine's 3-Way Race For Governor

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

Maine's Tea Party-backed Gov. Paul LePage won office four years ago when an independent candidate and a Democrat divided the remaining vote. That strong division is shaping up again.

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With Biden By His Side, Maine Democrat Mines For Blue-Collar Vote

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

Embattled Democrat Rep. Rick Nolan, who represents Minnesota's Iron Range, gets a campaign visit from the administration's blue-collar vote whisperer, Joe Biden.

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With Biden By His Side, Minnesota Democrat Mines For Blue-Collar Vote

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 3:53am

Embattled Democrat Rep. Rick Nolan, who represents Minnesota's Iron Range, gets a campaign visit from the administration's blue-collar vote whisperer, Joe Biden.

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Frank Mankiewicz, Aide Who Announced Robert Kennedy's Death, Dies

Fri, 10/24/2014 - 1:23am

The journalist, political aide and author was Kennedy's press secretary when he died in 1968. Mankiewicz also ran Sen. George McGovern's presidential campaign. He died Thursday night at the age of 90.

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Democrats Remain Optimistic About Senate, Gubernatorial Races

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 3:49pm

Robert Siegel talks with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ahead of the midterm elections.

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In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Thu, 10/23/2014 - 2:05pm

Latinos make up 9 percent of the state's population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.

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