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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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Oregon First Lady Sorry For 'Marriage Of Convenience' With Green Card Seeker

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 12:58pm

In 1997, Cylvia Hayes received money to marry an Ethiopian who wanted a green card. Her fiance, Democratic Gov. John Kitzhaber, is seeking a fourth term. She says he didn't know of the marriage.

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A Surprise Senate Battleground: South Dakota

Fri, 10/10/2014 - 8:45am

Democrats and pro-campaign finance reform Mayday PAC are promising to spend $1 million each to defeat former GOP Gov. Mike Rounds.

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High Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

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

The court told Wisconsin it may not implement its law requiring voters to present photo IDs. In Texas, a federal judge struck down that state's ID law, saying it discriminates against minority voters.

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Iowa's GOP Fires Up Its Base As Election Day Nears

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

With the midterm elections just 25 days away, and early voting already underway in some states, the final push has begun to get the party faithful to turn out. The GOP expects to do well in November.

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As GOP Candidates Duck Social Issues, Is It Really All About That Base?

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

Republicans are expecting to do well in November, and one thing they're not doing this election is emphasizing social issues. That choice is causing some frustration among core supporters.

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Millennial Candidates Face Challenges From Young And Older Voters

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

Steve Inskeep talks to Republican Marilinda Garcia of New Hampshire and Democrat Jim Mowrer of Iowa about their experiences running for the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Supreme Court Halts Wisconsin Voter ID Law; Texas Law Overturned

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 10:15pm

After an appeals court put Wisconsin's law back into effect, the Supreme Court's liberal wing, plus Justices Kennedy and Roberts, voted put the law on hold while they decide whether to take the case.

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Millennials Are Blue Now, But Party Allegiance Could Be Up For Grabs

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 4:25pm

They're not the Obama-adoring college students of 2008 anymore. They're the generation hard hit by the economy.

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Identity Politics Center Stage In California's Central Valley Campaign

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:14pm

The race for California's 21st congressional seat pits two relatively young, up-and-coming politicians against one another. And the politics of identity and immigration aren't as simple as they seem.

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FEC Greenlights More Convention Cash For Political Parties

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 3:13pm

The Federal Election Commission approved a request from the Democratic and Republican parties to replace lost public funding with more donations from individuals — up to $32,400 per person per year.

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Rules For Provisional Ballots All Over The Map

Thu, 10/09/2014 - 2:05am

People who don't have the right ID or who run into other problems at the polls are often told to vote a provisional ballot. But the rules governing these ballots vary and many are never counted.

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Obama Proposal Could Extend Overtime Benefits To More Workers

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 5:03pm

Two-thirds of salaried workers used to get overtime automatically when they worked more than 40 hours a week, but thanks to a George W. Bush-era decision, only about 1 in 10 qualify today.

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U.S. Ambassador To Liberia: Many Challenges Remain In Ebola Response

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 3:58pm

Melissa Block speaks with U.S. ambassador to Liberia Deborah Malac about the U.S. effort to combat Ebola in West Africa. Work has been slowed by difficult conditions and a shortage of trained workers.

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The Language That Divides America: From Red And Blue To Percents

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:53pm

Nobody knows what was in the president's cup when he saluted the Marines last month, but it became known as the "latte salute." Do people still use "red" and "blue" when discussing a cultural divide?

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36 States To Elect Governors Next Month

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 4:04am

The midterm elections are less than a month away, and across the country, governors are in trouble. In both parties, state chief executives are facing tough re-election fights.

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Millennial Voters Are Paying Attention — So Why Don't More Vote?

Wed, 10/08/2014 - 2:13am

Young people showed major interest in voting in 2004 and 2008. Since then, their numbers have fallen off as the political system has become gridlocked.

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