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The Takeaway

Campaign Ads Sway Judicial Decisions

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A new study has found that Citizens United has had an impact not only on elections, but on a judicial decisions in the courtroom.

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Morning Edition

The 2014 Campaign Ads That You Just Can't Stop Replaying

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

States that could determine which party controls the Senate next year have been barraged for months with campaign ads. For better or for worse, here are some of the most noteworthy.

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Morning Edition

Obama Sits Out Campaigning As Fill-Ins Stump For Democrats

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

With President Obama's popularity suffering, other big-name Democrats are trying to give candidates a boost. Steve Inskeep talks to NPR's Don Gonyea about what they're telling voters.

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Morning Edition

Concern Over New-Voter Registration In Georgia Ahead Of Election

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

A lawsuit in Georgia claims more than 40,000 voter registration applications are missing weeks before the November midterm election. Lawyers say they belong to new African-American, Latino and Asian-American voters. But state officials say all applications have been processed.

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All Things Considered

Partisan Divide Over Voting Rights Has Intensified In Obama Era

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Since his early days in politics, President Obama has championed the cause of expanding access to the ballot box. But that cause is facing growing resistance, in the guise of preventing "voter fraud."

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All Things Considered

Obama Has To Balance His Base Without Hurting Dems In Red States

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

If Democrats have a chance of hanging onto Senate seats in southern states, they need to do well with African American voters. But for President Obama, that creates a difficult balance between turning out the base and energizing GOP voters who don't like him.

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The Takeaway

It Could Take Another Watergate to Get Secret Money Out of Politics

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The Watergate scandal was more than a botched burglary—it uncovered stacks of cash flowing to the Nixon campaign from unnamed donors. 40 years later, secret money's making a comeback.

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The Takeaway

How Nigeria Became 'Ebola Free'

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The World Health Organization said on Monday that Nigeria is now "Ebola free" after 42 days with no new cases. Excellent detective work helped Nigeria fight the disease.

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The Takeaway

A Real-Life Spy Thriller: New Doc Reveals The Story Behind Snowden

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

More than a year after NSA whistle-blower Edward Snowden revealed the extent of the government's surveillance programs, a new documentary chronicles Snowden's story.

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The Takeaway

America's Dark History of Medical Apartheid

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

From Typhoid Mary to the AIDS epidemic to the Ebola crisis: The language of exclusion has a long history in terms of fighting disease in the United States.

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The Takeaway

Is the GOP Losing Its Lock on Kansas?

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Kansas has elected Republican senators in every election since 1939. Now the ultimate red state might be poised to elect an independent senator.

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Morning Edition

In Tight Races, Both Parties Bank On Early Votes

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Two million people have already voted in next month's election, including President Obama. Locking in votes early is huge, particularly since control of the Senate rests in a handful of close races.

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Morning Edition

After Narrow Loss In 2012, GOP's Mia Love Finds New Strength In Utah

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Mia Love is running again in Utah's 4th Congressional District after losing to Democrat Jim Matheson in 2012. Now front-runner, she could become the first black female Republican elected to Congress.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Labor; Loopholes and Legacies

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

The state of labor unions since the transit strike in '05; speed dating for mom friends; Princeton professor Cornel West; and the campaign finance loopholes that help Cuomo's campaign.

The Takeaway

Secrets Revealed in the Race for Oregon Governor

Monday, October 20, 2014

Oregonians will vote this November on whether to send their governor back to office for an unprecedented fourth term. 

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All Things Considered

Close Iowa Senate Race Could Come Down To How Women Vote

Monday, October 20, 2014

Joni Ernst, who's an officer in the Iowa Army National Guard, presents herself as a mother, soldier, leader. But many women aren't responding to that.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Family Meeting 2004: The RNC in NYC

Monday, October 20, 2014

We remember the summer of 2004, when the Republican National Convention came to New York City, with Jim Dwyer, The New York Times reporter, who covered the protests against it.

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The Brian Lehrer Show

Family Meeting 2004: A Particularly Corrupt Year in New Jersey

Monday, October 20, 2014

Even for New Jersey, 2004 was a particularly corrupt year.  We reflect on how the scandals shaped the state of New Jersey politics.

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New Jersey News

What Has Christie Done Lately For New Jersey Republicans?

Monday, October 20, 2014

For the first time since January, Governor Chris Christie publicly campaigned for a Republican in New Jersey.

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The Takeaway

Money Talks: Outside Money Floods State Races

Monday, October 20, 2014

The 2010 Citizens United ruling allowed unlimited contributions to political campaigns. Now, four years later, the amount of outside money has reached unprecedented levels.

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