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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

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

Watergate's Impact on Secret Campaign Money

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

As we approach Election Day, we take a look at how our present-day election system was shaped by a major event in U.S. history: The 1972 Watergate scandal.

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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

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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The Takeaway

What a GOP Senate Means for President Obama

Monday, October 20, 2014

How would a Republican-controlled Senate change President Obama's final two years in office? Three political reporters explain what you should expect from a Senate power shift.

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The Takeaway

The Country's Most Expensive Senate Race

Monday, October 20, 2014

In the most expensive Senate race in the country, North Carolina Democrat Kay Hagan is running to retain her Senate seat against Republican Thom Tillis.

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Morning Edition

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

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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Morning Edition

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

Monday, October 20, 2014

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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Morning Edition

Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

Monday, October 20, 2014

Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.

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The Takeaway

Today's Takeaways: Your Complete Guide to The 2014 Midterm Elections

Monday, October 20, 2014

All this hour The Takeaway examines what's at stake ahead of the 2014 midterm elections.