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Virginia Garners Attention As New Battleground State

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President Obama campaigns is campaigning in Ohio, Florida and Virginia. While Ohio and Florida are perennial battlegrounds, Virginia has emerged as one of this year's most important contests. Volunteers backing President Obama fanned out across the state over the weekend, looking to line up support.
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Authors Talk Politics: Junot Diaz On Election 2016

For the latest in our "Let's Talk Politics" series NPR's Scott Simon talks to Pulitzer Prize winning author Junot Diaz about this election year.
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This Historian Wants You To Know The Real Story Of Southern Food

Michael Twitty wants credit given to the enslaved African-Americans who were part of Southern cuisine's creation. So he goes to places like Monticello to cook meals slaves would have eaten.
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A Local Sheriff's Race Is Drawing National Attention And A Hefty Price Tag

One of the country's most expensive races for local office is in Arizona's Maricopa County where Sheriff Joe Arpaio, a noted opponent of illegal immigration, has the toughest challenge of his career.
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The United Nations Is Launching A Space Mission

The U.N. is planning to send its first spacecraft into orbit, packed with scientific experiments from countries that can't afford their own space programs.

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