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Senate Hopefuls Make Final Pitches

Candidates in tight Senate races across the U.S. squared off Thursday night for their final debates before Election Day. We hear excerpts from three of them: Missouri, Virginia and Connecticut.
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It's All Politics, Oct. 18, 2012

Presidential debate No. 2 is in the books, and the consensus is that — unlike debate No. 1 — President Obama came prepared for battle. For all the talk about "binders full of women," and what was said when after the events in Benghazi, Libya, Obama and Mitt Romney both made their cases. NPR's Ron Elving and Ken Rudin have the latest political roundup.
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Making Sense Of Presidential Polls

In less than a month, the 2012 presidential election turned from an almost certain victory for President Obama to a neck-and-neck race. New York Times blogger and statistician Nate Silver and Princeton neuroscientist Sam Wang talk about making sense of the polls--and why not all votes are created equal.
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Young Mormon Women 'Thrilled' By New Mission Age

The Mormon church recently lowered the age at which members can start serving their missions. The minimum age for women used to be age 21, now it's 19. That may not sound like a big difference, but the change has been hailed as a 'giant leap' by Mormon bloggers. Host Michel Martin looks at what the decision will mean for young women with Joanna Brooks, author of The Book of Mormon Girl, and Emily Jensen of Deseret News.
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Sugar Beet Labor Battles Spill Out Onto The National Stage

Sugar production is as close to a planned economy as anything you'll find in America. But there are cracks in the system. Union leaders are calling for a boycott of one of the country's leading sugar producers, which has locked out 1,300 workers.
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New York Officials Insist Stop-And-Frisk Is Legal

A judge in New York City is holding hearings on the controversial NYPD practice known as stop-and-frisk. This case focuses only on stops that take place in privately-owned apartment buildings. It's the first of three major legal challenges to stop-and-frisk to make it to court.
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Redrawn 6th District In Md. May Benefit Democrats

In Maryland, Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett faces a tough re-election in a redrawn district that now favors Democrats. Challenger John Delaney has outraised and outspent him.
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In Ohio, Bill Clinton Opens For 'The Boss'

One of President Obama's most high-profile surrogates, former President Bill Clinton, spoke at a rally in Parma, Ohio, Thursday. Rocker Bruce Springsteen was the co-headliner.
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After Crisis, Some Banks Doing Better Than Others

It was four years ago, that U.S. taxpayers bailed out America's big banks. David Greene talks with David Wessel, economics editor at The Wall Street Journal, about the country's big banks, which have announced their latest earnings in the last week or two.

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