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Looking Back On 2012 Election Technology

The country knew who its next president would be late in the evening of Election Day. But despite a nationwide push to electronic voting, some municipalities took days longer to finish counting their votes. Larry Norden of the Brennan Center for Justice looks at technologies and systems that worked during this year's election, and at voting processes that fell short of the mark in counting the vote.
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Twinkies' Hostess Brand May Die, But The Iconic Snack Cakes Never Will

In the interest of science, we offer some ideas for people who are hoarding Twinkies now that Hostess has announced it is going out of business. And none of them involve eating.
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Rockaway Church Is Port In A Storm

Weeks after superstorm Sandy, Rockaway, Queens still looks like a disaster zone. St. Francis de Sales Parish has become a kind of central command for distributing food and supplies to thousands of residents every day. Monsignor John Brown of St. Francis talks to host Michel Martin about the recovery effort and what keeps him going.
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Hidden Housing Subsidy May Soon Come Out Of Hiding

A program that backed lots of mortgages during the housing bust may soon need taxpayer money to make good on its promises.
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Fiscal Cliff Talks Get Started; Two Sides Sound Optimistic

President Obama and congressional leaders from both major parties met at the White House for the first of what will likely be many negotiations aimed at averting a plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff. Afterward, Congressional leaders sounded optimistic about the chances for a deal.
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Can A Lame-Duck Congress Save The Day?

As members of the House and Senate head to Capitol Hill for the final weeks of this Congress, perhaps they will bring the "Spirit of 2010" with them. Despite partisan bickering, the lame-duck session two years ago got big things done. Then again, those lawmakers weren't being asked to avert a fiscal cliff.
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Petraeus Supports White House On Post-Benghazi Accounts, Lawmakers Say

The doors were closed so the nation wasn't be able to watch. One week after his scandal-tinged resignation, former CIA Director David Petraeus fielded questions from members of both the House and Senate intelligence committees.
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Colorado Charity Sends Underwear To Sandy Victims

People trying to help victims of Hurricane Sandy usually don't think to send underwear. A Colorado nonprofit called Underwearness exists to send underpants to the needy. They raise money with an annual race, which people run without any pants.

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