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Republicans Or Democrats: The Choice Comes Down To Competing Myths

At their conventions, the parties presented varying visions of America — as an entrepreneurial paradise where hard work, innovation and prudence are all that matters, and as a communitarian paradise where racial, national and religious differences are subsumed in a surge of shared success. Voters must decide which resonates most and why.

Just 96,000 Jobs Added To Payrolls; Unemployment Rate Dips To 8.1 Percent

Job growth was weak — yet another sign that the sluggish economy continues to struggle to produce jobs.

Fact Checkers Ding Obama And Biden For Some Spinning

From claims about deficit reduction and job creation to things Mitt Romney has said about Russia and Detroit, the Democratic ticket twisted a few words here and there, independent watchdogs say.

With Big Parties Over, It's Back To Small-Population Swing States

On the heels of the quadrennial political extravaganzas, it's back to the day-to-day work of winning the election. On Friday, that means the focus returns to a pair of small-population states with relatively few electoral votes: Iowa and New Hampshire.

Retell Politics: Story About Obama's Mother Gets Another Look

Ann Dunham's fight with an insurance company before her death in 1995 is under scrutiny once more. And this time, a few words may tell a different tale.

'Gatsby' Author Fitzgerald Rests In A D.C. Suburb

F. Scott Fitzgerald was born in St. Paul, Minn.; he's associated with that city, as well as Paris, the Riviera and New York. But his family had deep roots in Maryland, and he's buried in Rockville, next to a highway between strip malls and train tracks.

Recess In Chicago? Strike Threat Draws National Eyes

Teachers say they will walk out Monday if tense weekend negotiations don't bring a contract. School has already begun in the district, and the stakes are high. It would be the first Chicago teachers strike in 25 years, and with similar conflicts brewing nationwide, it may be a catalyst for other actions.

Panera Sandwich Chain Explores 'Pay What You Want' Concept

The Panera coffee and sandwich chain is replacing some of its stores with nonprofit versions that allow customers to pay what they want and raise awareness about food insecurity. So far, the stores are paying for themselves.

When It Comes To Buying Organic, Science And Beliefs Don't Always Mesh

Many of you wrote in to let us know you weren't happy with a recent study on the health benefits of organic foods — or our coverage of it.