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Five Social Issues On November Ballots

There's a lot at stake in the fall election, including control of Congress and the White House. But important questions will also be decided at the state level. Ballot initiatives will let voters in several states decide on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization.

Budgets Tight, States Ask Voters To Raise Taxes

In California and other states struggling to plug big holes in their budgets, tax increases will be on the ballot in November. Several measures ask voters to help ward off budget cuts, or to raise funds for basic functions like schools and roads.

Outreach With A Wrench In Homer, Alaska

Brant "Boog" Torsen can't fix every car for a plate of cookies, but he will help you if he can.

At This Camp, Kids Learn To Question Authority (And Hack It)

DefCon Kids grew out of the largest, most important gathering of computer hackers on the planet. This camp encourages kids to take a hard, skeptical look at the machines that surround them, and teaches them to hack apart everything they can lay their hands on.

Dallas Turns To Aerial Spraying To Control West Nile

The number of confirmed cases of West Nile virus continues to increase in Texas. Most of them are in Dallas County. Mayors in some of the cities there have authorized aerial spraying to kill the virus-carrying mosquitoes.

New Terms Set For Fannie And Freddie

The Treasury Department Friday changed the terms of its bailout agreement with Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. The mortgage giants often had to pay the government back more in interest than it earned in profits, a system at odds with the goal of eventually dismantling the companies. The move appears aimed at calming financial markets.

Week In Politics: Taxes And What Ryan Will Do

In our weekly chat about politics, Melissa Block discusses the presidential race with E.J. Dionne Jr. of The Washington Post and Reihan Salam with National Review.