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"Live Free Or Die" Ethos Present In N.H. Politics

New Hampshire's four uncommitted electoral votes could tip the presidential election. In our series of conversations focused on swing states, host Rachel Martin talks with New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline about the issues that matter to voters in the Granite State.
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Comparing Greatness In Sports

Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Mike Pesca about baseball playoffs and a big record that will be passed in football.
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Thousands Hold Fast To Tradition Of Oral Storytelling

Nearly 10,000 people have gathered this weekend for the National Storytelling Festival in northeast Tennessee to hear professional tellers weave some good yarns. Missy Shelton reports.
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You Ask, We Answer: Candidates On Housing, Taxes

Which housing programs would Mitt Romney eliminate? What would President Obama do to the tax code? NPR reporters read between the lines of the candidates' positions on housing and tax policies.
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Afghanistan Deadline Awaits Next U.S. President

Afghan forces are scheduled to take control of their country's security by the end of 2014. While President Obama says they will be fully responsible by then, Mitt Romney calls the deadline a goal. Either way, the next president will face a 10-year agreement to help Afghans with counterterrorism and training.
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Massachusetts Senate Race Gives New Meaning To Gender Politics

Despite the state's liberal reputation, voters there have never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate or the governor's office. Next month, control of the Senate may hinge on whether Massachusetts will vote for a woman, as Democrat Elizabeth Warren challenges incumbent Sen. Scott Brown.
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Restore The California Delta! To What, Exactly?

As a multibillion-dollar environmental effort gets underway, the state has to figure out what the landscape used to look like. Ninety-seven percent of the original wetlands in the inland delta near the San Francisco Bay are gone, so California is turning to historians for help.
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Taxes Are Certain, But What About Romney's Cuts?

Gov. Mitt Romney started his campaign calling for big tax breaks for the middle class. Over time his goals for those breaks have expanded to maintaining the government's flow of income and creating jobs. In the end, will a middle-class tax cut still be possible?
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Defense Companies Hold Off On Pink Slips, For Now

This week, defense contractors said they would not issue layoff warnings, even though looming budget cuts could lead to big job losses in 2013. That's led to charges that the White House overstepped when it told the industry the notices are not needed.

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