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A Fighter To The End, Arlen Specter Seemed To Thrive On Controversy

Over the course of three decades in the Senate, Specter's vote could be one of the hardest to get, and often the vote that made the difference. He died Sunday at the age of 82.
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Norton To Push Budget Autonomy During Lame Duck

D.C.'s non-voting member of Congress is hoping to convince lawmakers to vote on budget autonomy for the District during the lame-duck session after the November election.

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Former Senator Arlen Specter Dies At 82

Arlen Specter, reviled by the right, mistrusted by the left and ever unpredictable, was nonetheless a major force in the U.S. Senate for three decades. He cast what were often crucial votes on everything from judicial nominations to economic policy.
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In Battleground Ohio, Catholic Voters Apply Faith In Different Ways

Catholic voters are an important constituency in the Buckeye State, representing about 26 percent of voters. But different issues bring out different Catholic voters, a theologian explains. Some voters stress the church's teaching on issues like abortion, while others focus on social justice.
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SuperPacs For Romney Coordinate TV Ad Buys

Since April, more than 825,000 presidential campaign ads have been broadcast in the battleground states. Oddly, the dominant Republican voice on TV hasn't been that of nominee Mitt Romney. The big advertisers are four heavily funded SuperPacs and tax-exempt groups.
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Volunteers Labor To Get Early Voters Out In Iowa

Early voting is underway in Iowa, a battleground state where the most recent polls give President Obama a very narrow lead in a tight race. Four years ago, Obama carried Iowa with help from a massive ground organization that far outpaced what the GOP was doing. This year, Republicans say that won't be repeated.
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After Strong V.P. Debate, Campaigns Look Ahead

Thursday the vice presidential candidates duked it out in their only debate of the campaign season. President Obama and Gov. Mitt Romney will have their second face-off Tuesday at Hofstra University in New York. NPR's Ari Shapiro, on the road with Mitt Romney's campaign, talks with guest host Celeste Headlee.
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More Asian-Americans Seeking Higher Political Office

This year, 36 Asian-Americans and Pacific Islanders launched congressional campaigns, more than double the number from a record set just two years ago. "Asian-Americans are finally seeing that it can be done," says California Democrat Judy Chu. "We are finally bearing fruit."

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