After everything that's happened — the primaries, caucuses, V.P. picks and conventions — it's now time for the debates. They have the capacity to change the dynamic. But, more times than not, they don't.
Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. is still running for office but has been out of sight for months. He is being treated for a bipolar disorder, and his wife says he will return to work when he gets his physician's permission. Three other candidates are campaigning for the seat.
President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are busy cramming for their first debate. The face-off Wednesday night in Denver could be their best opportunity to sway undecided voters. The two men are squeezing in a bit of campaigning between practice sessions. Romney holds a campaign rally in Denver Monday, while Obama rallied with supporters in Las Vegas Sunday.
Florida election officials are combing through voter registration forms collected by a Republican-hired firm for signs of fraud. Dozens of forms contained irregularities. The firm was picked by the Republican National Committee to conduct registration drives in five battleground states. The party, which has made fighting voter fraud a signature issue, has fired the firm.
About 80 percent of Americans will see their tax bills rise if the Bush-era tax cuts are allowed to expire at the end of this year. But those who will take the largest hit are those with the highest incomes.
Certain sectors of the state's economy are more robust than they were four years ago, but that doesn't mean everyone's happy with the recovery. The state is sharply divided about the role of government in the economy, an issue that will be at the forefront of the upcoming presidential debate there.
Wednesday, President Obama and former Gov. Mitt Romney will face each other on the same stage for the first time. It will be one of three opportunities before the election. It could be one of the last opportunities for the candidates to sway voters who haven't yet made up their mind. Host Rachel Martin talks with NPR's Scott Horsley and Ari Shapiro, who have been on the trail with the Romney and Obama campaigns.
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