Every seat in the House of Representatives is up for grabs next fall, and some longtime incumbents are facing off with members of their own party at the polls. In the battleground state of Ohio, Republican Rep. Jean Schmidt is facing more GOP challengers on Tuesday than any other House member.
Most states have improved their general-election voting procedures since the Bush-Gore Florida recount in 2000. But judging from the stumbles this campaign season, the political parties that run caucuses didn't get the memo. Three states hold Republican caucuses on Super Tuesday.
The human brain craves predictability, according to neuroscientists, and when politicians appear to flip-flop, our brains don't like it. Often, we feel betrayed. NPR science correspondents Jon Hamilton, Alix Spiegel and Shankar Vedantam talk about why we're hard-wired to appreciate consistency.
Significantly more Ohio Republicans believe Santorum shares their views than Romney does and yet the race is a tie? What's going on? It appears it's all about electability. Romney crushes Santorum on that dimension.
There has been a lot of talk about regulating abortion for women, but what if the tables were turned on men? That's what Georgia State Representative Yasmin Neal was thinking when she proposed legislation regulating male vasectomies. But critics say she just wants to attract media attention. Host Michel Martin speaks with Representative Neal.
Sen. Olympia Snowe's retirement announcement may make Democrats happy — they now can contest the seat. And conservative Republicans may be happy too — she too often voted with Obama. But those who believe in bipartisanship and across-the-aisle dialogue may have reason to mourn her decision.
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