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That's Why Incumbents Used To Say No

Since 1976, seven sitting presidents have agreed to debate their major challengers — and nearly all of them suffered for it. Three won re-election; three lost re-election. President Obama will be the tiebreaker.
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How The Electoral College Works (Rebroadcast)

The presidential election will be decided not by popular vote but by 538 electors in the Electoral College. Debate over how America elects its president.

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"The Rational Southerner"

Kojo talks with political scientist Quentin Kidd about the evolution of partisanship in the South.

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Military Troops Request Fewer Absentee Ballots

A new report blames the Pentagon for failing to provide enough help to service members. But the Department of Defense says the figures don't reflect how hard it is trying to get ballots in the hands of the armed forces.
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Friday News Roundup - Domestic

Fallout from the first presidential debate. A first look at September unemployment numbers. And Pennsylvania’s voter ID law is blocked. Diane and her guests discuss the week’s top stories, what happened and why.

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Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate

President Obama came across as defensive and lackluster, while Romney sounded confident and may have begun a late-season pivot to the center. It may not be enough to erase Obama's polling lead, even in the short run, but Democrats will want to hone their messages for the debates to come.
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Lights, Camera, Action (zzzz), Tweet!

There was plenty of media spin and punditry in Wednesday's debate, not just in Denver but on Twitter. The candidates appeared to be lacking in real zingers. Instead, it turns out the real conversation was happening through social media.
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Romney Goes On Offense, Pays For It In First Wave Of Fact Checks

President Obama did some truth-stretching as well, say the nonpartisan watchdogs who parse candidates' words.

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