Tuesday is Election Day in many places around the country. NPR's Political Junkie, Ken Rudin, talks to host Audie Cornish to about who and what is on the ballot, and what the results may say about the 2012 races.
The super committee in Congress is racing to find places to cut more than a trillion dollars out of the nation's deficit by Thanksgiving. The oil industry fears that ending its tax breaks may be one way the super committee will decide to raise revenue. That's spurred Big Oil's lobbying machine to work overtime.
Environmentalists are planning to encircle the White House Sunday to protest the Obama administration's expected support of a new pipeline through the Midwest to carry one of the dirtiest forms of oil from Canada to Gulf Coast refineries. NPR's Richard Harris explains that the pipeline pits jobs against the environment.
This year's school board election has been the most expensive school board campaign ever in Wake County, N.C. And it's not just happening there: All over the country, small-scale, local school board races are attracting big money and big media attention.
Johnny DuPree is the first African-American candidate to win a major party's nomination for governor in Mississippi since Reconstruction. Though he remains a long shot against GOP Lt. Gov. Phil Bryant, DuPree says his run shows that the state has made progress.
GOP presidential contender Herman Cain may have a difficult time getting his campaign back "on message" after a week spent responding to allegations of sexual harassment. Attorney Gloria Allred held a news conference in New York on Monday afternoon for a woman who says she was sexually harassed by Cain.
The Republican presidential candidate says he will hold a news conference today to respond to the detailed allegations leveled against him by Sharon Bialek of Chicago. She accuses him of groping her during a 1997 encounter in Washington, D.C.
When you give to WAMU, your tax-deductible membership gift helps make possible award-winning programs such as Morning Edition, All Things Considered, The Diane Rehm Show, The Kojo Nnamdi Show, and other favorites.