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Friday's Jobs Report Is Campaign's Next Key Moment, Here's What To Expect

It's likely the Bureau of Labor Statistics will say the jobless rate ticked higher and that job growth was slow again in September, economists say. The presidential campaigns will surely be discussing the numbers.
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The Politics Hour

The Nats are in the playoffs, and the Politics Hour crew is kicking it into overdrive.


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.


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.