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Democrats Emboldened By Tuesday Elections

NPR's Mara Liasson talks to Guy Raz about Tuesday's elections — and what they might mean for the 2012 campaign. Democrats are feeling emboldened by their wins in Mississippi and Ohio, but there's still no evidence they've reversed the wave of 2010.
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Ohio Repeals Measure To Limit Bargaining Rights

Ohio's Republican Gov. John Kasich suffered a major defeat at the polls Tuesday night, when voters decided to repeal a measure that limited the collective bargaining rights of public employees. Kasich's popularity has already plummeted in a state that will likely be key to President Obama's reelection. Robert Siegel talks with NPR national political correspondent Don Gonyea about how the Republican governors of three Midwestern states — Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin — may have roused organized labor and improved Obama's odds in those states.
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Ward 2 Challenger Drops Out, Citing Intimidation

Fiona Greig, who was poised to challenge Jack Evans for the Ward 2 D.C. Council seat, has dropped out of the race, saying she was the victim of intimidation tactics.

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Maryland Sen. Currie May Still Face Sanctions

Maryland state senator Ulysses Currie was acquitted of bribery charges on Tuesday, but he may still face sanctions for not disclosing his consulting relationship with Shoppers Food Warehouse.

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How Birth Control And Abortion Became Politicized

Historian Jill Lepore writes about the early history of the birth control and abortion movements in this week's New Yorker. "I think it's easy to lose perspective [that] actually the arguments made by one side or another have switched sides over time more than once," she says.
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Nobel Peace Prize Winner Faces Electoral Boycott

The low voter turnout at Tuesday's run-off election in Liberia was preceded by violent clashes. Opposition leader Winston Tubman refused to participate in the vote, so there was no rival candidate for incumbent President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, Africa's first democratically elected female head of state. Host Michel Martin discusses the vote's impact on Liberia's post-civil war recovery with journalist Ledgerhood Rennie.
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Winners, Losers From Off-Year Elections

On Tuesday, two GOP-backed measures were struck down: Mississippi's amendment that would've defined fertilization as the start of life, and Ohio's measure to uphold a law curbing collective bargaining rights for public workers. Host Michel Martin explores what these results might mean for the 2012 elections. She speaks with former Obama administration staffer Corey Ealons and GOP strategist Ron Christie.

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