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Chris Van Hollen Preps Biden For Debates

Vice President Joe Biden is getting a little help from Maryland Rep. Chris Van Hollen in getting a leg up in the upcoming debates.

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Obama, Romney Mine For Swing Voters In Ohio

Undecided voters in Ohio got a lot of attention this week from President Obama and GOP rival Mitt Romney. Coal may be the key to many swing voters in the Buckeye State, which remains a top coal producer.
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With Senate Control At Stake, Key Wis. Race Tightens

The seat that Republican former Gov. Tommy Thompson and Democratic Rep. Tammy Baldwin are vying for is one of many that Democrats are defending in November. Early polls showed Thompson might easily flip the seat for the GOP, but he's now trailing.
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Voter's Words That Sparked A Debate Are Clarified

Morning Edition follows up on a story that prompted some debate among our listeners when it first aired a month ago. It was a quote from a voter in Indianapolis about the President and Mrs. Obama. On Thursday, NPR's Ari Shapiro ran into the same voter halfway across the country and followed up with her.
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Iowa Voters Who Are — Literally — Done With The Election

Iowa is the first swing state to open polling sites. Democrats have requested the overwhelming majority of absentee ballots in Iowa. But Republicans have an 18,000-person lead in voter registration.
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Lawmakers, Librarians Take Renewed Look At Renovating D.C.'s Central Library

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library in D.C.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library is badly in need of renovation, but during a roundtable Thursday, lawmakers and librarians were relieved to hear that it could be fixed at all.

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In 1980s Romney Video From His Bain Days, Profits, Not Jobs, Were Focus

The newly unearthed video of Mitt Romney in 1985 explaining how Bain Capital hoped to "harvest" the firms it invested in seemed at odds with the Republican presidential nominee's suggestion on the campaign trail that creating jobs was a major aim in those days.
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A Second, Chance Interview With Subject Of Controversial First Lady Remarks

NPR's Ari Shapiro has the unexpected chance to let an interview subject clarify remarks recorded weeks ago and several states away.
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GOP Reassess Akin After 'Legitimate Rape' Comments

Now that Missouri Republican Todd Akin is not dropping out of the Senate race against incumbent Claire McCaskill, the GOP is rethinking how distant it wants to remain from him. Akin became toxic for remarks about "legitimate rape" — but the GOP Senate map nationwide is looking increasingly grim.

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