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How Secure are Electronic Voting Machines?

Election Day 2012 is just around the corner, and many Americans will be casting their ballots on electronic voting machines. But how reliable are these devices? Michael Alvarez, professor of political science at Caltech, discusses the technologies at your polling station.

What's The Priority: Unemployment Or Deficit?

The economy added 171,000 jobs in October, but unemployment edged up to 7.9 percent. Unemployment isn't the only economic issue on the table, there's also the deficit. Host Michel Martin speaks with economist and writer Julianne Malveaux and NPR Senior Business Editor Marilyn Geewax to see how those two factors affect the economy at large.

Final Pre-Election Jobs Report Can Be Spun By Both Obama And Romney

The final jobs report before Election Day had news both presidential campaigns could use. President Obama can point to the number of new jobs created to claim that his policies are working. And Mitt Romney can point to an uptick in the jobless rate to make the case that the economy is at a standstill.
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Analysis: Pepco Powers Through Storm, Political Polls Reveal Latest Percentages

Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney gives an analysis on the latest campaign polls.


In Oklahoma, Republicans Take Two Views Toward Taxes

On Tuesday, Tulsa County, Okla., residents vote on ballot measures that would extend a sales tax hike to fund economic development and public works projects. The Republican mayor and local GOP officials — in one of the reddest states in the country — are asking voters to say yes to the taxes.

Job Growth Beats Forecasts; Unemployment Rate Is 7.9 Percent

There were about 50,000 more jobs added to payrolls than economists expected. Also: September's growth was revised upward. This is the last major economic report before Election Day and is sure to be a hot topic on the campaign trail.
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Ohio Is A Battleground If Republicans Take Virginia

Many have predicted that the presidential race will come down to Ohio, but that's only if Republicans can take Virginia.


Romney's Baffling Claim About Medicare Pay Cuts For Doctors

The Obama administration's health law envisions reductions in some Medicare spending. And some of the money saved on Medicare will help pay for other parts of the law. But those changes are unconnected with doctors in some areas not being willing to accept Medicare patients.