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In Battleground Nevada, Voters We Met In February Offer Few October Surprises

With eyes on the presidential debate in New York, we decided to turn ours to the swing state of Nevada, where President Obama and GOP challenger Mitt Romney are battling mightily over the state's small but crucial trove of six electoral votes. We caught up with three voters we first met last winter.
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Medicare: Where Presidential Politics And Policy Collide

Medicare is emerging as the most important health care voting issue — more important than even the Affordable Care Act. And with 10,000 baby boomers qualifying for the program every day, whoever wins the election will have to find some way to rein in spending.
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Former Sen. George McGovern Enters Hospice; Was 1972 Democratic Nominee

Now 90, he ran against President Nixon. The Republican incumbent, though, enjoyed one of the biggest landslides in U.S. history. In recent years, McGovern has been active in efforts to end hunger around the world.
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In The Second Debate, It's All About The Counterpunch

During tonight's presidential debate, President Obama will want to cast Mitt Romney as an unacceptable, unreliable choice. But Republicans think their man can come close to sealing the deal simply by doing what he in the first debate. Both candidates will need to fire up supporters without coming off as nakedly partisan.

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The Tea Party: Cooled Down, Or As Strong As Ever?

The Tea Party may have took the 2010 midterm elections by storm, but many analysts are now asking if the party's influence has cooled off. Host Michel Martin looks at the Tea Party's prospects for this election with NPR's Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving and Shelby Blakely, journalist coordinator for the Tea Party Patriots.
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5 Questions 'Real' People Might Ask At The Debate

With the election just three weeks away, many voters are still scratching their heads, wondering what exactly the candidates would do to improve the economy. Audience members at Tuesday night's presidential debate could focus on economic topics such as home prices, gasoline, wages, exports and jobs.
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D.C. Won't Renew Contract With Thompson's Company

The D.C. government is unlikely to renew its contract with Chartered Health Plan, the health care company owned by Jeffrey Thompson, the millionaire fundraiser who has been tied to Mayor Vince Gray's "shadow campaign" in 2010.

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Gallaudet Official Suspended For Signing Gay Marriage Referendum Petition

A Gallaudet University diversity officer who was placed on leave after signing a petition concerning Maryland's gay marriage referendum speaks today in Annapolis.

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Debate Preview: Romney Aide On How GOP Nominee Would Confront Iran

The Republican nominee's campaign says the Obama administration has sent mixed signals. President Obama's top aides say that's not so. That's likely to again be a point of disagreement during Tuesday's debate.
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Poll: Romney Has Large Lead In Rural Swing Counties

As Mitt Romney and President Obama get ready for their second debate, a new bipartisan survey shows a surge for Romney in a key voter group following their first debate Oct. 3. The poll of 600 likely rural voters in nine battleground states shows Romney's support stands at 59 percent, while Obama's is down to 37 percent.

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