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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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Vets Seek Specifics On How Candidates Would Help

Military veterans across the country have a whole range of concerns this election season, from the high rate of suicide to special challenges for female vets. But like everyone else, they're especially concerned with health care and jobs.
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Obama, Romney To Meet In Town Hall-Style Debate

The second presidential debate of this election season takes place Tuesday night at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It will be moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley and will be done in a town hall-style. Democratic Strategist Tad Devine says the stakes could not be higher.

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