The battle for control of Wake County Schools in Raleigh, N.C., is at stake in a special runoff election set for next week. This small race is attracting national attention, and big money. The race has become a political hot spot that could help determine much larger elections in the state.
In the coming months, the Obama administration must decide whether to approve an oil pipeline that would carry tar sands oil from Canada through the U.S. The decision will divide his political base: labor, which says the pipeline would create jobs, and environmentalists, who worry about its impact.
With his jobs bill stalled in Congress, the president is going public with his frustration, calling out Republican leaders he says are playing politics. And that strategy seems to be helping him: Two nationwide polls out this week show a rise in his approval rating.
A third woman told a news organization Herman Cain sexually harassed her when both worked at the National Restaurant Association in the 1990s. And in another stunning turn, a Republican pollster said he actually witnessed Cain's alleged harassment of a trade group worker.
In the debate over new voter ID laws, Democrats are accusing Republicans of trying to suppress votes and Republicans are accusing Democrats of condoning voter fraud. It's a sharp partisan divide, but a few people are going against the tide — and they're getting some political heat.
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