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On The Campaign Trail, Regulations Dominate The Environmental Debate

In this presidential election, neither candidate is talking much about cleaning up the air or protecting scenic lands. Instead, the debate is about whether and how much environmental regulations hurt businesses.

Arlen Specter, Senator Who Gave No Quarter, Dies

The five-term senator, a moderate Republican-turned-Democrat, was a key member of the Judiciary Committee and consistently a thorn for leaders of both political parties and their presidents. Specter died of complications from non-Hodgkins lymphoma at his home in Philadelphia on Sunday. He was 82.
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Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter Dies At 82

Former U.S. Sen. Arlen Specter, longtime Senate moderate, has died. He was 82.


Sen. Arlen Specter Dies At 82

Arlen Specter, the outspoken senator who started out Republican, switched to Democrat and stayed moderate throughout, has died, the AP reports. He was 82.
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Record Number Of Absentee Ballots Expected In Virginia

Election officials in Virginia are expecting a record number of absentee ballots this year.

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Washington's Lesser-Known Memorials

Find out why there are memorials on federal land honoring victims of communism, a Czech patriot and women who died on the Titanic.

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Montgomery County Provides Drop Box For Voters

The voter registration deadline in Maryland is next week, and election officials in Montgomery County are trying to make it easier for anyone who still hasn't registered.

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Last Minute Write-In Campaign Fails To Unseat Berlin Mayor

The battle between a small town mayor and the town's fire department continues to heat up.


It's All Politics, Oct. 12, 2012

The one and only matchup of the vice presidential candidates in a debate brought on the heat. NPR's Ron Elving and Scott Horsley hash out which jabs by the candidates caused the most sting. They also look ahead to the next presidential debate and weigh in on Big Bird's staying power.