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Virginia Approves Candidate Virgil Goode's Standing On Ballot

Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli says Constitution Party candidate Virgil Goode can stay on the state's presidential ballot.


Warring Political Ads: One Community's Experience

NPR's Ari Shapiro joins host Scott Simon to preview a pair of pieces he's reported for next week on the political ad wars. He talks about the unprecedented number of ads, the money and how it feels in one community: Colorado Springs.

Obama, Ryan Pitch Medicare Plans To Older Voters

President Obama and Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan spoke Friday at the annual AARP convention in New Orleans, Medicare and Social Security topped the agenda for both. NPR's Ina Jaffe reports the organization represents millions of older Americans, who are among the most reliable voters.

Why Didn't Romney Pay Less Than 14 Percent In 2011?

Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax return Friday, along with a summary of the tax rates he has paid over the past 20 years. NPR's John Ydstie reports Romney apparently paid more than he had to.

Nev. Voters Scrutinize Candidates' Economic Messages

President Obama and GOP nominee Mitt Romney have made multiple trips to the battleground state of Nevada this year. Romney was there again Friday. Nevada has the worst jobless rate in the nation, and it's a place where recent distractions from Romney's economic message could hurt his chances of winning. NPR's Don Gonyea reports.

Red Food, Blue Food: Edible Polls Give Obama The Edge, For Now

Stores and restaurants are rushing to capitalize on the political season, pitting Democrats against Republicans with red- and blue-themed offerings. But some purveyors admit people might be picking their favorites based on taste, not politics.

Romney's 2011 Tax Return Gives More Fodder To Critics Who Already Had Surplus

Mitt Romney's release Friday of his 2011 tax return and a summary of his tax rate over 20 years gave friends and foes alike something to grab hold of. But not all his allies greeted the move.

In Wisconsin, Political Circus Leaves Voters Wounded

Emotions are still raw in Wisconsin after the bitter fight over public unions and the unsuccessful vote to recall Gov. Scott Walker. As the presidential election approaches, many people are deeply pained by the divide between political extremes, and wishing they felt better about this race.