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Candidates' Jabs: Funny Or Flat?

In theBarbershop, the guys discuss President Obama and Mitt Romney's comedic commentary at a famed dinner Thursday night. Host Michel Martin is joined by writer Jimi Izrael; civil rights attorney Arsalan Iftikhar; National Review columnist Mario Loyola and health care consultant Neil Minkoff.

Are Candidates Ignoring the Poor?

President Obama and Governor Romney have discussed the middle class a great deal during the debates, but the candidates haven't spent nearly as much time talking about the poor. To get a read on the state of poverty in America, host Michel Martin talks with Irwin Redlener, of the Children's Health Fund and Timothy Noah, a columnist for The New Republic.

Redistricting In Maryland Imperils Longtime Congressional Republican

Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett faces a tough re-election in a redrawn congressional district that now favors Democrats. The 86-year-old Bartlett is one of only two Republicans in Congress from the very blue state.

Redrawn 6th District In Md. May Benefit Democrats

In Maryland, Republican incumbent Rep. Roscoe Bartlett faces a tough re-election in a redrawn district that now favors Democrats. Challenger John Delaney has outraised and outspent him.

In Ohio, Bill Clinton Opens For 'The Boss'

One of President Obama's most high-profile surrogates, former President Bill Clinton, spoke at a rally in Parma, Ohio, Thursday. Rocker Bruce Springsteen was the co-headliner.

Presidential Campaigns Keep Focus On Female Voters

In the past 72 hours, President Obama and Mitt Romney have each released new ads targeting female voters. This follows the latest presidential debate in which work and family issues created heated discussions --both on the stage and among voters.

Romney, Obama Trade Jokes At Al Smith Dinner

President Obama and his GOP challenger Mitt Romney shared a stage again Thursday night. This time it was at the Al Smith Dinner in New York City, an annual event to raise money for Catholic charities.

Obama, Romney Trade Jokes; Critics Aim At Obama's 'Optimal' Comment

The presidential contenders fired one-liners, not attacks, at a charity dinner. And the president made an appearance on Comedy Central's The Daily Show.

The Third-Party Factor: Will 2012 Look Like 2000?

Third-party candidates could end up affecting the outcome of the presidential race, as Ralph Nader did in Florida in 2000. Libertarian Gary Johnson could siphon votes away from both candidates in several battleground states, and the Constitution Party's Virgil Goode could make a difference in Virginia.