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For The First Time, No WASPs This Election

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to Stephen Prothero, professor of American religion at Boston University, about how this year's presidential race is the first ever without a white Protestant running for the White House.

Tax Debate Continues: Who Do Cuts Hurt And Help?

Weekend Edition Sunday guest host Linda Wertheimer talks to economist Christina Romer about the debate over taxes and the question of whether cutting them would be a boon or bane to the economy.

Political Spotlight Heats Up In Wisconsin

Over the last two years, Wisconsin seems to have become an epicenter of national politics, and even more so conservative politics. Currently, Mitt Romney's vice presidential pick Paul Ryan is directing political heat Wisconsin's way and earlier this week, long-time Republican Gov. Tommy Thompson overcame a competitive primary battle. Guest host Cheryl Corley discusses politics in the Badger State with NPR's Don Gonyea.

King, Vilsack Take House Battle To The Fairground

One of the country's toughest congressional races pits Republican Rep. Steve King and the state's former first lady, Christie Vilsack, a political newcomer. This week, the Iowa State Fair was the battlefield.

If Politicians Went On Vacation, We'd All Get A Break

NPR's Scott Simon says voters and candidates might benefit if more politicians took real vacations — if they went somewhere, for at least a short time, where no one knows them. Where they don't have to ask for votes, money or spout talking points.
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Dennis Drabelle: "The Great American Railroad War"

The story of the Central Pacific Railroad, two writers -- Ambrose Bierce and Frank Norris -- and their battle in print against one of America's most powerful corporations.

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The Republican Party Platform

The Republican Party platform calls for a constitutional amendment outlawing all abortions and toughens its stance on immigration. What the GOP platform represents and its impact on the Romney campaign.


Five Social Issues On November Ballots

There's a lot at stake in the fall election, including control of Congress and the White House. But important questions will also be decided at the state level. Ballot initiatives will let voters in several states decide on issues ranging from same-sex marriage to marijuana legalization.