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Presidential Politics: Making The Sale

With less than one month until election day, host Guy Raz speaks to John Dickerson of Slate Magazine and political scientist Mo Fiorina about inherent flaws in the way we evaluate presidential candidates — and NPR's Mara Liasson weighs in on the week in politics.
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What If They Held A Debate And Nobody Won?

An expert says that when televised presidential and vice presidential debates began, they were supposed to be about discussion and dialogue — not winners or and losers. But that's never how the American public or journalists saw things.
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As Fiscal Cliff Nears, Simpson Bowles Reemerges

"Simpson Bowles," the name of the much-touted plan to rein in the national debt, rang out repeatedly during Wednesday's presidential debate. Host Rachel Martin speaks with former Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles, to see what they make of the candidates' plans for spending cuts and tax reforms.
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"Live Free Or Die" Ethos Present In N.H. Politics

New Hampshire's four uncommitted electoral votes could tip the presidential election. In our series of conversations focused on swing states, host Rachel Martin talks with New Hampshire Union Leader editorial page editor Andrew Cline about the issues that matter to voters in the Granite State.
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Afghanistan Deadline Awaits Next U.S. President

Afghan forces are scheduled to take control of their country's security by the end of 2014. While President Obama says they will be fully responsible by then, Mitt Romney calls the deadline a goal. Either way, the next president will face a 10-year agreement to help Afghans with counterterrorism and training.
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Massachusetts Senate Race Gives New Meaning To Gender Politics

Despite the state's liberal reputation, voters there have never elected a woman to the U.S. Senate or the governor's office. Next month, control of the Senate may hinge on whether Massachusetts will vote for a woman, as Democrat Elizabeth Warren challenges incumbent Sen. Scott Brown.
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Taxes Are Certain, But What About Romney's Cuts?

Gov. Mitt Romney started his campaign calling for big tax breaks for the middle class. Over time his goals for those breaks have expanded to maintaining the government's flow of income and creating jobs. In the end, will a middle-class tax cut still be possible?

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