Politics

12:04pm

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Ohio Senate Race Gets Nasty Amid Flood Of Ads And Cash

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 1:37 pm

11:55am

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Hispanics Certain To Back Obama, But In What Numbers?

Originally published on Fri September 21, 2012 10:13 am

Four years ago, then-presidential candidate Barack Obama was greeted warmly at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute's awards gala in Washington, D.C. Polls show Obama retains strong Hispanic support this year, but also that many who are eligible don't plan to vote.
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There appears to be no question that President Obama will win the lion's share of Hispanic support. But there are still very big questions to be answered about how many votes such support will translate into.

"What we know is that we don't know," says Ruy Teixeira, a political analyst at the Center for American Progress, a progressive think tank.

"If you're the Obama campaign, there's cause for concern, because at least so far, [Hispanic support] is not translating into encouraging data on the turnout front," he says.

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11:16am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Is 'Tough On Crime' No Longer A Talking Point?

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 2:21 pm

There's a growing bipartisan consensus that criminal justice policy needs to change, because of the costs and social consequences of keeping more than 2 million Americans behind bars. Host Michel Martin discusses the parties' platforms on criminal justice with the Sentencing Project's Marc Mauer and Marc Levin of the group Right On Crime.

11:04am

Thu September 20, 2012
Planet Money

The Fiscal Cliff, In Three And A Half Graphics

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 11:50 am

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For more, see this story from NPR's Marilyn Geewax on how Congress might pass some stopgap measures to blunt the effect of the fiscal cliff.

A bunch of federal tax increases and spending cuts are scheduled to kick in around Jan. 1, 2013. This is what people are talking about when they talk about the "fiscal cliff."

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5:14am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Warren's Senate Bid Gets A Boost From DNC Speech

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And in one of the closest Senate races in the country, it looks like two politicians may be reversing their positions. Massachusetts Republican incumbent Scott Brown had maintained a slim lead in the polls for months, now suddenly he's trailing his Democratic challenger Elizabeth Warren in four of the five most recent voter surveys. From member station WBUR in Boston, Curt Nickisch reports it may be the result of an unusual convention bounce.

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5:14am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Romney: Immigration System Needs To Be Fixed

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 5:24 am

Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney promised to pursue a permanent fix for the country's "broken" immigration system during a Univision forum. Despite pointed questioning, Romney offered few details about how he would deal with millions of immigrants who are already in this country illegally.

3:31am

Thu September 20, 2012
It's All Politics

Military Vote Seen As A Key To Capturing Virginia

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 8:38 pm

Mitt Romney takes the stage at a campaign rally at the Military Aviation Museum in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 8.
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Both presidential campaigns are focusing on just a few swing states, and the relatively few remaining undecided voters. One of those states is Virginia, where a key swing constituency is military veterans.

Troops and veterans have long been considered a natural part of the Republican base. But President Obama is pushing hard for the veterans' vote to help him in a state he captured in 2008.

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3:29am

Thu September 20, 2012
Election 2012

Voter Purges Under Review Ahead Of Election Day

Originally published on Thu September 20, 2012 5:14 am

Noncitizens aren't allowed to vote in federal and state elections, but efforts to remove them from the nation's voter registration rolls have produced more angst than results.

Opponents say the scope of the problem has been overblown; those behind the efforts say they've just begun to look at the problem.

'Early Stages'

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4:44pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Politics

Political Consulting And The 'Lie Factory'

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 8:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

Here are some other guidelines for connecting with voters: Never explain anything. Subtlety is your enemy. Every campaign needs a theme. Keep it simple. Rhyming is good. And, pretend you are the voice of the people. These maxims may sound like fundamentals of today's political campaigns but they were the ideas of the country's first political consultants, Leone Baxter and Clem Whitaker. They got their start in California in the 1930s.

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4:42pm

Wed September 19, 2012
Election 2012

Congress Is Busy, But Not With Legislative Business

Originally published on Wed September 19, 2012 8:09 pm

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AUDIE CORNISH, HOST:

From the race for president, now to Congress. It's caught in a serious time crunch, not to finish its legislative business, though it hasn't done much of that this year. No, the real squeeze is in the campaign fundraising. As NPR's Peter Overby reports, lawmakers are trying to fill up lobbyists' schedules with events hoping to extract a few more dollars for their re-election bids.

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