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  • Turf Shifts In Culture Wars As Support For Gay Marriage Rises

    20 October 2014, 4:23 am by: Mara Liasson

    Campaigning against gay marriage used to help Republicans win elections — but now GOP candidates in tight races are backing away from mentioning social issues on the stump.
  • This Political Ad Was Paid For By — Oh, Never Mind

    20 October 2014, 4:23 am by: Peter Overby

    This midterm cycle, more than half the ads from so-called outside groups are being paid for by secret donors. That means voters will never know who's paying tens of millions of dollars for those ads.
  • N.H. Senate Race Becomes Focal Point For Both Parties

    20 October 2014, 4:15 am by: Ron Elving

    Incumbent Democrat Sen. Jeanne Shaheen had maintained a lead over the Republican field throughout the year in the swing state. But Republican Scott Brown, former Massachusetts senator, has closed the gap since his nomination in September.
  • Will Ebola Impact Midterm Elections?

    19 October 2014, 7:43 am

    Weekend Edition Sunday's new segment, "For the Record," kicks off with politics and Ebola. NPR's Rachel Martin asks NPR's Mara Liasson and Dallas columnist J. Floyd about the politics of the disease.
  • Political Campaigns From The Ad-Maker's View

    19 October 2014, 7:43 am

    The midterms are just around the corner. NPR's Rachel Martin kicks off a special series looking behind the scenes at the people who work tirelessly on campaigns. This week: the ad-makers.
  • A Candidate With Low Poll Numbers, But High Hopes

    18 October 2014, 8:41 am by: Scott Simon

    Dr. Doug Butzier was the Libertarian candidate for the U.S. Senate in Iowa when he died in a small plane crash this week. NPR's Scott Simon thinks on the hopes even "lost cause" candidates inspire.
  • Supreme Court Lets Texas Enforce Voter ID Law For Nov. Election

    18 October 2014, 8:01 am by: Scott Neuman

    With three justices dissenting, the high court's ruling effectively blocks a lower federal court decision declaring the law restrictive and unconstitutional.
  • In Alaska Race For Governor, Democrats Try An Unusual Tactic: Dropping Out

    18 October 2014, 7:43 am by: Martin Kaste

    Alaska's Republican governor looked to have a lock on re-election, until state Democrats realized that their best tactic would be to give up — and clear the path for an independent challenger.
  • How The Florida Governor's Debate Became #Fangate

    17 October 2014, 5:37 pm by: S.V. Dáte

    Republican Gov. Rick Scott's campaign wanted organizers to cancel Wednesday night's debate if Democrat Charlie Crist was allowed to use a fan at his podium.
  • Week In Politics: Midterm Elections, Ebola

    17 October 2014, 4:04 pm

    Audie Cornish talks to political commentators E.J. Dionne of The Washington Post and Amy Holmes, anchor of The Hotlist on, about the politics of the Ebola crisis and midterm elections.
  • New 'Ebola Czar' Has Political, Not Public Health, Background

    17 October 2014, 4:04 pm by: Tamara Keith

    The White House named a longtime Democratic insider to be the so-called Ebola czar on Friday. Just who is Ron Klain and will his appointment make a difference, good or bad?
  • Fears Of A U.S. Ebola Outbreak Prompt Travel Ban Proposals

    17 October 2014, 5:03 am by: David Schaper

    Congressional Republicans continue to call for a ban on travel from the West African nations caught up in the Ebola outbreak. The Obama administration, however, remains firm in opposing a travel ban.
  • Political TV Ad Spending Expected To Top $1 Billion

    16 October 2014, 5:20 pm

    Audie Cornish speaks with Elizabeth Wilner of Kantar Media about the landscape of political TV advertising in the run up to the 2014 election.
  • Navajo Presidential Race Shaken By Language Gap

    16 October 2014, 4:57 pm by: Tristan Ahtone

    Chris Deschene's run for president of the Navajo Nation has been challenged because he's not fluent in the Navajo language. The dispute highlights a split among Native Americans over language issues.
  • Health Officials Face Ebola Questions On Capitol Hill

    16 October 2014, 4:25 pm by: Ailsa Chang

    A day after news that a second healthcare worker in Texas has Ebola, members of Congress grilled Centers for Disease Control and Prevent Director Tom Frieden about the federal response.

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