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In New Hampshire, Two Different Tales Of Scott Brown's State Jump

The very close U.S. Senate race in New Hampshire could come down to where Republican challenger Scott Brown is from.

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Obama Tries To Rally Women Voters As Midterms Near

President Obama makes the case for economic policies that would benefit women amid hopes that women will turn out for Democrats on Election Day.

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For This Colorado Voter, Oil And Gas Debate Plays Out On His Property

Knocking on doors in Colorado, Steve Inskeep asks Antionio Covello about the election. The successful Denver business owner, a conservative, weighs mineral rights, foreign policy and division at home.

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Activists Against Voter Restrictions May Be Hindering Their Own Cause

Those fighting new voting laws are watching the polls closely for evidence that the legislation restricts the right to vote. But these same groups are pushing voter turnout, in some cases to vote the proponents out of office.

Kennedy: Are We Ready For Big Tobacco-Style Marketing For Marijuana?

Former U.S. Rep. Patrick J. Kennedy warns that if marijuana is legalized — there are votes Tuesday in Oregon, Alaska and D.C. — kids will be the ones to take the hit.

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The Devastating History Of Midterm Elections

Over the past century, midterm elections have been pretty rough on the party that holds the White House.

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The Billionaire Who Remade Retirement Living On A Massive Scale

Gary Morse developed a mega retirement community called The Villages. His Florida haven for retirees grew to become the largest master-planned community in the country. Morse died Wednesday at 77.

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Obamas Head To Connecticut As Tight Governor's Race Nears Close

Incumbent Dannel Malloy and Republican rival Tom Foley are neck and neck; the race is so close that both the president and first lady will visit the state in the next few days. NPR's Melissa Block talks to Hartford Courant political reporter Daniela Altimari about the race.

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The Campaign That Seems More Crime Drama Than Congressional Race

When he was an undercover FBI agent, Michael Grimm adopted the persona of "Mikey Suits" to catch alleged mobsters. Now a congressman from Staten Island, Grimm is the target of tax evasion charges.

Thomas Menino, Boston's Longest-Serving Mayor, Dies At 71

Described as a hard-nosed, old-school pragmatist, he was diagnosed with cancer shortly after leaving office in January.

Democratic Incumbent Rep. Keating Faces Stiff Challenge

October 31, 2014
John Chapman, left, is challenging U.S. Rep. William Keating in the 9th Congressional District. (Courtesy of the campaigns)

Republican John Chapman, an attorney who served in the Reagan White House and the Romney administration, claims Keating is failing on issues of jobs, immigration and health care.

Commentary: The Hijacking Of Our Democracy

October 31, 2014

We are victims of a catastrophic Supreme Court decision. The McCain-Finegold law of 2002 reformed campaigns with reasonable spending limits and mandatory disclosure of donors. Then, the U.S. Supreme Court created a gigantic loophole for large-scale, anonymous election-buying by corporations, political action committees and billionaires. Corporations are people, too. In the monumental Citizen’s United case in […]

Coakley Says Baker Should Answer Questions Around Fisherman Story

October 31, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker answers questions Friday afternoon at his campaign headquarters in Brighton. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley is calling on her Republican opponent Charlie Baker to offer specifics about a story he told in their debate Monday.

Week In Review: Ebola Quarantine, Baker’s Yarn, Tom Menino

October 31, 2014
Flags fly at half-staff outside City Hall in Boston, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 to mourn the death of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. Menino, who was diagnosed with cancer a month after leaving office in 2013, died Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014 in Boston. He was 71. (AP)

Flags in Boston are at half staff today, honoring the death of former Mayor Tom Menino. Also this week, the candidates for governor are making their final pitch to voters. Plus, nurse Kaci Hickox defies a quarantine.

Martha Coakley On Menino, Taxes And The Final Days Of Campaigning

October 31, 2014
Massachusetts Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley greets people, Sunday, Oct. 19, in Framingham. (Steven Senne/AP)

The Democratic gubernatorial candidate makes her last pitch to voters.

Final Polls Show A Clearer Edge For Baker

October 31, 2014

Nine of the last 10 public, nonpartisan polls have now shown an edge for Republican Charlie Baker.

Photos: Boston Mourns Menino’s Passing With Messages, Flowers Left At Memorials

October 31, 2014
Jessica Sousa, of Somerville, leave flowers to honor the late former mayor of Boston Thomas Menino at a memorial at Downtown Crossing. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Many Bostonians are mourning the passing of former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino by leaving written messages, artwork and flowers at memorials in City Hall and downtown.

Candidates Campaign Full-Throttle Before Election Day

October 31, 2014
A sign points to an early voting station on October 28, 2014 in Miami, Florida. (Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

With four days to go, candidates in the hottest races across the country are making their final pitches.

Oregon Candidates Tiptoe Around Health Law

October 31, 2014
Cover Oregon is the state health exchange created under the Affordable Care Act. (Kate Black/OPB)

The Affordable Care Act isn’t turning out to be the lightening rod expected, so politicians are taking a more nuanced approach.

Washington State Voters Weigh In On Two Contradictory Gun Control Initiatives

October 31, 2014

We take a look at the dueling ballot initiatives and consider whether the school shooting outside Seattle last week will affect the vote.

6 Mass. Hospitals Collaborate On Ebola Response Plan

October 31, 2014
An entrance to Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston. The hospital is one of six in the state that have formed a collaborative system to handle Ebola patients. (Steven Senne/AP)

Six Massachusetts hospitals have formed a collaborative system to handle Ebola patients, even though there have been no Ebola cases in the state and public health officials say the risk is “extremely low.”

For Tom Menino, Being Mayor Of Boston Was A Labor Of Love

October 31, 2014
Tiziana Dearing: "Mayor Menino loved Boston. Everyone says it. But to know him, to work with him, was to discover layers upon layers of his love for the job, the city and its people." Pictured: The late Mayor of Boston, Tom Menino, greeting a youth summer worker on July 13, 1993.

Mayor Menino loved Boston. Everyone says it. But to know him, to work with him, was to discover layers upon layers of his love for the job, the city and its people.

Remembering Mayor Tom Menino, And The Maple Tree He Didn’t Forget

October 31, 2014
Renee Loth: "Whether we saw each other weekly or after an absence of six months, nearly his first words of greeting were invariably about the tree. How’s that tree doin’? Tree good? How’s the tree? Pictured: Mayor Tom Menino and the author, sharing a laugh about her maple tree, May 22, 2012. (Boston Society of Architects/flickr)

Whether we saw each other weekly or after an absence of six months, nearly his first words of greeting were invariably about the tree. How’s that tree doin’? Tree good? How’s the tree?

Week In The News: Midterms, Ebola And Mayor Tom Menino

October 31, 2014
Nurse Kaci Hickox, right, and her boyfriend, Ted Wilbur are followed by a Maine State Trooper as they ride bikes on a trail near her home in Fort Kent, Maine, Thursday, Oct. 30, 2014.  (AP)

Quarantines and Ebola. An exploding rocket. Apple’s CEO comes out. Hawaiian lava flows. Midterms in the home stretch. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, Widow Of Ted Kennedy, Shares Memories Of Menino

October 31, 2014
Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D, Mass., right, admires a monument following the dedication of Pier 4 to Kennedy at the Charlestown Navy Yard in 2002. Kennedy is standing with his wife, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and Boston Mayor Thomas Menino. (Lisa Poole/AP)

Victoria Reggie Kennedy, the widow of Ted Kennedy, speaks about her family’s relationship with Menino.

Against Odds, Menino Fought Successfully To Merge 2 City Hospitals

October 31, 2014
At rear left is Boston Mayor Thomas Menino, pictured standing near, Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, D-Mass., shakes hands with nurse Janet Killarney while visiting the Boston Medical Center in 2004. (Charles Krupa/AP)

Boston Medical Center officials recall Menino’s determination to bring about the merger of Boston Medical Center and Boston University Medical Center Hospital.

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