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Journalist And Political Aide Frank Mankiewicz Dies At 90

Frank Mankiewicz, press secretary to Robert Kennedy and presidential campaign manager for George McGovern, died Thursday night in Washington, D.C. The journalist and former president of NPR was 90.

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Courting Republicans, Georgia Democrat Tries To Keep His Seat

As the last white Democrat in the Deep South, Congressman John Barrow is a perennial target. So far, he's managed to stay in office by portraying himself as an independent voice.

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Blue State With Independent Twist: Maine's 3-Way Race For Governor

Maine's Tea Party-backed Gov. Paul LePage won office four years ago when an independent candidate and a Democrat divided the remaining vote. That strong division is shaping up again.

Frank Mankiewicz, Aide Who Announced Robert Kennedy's Death, Dies

The journalist, political aide and author was Kennedy's press secretary when he died in 1968. Mankiewicz also ran Sen. George McGovern's presidential campaign. He died Thursday night at the age of 90.

All Things Considered

Democrats Remain Optimistic About Senate, Gubernatorial Races

Robert Siegel talks with Democratic National Committee Chairwoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz ahead of the midterm elections.

All Things Considered

In North Carolina, Latino Voters Could Decide Tight Senate Race

Latinos make up 9 percent of the state's population and 2 percent of registered voters, and a new poll shows many are undecided. In Charlotte, Michel Martin learns more about their growing influence.

Outside Group Sends Blunt Message In N.C. Senate Race

The Koch Brothers-backed American Future Fund is running online ads supporting Libertarian candidate Sean Haugh, who backs marijuana legalization. The slogan? "More weed, less war."

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Democratic Climate Activist Is Election's Biggest Donor — That We Know Of

Activist Tom Steyer has spent an astonishing $58 million this election cycle. He says he wants leaders in Washington who will take climate change seriously.

Another Man Jumps White House Fence, But Is Stopped On The Lawn

A month after a man armed with a knife leapt the White House fence and got deep into the first floor of the building, another man made a run across the North Lawn Wednesday night.

Justice Ginsburg Revises Texas Voter ID Dissent, Then Announces It

The U.S. Supreme Court is correcting its own record. That's not exactly rare, but Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first justice to call the public's attention to her own mistake.

Navajo Nation Presidential Candidate Allowed To Stay In Race

October 24, 2014
Chris Deschene was one of the top two vote-getters in the Navajo Nation primary election, but his candidacy was thrown into question as a result of his not being fluent in the language. (deschene2014.com)

After being ordered out of the election because he’s not fluent in the Navajo language, Chris Deschene is now back in the race.

Bristol DA Considers Run For Fall River Mayor

October 24, 2014
Bristol County District Attorney Sam Sutter speaks to the media outside the Fall River Justice Center in June of 2013. (Elise Amendola/AP)

Bristol District Attorney Sam Sutter has joined the growing field of people considering running for mayor of Fall River.

What We Know About Menino’s Health

October 24, 2014

Former Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has decided to stop his cancer treatment.

Week In The News: Terror In Canada, Midterm Horse Races, Remembering Ben Bradlee

October 24, 2014
Ottawa police officers, with Parliament Hill in the background, guard the area around the National War Memorial in downtown Ottawa on Thursday. (Reuters/Landov)

Gunfire in Canada’s capital. Billionaire millions hit the midterms. Huge airbag recall. Ben Bradlee is dead. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

Coakley And Husband Discuss Motivation During Long Campaign

October 24, 2014
Democratic governor's candidate Martha Coakley and her husband, Tom O'Connor, speak with WBUR's Bob Oakes from their Medford home this week. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

WBUR’s Bob Oakes sat down with Attorney General Martha Coakley and her husband, Tom O’Connor, at their home in Medford to conclude our ongoing series of conversations with gubernatorial candidates.

Coakley Advisor Dismisses Globe Poll As ‘Outlier’

October 24, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

After the release of a Boston Globe poll showing Republican Charlie Baker with a nine-point lead over Democrat Martha Coakley in the race to succeed Gov. Deval Patrick, a political advisor for Coakley, issued a statement saying the Globe poll was “clearly an outlier.”

Gubernatorial Hopeful Falchuk Sues To Be Included In Oct. 27 Debate

October 24, 2014

Independent candidate for Massachusetts governor Evan Falchuk has gone to court to try to force the organizers of an Oct. 27 gubernatorial debate to include him.

Mapping The WBUR Poll Shows Cities To Be The Battleground

October 24, 2014
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We plotted each and every respondent to the WBUR Tracking Poll on a state map.

In Massachusetts, Political Ads Turn Up The Heat

October 23, 2014

Media analyst John Carroll dissects some recent political ads in Massachusetts.

Latest Polls: Gubernatorial Candidates In Dead Heat As Election Day Draws Near

October 23, 2014
Massachusetts gubernatorial candidates Democrat Martha Coakley, left, and Republican Charlie Baker (Barry Chin, The Boston Globe, Pool/AP)

The latest polling from several sources, including WBUR, shows the contest between Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker in a statistical dead heat.

Parliament The Day After: A Canadian Lawmaker Describes The Ordeal

October 23, 2014
Canadian MP David McGuinty, who represents the Ottawa area, was among those who were in Parliament on lockdown until late yesterday evening. (Twitter)

Canadian MP David McGuinty was among those inside parliament when a gunman stormed inside and launched a shooting attack.

A Flood Of Outside Money Is Boosting Baker

October 23, 2014
Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker, during a recent appearance at his campaign office in Roxbury (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A $4 million Republican edge in outside spending is exacerbating an already serious Democratic money gap.

District Profile: A Rematch In Illinois’ 10th District

October 23, 2014
Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider is fighting to keep his job from the challenger, Republican Robert Dold. (U.S. House)

Democratic Congressman Brad Schneider is fighting to keep his job from his Republican challenger, former Congressman Robert Dold.

Canada’s Parliament Back To Work After Shooting Attack

October 23, 2014
Flowers are left in memorial for Cpl. Nathan Cirillo of the Canadian Army Reserves, who was killed yesterday while standing guard in front of the National War Memorial by a lone gunman, on October 23, 2014 in Ottawa, Canada. After killing Cirillo the gunman stormed the main parliament building, terrorizing the public and politicians, before he was shot dead. (Andrew Burton/Getty Images)

Prime Minister Stephen Harper today urged members of Parliament to seek medical help if they are suffering stress from the attack.

WBUR’s Political Analysts Discuss Latest In Mass. Governor’s Race

October 23, 2014

The race for Massachusetts governor is a statistical dead heat with less than two weeks to go in the campaign. WBUR’s political analysts give their perspectives on the race’s latest developments.

While Polls Show Mass. Governor’s Race Too Close To Call, Twitter Data Shows Clear Leader

October 23, 2014

In just the last week Coakley has a decidedly clear advantage in the real-time poll of public opinion that is Twitter.

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