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As Republicans Prep For Debate, Polling Questions Remain

August 6, 2015
The row of ten podiums for the Republican presidential debate is set on stage at The Quicken Loans Arena August 6, 2015 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

In the age of mobile phones and no more robocalls on landlines, is political polling as consistent as it once was?

Marking The 50th Anniversary Of The Voting Rights Act

August 6, 2015
A plaque describes the 1965 Voting Rights Act at the base of the Edmund Pettus Bridge, where route 80 crosses the Alabama River, on March 4, 2015 in Selma, Alabama. (Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images)

The new law led to more African-Americans voting and being elected, but some say its legacy is jeopardized today.

Jon Stewart's Last ‘Daily Show’ Episode Airs Tonight

August 6, 2015
Host Jon Stewart at 'The Daily Show with Jon Stewart' covers the Midterm elections in Austin with 'Democalypse 2014: South By South Mess' at ZACH Theatre on October 28, 2014 in Austin, Texas. (Rick Kern/Getty Images for Comedy Central)

During his 15-year reign, Stewart turned the late-night comedy show into a primary source of news for millions of Americans.

‘Happy Hour’ Debate Candidates Get Ready To Rumble

August 6, 2015
Republican presidential candidate, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum speaks to a reporter as he makes his way through the media center at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Thursday, Aug. 6, 2015, before tonight's first Republican presidential debate. Santorum has not qualified for the primetime debate and will be participating in a pre-debate forum with six other non-qualifying candidates. (Andrew Harnik/AP)

The seven Republicans who didn’t make the polling cut for tonight’s prime-time presidential debate will hold their own debate at 5 p.m. ET.

Marijuana Legalization Group Files Ballot Initiative

August 5, 2015
Backers are seeking to put marijuana legalization on the November 2016 ballot. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Under one proposal, adults 21 and older would be allowed to possess up to one ounce of marijuana and also grow a “limited” amount of the drug in their home.

SEC To Approve Dodd-Frank Pay Gap Rules

August 5, 2015
Former Sen. Chris Dodd (D-CT) (3rd R) speaks during a news conference on the fifth anniversary of the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act with (L-R) Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-NY), Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), Sen. Patty Murray (D-WA), Sen. Jack Reed (D-RI), Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH), Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR), Sen. Chris Coons (D-DE) and Sen. Richard Durbin (D-IL) at the U.S. Capitol Visitors Center July 21, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

It will soon be easier for millions of Americans to compare their paycheck to the CEO’s.

Arrest Of Jewish Extremist Part Of Israeli Crackdown

August 5, 2015
Meir Ettinger appears in court in Nazareth Illit, Israel, on Tuesday, Aug. 4, 2015. Israel said Tuesday it was interrogating Ettinger, the suspected head of a Jewish extremist group, in the first arrest of an Israeli suspect following last week's arson attack in the West Bank that killed a Palestinian toddler and wounded his brother and parents. (Ariel Schalit/AP)

Reports in the Israeli press say Meir Ettinger was allegedly planning violent acts against Palestinians.

Sen. Kaine: Iran Deal A ‘Dramatic Improvement Over The Status Quo’

August 5, 2015
Sen. Tim Kaine (D-VA) speaks about President Obama's proposed ISIL war authorization during a news conference on Capitol Hill, February 11, 2015 in Washington, D.C. (Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Critics say the deal will give Iran billions of dollars in sanction relief and allow it to maintain an advanced nuclear program.

Student Debt Becomes A Campaign Issue

August 5, 2015
Dan Tothill, 26, and Megan Brabec, 24, prepare homemade lunches for the workday. Both are struggling with high student debt burdens and underemployment. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A young couple in New Hampshire with over $150,000 of debt hopes that college will be more affordable for future generations.

Watch: President Obama Speaks On Iran Nuclear Deal

August 5, 2015

In a speech at American University, President Obama worked to convince the public that the nuclear deal is the nation’s best option for handling Iran.

Sen. Warren Seeks Review Of Military Student Loan Law

August 5, 2015

The Massachusetts Democrat joined two fellow Democratic senators in asking the education department’s Office of Inspector General to take a look at the department’s previous review of compliance with the law.

Mayor Walsh Wants Ban On Chewing Tobacco At All City Ballparks

August 5, 2015
Former Boston Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling at a ceremony introducing him as a new member of the Boston Red Sox Hall of Fame in Boston in August 2012. (Winslow Townson/AP)

With former Red Sox pitcher and mouth cancer survivor Curt Schilling at his side, the mayor on Wednesday proposed banning smokeless tobacco products from all city professional and amateur athletic venues.

Former Virginia Gov. Douglas Wilder On Sitting Governors Running For President

August 4, 2015
Douglas Wilder, former Virginia governor, pictured in 2008. (Steve Helber/AP)

Should a sitting governor run for president?

Fox Walks A Fine Line In Prepping Debate

August 4, 2015
GOP candidates square off at voters first forum in New Hampshire on Aug. 3, 2015. (Darren McCollester/Getty Images)

Fox News must walk a fine line in asking tough questions to the Republican presidential candidates in Thursday’s televised debate and not irritating their conservative base.

Mayors Of Braintree, Leominster Join MassDOT Board

August 4, 2015

Gov. Charlie Baker has appointed a pair of mayors to the reconstituted board of directors for the Massachusetts Department of Transportation.

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