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It's All Politics
12:59 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

On Election Eve, Obama And Romney Try Blazing A Path To 270

A citizen votes on a paper ballot during the final day of early voting Monday in Lancaster, Ohio.
Brendan Smialowski AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:44 pm

(Revised at 5:46 pm ET)

On the final day of the 2012 campaign for the White House, President Obama and Mitt Romney are making the last push for votes in states each believes critical to achieving the 270 Electoral College votes needed for victory.

Obama was scheduled to campaign in three swing states, while Romney had events planned in four. The only overlap was in Ohio, considered the linchpin of the election.

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It's All Politics
12:59 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Gridlock: Will The Election Break The 'Lousy Status Quo'?

Until the political parties learn to hold the center, we may wind up with more of this.
J. Scott Applewhite AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 1:33 pm

In the end, the election may not settle anything.

If the polls are correct — and there's been heated debate about that — President Obama will be re-elected Tuesday. Even if he is, he'll have to face a Republican House that appears to be no warmer to his agenda than it's been for the past two gridlocked years.

But the polls are still so close that Republican Mitt Romney might be elected. If that's the case, it appears he'll have to contend with a Senate that remains under Democratic control.

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It's All Politics
12:46 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Eliminate Government? Not Mine, Thanks

A vote to merge the city of Evansville, Ind., with Vanderburgh County has met opposition from some voters and even businesses.
Alan Greenblatt NPR

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 5:50 pm

If you asked most people whether there's too much government in their lives, they'd probably say yes. But when given the chance to eliminate a layer of government, voters often refuse.

That's why a vote to merge the city of Evansville, Ind., with Vanderburgh County may go down to defeat Tuesday. Many residents are concerned that their access to services would be limited under a unified government, while taxes would increase.

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The Two-Way
12:25 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Amputee Climbs 103 Floors Of Chicago's Willis Tower Using Bionic Leg

Zac Vawter, fitted with an experimental "bionic" leg, looks down from the Ledge at the Willis Tower, on Thursday in Chicago.
Brian Kersey AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 4:55 pm

There's a lot of grim news out there today, so here's a bit of the feel-good variety from the weekend: Zac Vawter, 31, climbed 103 floors of Chicago's Willis Tower using a prosthetic leg that he controls with his brain.

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The Two-Way
12:22 pm
Mon November 5, 2012

Boy Killed By Dogs At Pittsburgh Zoo: Onlookers' Screams 'Just Kept Coming'

A security guard closes the gate at the Pittsburgh Zoo, where a 2-year-old boy was killed Sunday.
John Heller AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 1:28 pm

Witnesses describe a horribly heartbreaking scene Sunday at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium after a 2-year-old boy fell into an exhibit housing wild African dogs.

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Education
11:52 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Is A Law Degree Still Worth It?

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 2:03 pm

A law degree used to pretty much guarantee a stable job. But journalist Elizabeth Lesly Stevens reports that thousands of law students are going into an industry that no longer has room for them. Stevens discusses her article with host Michel Martin, and they hear from NPR Facebook fans about whether a law degree is still worth it.

Election 2012
11:52 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Polls Put Race Within 'The Margin Of Litigation'

Election Day 2000 ended in a stalemate and weeks of finger-pointing and legal battles. Host Michel Martin looks at whether the country has learned the lessons from that crisis in time for Tuesday's vote. She speaks with Ilya Shapiro of the Cato Institute, and Robert Pastor of the Center for Democracy and Election Management at American University.

Around the Nation
11:52 am
Mon November 5, 2012

NY Public Housing Residents Hit Hard By Sandy

Nearly a week after superstorm Sandy pummeled the East Coast, thousands of Americans are still without basics like power and clean water. Host Michel Martin speaks with New York Times reporter Michael Wilson about how some New York Public Housing residents are facing unique challenges in the storm's aftermath.

It's All Politics
11:06 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Arab-American Voters Lean Toward Obama, But With Less Enthusiasm

Originally published on Sun November 11, 2012 8:32 am

Arab-American voters strongly supported President Obama in 2008, and polls show most are doing so this time around as well. But some of those voters are concerned about the way Obama has handled issues important to their community — even if they still intend to cast their ballots for his re-election.

At the Washington, D.C., headquarters of the Arab American Institute, the walls are full of red, white and blue signs in English and Arabic urging people to vote.

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The Two-Way
11:05 am
Mon November 5, 2012

'Insult To Injury': Nor'easter Targets New York, New Jersey

Another significant storm is looking likely for New York and New Jersey, forecasters are warning.

The Washington Post's Capital Weather Gang says the computer models have come into agreement, forecasting a Nor'easter to begin forming election night and then move up the east coast on Wednesday and Thursday.

The Capital Weather Gang reports:

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Literature
10:29 am
Mon November 5, 2012

'SEAL Team Six' Gets Some Of Bin Laden Raid Right

A still image from a clip of the National Geographic Channel's SEAL Team Six. The film, which depicts the events leading up to the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, premieres Sunday night.
The National Geographic Channel

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 12:08 pm

The story of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden has captured the imagination of authors and film directors.

Just this year, the mission carried out by Navy SEAL Team Six has already been re-told in three books, including one written by a former Navy SEAL. Acclaimed film director Katherine Bigelow, who directed the film The Hurt Locker, is getting ready to release her treatment of the bin Laden raid in December.

On Sunday night, the National Geographic Channel will air its film about the raid, SEAL Team Six: The Raid on Osama bin Laden.

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Movies
10:26 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Nick, Nora (And Asta) Return In 'Thin Man' Novellas

Myrna Loy and William Powell (and a wire-haired terrier) starred as Nick and Nora Charles (and Asta) in the 1934 film adaptation of Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man.
The Kobal Collection

Originally published on Sun November 4, 2012 2:33 pm

Dashiell Hammett's The Thin Man invented a new kind of crime fiction. It was hard-boiled, but also light-hearted; funny, with a hint of homicide. Nick and Nora Charles — and Asta, their wire-haired terrier — were rich, witty and in love, when America was in the middle of the Depression. They also drank a lot — Nick and Nora, not Asta, though he got an occasional leftover slurp.

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The Two-Way
10:17 am
Mon November 5, 2012

In New York City, More Signs Of Normal As Schools Reopen After Sandy

Commuters disembark the Staten Island Ferry one week after Superstorm Sandy crashed into the metropolitan area.
John Minchillo AP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:28 am

Some schools don't have heat. Others are serving their students shelf-safe milk.

But today, most of New York City's 1,700 schools reopened for the first time since Sandy devastated the northeast. NPR's Margot Adler has been working her way through Manhattan. She visited PS-41 in Greenwich Village and reports everything was great. But then, as she walked west on Houston St. all the way to East River, she stopped by Bard High School Early College.

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Shots - Health News
9:39 am
Mon November 5, 2012

What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't

Each dot represents one case of mumps between late June 2009 and late June 2010.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Last week, we wrote about an outbreak of mumps within several Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.

We told you how the outbreak spread so rapidly in 2009 that public health officials tried something that hadn't been done before. Doctors gave uninfected children who'd already been immunized a third booster shot of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. Two doses is the usual regimen.

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The Two-Way
8:46 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Chaos And A Bomb Scare Mar Early Voting In Florida

Kendall, Florida, resident, Diane, right, demands access to early voting. Hundreds stood in line at the Miami-Dade Elections Department to vote early.
Miami Herald MCT via Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 1:51 pm

Let's hope what happened in Florida over the weekend is not a prelude to Election Day.

Just take what happened at a polling place in Miami-Dade County in South Florida: After early voting on Saturday was plagued by long lines — some voters waited up to six hours — officials decided to allow voters in one location to request and turn in absentee ballots.

Shortly after that polling place opened, it was shut down on directions from Republican Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

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Election Coverage
8:40 am
Mon November 5, 2012

What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress

A voter reads her ballot as she prepares to cast her vote during the last day of early voting in Miami on Nov. 3.
Alan Diaz AP

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 8:02 am

Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. And it is expected to be close.

This week's Political Junkie column is an attempt to guide you to what's at stake on Tuesday, both in the contest for the White House as well as the 33 Senate and 435 House seats on the ballot.

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The Two-Way
8:02 am
Mon November 5, 2012

After A Long Campaign Season, A Blitz Through The Battleground

President Obama greets supporters during a campaign rally at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on Nov.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 11:12 am

It's almost over. We're just hours from Election Day 2012, which means President Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney are blitzing the battleground states in the final day of campaigning.

Here's ABC News with the schedule:

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Around the Nation
7:34 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Ex-Flint Mayor Displays His Own Statue

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:07 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Animals
7:28 am
Mon November 5, 2012

Monarch Butterfly Sleeps Through Migration

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 1:39 pm

Transcript

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Election 2012
7:13 am
Mon November 5, 2012

GOP Tries To Keep Momentum Going For Romney

In the long presidential election campaign, both President Obama and Gov. Romney have surged in the polls and then fallen back. According to the latest opinion surveys, the race is too close to call. Steve Inskeep and Renee Montagne talk to Bay Buchanan, a senior adviser to the Romney campaign.

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