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August 20, 2014 | NPR · If you venture away from the protest zone in Ferguson, Mo., there is an idyllic neighborhood, which doesn't have much patience for the out-of-towners who have joined the protests.
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · President Obama has carefully avoided taking sides following the shooting of Missouri teen Michael Brown, disappointing some African-American observers.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · Texas ranks 49th out of 50 states in how much funding it commits to mental health. But San Antonio has become a model for other mental health systems. It has saved $50 million over the past 5 years.
 

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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Demonstrators want an indictment of the police officer who fatally shot Michael Brown earlier this month. But investigations — one of them a federal civil rights case — can take weeks, if not months.
 
August 20, 2014 | NPR · More than a week now from the police shooting in Ferguson, Mo., it's worth asking: Ideally, what should happen with a police officer stops someone in the street?
 
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August 20, 2014 | NPR · Enlisting has been a rite of passage for men in the Pierce family since the Civil War. And as America has changed, Mark Pierce and his son Jeremy explain, what it means to serve has, too.
 

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August 16, 2014 | NPR · Both Ukraine and Russia say they're trying to send supplies to residents in eastern Ukraine. But with tensions on both sides running high, that aid may take a while to arrive.
 

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August 17, 2014 | NPR · American fighter jets and drones carried out airstrikes against Islamist targets near the Mosul Dam in northern Iraq on Saturday. A breach of the dam could threaten entire cities.
 

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2012 elections

Nov 21, 2012 — Election-related lawsuits have more than doubled since 2000. There has been at least one post-election litigation in every general or midterm election since 2000, with the exception of 2002. Legal experts blame the flawed election process and the fact that voters don't like their candidates to concede.
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Nov 6, 2012 — Our updates will flow right on to the homefront of NPR.org and on to our special elections results page. Come join us.
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Nov 6, 2012 — The final day in the 2012 political marathon has arrived. Here's an hour-by-hour guide to key times across the nation on Election Day.
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Nov 5, 2012 — This pre-election Political Junkie column focuses on all presidential swing states and key races for House and Senate.
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Nov 1, 2012 — Both Republicans and Democrats think they can capture about a dozen state legislative chambers in next week's election, meaning there could be little net change in control. But there may be no state that the GOP is eyeing as eagerly as Arkansas, which is the lone Democratic holdout in the Deep South.
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Nov 1, 2012 — Both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney, will be out stumping for votes today. The race for the White House, which was just about put on hold as Superstorm Sandy bore down on the East Coast and then roared ashore, is back on with just five days to go before Election Day.
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Oct 28, 2012 — NPR found Romney and Ryan made more incorrect claims overall during the debates than Obama and Biden. But in the last debate, Obama made the most incorrect claims. Can bias be found in the numbers? No. What counts is whether the fact checkers were right. We check.
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Oct 24, 2012 — Republican Richard Mourdock, who is running for Senate, ignited controversy with his explanation for why he opposes abortion in the case of rape.
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Oct 19, 2012 — For the first time in nearly a generation, Arizona voters will elect a new senator. Retiring Sen. Jon Kyl's ideological successor is Rep. Jeff Flake, a fellow Republican. But recent polls suggest Democrat Richard Carmona has a shot, and the race has become heated.
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Oct 18, 2012 — The race for the state's open U.S. Senate seat has been dominated by three things: an independent former governor, third-party spending and a barrage of negative television ads. Among the casualties of the campaign have been the candidates' positions on the issues.
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