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Commentary
2:24 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Mid-Week In Politics: Voter Demographics And More

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 6:08 am

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Robert Siegel.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And I'm Melissa Block.President Obama wins a second term; Democrats flip a handful of seats. in both the House and the Senate; and Republicans begin a new round of soul-searching.

SIEGEL: It's only Wednesday, but we have more than enough to talk about with our Friday regulars - E.J. Dionne, of the Washington Post and Brookings Institution; and David Brooks, of the New York Times. Welcome to both of you.

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Politics
2:01 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Reid: Congress Faces 'Enormous Challenges' Ahead

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:50 pm

With most of the elections settled, the winners must now determine how they will deal with the impending "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax increases that happen in two months. David Welna reports.

Law
2:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

Marijuana Legalization Faces Federal Hurdles

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:50 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

Now a pair of historic votes among last night's many ballots measures. Voters in Colorado and Washington State passed initiatives legalizing the recreational use of marijuana. But as the governor of Colorado said last night, don't break out the Cheetos or Goldfish too quickly

NPR's Wendy Kaufman reports that the measures are in direct conflict with federal law.

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Presidential Race
2:00 pm
Wed November 7, 2012

'Midwest Firewall' Helps Secure Obama Victory

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 2:50 pm

We report on the morning after the election in Ohio, a pivotal swing state in the presidential election.

Election 2012
5:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Independent Voters Could Be Key In Florida

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And now on to the biggest state that is really a contested battleground. I mean, we assume New York and California are barely contested by Republicans and Texas is assumed to go to Republican.

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

Texas, yeah.

SIEGEL: But with 29 electoral votes, Florida is always a state we look at. And our own Debbie Elliott is in Tampa at the Republican Party event there. And, Debbie, who are the key constituencies in Florida who are thought to be the ones who will decide who wins this day today?

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Election 2012
5:08 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Virginia Exit Polling Shows Obama Lost Support

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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

And we're going to be checking in a lot tonight with Andy Kohut of the Pew Research Center, who's here with us now to talk about early exit polls. Andy, what are you seeing, first of all, in terms of the presidential race?

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Election 2012
4:57 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Ohio Already Reporting Solid Voter Turnout

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

Melissa Block talks with Don Gonyea as polls close in Ohio.

Election 2012
4:50 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

All Eyes On The Battleground States As Polls Close

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

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ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And in our studio, NPR's senior Washington editor Ron Elving. Every couple of years, here we are around this time trying to figure out who has been elected to what. Tonight, what are you looking for? What are the important signs you're looking for in the numbers as they come in?

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Election 2012
4:47 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Voting By Email In New Jersey Runs Into Snags

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

Melissa Block talks with Pam Fessler about voting issues that arose on Tuesday.

Election 2012
4:44 pm
Tue November 6, 2012

Some New York City Polling Sites Run On Generators

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 5:08 pm

The aftermath of Superstorm Sandy has complicated voting in the New York City area. Robert Siegel talks with Robert Smith.

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