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5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Romney's Baffling Claim About Medicare Pay Cuts For Doctors

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney makes his case about Medicare during a briefing in South Carolina in August.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 10:19 pm

Health care in general — and Medicare, in particular — have been big parts of this year's presidential campaign.

But over the last couple of weeks, Republican Mitt Romney has been making a new claim that doesn't quite clear the accuracy bar.

It has to do with $716 billion in Medicare reductions over 10 years included in the federal health law, the Affordable Care Act. And it's become a standard part of Romney's stump speech.

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Energy
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Fixing NYC's Underground Power Grid Is No Easy Task

Consolidated Edison workers try to repair damage near the New York Stock Exchange on Tuesday.
Bloomberg via Getty Images

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

The fury of the great storm Sandy shocked a lot of people, like John Miksad, vice president of the New York electric utility Consolidated Edison. "We hit 14-foot tides — that was the biggest surprise," he told a press conference this week. "The water just kept rising and rising and rising."

That rising water flooded streets, buildings and parts of the city's underground electricity grid. Hundreds of thousands of New Yorkers lost power. But it might have been worse if the power lines had not been underground.

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U.S.
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Ala. Racist Language Measure Draws Unexpected Foes

Alabama's Constitution still includes language referring to poll taxes and segregated schools. Voters are poised to decide on an amendment to excise the outdated lines, but some African-American leaders in the state are opposing the change.
Dave Martin AP

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 1:20 pm

State-mandated segregation is a thing of the past in Alabama, but the state's antiquated 1901 constitution paints a different picture. On Tuesday, Alabama voters will decide whether to strip language from the state's governing document that calls for poll taxes and separate schools for "white and colored."

In 2004, voters rejected an amendment to purge those remnants of Jim Crow from the constitution by fewer than 2,000 votes.

'We've Got To Move Forward'

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StoryCorps
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Full-Time Truck Driver, Dedicated Poll Worker

Boyd Applegate has been a poll worker for nearly every election over the past 20 years, taking Election Day off from his work as a truck driver. "I'm there as a representative of what's right in America, and I enjoy it," he tells his sister, Rhonda Dixon.
StoryCorps

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

When voters go to the polls in San Diego on Tuesday, many of them will be greeted by Boyd Applegate. The 56-year-old truck driver has worked nearly every election — primaries and general elections — for the past 20 years.

Election Day starts early for Applegate. Around 4 a.m., he piles ballots and election materials into his car and drives the 25 miles to the precinct. Throughout the day, he is greeted by people who recognize him as the guy at the polls, year after year.

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Around the Nation
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

New York Marathon Scheduled To Go On

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Some people like to relieve their stress by running their brains out. People in New York have that opportunity on Sunday. Mayor Michael Bloomberg says the New York City marathon will go on. It turns out, though, the race itself is causing stress. Some New Yorkers complain about pulling police and other responders away from recovery efforts to work on the race, especially in hard-hit areas like Staten Island, where the marathon begins.

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5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Gas Shortages Add To Frustration In Storm-Hit Areas

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

There are people in New Jersey and New York who are beginning to get back to work. And they're facing another problem: how to get gas for their vehicles to make that commute. Because of widespread power outages, most of the gas stations in the region fall into one of two categories: They have power, but no gasoline, or they have gasoline, but no power to pump it into cars.

As NPR's Greg Allen reports, that leaves a small number of gas stations with very, very long lines.

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Election 2012
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

What Weird Things Could Happen On Election Day?

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

And a week that features Halloween is a good time to take a look at all the scary things that could happen when Election Day finally rolls around next Tuesday. NPR's national political correspondent Mara Liasson has been asking what else we could witness in this unpredictable campaign.

MARA LIASSON, BYLINE: The Romney campaign is predicting it will win. So is the Obama team. But what it both of them turn out to be wrong?

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Around the Nation
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Remembering Some Of The Lives Lost In Sandy

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

We've been giving you the number of dead from Hurricane Sandy. More than 90 people have been killed by the storm. Over 40 of those deaths were in New York and many on Staten Island, across the harbor from Manhattan.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Here are a couple of the stories behind the numbers. Glenda Moore(ph) tried to escape the water with her two sons, age two and four. The car stalled. She left her car with her boys, carrying a toddler, holding the older one's hand. Surging flood waters swept the boys away. The mother survived.

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Around the Nation
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Determined UPS Driver Makes It Through The Storm

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Our last word in business today is rain or shine.

Many businesses in the New York area have not been able to reopen since Hurricane Sandy came through.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

But one UPS driver in New Jersey has kept his truck on the road, even braving the flooded streets of Hoboken, New Jersey - getting cheers from surprised and happy customers.

(LAUGHTER)

UNIDENTIFIED WOMAN: You're still working?

JOHN DONOWITZ: Am I going to see this on YouTube?

(LAUGHTER)

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Election 2012
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

N.Y., N.J. Scramble To Make Voting Possible

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Along with other post-Hurricane Sandy reconstruction, New York and New Jersey are trying to reassemble their election preparations. The storm affected hundreds of polling stations. Neither of these reliably Democratic states was poised to decide the presidential election, but public officials are still scrambling to make voting possible for millions of people in the evacuation zones. NPR's Quil Lawrence reports.

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Election 2012
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Obama Makes Final Push For Second Term

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

President Obama is on the road, too, after spending time to focus on helping the Northeast recover from the massive storm called Sandy. A politician at the center of that storm is now backing the president. New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg has endorsed the president for reelection, saying he has the values and the vision to guide the country into the future, even though Bloomberg added he was disappointed with the past four years under President Obama.

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Around the Nation
5:04 am
Fri November 2, 2012

In New Jersey, Restoring Electricity A Top Concern

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

This is MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Renee Montagne.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And I'm Steve Inskeep.

The recovery from Hurricane Sandy has more than one level to it. There's a long-term question: How to rebuild the region to make it more resilient in the next disaster? But before that comes a short-term crisis: millions of people still without electricity, some people who've been trapped in their homes for days, and a death toll of more than 90 people up and down the East Coast, mostly in New York and New Jersey.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Fri November 2, 2012

How Obama And Romney Differ On Climate Change

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

Climate change was a big part of the announcement Mayor Bloomberg made yesterday endorsing President Obama for reelection.

STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Bloomberg owns a media company, is politically independent, and made his endorsement in a memorable way. He said Mitt Romney has taken sensible positions in the past but reversed course on all of them.

MONTAGNE: He also said President Obama's term has been disappointing. But he argued the president was better on a range of issues, especially climate change.

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NPR Story
4:58 am
Fri November 2, 2012

Romney Back On The Attack In Virginia

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 11:43 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

On a Friday - we've made it to Friday - it's MORNING EDITION, from NPR News. I'm Steve Inskeep.

RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

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It's All Politics
6:42 pm
Thu November 1, 2012

In Key Senate Races, Outside Groups Outpace Candidates' Ad Spending

U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown (right), D-Ohio, debates his Republican challenger, Ohio state Treasurer Josh Mandel, at the City Club in Cleveland on Oct. 15.
Tony Dejak AP

Originally published on Fri November 2, 2012 7:52 pm

Most of the attention heading into Election Day may be on the presidential race, but the stakes are also high in the battle for the U.S. Senate, where there are close contests in about a dozen states.

According to an NPR analysis of Kantar Media CMAG data, outside groups are spending more than $100 million blanketing the airwaves. This won't come as a surprise if you live in a state with a competitive Senate race.

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