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Republican Voter Suppression Efforts Are Targeting Minorities, Journalist Says

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Ari Berman of Mother Jones warns that a Republican strategy to tighten access to the ballot could have a major impact on the 2018 election. "It could be tainted by voter suppression," Berman says.

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Sandra Day O'Connor Says She Has Dementia, Withdraws From Public Life

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O'Connor, the first woman to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court, says she has been diagnosed with "the beginning stages of dementia, probably Alzheimer's disease."

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Turkey Withheld Some Details On Khashoggi's Death, Rep. Schiff Says

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Noel King talks to Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff of California who has been critical of the Trump administration's response to the killing of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi.

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Gerrymandering Is A Threat To Democracy, Eric Holder Says

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Steve Inskeep talks to ex-U.S. Attorney General Holder, who's raising money for Democrats running for statehouses. Holder's focusing on state legislatures because they redraw congressional boundaries.

As Midterms Near, Trump Deliberately Talks More About Illegal Immigration

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President Trump thinks the caravan of migrants headed toward the United States is a political winner for Republican candidates. He's made it part of his pitch to voters ahead of the midterms.

U.S. Aid At Risk For Countries Whose Citizens Joined Migrant Caravan

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Furious about a migrant caravan, President Trump has threatened to cut aid to countries that allowed their citizens to head north. But some members of Congress say cutting aid won't help.

Morning News Brief

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Trump uses Houston rally to stoke fears about illegal immigration, and he plans to exit an arms control treaty with Russia. Turkey's president says he'll reveal what happened to Jamal Khashoggi.

House Republican Faces Voter Backlash Over Health Care And Tax Votes

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Rep. Tom MacArthur ran for Congress vowing to repeal Obamacare and cut taxes. After following through on both promises he's on the defense for his role amid voter backlash about the economic impact.

Republican Gun Store Owner And Legislator Campaigns For Medicaid Expansion In Idaho

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Idaho is one of three conservative states where voters will decide in November whether to buck the GOP's resistance to the Affordable Care Act and implement its Medicaid expansion for adults.

Here's How Russia Runs Its Disinformation Effort Against The 2018 Midterms

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Court documents, intelligence reports and other official accounts have now created the most comprehensive picture yet of one key aspect of the "active measures" targeting the West.

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Florida's Governor Race Could Be A Test For Trump

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Democratic candidate for governor Andrew Gillum has been polling just ahead of Republican Rep. Ron DeSantis in Florida. While DeSantis has full Trump support, Gillum draws progressive enthusiasm.

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Supreme Court Blocks Commerce Secretary Questioning In Census Lawsuits For Now

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The Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to temporarily shield Wilbur Ross from facing questioning under oath in challenges to the 2020 census citizenship question.

From 'Lyin' Ted' To 'Beautiful': How Trump And Cruz Found Political Love

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Donald Trump once accused Ted Cruz's father essentially of being linked to the assassination of John F. Kennedy. On Monday, he flew to the Texas senator's hometown and gave him his full endorsement.

Monday, Oct 22

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Trump Makes Multiple Trips To Nevada To Campaign For Sen. Dean Heller's Re-Election

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Dean Heller is the most vulnerable Senate Republican this cycle and Democrats in Nevada are hoping a boost in Latino and labor voters will help them defeat Heller, who is embracing President Trump.

Trump Threatens Aid Cuts To Central American Countries In Response To Migrant Caravan

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In response to the migrant caravan, President Trump has threatened to reduce aid to Central American countries and to seal the southern border, things that may not be solely in his power to do.

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6 Takeaways From Georgia's 'Use It Or Lose It' Voter Purge Investigation

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Tens of thousands of Georgians who haven't voted in recent elections may be no longer registered to vote, according to an investigation from APM Reports, Reveal and WABE.

Florida Election Officials Working To Make Voting Possible For Panhandle Residents

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Hurricane Michael hit the Florida panhandle just weeks before Election Day. Officials there are working to make voting possible in the midst of the recovery.

Facebook, Exploited By Influence Campaigns, Tries To Clamp Down With 'War Room'

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The social networking behemoth says a new command center at its Silicon Valley headquarters will let it respond quicker to foreign disinformation operations ahead of Election Day.

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Trans People Say They #WontBeErased As Trump Administration Mulls Defining 'Sex'

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"The agency's proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with," The New York Times reported. Reaction was swift.

Sparring Candidates Duet In Music While They Duel For Votes

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In the midst of campaigning against each other for a seat in Vermont's House of Representatives, Democrat Lucy Rogers and Republican Zac Mayo ended a recent debate with a striking collaboration.

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As Migrant Caravan Winds North, Trump Vows To Cut Aid To Countries They're Fleeing

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Thousands of mostly Central American migrants have crossed into Mexico with hopes of reaching the U.S. But Trump doesn't like it, and he's threatening to punish the countries they come from.

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President Trump To Campaign For Former Rival Sen. Ted Cruz

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Many GOP candidates have welcomed the president to campaign with them ahead of midterms. Cruz and others who have had public disagreements with Trump are still happy to have his help.

Khashoggi's Death Shines A Light On Saudi Influence In Washington

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David Greene talks to Gerald Feierstein, director of government relations, policy and programs at the Middle East Institute and a former U.S. ambassador to Yemen, about Jamal Khashoggi's death.

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Well-Known Republicans In Kansas Back Democratic Candidate For Governor

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In the Kansas race for governor, established Republicans are throwing their support behind the Democrat. Why? They say the Republican nominee would be bad for the state.

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Health Care Is A Hot Topic In The U.S. Senate Race In Missouri

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Despite running against the Affordable Care Act for years, many Republicans are airing ads saying they support a central feature of the law: the requirement that pre-existing conditions be covered.

Georgia Law Allows Tens Of Thousands To Be Wiped From Voter Rolls

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An investigation finds that in 2017, Georgia purged more than half a million voters from the rolls — 107,000 for the "use it or lose it" law that eliminates voters after not voting in prior elections.

Morning News Brief

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Thousands of mostly Honduran migrants trek toward the U.S. Trump says the U.S. will withdraw from a nuclear treaty with Russia. And, why Georgia purges more than half a million voters from its rolls.

Justice Department Expands Tribal Police Help, Calling It 'Right Thing To Do'

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The Justice and Interior Departments are expanding a program that connects tribal law enforcement with national crime databases. The initiative has helped solve crimes and register sex offenders.

Sunday, Oct 21

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How One Group Is Galvanizing Dissatisfied Voters

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In Colorado, a group is exploiting voter dissatisfaction with the two major political parties in an effort to elect unaffiliated candidates.

U.S. To Pull Out Of International Arms Control Agreement

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President Trump says he will pull the U.S. out of a 1987 arms control treaty with Russia. It was a treaty signed by President Reagan designed to reduce the dangers of nuclear war.