5:12pm

Sat November 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Nonvoters: The Other Abstinence Movement

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To many Americans, the right to vote in a presidential election is a sacred and precious opportunity. To others, the right to not vote is just as meaningful. And they exercise it.

In just-released data, the Pew Research Center reports that about 43 percent of Americans of voting age in 2008 didn't participate in the presidential election.

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5:03pm

Sat November 3, 2012
Movies I've Seen A Million Times

The Movie RZA Has 'Seen A Million Times'

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 5:36 pm

Clint Eastwood in a scene from Sergio Leone's film The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly.
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The weekends on All Things Considered series Movies I've Seen A Million Times features filmmakers, actors, writers and directors talking about the movies that they never get tired of watching.

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5:00pm

Sat November 3, 2012
Superstorm Sandy: Before, During And Beyond

Crews Work To Restore Power, And Explain The Delay

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 6:45 pm

Utility crews work on power lines as dusk falls in Ship Bottom, a community on Long Beach Island, N.J.
Patrick Semansky AP

More than 8 million people lost power after Superstorm Sandy. Five days later, 2.5 million are still waiting as power companies across the region continue to say that restoring power is more complicated than it seems.

The storm packed a one-two punch. First, it flooded several switching stations including one hidden under the New Jersey Turnpike in Newark, says Art Torticelli, who was out with his crew from Public Service Electric and Gas at a switching station in Essex, N.J.

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4:52pm

Sat November 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Campaigns Strive To Project Confidence, But Not Hubris, In Final Days

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 7:04 pm

Republican Ted Cruz (center), a candidate for U.S. Senate, greets voters in Mesquite, Texas, last month. Cruz has an 18-point lead over his challenger.
Ron Baselice, The Dallas Morning News AP

There are political races all over the country that aren't even close, but you wouldn't know it from listening to the candidates.

It seems that every behind-the-curve challenger is scrapping his or her way to victory and every ensconced incumbent is fighting an unexpectedly tight contest.

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4:40pm

Sat November 3, 2012
Election 2012

'For Whom Will You Vote?' May Be Wrong Question

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 6:53 pm

If you want to predict a candidate's fate, there may be a better question to ask than whom voters cast a ballot for.
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In the vast majority of pre-election polls, likely voters are usually asked, "If the election were held today, for whom would you vote?"

That's the wrong question to ask, says Justin Wolfers, a political economist with the University of Michigan. He's spent years researching polls, and in a new paper he offers what he says is the right question:

Who do you think will win?

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2:49pm

Sat November 3, 2012
The Two-Way

They're Furry And Furious: Puppets Protest At The U.S. Capitol

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 3:44 pm

A marcher with a puppet of Bert, the Muppet character from Sesame Street, shouts during The Million Muppet March in Washington, D.C., on Saturday. The bipartisan rally was organized to show support for public broadcasting following Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's pledge to cut funding to PBS.
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There's presidential politics and then there's puppet politics. You may recall that in the first presidential debate GOP contender Mitt Romney made a statement that caused the two worlds to collide.

"I am going to stop the subsidy to PBS. I'm going to stop other things. I like PBS. I love Big Bird. I actually like you, too," Romney said, referring to moderator Jim Lehrer. "But I'm not going to keep on spending money on things to borrow money from China to pay for it."

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1:05pm

Sat November 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Obama Balances 'Comforter-In-Chief' Role With Campaign Sprint

Originally published on Sat November 3, 2012 7:44 pm

President Obama greets audience members Saturday after speaking at a campaign event at Mentor High School in Mentor, Ohio, before traveling to Milwaukee for another campaign event.
Carolyn Kaster AP

President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney are making the most of every moment this weekend, with only three days left before Americans choose who will lead the government for the next four years.

Update at 4 p.m. ET. Focus Is On Early Voting:

On his first stop today in the final campaign sprint, President Obama was in the super-battleground state of Ohio. The AP reports that the president reminded voters that Tuesday's election is "not just a choice between two candidates or two parties, it's a choice between two different visions for America."

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10:48am

Sat November 3, 2012

10:48am

Sat November 3, 2012
NPR Story

Storm Whips Up Acts Of Kindness In Northeast

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10:48am

Sat November 3, 2012
NPR Story

Ohio Gets Love And Hot Rhetoric From Romney Camp

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SCOTT SIMON, HOST:

Mitt Romney is also trying to pack as much campaigning into these final days as he can. Mr. Romney is working at a new level of intensity in the race as makes his closing arguments to American voters. NPR's Ari Shapiro is one the road with the Romney campaign and has this report.

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