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  • Struggling Senator Sticks To Middle Of Road In Colo.
    Colorado has trended toward electing Democrats in recent years, so you might think incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet would be well ahead of Tea-Party-backed Ken Buck in the polls. But he's not -- and he's emphasizing his moderate credentials as he tries to gain support from independent voters.
  • Buck Modifies Positions To Appeal To Colo. Moderates
    Republican candidate Ken Buck is challenging incumbent Sen. Michael Bennet (D-CO). In the primary, Buck used lots of Tea Party money to portray himself as a political outsider. He now needs to convince Colorado's huge swath of moderate voters that he can represent them.
  • House Republicans Draft Campaign Manifesto
    House Republicans are releasing a pre-election "Pledge to America" Thursday. It accuses Democrats of scorning Americans' beliefs. It promises to promote traditional marriage, wider opportunities and a transparent government.
  • Seeing The Internet As An 'Information Weapon'
    Nuclear and biological weapons are covered under arms control pacts. But no such agreement exists for cyberweapons. The reason, experts say, is that some countries see "cyber disarmament" as a way to quash pro-democracy activists.
  • Amid Tight Budgets, Mounted Police Face Hurdles
    Police officers on horseback are one casualty of a down economy. San Diego; Boston; Tulsa, Okla.; and Westchester, N.Y., have all lost mounted units in the past year or two. And in Palm Springs, Calif., officers have to make the case that horses still have a role to play.
  • Dissent Grows Over U.S. Presence In Afghanistan
    The U.S. surge strategy in Afghanistan is under new scrutiny as 2010 recently became the deadliest year for U.S. and coalition troops there. Intended as a bold new push, Obama's plan has faced major setbacks, fueling debate over whether the effort is worth it.
  • Polk: Definite Withdrawal Date Needed In Afghan War
    Historian William Polk talks to Steve Inskeep about his policy paper offering a U.S. strategy toward Afghanistan. Polk served as an adviser to President John F. Kennedy and he's written a number of history books and articles related to the Middle East and Asia.
  • Superrich Americans Driving Income Inequality
    Forbes magazine's new list of the richest Americans makes clear that a huge amount of wealth is controlled by a small number of people. Slate's Timothy Noah says the wealthiest of the wealthy are causing the growing disparity.
  • Netflix Apologizes For Casting Actors As Fans
    The video website Netflix hired actors to play a mob of fans excited about its Canadian debut in Toronto. The company told the extras "to look really excited" and gush about Netflix if approached by reporters. Netflix later apologized and said the actors were hired to help drum up a crowd, not mislead the media.
  • Seeing Both Sides: Reports From Afghanistan
    Two views of the war in southern Afghanistan: From an NPR photographer embedded with U.S. troops and a Taliban spokesman.

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