October 30, 2008 This year, on a national level, both candidates are focused on the economy. But on a more local level, some states are running highly controversial ballot initiatives. Farai Chideya takes a broad look at how these controversial "values issues" affect the vote.
October 30, 2008 Over the past quarter-century, most anti-abortion Catholics have voted Republican in hopes of overturning Roe v. Wade. But some conservative Catholics are rethinking their strategy on abortion and other social issues because they believe the battle over Roe is lost.
October 29, 2008 Supreme Court appointments arguably are a president's most enduring legacy, and the next president could get the chance to choose a few justices. If John McCain is elected, conservatives could solidify their control of the court because liberal justices are expected to retire.
October 29, 2008 The collapse of Wall Street has reinforced voters' concerns about the economy ahead of the Nov. 4 vote. John McCain and Barack Obama both have plans to improve the U.S. economy, but they propose accomplishing that in very different ways.
October 28, 2008 As voters gear up for election day, the National Campaign for Fair Elections is gearing up for voters: The organization will offer a national national hotline to answer voter questions and respond to problems. Jonah Goldman is the heading up the initiative.
October 27, 2008 On Nov. 4, voters in five states will cast ballots on gay marriage and abortion — controversial issues that have long divided the country. California, Arizona and Florida will vote on a gay marriage measure, and Colorado and South Dakota will weigh in on abortion bans.
October 26, 2008 Next week, voters in Arkansas will decide whether unmarried couples should be allowed to adopt children. A conservative group is behind the ballot initiative to stop what it calls a "gay agenda." Arkansas residents approved a gay-marriage ban four years ago, and backers thought this latest measure would pass easily. But it's not the case this year.
October 23, 2008 California's Proposition 8 would define marriage as between a man and a woman. But its supporters say the issue is about more than marriage; it's about education. They say if gay marriage is allowed, it will lead to an endorsement of homosexuality in the classroom. Opponents of the measure argue that's not the case.
October 22, 2008 Both presidential candidates embraced different approaches to improve public education. Democratic nominee U.S. Sen. Barack Obama of Illinois and Republican nominee U.S. Sen. John McCain of Arizona have sparred over the issue of giving students vouchers to attend private schools.
October 21, 2008 As the presidential candidates head into the general election some analysts, citing the "Bradley Effect," question whether polls showing Sen. Barack Obama's lead over Sen. John McCain will shrink at the voting booth. The term was coined after L.A. Mayor Tom Bradley lost his bid for governor of Calif.
October 20, 2008 Ron Elving, NPR's senior Washington editor, hosted an online debate Monday about public financing between Fred Wertheimer, the president and CEO of Democracy 21, and Cleta Mitchell, a longtime campaign finance lawyer. Read the debate discussion and add your own thoughts.
October 20, 2008 The economy seems to have pushed healthcare right out of the headlines. Trudy Lieberman, head of the graduate program in health reporting at the City University in New York, discusses the healthcare plans of both candidates and why healthcare policy is so difficult to understand.