July 17, 2012 Florida's pact with federal officials clears a path for other states, including some in key battlegrounds, to verify voters' citizenship using a database known as SAVE, or Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements.
July 13, 2012 Strategists say the president's support for same-sex marriage is helping both sides in states where the issue will appear on November ballots.
July 7, 2012 Even before last weekend's storms killed at least 26 people and knocked out power to 3 million, engineers were worried about the nation's power grid. The American Society of Civil Engineers says unless $673 billion is invested in the grid, it could break down by 2020.
June 27, 2012 One poll shows that Latino support for Obama grew to a 40-percentage-point lead nationwide. Another finds a 16-point jump across five key battleground states.
June 26, 2012 Although the U.S. Supreme Court sustained the most controversial part of Arizona's immigration law, the so-called "show me your papers" provision, some local authorities doubt they can properly enforce it.
June 15, 2012 Both sides say President Obama's decision to stop deporting young, otherwise law-abiding illegal immigrants could have an affect on the general election. Republican Mitt Romney called it a weak "short-term" approach to a big problem, but did not say he'd reverse the directive if elected.
June 13, 2012 Democratic critics say Florida's Republican governor is purging eligible voters to give his party an Election Day advantage. Scott denies the accusation in an interview with NPR's Michel Martin on Tell Me More. "Not one U.S. citizen has been eliminated from the voter rolls," he says. "Not one."
June 11, 2012 Even as President Obama hopes to win re-election with solid support from Latino voters, immigration advocates are lashing out at the administration's revised deportation policies. Critics say despite changes meant to slow deportations of undocumented immigrants who have obeyed laws since illegally entering the country, deportations continue apace.
June 11, 2012 After 42 years in office, New York's Democratic Rep. Charles Rangel faces four primary challengers and suggestions that it's time for him to step aside. In some ways, the race is reminiscent of Rangel's 1970 campaign when he unseated the legendary Adam Clayton Powell Jr.
June 2, 2012 Since 2008, controversial changes to state election laws have spread across the nation to restrict voter registration drives, scale back early voting periods or stop people from registering to vote on Election Day. Opponents say the new laws discriminate against minority voters.
May 30, 2012 His communications director insisted that her departure had nothing to do with the Newark, N.J., mayor's controversial comments in which he criticized the Obama campaign for targeting Mitt Romney's experience at Bain Capital. Still, her exit shows how managing the mayor's political message has become a challenge as his star has risen.
May 27, 2012 African-American opposition to gay marriage has declined significantly since President Obama's announcement, according to three polls.
May 23, 2012 Declaring that a "national emergency" exists in public education, presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shifted from his usual economic message to outline his education platform during a speech to a Latino business group Wednesday.
May 22, 2012 While many black pastors condemn homosexuality from the pulpit, the choir lofts behind them are often filled with gay singers and musicians. The fact that gays and lesbians often hold leadership position in the church is the worst kept secret in black America.