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  Drawing the lines: Parties fight for redistricting power

Need to Know investigates the fight to redraw Congressional district lines, and interview two of the biggest figures in that battle: Republican Ed Gillespie and Democrat Harold Ickes.


Out-of-state money floods into California over greenhouse gas law

The fight to overturn a strong greenhouse gas measure in California is being funded by energy companies in Texas and elsewhere.


  Ballot boxing: The problem with electronic voting machines

Ten years and billions of dollars after the Bush-Gore debacle, America’s voting system is still a mess. Machines can be hacked, votes can be stolen and voters’ intentions can’t be verified in a close race.


On the campaign trail: The enemy hearts China!

There is a new trend in political ads: fear of China, complete with stereotypes from the days of Fu Manchu buffoonery.


  Need to Know, October 29, 2010: Election special edition

This week on Need to Know, we bring you a special hour-long report on the midterm elections, including a look at faulty voting machines and investigation into redistricting.


Half the violence, twice the fraud: The Afghan elections

Afghanistan voted for its representatives in Parliament on Saturday. And what’s remarkable is, it’s not nearly as bad as everyone hoped.


  Need to Know, September 17, 2010

This week on Need to Know: Soldiers on the front lines in Afghanistan. Neglect and abuse in adult family homes. And Andy Borowitz looks back at his best prognostications.


  In perspective: Jon Meacham on ‘Superlativism’

As the midterm elections near, Jon Meacham cautions us against the belief that everything that happens in our time is the “most” this or the “worst” that, as some pundits would have us believe.

The Afghan elections

Afghanistan’s second parliamentary election is happening on Saturday. Here are five things you need to know about it.

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