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midterm elections


  Political climate change

Much has been said about the results of the midterm elections. But what about their impact on climate change? Need to Know talks to Kate Sheppard of Mother Jones to find out.


Up by only five votes

A quick follow-up to our redistricting story


Photo: Surfing past the polls

We hope this means they’ve already cast their ballots.


  The global warming battle you haven’t heard of

Need to Know talks with Todd Woody, an environmental journalist in California, about a little-known initiative there that could derail the state’s global warming laws.


A political climate: The battle over Prop 23

A California ballot initiative is getting national attention as the first time U.S. voters will determine policy on global warming — and out-of-state interests are spending millions to sway the result.


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.


  Women in the midterm elections: Do numbers equal progress?

In this extended web interview, Rebecca Traister and Melissa Harris-Perry join Alison discuss whether the record numbers of women running for Congress equal progress on women’s issues.


  Just ask Peter Sagal: Political debates

Need to Know’s Peter Sagal offers some helpful suggestions to candidates facing eleventh hour political debates.


  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.

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