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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.


Tuesday by the numbers

Knowing that this past Tuesday may end up being the priciest day of the entire midterm campaign, we highlighted some of the most noteworthy disclosures.


Nate Silver on why the polls don’t always add up

As the midterms approach, political junkies can’t help checking the polls every morning. But interpreting them can be tricky. So we asked Nate Silver, founder of, to help us out.


  In Perspective: Jon Meacham on the gay rights movement

In this essay, Jon Meacham compares the struggle for civil rights in the 1960s to the gay rights movement today, and finds that we may be repeating the mistakes of the past.


  Peter Stone on the influence of money in this year’s campaign

Need to Know’s Jon Meacham interviews Peter Stone of the non-partisan Center for Public Integrity on the influence of money and corporations in this year’s midterm elections.


The shadow campaign: Big money in this year’s midterm elections

Need to Know examines changes in the campaign finance laws that are resulting in floods of corporate money flowing to campaigns — without knowing exactly where it’s coming from.


  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.


Ariz. gov. doesn’t think ‘beheadings’ are all that interesting after all

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer had a less-than-stellar debate performance that has gone viral on the Internet, but the real curiosity is her claim of headless bodies found in the desert.

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