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GOP wins big, but statehouse victories may be bigger

Republicans will control the redrawing of large numbers of congressional districts after Tuesday’s midterm elections.


  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.


  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.


  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.


  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.


Fighting corruption in India, one ‘zero rupee’ at a time

India is an emerging power, and its economy has soared in recent years. But the growth has been strangled by pervasive corruption. Now, one activist is fighting to change that — one “zero rupee” at a time.


In Alaska, a promise unkept?

Has a program intended by Congress to help native Alaskans delivered on its promise? In cooperation with the Washington Post, Need to Know examines whether a plan to promote the welfare of the disadvantaged and disenfranchised has instead enriched non-native executives and shortchanged taxpayers.


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.

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