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Podcast: Should you be able to vote online?

Next Tuesday Americans across the country will participate in one of the most basic civic duties: voting. For many, that means taking time off work, driving to a designated polling place and casting their ballot through standalone voting machines. But what if the process of voting could be vastly different?

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Ebola: Another example of the power of philanthropy

Paul Allen is the latest one percent-er to make a donation to fight Ebola, pledging $100 million to fight Ebola. Advocates say philanthropy has the potential to fill chronic gaps not only in public health but also education, housing, and women and children’s rights.

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Tuesday: GOP favored, but expect extra innings

The battle for control of the Senate is a bit like this year's World Series between the Giants and the Royals – steady, not glitzy, close and long. There are no superstar new candidates, both sides are good at the fundamentals, there are lots of close races and it will take awhile for the winner to emerge but there is a clear favorite.  That would be the Republicans.

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Dems' best friends are cranky, recent polls show

The Republican National Committee is sending around an email with the subject line, "Holes in the Dem Coalition." It highlights a trio of recent polls that show some of the Democrats most supportive groups getting cranky: Hispanics, young voters and unmarried women. If the exit polls from next week's elections confirm these trends, it's the Democrats who will be cranky as they inspect the 2016 tea leaves.

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