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For a small business owner, taxes are the key to their vote

Nov 7, 2012
We check back in with Olalah Njenga, a small business owner and formerly undecided voter.

Gov. Romney: 65 and out of work

Nov 7, 2012
If you're 65 and unemployed, you're more likely to be that way for a long time.

Next president inherits hopeful economy

Nov 6, 2012
Whoever it is, the next president could benefit from an improving economy. Housing prices are rising again and unemployment is expected to fall.

Employed or not, voting ritual often the same

Nov 6, 2012
In many ways, the 2012 presidential election is a referendum on a number: the nation's unemployment rate of 7.9 percent. Reporters in Oklahoma City (unemployment around 5 percent) and San Bernardino, Calif., (unemployment pushing 12 percent) look behind the numbers.

Education, economy help undecideds make their choice

Nov 5, 2012
Loudoun County, Virginia fence-sitters explain what got them to commit.

Election issues with a melody: An interview with The National

Nov 1, 2012
Indie rockers The National take a break from a recording session in upstate New York to talk politics and election issues, and perform a version of their economically inspired "Bloodbuzz Ohio"

The National, politics, and 'Bloodbuzz Ohio'

Nov 1, 2012
When Marketplace went looking for music that had something to say about this election year and the issues that affect regular Americans, The National volunteered its song, “Bloodbuzz Ohio.”

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The National weighs in on politics, the election and Ohio

Nov 1, 2012
Reporter Krissy Clark sits down with the lead singer of The National to see how a 'non-political' band makes music in an election year.

Where county preservation trumps partisan politics

Oct 16, 2012
In the bucolic countryside of Loudoun County, Va., a hotly contested region of an important swing state, residents are crossing party lines to preserve their beloved way of life.

Government contractor welcomes fiscal sacrifice

Oct 8, 2012
Virginia is a state both presidential candidates are hoping to win come November. One of the "swingiest" parts of the state is Loudoun County, where a government contractor is ready to put his job on the line to get the…