Election 2020

Live: Trump-Biden Final Presidential Debate

President Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden have their final debate Thursday night in Nashville. Follow NPR's live coverage, including updates and fact checks. Copyright 2020 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org. Loading...

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Regional News

The Massachusetts general election ballot in 2020 includes a question about establishing ranked-choice voting.
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Ranked-Choice Voting: A Short Debate On Massachusetts Ballot Question 2

Massachusetts voters this election will get to decide whether to give their future ballots a major overhaul.

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Halloween

Salem, Mass., Says Stay Away If You Know What's Good For You This Halloween

For Salem, Mass., the horror this year isn't the appearance of goblins on Halloween, but visitors hoping to hang out in the witchcraft capital of the U.S. Because of the coronavirus, local officials want to discourage the very tourists that boost the city's economy. Here are the steps Salem is taking to repel crowds — and hopefully COVID-19: All the traditional Halloween events are canceled. Businesses are asked to close early this coming Friday and Saturday, and presumably for the following...

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Schools

A Rising Number Of U.S. Children Have The Option Of In-Person School

By Election Day, more than 60% of U.S. K-12 public school students will be attending schools that offer in-person learning at least a few days a week, an updated tracker finds. More and more districts are opening up school buildings this fall, even as coronavirus infection rates remain high in most states . That's according to the latest release from Burbio, a company that aggregates school and community calendars from the Web. As of Election Day, the report says: 37.8% of students will be...

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Connecting Point

Great Barrington approves environmentally-conscious green burials

A mechanic pouring oil into a vehicle.
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One of two statewide ballot questions in Massachusetts, Question 1, would expand how much vehicle diagnostic and repair information is available to independent repair shops and vehicle owners.

Mechanics look under the hood of a car.
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This coming election, Massachusetts voters have two statewide ballot questions in front of them. As we have in past elections, we're bringing you short debates on each ballot question.

A train sitting on the platform at Union Station in Springfield, Massachusetts.
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A draft report from the Massachusetts Department of Transportation on expanded passenger rail service between the western part of the state and Boston was released this week. And the public will have the opportunity to comment on it Thursday.

Connecticut Governor Ned Lamont said the state needs to do more to convince Black residents that a COVID-19 vaccine will be safe and effective. 

Survey: Majority of Conn. Voters Plan to Go to Polls

Oct 21, 2020

A new survey from the Public Policy Polling has found that less than half of Connecticut voters are concerned that absentee ballots are not as secure as in-person voting, but more than 80% prefer to visit their polling precincts. 

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Supreme Court

Amy Coney Barrett Moves A Step Closer To Confirmation After Judiciary Committee Vote

Updated at 10:51 a.m. ET Republicans on the Senate Judiciary Committee moved Thursday to advance the nomination of Judge Amy Coney Barrett for the Supreme Court, bringing President Trump's nominee within striking distance of confirmation and the court a step closer to a 6-3 conservative majority. Democrats boycotted the vote, pointing to what they called the damage Barrett would do to "health care, reproductive freedoms, the ability to vote, and other core rights that Americans cherish," and...

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Election Integrity

U.S. Blames Iran For Threatening Election Emails, Says Russia May Interfere Too

Updated at 8:33 p.m. ET Iranian influence specialists are behind threatening emails sent to voters in Alaska and Florida, U.S. officials said on Wednesday evening and suggested that more such interference could be in store from Russia. Director of National Intelligence John Ratcliffe said the U.S. intelligence community believes Iranian and Russian operatives obtained voter-record information, which enabled Iran to target some people with intimidating emails based on party registration about...

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NEPM Now

Our Commitment: Civil Dialogue, Context and Conversation

We are deeply saddened by the tragic events of the last several weeks which have shaken the Black community. The killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and too many other Black Americans have triggered national and international outrage and calls for systemic change. We once again see the bitter truths about racism, inequality, and injustice. This is a difficult time in our Nation’s history. Unlike many countries around the world which have experienced similar horrific...

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A location in Great Barrington, Massachusetts, used by the think tank American Institute for Economic Research.
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'Herd Immunity' Great Barrington Declaration On COVID-19 Sparks Controversy

Great Barrington, Massachusetts, recently played host to a meeting that’s causing controversy in the scientific community and caught the attention of the White House.

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From "The Book Rescuer: How a Mensch from Massachusetts Saved Yiddish Literature for Generations to Come" by Sue Macy.
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A Tale Of A Mensch From Massachusetts Who Saved Yiddish Books