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A composite photo of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr
Courtesy of Deborah Ross and Richard Burr campaigns

Incumbent U.S. Senator Richard Burr and challenger Deborah Ross will face off tonight for their only televised debate.

Headshot of Eric Fair, a former interrogator at Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.
Amy Cramer

In 2004, photographs capturing extreme abuse of detainees at the American-controlled Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq were released to the public, sparking a humanitarian outcry. That same year, Eric Fair was working as an interrogator at the prison. Fair's new memoir, "Consequence" (Henry Holt/2016) is an unflinching look back at his time at Abu Ghraib and the mental and physical pain he inflicted on detainees as part of military-sanctioned interrogations.

One this edition of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, we talk swing state dynamics with Chrissie Thompson, Columbus Bureau Chief for the Cincinnati Inquirer.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

Governor Pat McCrory and his challenger Roy Cooper are scheduled to meet at 7 p.m. tonight for their second of three gubernatorial debates.

Fact Check Of The Second Presidential Debate

Oct 9, 2016
A videographer adjust his camera before the start the second presidential debate at Washington University in St. Louis, Sunday, Oct. 9, 2016.
Julio Cortez / Associated Press

Presidential hopefuls Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump face off tonight for the second of three presidential debates. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, are annotating the debate live. 

Obama speaking in Mooresville, NC.
The White House

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, we head back eight years ago – almost to the day – when then-Senator Barack Obama held a political rally in Greensboro.

Image of Ken Rudin, the Political Junkie

Vice-presidential candidates Mike Pence and Tim Kaine sparred earlier this week in their only debate of the season.

What did their interactions demonstrate about both campaigns, and how do the vice presidential candidates affect the race? And in the state's gubernatorial race, ad spending reaches new highs. Host Frank Stasio talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest. 

Worst. President. Ever.
Lyons Press, 2016

 With just a month to the election, both sides are on the attack, highlighting the shortcomings of their opposition.

Accusations fly as Clinton and Trump vie for the highest office in the country.

But as voters assess who should lead modern America, author Robert Strauss takes a look back at the nation's 15th president, James Buchanan. Strauss traces Buchanan's presidency and declares him the worst president ever. Host Frank Stasio talks with Strauss about his book,"Worst. President. Ever." (Lyons Press/2016). 

FACT CHECK: Vice Presidential Debate

Oct 4, 2016
An official stands on stage during preparations for the vice-presidential debate between Republican vice-presidential nominee Gov. Mike Pence and Democratic vice-presidential nominee Sen. Tim Kaine in at Longwood University in Farmville, Va.
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Virginia Sen. Tim Kaine and Indiana Gov. Mike Pence squared off tonight for the first – and only — vice presidential debate. NPR's politics team, with help from reporters and editors who cover national security, immigration, business, foreign policy and more, annotated the debate live.


First Lady Michelle Obama campaigned for Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in Charlotte and Raleigh on Tuesday.

The shooting of Keith Scott in Charlotte sparked protests and violence and a back-and-forth about releasing police bodycam and dashcam videos.

Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton takes the stage at a campaign stop at Wake Technical Community College in Raleigh, N.C., Tuesday, Sept. 27, 2016.

During Hillary Clinton's campaign stop in Raleigh Tuesday, she focused heavily on her plans to make the American economy fairer for all families.

Image of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton Debating
AP Photo/David Goldman)

Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump faced off last night in the first presidential debate of the season. They butted heads about how to address racial tensions, the future of trade and business policy, and who is more fit to be president. Meanwhile, polls in North Carolina show the presidential and gubernatorial races are close, while Sen. Richard Burr appears to hold a slight advantage over democratic challenger Deborah Ross. 

On today's WUNCPolitics Podcast, host Jeff Tiberii talks with NC Insiders Dan Boylan and Patrick Gannon.

A body camera on a North Charleston police officer.
Ryan Johnson / Creative Commons

In June, Republican leaders in the General Assembly sponsored and passed House Bill 972 – a measure that codified in law that police video recordings were not public records. It was a direct reaction to the violence in Ferguson, Missouri and the multiple shootings across the country of black men by police.

Roy Cooper and Pat McCrory
File photo / WUNC

Republican Governor Pat McCrory has a slight 49 percent to 46 percent lead over Democratic challenger Roy Cooper in the latest Elon University poll.

photo of a unisex bathroom sign
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A third Republican lawmaker said the North Carolina General Assembly should call a special session to revise or repeal House Bill 2. 

Ken Rudin

  Hillary Clinton is back on the campaign trail after a health issue sidelined her for a few days.

And health becomes a key issue in the campaign. Donald Trump releases some of his medical details of the Dr. Oz show. 

Guest host Phoebe Judge talks with political junkie Ken Rudin about the latest in political news.

A pair of Republican legislators are the first to break ranks with their General Assembly colleagues on the issue of House Bill 2.

Republican state senators Tamara Barringer of Wake County and Rick Gunn of Alamance County walked back their support for HB2 this week, issuing statements that call for consideration to repeal the contentious law.

photo of Congress
Lawrence Jackson,

Lawmakers returned to Capitol Hill last week for a short session before the November election. Their priorities include passing a spending bill to avert another government shutdown and coming up with a funding plan to fight the Zika virus. The pressure is on to adjourn the session quickly to allow embattled incumbents, like North Carolina’s Sen. Richard Burr, time to campaign in their home states.

On this edition of the WUNCPolitics podcast, we talk presidential health, gubernatorial history and millennial attitudes.

UNC Basketball, Tar Heels
Bob Leverone / AP Photo

Updated 3:55 p.m.

The NCAA Board of Governors announced Monday night that it was pulling seven championship events from North Carolina, due to the state’s HB2 law.

Photo: A Massachusetts voting station sign
Katri Niemi / Flickr

Following a three year battle over ballot access, voting activists are content with where things stand a few weeks prior to the start of early voting. Last week, the State Board of Elections reached compromises on more than 30 county disputes over the scope of early voting. It is the latest moment in a long legislative and legal saga.

On this episode of the WUNCPolitics Podcast, Frank Stasio talks with Jeff Tiberii about the 12-hour meeting held by the State Board of Elections on Thursday.

It was a remarkable meeting that considered and frequently altered the county-level early voting plans that were in dispute. These decisions will play a direct role in how the races for president, governor, senate – anyone on the ballot – plays out this fall.

Retired New York City firefighter Joseph McCormick visits the South Pool prior to a ceremony at the World Trade Center site in New York on Friday, Sept. 11, 2015.

This Sunday marks the 15th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. The event caused major shifts in the political, social and economic climates around the world, and has given birth to a wide array of new academic scholarship.