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In states they were counting on to maintain control of the Senate, Democrats are facing unexpected challenges.  We hear what’s typical, and what’s not, about Wisconsin, Connecticut and West Virginia, including some choice TV commercials. Also, the State Department issues a travel alert for all of Europe. On Reporter's Notebook, does grief at a soldier's funeral present an exception to the guarantee of free speech? Can Arizona regulate immigration? We hear about major cases before the new session of the US Supreme Court.  

Banner image: GOP senatorial candidates (L to R) John Raese (W VA), Linda McMahon (CT) and Ron Johnson (WI)

Producers:
Katie Cooper
Karen Radziner
Sonya Geis

Main Topic Key Senate Races Keep Republican Hopes Alive 35 MIN, 29 SEC

With less than a month until Election Day, Republicans might well take over the Congress and Democrats are by no means certain of holding on to the Senate. We look at Wisconsin, where the Senate’s most liberal member is no longer counting on re-election; West Virginia, which hasn’t elected a Republican to the Senate since 1958; and Connecticut, where a popular Attorney General is having trouble with a woman who made her name with professional wrestling. We hear about jobs and the economy, the President’s unpopularity, anti-incumbent sentiment and a pink marble driveway in Florida.

Guests:
Thomas Holbrook, Chair of the Political Science Department, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Peter Wallsten, Washington Post (@peterwallsten)
Rick Green, Hartford Courant (@CTConfidential)
Marybeth Beller, Professor of Political Science, Marshall University
Becky Bohrer, Reporter, Associated Press

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Tom Hamburger

Making News State Department Issues Travel Alert for All of Europe 7 MIN, 48 SEC

The State Department is warning Americans who live or travel in Europe to be on the alert. But it's not entirely clear what that means. Siobhan Gorman reports for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Siobhan Gorman, Wall Street Journal (@Gorman_Siobhan)

Reporter's Notebook Big Questions before the Supreme Court 7 MIN, 43 SEC

During Elena Kagan's first term, the US Supreme Court has some explosive cases on its agenda: the limits of free speech, the power of states to control immigration and regulations on cell phone contracts, to name a few.  Adam Liptak, who covers the court for the New York Times, has more on these cases as well as how many the newest high court justice will actually help decide.

Guests:
Adam Liptak, New York Times (@adamliptak)

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