9:18am

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

In New York City, More Signs Of Normal As Schools Reopen After Sandy

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:28 am

Commuters disembark the Staten Island Ferry one week after Superstorm Sandy crashed into the metropolitan area.
John Minchillo AP

Some schools don't have heat. Others are serving their students shelf-safe milk.

But today, most of New York City's 1,700 schools reopened for the first time since Sandy devastated the northeast. NPR's Margot Adler has been working her way through Manhattan. She visited PS-41 in Greenwich Village and reports everything was great. But then, as she walked west on Houston St. all the way to East River, she stopped by Bard High School Early College.

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8:39am

Mon November 5, 2012
Shots - Health News

What We Wanted To Tell You About Mumps But Couldn't

Each dot represents one case of mumps between late June 2009 and late June 2010.
The New England Journal of Medicine

Last week, we wrote about an outbreak of mumps within several Orthodox Jewish communities in and around New York City.

We told you how the outbreak spread so rapidly in 2009 that public health officials tried something that hadn't been done before. Doctors gave uninfected children who'd already been immunized a third booster shot of the measles-mumps-rubella, or MMR, vaccine. Two doses is the usual regimen.

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8:08am

Mon November 5, 2012
Political Junkie

What To Look For On Election Day: The Battle For The White House & Congress

Originally published on Tue November 6, 2012 7:02 am

A voter reads her ballot as she prepares to cast her vote during the last day of early voting in Miami on Nov. 3.
Alan Diaz AP

Tuesday, as those who follow politics probably know, is Election Day. The battle between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney has been contentious, expensive, personal, illuminating, ugly, frustrating, petty, enlightening and, above all, long. And it is expected to be close.

This week's Political Junkie column is an attempt to guide you to what's at stake on Tuesday, both in the contest for the White House as well as the 33 Senate and 435 House seats on the ballot.

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7:46am

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Chaos And A Bomb Scare Mar Early Voting In Florida

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 12:51 pm

Kendall, Florida, resident, Diane, right, demands access to early voting. Hundreds stood in line at the Miami-Dade Elections Department to vote early.
Miami Herald MCT via Getty Images

Let's hope what happened in Florida over the weekend is not a prelude to Election Day.

Just take what happened at a polling place in Miami-Dade County in South Florida: After early voting on Saturday was plagued by long lines — some voters waited up to six hours — officials decided to allow voters in one location to request and turn in absentee ballots.

Shortly after that polling place opened, it was shut down on directions from Republican Miami-Dade Mayor Carlos Gimenez.

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7:02am

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

After A Long Campaign Season, A Blitz Through The Battleground

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:12 am

President Obama greets supporters during a campaign rally at Jiffy Lube Live in Bristow, Virginia, on Nov.
Jewel Samad AFP/Getty Images

It's almost over. We're just hours from Election Day 2012, which means President Obama and his challenger Mitt Romney are blitzing the battleground states in the final day of campaigning.

Here's ABC News with the schedule:

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6:48am

Mon November 5, 2012
Opinion

Burriss on Media: Chinese Restrictions

MURFREESBORO, Tenn. (BURRISS)  --  As the election winds down many people will be cheering the end of campaign ads, slogans, banners, posters and other election paraphernalia. But in two years it will be time for another round of Congressional elections and all that entails.

But you know what, maybe all of the time and money spent on election posturing isn’t so bad, especially compared with restrictions in place in China in the face of this week’s upcoming party congress.

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3:06am

Mon November 5, 2012
It's All Politics

America's Changing Face Presents Challenges For The GOP

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:07 am

Voters cast their ballots during the first day of early voting at the Meadows Mall on Oct. 20 in Las Vegas, Nev.
David Becker Getty Images

The final days of an election cycle bring an obsession with the short term — the very short term. Daily tracking polls. A relentless get-it, post-it, blog-it news cycle. Trending topics on Twitter telling us something (though it's not always clear what).

But for just a moment, let's slow it down, look at what's happening over a somewhat longer time frame, and see what it tells us about what the country will look like for the winner of the presidential race.

The Long View

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2:32am

Mon November 5, 2012
Shots - Health News

Why Abortion Has Become Such A Prominent Campaign Issue

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 9:25 am

Women use wordplay to protest Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's position on women's health care outside the Hyatt Regency, where Romney was scheduled to attend a fundraiser, on March 22 in Washington, D.C.
Mark Wilson Getty Images

2:31am

Mon November 5, 2012
The Two-Way

Recovery To Take 'Quite A Long Time' In Storm-Ravaged Breezy Point

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 7:17 pm

A chapel icon that once adorned the front of a beachfront home is one of the few items to have survived what is now known as the Breezy Point fire in Queens.
Dina Temple-Raston NPR

Anyone who traveled to Breezy Point, Queens, in New York City in the aftermath of Superstorm Sandy, even as recently as a few of days ago, would have needed an SUV — its main thoroughfare was under 3 feet of water. Today, you can see pavement. It sounds like a small victory, but this beachfront, blue-collar town is willing to accept progress in increments.

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2:27am

Mon November 5, 2012
It's All Politics

Any Way You Describe It, 2012 Campaign Spending Is Historic

Originally published on Mon November 5, 2012 10:07 am

Voters participate in early voting Friday in Silver Spring, Md.
Alex Wong Getty Images

As relentlessly as the candidates have courted voters, they've also shown their love to donors.

A report by the Center for Responsive Politics places the total cost of the 2012 elections at an estimated $6 billion, which would make it the most expensive election in U.S. history

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