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WHY IT MATTERS: Energy

The issue: Americans depend on energy for everything from driving their cars to powering... More

  • MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Health care

The issue: America's health care system is unsustainable. It's not one problem, but three... More

  • RICARDO ALONSO-ZALDIVAR Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Immigration

The issue: Illegal immigration is a decades-old problem. With an estimated 11.5 million illegal... More

  • ALICIA A. CALDWELL Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Auto bailout

The issue: The government bailout of General Motors and Chrysler is one of the most polarizing... More

  • TOM KRISHER AP Auto Writer
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WHY IT MATTERS: Global warming

The issue: People love to talk about the weather, especially when it's strange like the... More

  • SETH BORENSTEIN AP Science Writer
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WHY IT MATTERS: Debt

The issue: A sea of red ink is confronting the nation and presidents to come. The budget deficit... More

  • TOM RAUM Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: The environment

The issue: Everyone wants clean air and water. But people also want to drive their cars whenever... More

  • MATTHEW DALY Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Campaign finance

The issue: This presidential election is on track to cost nearly $2 billion. It's a staggering... More

  • JACK GILLUM Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Taxes

The issue: Just about every U.S. taxpayer is facing a significant tax increase next year, unless... More

  • STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Social Security

The issue: Unless Congress acts, the trust funds that support Social Security will run out of... More

  • STEPHEN OHLEMACHER Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Income inequality

The issue: The income gap between the rich and everyone else is large and getting larger, while... More

  • CHRISTOPHER S. RUGABER AP Economics Writer
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WHY IT MATTERS: Labor unions

The issue: A unionized job once meant a secure path to a middle-class life. Labor unions are... More

  • SAM HANANEL Associated Press
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WHY IT MATTERS: Civil Rights

The issue: What, exactly, is discrimination, and what should be done to fight it? This election... More

  • JESSE WASHINGTON AP National Writer
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WHY IT MATTERS: The Economy

The issue: The job market is brutal and the economy weak. More than 12 million Americans can't... More

  • PAUL WISEMAN AP Economics Writer
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