Why It Matters

A series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people.


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Outsourcing jobs: Why does it matter?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why the environment matters in this election

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Americans depend on energy for everything they do

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why does cybersecurity matter in this election?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why it atters: Labor unions

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

Why It Matters: Europe's economic crisis

BEDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

From words to deeds: Why election matters

Editor’s note: In this series, Associated Press writers who cover subjects at stake in the election look at the positions of the candidates, the underlying issues — and why it matters.

WHY IT MATTERS: Why does it matter that middle-class incomes are stagnating?

EDITOR’S NOTE _ One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: So what's the deal with illegal immigration?

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: Have defense budget cuts gone too far?

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people The issue: Is the U.S. spending enough money on defense, and is it spending it in the right ways? In the aftermath of the 9/11 terrorist attacks the money spigot was turned wide open,

WHY IT MATTERS: Syria's protests started peacefully, but prompted a brutal government crackdown

The issue: Syria’s conflict is the most violent to emerge from last year’s Arab Spring. The protests started peacefully but prompted a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s government. The fighting has escalated into a civil war that has killed more than 30,000 people during the last year and a half, according to activists. Despite intervening in Libya, the United States has steered clear of taking military action or arming Syria’s rebels.

The US has steered clear of taking military action in Syria

The issue: Syria’s conflict is the most violent to emerge from last year’s Arab Spring. The protests started peacefully but prompted a brutal crackdown by President Bashar Assad’s government. The fighting has escalated into a civil war that has killed more than 30,000 people during the last year and a half, according to activists. Despite intervening in Libya, the United States has steered clear of taking military action or arming Syria’s rebels.

WHY IT MATTERS: Guns are used in two-thirds of homicides, according to the FBI

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: Both sides agree: Gay marriage defines what kind of nation we are

EDITOR’S NOTE - One in a series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

WHY IT MATTERS: America's health care is costly and millions of people are uninsured

EDITORS NOTE - One in a weekday series examining issues at stake in the election and their impact on people

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