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Tuesday is Partisan Primary Day in Wisconsin, where the field of candidates for public office will be narrowed to one per political party for the November general election.

County, state and federal candidates are on the ballot.

What may be the most publicized race involves U.S. Speaker of the House Paul Ryan of Janesville, who faces a challenge from fellow Republican Paul Nehlen of Williams Bay. Two Democrats – Ryan Solen of Mt. Pleasant and Tom  Breu of Janesville -- are seeking their party’s nomination. Libertarian Jason Lebeck of Janesville is unopposed.

Sorting truth from lies during any election can be a daunting task. But some educators see this election cycle as an important teachable moment.

Louise Basile chairs the social studies department at Boylan High School in Rockford.  “Students need to be taught to be critical thinkers about all experiences in life,” she says, “so they make informed choices and understand the consequences of them.”

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Editor's note: NPR will also be fact-checking Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton's planned economic speech this Thursday. Danielle Kurtzleben, Arnie Seipel, Peter Overby, Will Huntsberry and Jonquilyn Hill also contributed to this story.

Donald Trump is coming off a week of disastrous headlines and cratering poll numbers. His major economic speech on Monday at the Detroit Economic Club, a vision described by his campaign as "Winning the Global Competition," was a chance to turn the page.

    

Many political experts say House Speaker Paul Ryan will beat his Republican challenger during Wisconsin's August 9 partisan primary. Matt Streb isn't so sure.

Streb, a political science professor at Northern Illinois University, notes that Sarah Palin endorsed Ryan's challenger, Paul Nehlin, because Ryan was slow to endorse Donald Trump, the GOP's presidential nominee. But Streb isn't thinking about Palin.

Amanda Vinicky

Donald Trump is now the Republican nominee for President, after delegates in Cleveland awarded him their votes Tuesday night. For some Illinois Republicans, it’s a time for vindication and celebration. But others remain wary.

The real work of nominating a major party candidate for president is done in the caucuses and primaries that began what may seem like ages ago.

Actually, the Iowa caucuses were less than six months ago – in the blistering cold of early February.

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