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Republicans say it’s often too easy to cast a ballot, and they’ve enacted requirements to control “voter fraud.” Democrats say voting’s not easy enough, and that GOP rules are designed to keep poor and minority citizens away from the polls. Three weeks before the mid-term elections, courts have been ruling on photo ID, early voting and same-day registration. In just 10 days, the US Supreme Court intervened 3 times. It might do so again. We’ll hear what’s at stake for tight races in several key states.

Plus, the US joins forces with 20 other countries to discuss a strategy to defeat ISIS, and the Vatican stuns Catholics with openness toward gays and lesbians.

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Producers:
Katie Cooper
Claire Martin

US and Allies Discuss Islamic State Strategy 6 MIN, 30 SEC

Top defense officials from 21 countries are meeting today in Washington to discuss strategy against the so-called Islamic State. But some major players are missing: the government of Syria, any of its opponents—or its most important neighbor Turkey.

Josh Rogin reports for The Daily Beast.

Guests:
Josh Rogin, Bloomberg View (@joshrogin)

The Voting Wars: Who's Winning? Who's Losing? 34 MIN, 28 SEC

In North Carolina, it’s same-day registration; in Ohio it’s early voting; in Wisconsin and Texas, it’s Voter ID. In just 10 days, the US Supreme Court has intervened three times in voting wars between Democrats and Republicans. We’ll hear how court actions on Voter ID and other restrictions could make a big difference in Washington.

Guests:
Justin Levitt, Loyola Law School (@_justinlevitt_)
Philip Bump, Washington Post (@pbump)
Wendy Weiser, New York University Law School (@BrennanCenter)
Ilya Shapiro, Cato Institute (@ishapiro)

The Vatican Shifts Tone on Gays, Domestic Partnerships 9 MIN, 5 SEC

For 2000 years, the Roman Catholic Church has regarded gays and lesbians as “intrinsically disordered.” Now, for the first time, a Synod of bishops has proclaimed they have “gifts and qualities” that could be welcomed.

The first Synod of Bishops called by Pope Francis has stunned the Roman Catholic world. Never before have the talents of gays or lesbians even been discussed in such a forum—let alone same-sex couples. That’s according to Father James Martin, Jesuit priest and editor of the Jesuit magazine, America.

Guests:
James Martin, America magazine (@JamesMartinSJ)

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