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Republicans around the country have cracked down on what they call "voter fraud." Democrats insist they're violating the voting rights of the poor and minorities. With 32 challenges pending, will the presidential election finally be won or lost not in the voting booth but the courts? Also, day two of the Chicago teachers strike, New York's evolving observance of September 11, 2001.

Banner image: Pennsylvania Department of State's Voter ID home page

Producers:
Evan George
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook 11 Years after September 11, 2001 36 MIN, 55 SEC

Last year, President Barack Obama and former President George W. Bush attended New York's tenth anniversary observance of September 11. Today, things were much different. In Washington today, President Obama appeared at the Pentagon, 11 years after America's military headquarters was struck by a hijacked jetliner. In New York, there were no elected officials at today's observance.  It was a simpler ceremony than those of the last decade in memory of the 2,977 people who were lost that day. Ted Mann is transportation reporter for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Ted Mann, Wall Street Journal

Main Topic Will the Courts Decide Another Presidential Election? 6 MIN, 25 SEC

Remember Bush versus Gore?  That was the Florida case that gave George W. Bush the presidency — on a split decision by the US Supreme Court. Republican fears about "voter fraud" and Democratic accusations of "voter suppression" could make this year's electoral outcome messier still. New rules for voting have been struck down in some crucial swing states, but upheld in others. Some 32 challenges are now pending --  21 of them in swing states, including Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania -- any one of which has enough electoral votes to decide a close election in November. We hear about Voter ID, early- and absentee-voting and the civil rights of the poor and minorities.

Guests:
Tom Schoenberg, Bloomberg News (@tschoenberg22)
Andrew Cohen, The Atlantic (@CBSAndrew)
Tom Fitton, Judicial Watch (@TomFitton)
Marcia Johnson-Blanco, Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law

Making News Chicago Teacher Strike, Day Two 7 MIN, 23 SEC

Negotiations are back on today in Chicago, one day after the teachers' union went on strike against a public school district with 350,000 students.  It's an action with nationwide implications that could impact this year's presidential campaign. Steven Greenhouse is labor and workplace reporter for the New York Times.

Guests:
Steven Greenhouse, New York Times (@greenhousenyt)

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