FROM Darrel Rowland
Early Voting Transforms Campaign Strategy The first of this year's three presidential debates is day after tomorrow, but by the time Obama and Romney have met for the last time the election may already be over. Early voting, especially in swing states, has changed the dynamics of presidential campaigns, and "voter ID" may have boomeranged against the Republicans. They're complaining of "voter fraud" by a firm they hired to increase registration.
Election Day Is Becoming Election Month President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney are besieged with advice about how to score points with voters in three debates starting day after tomorrow. But with almost half the electorate, it may be getting too late. Early voting is already underway in states that could decide the outcome before Election Day. Meantime, Republicans have made "voter fraud" a major issue, and Republican legislatures have passed "voter ID" laws, even when there's not much evidence that fraud is widespread. Now, in one of this year's political ironies, the Republican Party has fired Strategic Allied Consulting — a firm it hired to increase GOP registration. We hear how new forces are re-shaping national campaigns.
Analysis of Second Presidential Debate At last night's presidential debate in Nashville Tennessee, the growing economic crisis provided an opportunity for John McCain and Barack Obama to rise to an historic occasion. It also set the stage for the kind of mistake that voters would never forget. Less than a month before the election, with one more debate to go, we hear how this one looked to observers in some of the crucial battleground states and talk with supporters from both sides. Did the candidates offer solutions to new problems caused by new economic realities? Did they reflect the increasing negativity of both their campaigns?
Trump plays scolder-in-chief with NATO allies At the opening of NATO’s dramatic new headquarters in Brussels today, President Trump acknowledged that Article 5 — promising that “an attack on one nation is an attack on all” -- has only been invoked one time: in the aftermath of September 11. But the President failed to provide what 27 other Alliance members have been waiting for: a re-commitment by America’s new leader to Article 5. Instead, they got a scolding.
Is the threat from Russia missing from the Russia meddling probe? There's much being made about the Trump administration's possible ties with Russia. But the bottom line is Russia's effort to influence American democracy. Do the President and his aides care enough to take action before voters go back to the polls?
Human Rights in the era of Donald Trump President Trump’s UN Ambassador, Nikki Haley, said today the US might pull out of the United Nations’ Human Rights Council. Serious violators of human rights are members of the Council itself–and a US resignation could make things worse. Later on today’s show, now that he’s into his second term, comedian turned US Senator Al Franken is telling jokes again.
Venezuela spirals into economic and political chaos Venezuela, a country whose potential for prosperity is unmatched, finds itself on the verge of civil war. What sustains the repressive government? With time running out, guest host León Krauze looks at what the international community can do to pull the country from the edge of collapse.