FROM Paul Gronke
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.
Election Day Headaches Are Starting Early This Year John McCain and Barack Obama are back on the road with less than a day left in a campaign that's lasted the better part of two years. In a year of extraordinary political developments, one of the big stories is early voting, designed to make the process accessible to more voters and easier on election officials when there's a heavy turnout. Early voters have been standing in line for hours, and tomorrow's turnout may swamp election officials all over the country. Charges of fraud, intimidation and intentional disenfranchisement are already being raised. If the voting is close, legal challenges will delay the results. We hear about new rules and first-time voters, ID checks and provisional ballots, malicious rumors and fears that all the votes won't be counted.
Trump's new look at civil rights and global warming President Trump is reportedly ready to pull the US out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change. We look at the possible consequences. On the second half of the program, we hear about cuts in Obama-Era civil rights programs called for by the Trump Administration's first budget plan.
Who's to blame for the opioid crisis? Some of the lawyers who took on Big Tobacco are now going after Big Pharma. It’s all about the deadly epidemic of opioid use. Are the drug companies to blame? What about the users? Later, on today’s Talking Point: making sense of Britain’s upset election.
Ex-FBI Director Comey tells his side of the story Today, former FBI Director James Comey came close to calling the President who fired him a liar. The White House denied the claim and called it insulting, but Republican Senators did not challenge Comey’s truthfulness. Many questions remain: did the President try to obstruct a federal investigation? Later, we’ll go behind the “velvet rope” for a look at 5-Star health care for the richest Americans.
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.