FROM Donna Hoffman
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.
Candidates Try to Close the Deal as Caucuses Near With five days to go before the Iowa caucus , Mitt Romney is stepping up his efforts there, while Michele Bachmann struggles to recover from the loss of her top advisor in the state, who jumped ship to support Ron Paul. Candidates continue to move up and down in the latest polls, with Romney now in a statistical tie with Texas Congressman Ron Paul . Donna Hoffman is Professor of Political Science at the University of Northern Iowa.
The Republican Race for President: More Unsettled than Ever Establishment Republicans and other political pros think Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate to unseat President Obama a year from now. We get the latest with the Iowa caucuses less than two months away. In the meantime, a fourth woman has made sexual harassment charges against Herman Cain , this time in a public statement with the ugly details. Sharon Bialek, a former employee of the National Restaurant Association, then run by Herman Cain, said she'd been fired from her job and that her boyfriend suggested she ask Herman Cain how to get a new one. Facing a bank of cameras in New York City, she gave a graphic account of what happened. We hear what she said and what the impact might be and look at how the Republican presidential field is shaping up.
The Republican Race for President: More Unsettled than Ever Barack Obama is in trouble with American voters, but his re-election might well depend on the identity of his GOP challenger. Establishment Republicans and other political pros think Mitt Romney is the most likely candidate to unseat President Obama a year from now. But the Iowa caucuses could change things, as they did four years ago, and they're less than two months away. Will Mitt Romney go all out despite being clobbered in Iowa four years ago? Will a fourth woman damage Herman Cain with sexual harassment charges? Can Rick Perry spend his way out of a collapse in the public opinion polls? We look at some potential scenarios for Iowa and 11 other swing states, which could ultimately decide if there's going to be a change in the White House.
What is Trump's plan for Middle East peace? On his first foreign tour, President Trump has promised "peace" between Israel and the Palestinians. Are there any details for re-starting talks that have been stalled for the past three years?
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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.