From Voter ID to debates to 'fiscal cliff,' a national politics roundup
October 5, 2012
We close a whirlwind week of political news by looking back at the two biggest political stories of our week and a look at the stories we haven’t been hearing about. First, Tuesday morning’s decision by Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson on Pennsylvania’s controversial Voter ID bill kept the law in place, but orders votes to be tallied even if the Pennsylvania voter lacks a state-approved photo ID. But the Voter ID bill and others like it have featured in campaigns seeking to Get Out the Vote, characterized by Democrats as an attempt at disenfranchisement and vote suppression. Slate columnist SASHA ISSENBERG has examined the first scientific test of Voter ID in campaign Get Out the Vote efforts, and the results are surprising. Then, we’ll pivot to a national political roundup, finishing up our analysis of this week’s first presidential debate and its effect on the presidential campaigns, the struggle for control of Congress, the domestic political implications of foreign crises like Syria and Libya, and the "fiscal cliff" negotiations that this Congress punted to the lame-duck session after November 6th when they recessed at the end of September. Joining us will TODD S. PURDUM, Vanity Fair national editor; and SUSAN FERRECHIO, chief congressional correspondent for the Washington Examiner.
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