There have already been allegations of voting irregularities in early voting this year, but what should you be aware of when heading to the polls on Tuesday? How do poll workers and those ‘assisting’ voters break the law? Where is this most common? We discuss these and many other illegal Election Day activities with J. Christian Adams, former attorney with the Justice Department’s voting rights division.
Archives for October 2010
On Friday we learned that economic growth in the third quarter of this year was two percent. Positive growth is always welcome but what does this tell us about the health of the economy? What are the key numbers and why do they seem to tell conflicting stories? And as voters head to the polls, what can we say for sure about the results we’ve seen from the past two years of economic policy? We ask Bill Beach, director of the Center for Data Analysis at the Heritage Foundation.
Authorities in London and in several places here in the U.S. are investigating a series of suspicious packages arriving from Yemen. At least two of the packages were addressed to a Chicago synagogue, but none of the packages were actually explosives. So was this a dry run for a real terrorist strike down the road or could there be plans for an actual attack this weekend? How surprised should we be that this story come just four days before major elections in the U.S.? What does the Yemeni link tell us and how much can the Yemeni government do to stop attacks originating from its country? We ask Dr. Walid Phares from the Foundation for the Defense of Democracies and find out why he’s investigating a possible link between these packages and the recent shootings at military sites in Virginia.
Americans of all ages are fascinated, and often addicted, to Facebook. So that means the social media giant is a perfect target for ridicule from the Capitol Steps. Our guest is Steps performer Mark Eaton.
As the casualties in Afghanistan increase and popular support for the war wanes, what should be our goals in this nine-year-old war? Retired U.S. Army Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely says the goal should be victory – the only goal anyone should ever have in war. So what are the current goals and why won’t the counterinsurgency strategy work? What would work? And how big of an issue should the war be in the midterm elections? We discuss it all with Gen. Vallely.
Voters to the polls on Tuesday to decide races for the House, Senate and most governorships. After weeks of individual predictions, John Gizzi of Human Events explains just how many seats he expects Republicans to gain in the House and Senate and offers his picks on the key Senate races in Nevada, California and West Virginia plus the governor’s contests in Ohio and Texas.
Republicans are expected to make sizable gains in Tuesday’s midterm elections. Grove City College Professor Paul Kengor says it’s because millions of voters were duped in 2008 and are ready to make a correction. But why does Dr. Kengor believe voters were fooled two years ago rather than concluding they just chose a different course? How did Obama portray himself as a moderate when his agenda is considered for more liberal? And why hasn’t Obama returned to the rhetoric of the political center in this midterm campaign? We ask Dr Kengor, author of “Dupes: How America’s Adversaries Have Manipulated Progressives for A Century”.
On Wednesday, the FBI arrested 34-year-old Farooque Ahmed on charges that he was plotting to bomb a number of different stops along Washington’s metro rail system. The arrest was made after the government was able to infiltrate his plans and gain Ahmed’s confidence. So how do authorities spot potential terrorists and gain their trust? How difficult is to know when to make the arrest? And just how big of a problem is the threat of terrorists rising from within the U.S.? We ask retired FBI Special Agent Bob Hamer, a veteran of the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
On Tuesday, we reported on the voting machines in Nevada that already checked the name of Harry Reid before voters even entered the booths. Now we learn that voting machines in that county and elsewhere are maintained by members of the SEIU, a labor organization closely tied to Democrats. In addition, Pennsylvania Rep. Patrick Murphy is under fire for deceptively trying to sign up new absentee voters. So is this just smoke or is there some fire to all of this? Will there be legal action? And are there any glitches that are randomly favoring Republicans? We ask Mark Hemingway of the Washington Examiner.
Democratic Virginia Rep. Jim Moran has represented his state’s eighth Congressional district for 20 years, and he has never been seriously challenged – until this year. Moran holds just a slight lead over Republican challenger Patrick Murray. How is a Republican running so strong in a very Democratic district? Why is Moran taking a beating over saying Murray has no public service in his background? How would Murray tackle the huge deficits facing this country? We discuss all these questions with GOP Congressional candidate Patrick Murray.