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ID Laws Bring New Attention To Voting Rights Act

Around the country there are moves to tighten restrictions on voters at the polls, some of which fall under the purview of the Voting Rights Act of 1965. Melissa Block takes a step back with voting and election law expert Nate Persily of Columbia University, to talk about the Voting Rights Act, and in particular Section 5. That provision, originally aimed at states in the South, requires certain states, counties and townships to get "pre-clearance" from the federal government before changing laws that affect voters.
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Obama Campaign Edged Ahead In August Fundraising

Democratic committees and the Obama campaign raised a combined $114 million in August, slightly ahead of the $111 million raised by GOP groups. It's the first time the Obama camp has been ahead in several months.
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Teacher Strike In Chicago Becomes Political

On Monday, Chicago teachers went on strike for the first time in 25 years and left nearly 400,000 students without instructors.
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Romney Might Not Order Total Repeal Of Obamacare

After he repealed Obamacare, how much of it would Mitt Romney restore as president? He has dropped several hints. One concerns a patient's ability to keep coverage for pre-existing conditions, which actually dates back to a 1996 law called the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act, or HIPPA.
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Voting Laws In Several States Remain Unsettled

Eight weeks before the presidential election, new laws passed by Republican legislatures that concern who can vote and when remain in the hands of federal and state judges. The federal court trial over South Carolina's voter ID law raised questions about how such laws might be implemented.
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Sentencing For Kwame Brown Delayed Until Nov.

In order to complete his cooperation with a federal investigation, former D.C. Councilmember Kwame Brown will wait another two months to be sentenced.

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Former Aides Talk Strategy For Homestretch

Both GOP nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama have hit the campaign trail for the homestretch to Election Day. Host Michel Martin hears from two political insiders about what's in store for the final weeks: Ron Christie, former advisor to President George W. Bush, and Anita Dunn, former advisor to President Obama.
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Analysis: Congress Returns From Recess, Tackles Fiscal Cliff, Spending Cuts

David Hawkings, editor of the CQ Roll Call Daily Briefing, talks about what to expect as lawmakers return from summer recess this week.

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Next U.S. President Faces A Middle East 'In Turmoil'

Foreign policy hasn't been a major focus this election season, but whoever wins will face a delicate tangle of issues in the region. On top of a major decision about Iran, the U.S. must deal with a new government in Egypt, an intensifying war in Syria, and nervous allies in the Persian Gulf.

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