This week in politics
Compiled by Ryan Baxter-King and Danny Rothschild
PA voter ID law blocked:
Voters will not be required to show photo ID at the polls on November 6. On Tuesday, Judge Robert E. Simpson ruled that although the state can require citizens to present government-issued photo identification at polling stations in general, Pennsylvania residents do not have enough time to get the required identification before election day.
However, in his decision, Judge Simpson wrote, “I will not restrain election officials from asking for photo ID at the polls.”
Romney soars, Obama fizzles in debate
On Wednesday night, President Barack Obama debated Governor Mitt Romney at the University of Denver. Pundits of all political stripes were in almost universal agreement: Romney won the night easily. According to Politico, even Obama, when watching clips of his performance, “was especially struck by his own tentative, grim demeanor — especially when he and a more relaxed Mitt Romney were broadcast in split-screen. It was worse than he thought, according to one person close to the situation.”
Watch: Chris Matthews flips out
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Unemployment falls to 7.8 percent
The impact of Obama’s rough night may have been softened by Friday’s monthly jobs report, which “marks the first time the jobless rate has fallen below 8 percent since January 2009,” according to ABC.