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.”

Read: The Philadelphia Inquirer reports

Watch: Stephen Colbert finds the silver lining

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.”

New polls are already showing signs of Obama’s lead narrowing.

Read: Peggy Noonan breathes a sigh of relief

Watch: Chris Matthews flips out

Follow: Fired Big Bird

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.

The report, produced by the non-partisan Bureau of Labor Statistics, was met with skepticism by some on the right.

1 Response

  1. October 21, 2012

    […] the best” debate he had ever seen, both candidates gave spirited performances (unlike in the first debate), but the general consensus was that Obama came out on […]

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