HARI SREENIVASAN: The Obama campaign today asked a federal court in Ohio to overturn restrictions on early voting. A new state law ends early voting on the Friday before Election Day, except for members of the military and people living overseas. The president’s side argued the law could suppress Democratic voter turnout.
Meanwhile, in Pennsylvania, a state judge upheld a new mandate that voters show a valid photo I.D. at the polls. Republicans said it will cut down on fraud. Democrats said it will discourage the elderly, poor and disabled from voting. They plan to appeal to the state’s Supreme Court.
Republicans picked Senate and House nominees in several states on Tuesday. In Wisconsin, former Gov. Tommy Thompson beat three challengers in his comeback bid for a Senate seat at age 70. And in Connecticut, former wrestling executive Linda McMahon defeated former Congressman Christopher Shays. She’s hoping to replace retiring Sen. Joe Lieberman.
LINDA MCMAHON (R-Conn.): The issue that is going to decide this election is who is best able to address the economic crisis that threatens our future and who best understands how to create jobs. Folks, there is so much at stake in this election, perhaps more than ever before. Washington is out of control. And it’s not too much to say that America’s future is on the line.
HARI SREENIVASAN: The night’s big upset came in Florida, where Tea Party challenger Ted Yoho beat 12-term Republican Congressman Cliff Stearns by about 800 votes. But another longtime Florida congressman, John Mica, turned back freshman Congressman Sandy Adams, also a Tea Party favorite, in a redrawn district.
This was the first day that young illegal immigrants could apply to live and work legally in the U.S. It’s a major policy change announced by President Obama in June. Under the new rules, applicants must be under 30, and they have to prove they came to the country before they were 16. The change could mean that some one million people will not be deported.
The mayor of Dallas, Tex., declared a state of emergency today over an outbreak of West Nile virus. It clears the way for aerial spraying to kill mosquitoes in the city, for the first time in more than 45 years. Dallas County has already taken that step. There have been nearly 400 cases of West Nile virus in Texas this year and 16 deaths.
In economic news, industrial production rose in July for the fourth straight month. And consumer prices were unchanged for the third time in four months.
On Wall Street, the Dow Jones industrial average lost seven points to close at 13,164. The Nasdaq rose nearly 14 points to close just under 3,031.
About four million Bumbo baby seats are being recalled because infants can fall out of them. The Consumer Product Safety Commission said today there have been at least 50 such incidents and 21 reports of skull fractures. The seats have been sold across the U.S. since August of 2003.
The anti-abortion movement in the U.S. today mourned the loss of one of its leaders. Nellie Gray, was found dead in her Washington home on Monday. She organized the annual March for Life starting in 1974. It’s held every January on the anniversary of the Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion. Nellie Gray was 88 years old.
Those are some of the day’s major stories.