September 16, 2009
Posted: 1836 GMT


Hello everyone,

We will start the show with the latest out of Afghanistan. European Union election monitors have voiced concern over potential wide-scale fraud in the August 20th presidential race. They say up to 1.5 million ballots may be fraudulent.

Today, Afghanistan's electoral officials have declared incumbent Hamid Karzai the winner with more than 50% of the vote but say they will only make the results official when all the allegations of fraud have been investigated. And so the electoral chaos continues.

We will then go live to Baghdad where Chris Lawrence is traveling with U.S. Vice President Joe Biden. Biden is there to meet with political and military leaders, a day after a mortar attack on the heavily fortified Green Zone.

Later, we will talk about why race has once again taken center stage in U.S politics. When Barack Obama was first elected, it wasn't unusual to hear analysts talk about a "post-racial America," where the bi-racial Commander-in-Chief embodied all of America. Sure there were those who would always have a problem with Obama but, many said, as a nation, the United States had put the worst of its racial issues firmly in the past.

Fast-forward to today. A Republican congressman, Joe Wilson, shouted "You Lie" during Mister Obama's joint-session speech on healthcare reform September 9th. A few days later former president Jimmy Carter says a lot of the animosity directed at the President is based on the fact he is a Black man. And race is the main topic of conversation all over again.

All this has been brewing for a while, but it remained firmly in the margins, with ultra-conservative talk-show host types like Glenn Beck of Fox News (who has said of President Obama that he has a "deep-seated hatred of White people").

Now that it's hit the mainstream, we will try to understand what this means for President Obama, his policies and the future of race relations in America. And we will monitor the President's response as he prepares to give several high-profile television interviews in the coming days.

We will also look at all the latest news from the world of business, sport and politics.

On a lighter note, we will talk about People Magazine's list of ten "best-dressed" women with our colleague from, Nicole Lapin.

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Ulf Olsson   September 16th, 2009 7:49 pm ET

The americans have to stop call the black people African-Americans. Black in other countries are not called that way. E.g. Black people in Germany are not called African-Germans. Black people in Brazil (and they are many) are not called African-Brazilians. To call people African-Americans is just maintaining racism. All citizens, independent of colour should be called Americans. Is anybody called Asian-American? No!!!!

Rev. Father Lance P. Krzywicki   September 16th, 2009 7:52 pm ET

Wilson's statement had nothing to do with race. He is not a racist, and I am not surprised that the International Desk did not show the Democrats Reps. who called Bush a liar in 2005. One was a African-American Women, so according to your flow of mental ability then she also is a racist, but you did not show her statements. If you are going for the race card, at least be truthful and not one-sided. The problem with the President is he stated: "no lobbyist in his administration", he lied. He also said: "change has come to DC and no special interest would control the administration", he lied. Also, he said: "I will have the most transparent administration in the history of the country", he lied again. So, looking at these statements, Obama does lie, like all politicians. Remember, all President are public servants nothing more, they must earn respect. I like the way the House of Commons in Great Britain does things during the PMQ, we need to have that in America, they call each other so many thing that I could not write them. Get over the race card and focus on the problems of America, Health care, Acorn and the Budget. I live in Sardegna (Italian Spelling) and I am surprised that the RTV news (Russian News) does better reporting then CNN. At least they report the news, unlike CNN which tries to control the news. Start report the news without your agenda and maybe your ratings will go up....

vic benedicto   September 16th, 2009 11:25 pm ET

" People Magazine’s list of ten “best-dressed” women " should include Hala.

Halabee   September 17th, 2009 12:11 am ET

Hell those conservative whites are all supremacists.

BaffaMustapha   September 17th, 2009 2:57 pm ET

I really don't know why 'The Whites' are so concerned about the race issue.most expecially amongst the cabinet members.P.Obama is yes-indeed-the first black president,which makes him even more special.i think they're are not willing to invite the word of change

BaffaMustapha   September 17th, 2009 3:01 pm ET

The new president is trying to work for a Better america and a better world too.he has alot of hard core issues to take care of NOT RACE of course

Edward   September 2nd, 2012 12:22 am ET

I think the President has done the best job that can be expected in times such as these. Let's not foregt that he assumed office amid the worst economic situation since the Great Depression. No one can dispute that. Since then, he has worked to keep the economy afloat, and that effort has been mostly successful. However, it can't be done without creating some kind of economic activity. Government spending is the natural way to do this, and several leading economists support this method.With regard to foreign policy, the President has worked to restore the image of America and re-establish our relationships around the world. This starts with respecting the sovereignty of all nations and recognizing that we all benefit from improved relations abroad. Amidst two wars, one of which was not necessary, the President has shown great strength and leadership in addressing the needs of our military. As a result, they are winning on these fronts and have a clear mission.Domestically, Pres. Obama has worked toward implementing the most significant health care legislation in over 40 years. The reason it has taken so long is because it is a controversial issue with wide-ranging opinions. When you get to the bottom of the legislation, however, it is not the vilified, death-panel-creating bill that is commonly advertised. Considering the continuum of international health systems ranging from socialistic government-employed health workers to the market oriented system of fully private health insurance, this bill is solidly in the middle. Important medical decisions are made between a patient and his/her physician, and those who make less than 400% of poverty will receive assistance to purchase a private, non-government health insurance policy.With elections coming up this November, it is likely that the power of Congress will shift in some way. It is unknown whether or not it results in a complete shift of majority. What I can say is that I hope for new party leadership on both sides of the aisle that focuses on solving problems together and acts in the common interest of all Americans. I believe that opinions will differ and debate will take place; however, I think the tone of this Congress' leadership has become far too distasteful, and that is part of the reason for America's frustration with Washington.

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