September 16, 2009
Posted: 1836 GMT
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 cnn.com, Nicole Lapin.
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