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Oct 16, 2012
Obama under pressure as debate comes amid early ballotingBy Julianna Goldman and Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News
With voters already casting ballots and polls showing a tightening race, President Barack Obama has little room for error in tonight’s second debate against Republican challenger Mitt Romney.Read more
Debt impasse shadows race for presidencyBy Jackie Calmes, The New York Times
President Obama and Mitt Romney will again debate their visions for the next four years on Tuesday night, and if the campaign so far is any guide, they will not acknowledge that the winner’s agenda could depend on the fiscal showdown between Election Day and Inauguration Day.Read more
Michelle Obama has already voted, and tweets about itBy Christi Parsons, the Los Angeles Times
First Lady Michelle Obama cast her ballot for president Monday, presumably voting for her husband with the absentee form she dropped in the mail.Read more
Two Americans claim Nobel Economics PrizeWith David Wessel, Wall Street Journal
Two American economists won the Nobel Prize in economics Monday for their research into how to match different actors in given markets, such as job seekers with employers and patients with donated kidneys. David Wessel has details on Lunch Break.
Oct 15, 2012
No drama Obama needs a shake-up in Romney debate rematchBy Julianna Goldman and Lisa Lerer, Bloomberg News
The candidate known for his “No Drama Obama” persona created, with his dispassionate first debate performance, a high-stakes backdrop for tomorrow’s 9 p.m. rematch against Republican nominee Mitt Romney at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York.Read more
Presidential contest tight nationally ahead of second debateBy Dan Balz and Jon Cohen, The Washington Post
On the eve of their second debate, President Obama and challenger Mitt Romney remain locked in a virtual dead heat nationally, with Republicans showing increased enthusiasm for their nominee after his big win in the first debate, according to a new Washington Post-ABC News poll.Read more
Obama’s prep session goal: don’t repeat mistakes of last debateBy Helene Cooper, The New York Times
To prepare for the second round of the presidential debates, President Obama retreated here this weekend — to the environs of this historic village where actors in 18th century garb wander about spouting off in colonial diction.Read more
Republicans outspend Democrats on TV advertising, but have fewer ads to show for itBy Amy Walter, ABC News
When it comes to spending on political ads, money isn’t everything.
Data from Kantar Media’s CMAG, an ad tracking firm, showed that during the week of Oct. 4-Oct. 11 Mitt Romney, the RNC and Republican outside groups combined to outspend President Obama and his allies on on TV ads by about $5 million – $31.6 million to $28.05 million.Read more
Rebel arms flow is said to benefit Jihadists in SyriaBy David E. Sanger, The New York Times
Most of the arms shipped at the behest of Saudi Arabia and Qatar to supply Syrian rebel groups fighting the government of Bashar al-Assad are going to hard-line Islamic jihadists, and not the more secular opposition groups that the West wants to bolster, according to American officials and Middle Eastern diplomats.Read more
Oct 12, 2012
Vice presidential debate: Biden's mission accomplishedBy Doyle McManus, the Los Angeles Times
First things first: Vice presidential debates don't really matter. The half-life of Thursday's debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan will be exactly four days -- until next week’s rematch between President Obama and Mitt Romney.Read more
Biden, Ryan trade sharp words on foreign policy, economy during vice-presidential debateBy Dan Balz and Philip Rucker, The Washington Post
Vice President Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan (Wis.) tangled fiercely and noisily here Thursday night over the economy and foreign policy in a spirited debate that underscored the vast differences between the Democratic and Republican tickets on virtually every issue in the presidential campaign.Read more
Biden and Ryan quarrel aggressively in debate, offering contrastsBy Jeff Zeleny and Jim Rutenberg, The New York Times
It was the debate that President Obama and Mitt Romney did not have a week ago.Read more
Spirited Biden debate performance allows democrats to exhaleBy Beth Reinhard, National Journal
Democrats, you may exhale. But don't you dare rejoice.
Vice President Joe Biden took some of the heat off his boss in the critical home stretch of the 2012 election, delivering a spirited debate performance that aimed to compensate for President Obama’s lifeless appearance on another stage one week ago.Read more from National Journal
Who won the Vice Presidential debate? Depends who you askBy Amy Walter, ABC News
Partisan Democrats had a lot to be happy about last night’s vice presidential debate. Vice President Joe Biden turned in an aggressive and energetic performance that they wished they’d seen in President Obama.
And while Republicans have cried foul on Biden’s behavior (GOP surrogates called him “rude”), they argue that Rep. Paul Ryan’s calm, unflustered demeanor and his solid performance on foreign affairs was appealing to swing voters, especially women.Read more
Oct 11, 2012
The no. 1 rule when no. 2s meet in battle? Be memorable. In a good way.By John Harwood, The New York Times
Near the end of the first debate ever of vice-presidential candidates, Senator Bob Dole remembered his White House-prepared briefing materials on war casualties under various administrations — and used them.Read more
Romney shifts to more moderate stances on taxes, immigration, health care, educationBy Karen Tumulty, The Washington Post
The final weeks of the presidential campaign are bringing Mitt Romney full circle, back to a question that has tugged at him for nearly two decades: What does he really believe?Read more
At hearing, Libya attack details remain murkyBy Alexis Simendinger, Real Clear Politics
At the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, on Sept. 11, there was never any spontaneous street mob angered about an anti-Muslim video, as was asserted by administration officials after a brutal attack that killed the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans, State Department officials told Congress Wednesday.Read more
Obama's Ohio silver liningBy Major Garrett, National Journal
Rattled, dismayed, and shaken, President Obama's national campaign is divided into two camps: impassive warhorses and anxiety-ridden newbies.
The battle-scarred operatives have been doing nonstop psychic triage since the first presidential debate, calming nerves and reassuring the shaken that campaigns have their ups and downs.Read more from National Journal
Romney appears to pivot on abortionBy Nia-Malika Henderson, the Washington Post
Mitt Romney, buoyed by recent polls that show him ahead of President Obama after a strong debate performance, appears to have modified his stance on abortion, a key issue among social conservatives, a voting bloc that has been skeptical of the Republican nominee in the past.Read more
Rare consensus inside beltwayBy Peter Baker, The New York Times
Let’s face it, the exit polls were not great at Nationals Park on Wednesday. The home team performed much like the incumbent did in last week’s presidential debate — lackluster, not a lot of pop at the plate and a defense that could not handle an aggressive assault.Read more