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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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  • Obama Needs To Make Up For First Lackluster Debate
    President Obama faces a challenge in the second debate with Mitt Romney after a lackluster performance two weeks ago.
  • Can Romney Debate As Well When Not The Underdog?
    Mitt Romney entered the first presidential debate a decided underdog. He walked out the winner. That was also the pattern in the 2012 primary debates — Romney did his best when he was down, letting up when he was ahead. It's a pattern he hopes to reverse on Tuesday.
  • Stockbroker May Have Scammed 'Rebecca' Producers
    A Long Island stockbroker was arrested Monday on charges of defrauding the producers of the Broadway musical, Rebecca. Federal prosecutors allege that Mark Hotton used an elaborate scheme — which included inventing overseas investors — to bilk the producers out of more than $60,000. Melissa Block talks with William Rashbaum of the New York Times about the case.
  • Court Overturns Conviction Of Bin Laden Driver
    It said Salim Ahmed Hamdan's conviction for providing material support for terrorism had to be overturned because his actions — driving the al-Qaida leader around — were not a war crime at the time. The ruling does not directly affect Hamdan, who was released in 2009, but may have a big impact on cases at Guantanamo Bay that have yet to be litigated.
  • Remembering A Great Literary Translator
    Michael Henry Heim was an internationally-known translator who created highly-praised English versions of such masterpieces as "Death in Venice" and "The Unbearable Lightness of Being," has died. He was 69. Heim taught Slavic languages and literature at the University of California, Los Angeles for 40 years. He died from complications of melanoma.
  • Wiping Out Polio: How The U.S. Snuffed Out A Killer
    During the early 20th century, polio killed thousands of American children each summer and paralyzed many more. Now, as the world fights to eradicate the virus globally, we look back at the development of the polio vaccine and its successful deployment around the world.
  • In A 'Dream,' Lincoln Checks In On State Of The Union
    In Abe Lincoln's Dream, the 16th president wants to know how the nation is doing since the Civil War. Caldecott award-winning author and illustrator Lane Smith says he was inspired by stories of Lincoln's real dreams. "He had premonitions," Smith says. "He was haunted by his dreams."
  • Obama Holds Advertising Advantage Over Romney
    Mitt Romney's main fundraising committee filed its latest report with the Federal Election Commission Monday night. The numbers offer some clues as to why President Obama has had more TV advertising money at his disposal in recent months, despite rough parity in total fundraising.
  • Medicare: Where Presidential Politics And Policy Collide
    Medicare is emerging as the most important health care voting issue — more important than even the Affordable Care Act. And with 10,000 baby boomers qualifying for the program every day, whoever wins the election will have to find some way to rein in spending.
  • Hillary Clinton Offers Mea Culpa In Libya Attack
    Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken responsibility for security lapses at the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi where the U.S. ambassador and three other Americans were killed in a terrorist attack last month.

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