TOP NEWS: Democracy: October 4th, 2012
- The First Presidential Debate
- Romney Wins Debate, Obama Faulted as Flat
- Romney’s team, reenergized
- Swing States: The incomer effect
- 2012′s Sure Losers—Young People
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DEBATES: The First Presidential Debate - NYT, ANDREW ROSENTHAL
Mitt Romney seemed presidential, while the actual president seemed detached.
DEBATES: The presidential debates – ECONOMIST
Back in the centre, back in the game.
DEBATES:An Unhelpful Debate – NYT, EDITORIAL
After 90 minutes, voters are left with as many questions for Mitt Romney and President Obama as they had before it started.
DEBATES:90 minutes of evasion – WP, Editorial
The candidates spent their first debate sidestepping the hard truths.
DEBATES: The debate in two minutes – WP, VIDEO
Miss the event? Get caught up and watch the key moments here.
DEBATE PERFORMANCE: Romney Wins Debate Praise as Obama Is Faulted as Flat - NYT, MICHAEL D. SHEAR Republicans, along with many Democrats, accused President Obama of delivering an uninspired and defensive performance at the first presidential debate on Wednesday night.
DEBATES/OBAMA: Seven Chances Obama Missed – NEW YORKER, Amy Davidson
Lost debate opportunities, from Big Bird to Medicare.
DEBATES/ROMNEY: Henninger: The Romney Reboot Arrives – WSJ, OPINION
In a role reversal, Mitt Romney went on offense and put Barack Obama on defense for 90 minutes.
DEBATES: A Clash of Philosophies - NYT, PETER BAKER
In the first presidential debate, President Obama argued that government plays an essential part in economic growth, while Mitt Romney contended it should get out of the way.
DEBATE FACT CHECK: Taking Stock of Some of the Claims and Counterclaims – NYT
A number of misleading statements were made by both candidates in Wednesday’s debate on subjects like the federal deficits, taxes, Medicare and health care.
ELECTIONS/ROMNEY CAMPAIGN: Romney’s team, reenergized – WP
Republican’s campaign paints his performance in his first debate with President Obama as a clear win.
ELECTIONS/OBAMA STRATEGY: Time for an Obama game change – FT, EDWARD LUCE
Debate in Denver could be a turning point for Romney campaign
ELECTIONS/OBAMA: Optimism dims over Obama’s re-election – FT
President fails to deliver campaign attack lines
ELECTIONS/ROMNEY TAX POLICY: Is Romney proposing a $5 trillion tax cut? – WP
FACT CHECKER | Obama says Romney is. Romney says he isn’t. We examine this and other disagreements.
SWING STATES: The incomer effect – ECONOMIST
Virginia’s new voters have made it even more volatile than it was before
SWING STATES: Ohio Democrats rally around Obama - WP
The campaign encouraged grass- roots activism with citizens gathered in people’s homes for the matchup.
SWING STATES: Iowa veterans see a leader in Romney – WP
Debate watchers got a better sense of the GOP nominee as a leader and a plausible
SWING STATES: Swing state small business owners give debate edge to Romney - WP
Entrepreneurs in the most closely contested states criticized Obama’s lack of engagement, and a couple slide over to the Romney camp.
YOUTH VOTE: Henninger: 2012′s Sure Losers—Young People – WSJ
Hi, I’m Marty and I’ll be your waiter for the next 40 years.
YOUTH VOTE/UNDECIDED: In Arlington, an undecided quandary – WP
A 24-year-old voter who supported Obama in 2008 struggles to make up his mind by watching the debate.
JUDICIARY: Why Dodd-Frank Rules Keep Losing in Court – WSJ, Eugene Scalia
The left is trying to stigmatize appellate judges, but the real culprits are badly written regulations.
JUDICIARY: Pennsylvania Justices Back Stay of Murderer’s Execution - NYT
The Pennsylvania Supreme Court sided with a state judge who said that prosecutors withheld evidence in the 1986 murder trial of Terrance Williams.
VOTER RIGHTS: A G.O.P. Operative Long Trailed by Voter Fraud Claims - NYT
A Florida voter registration scandal involving Nathan Sproul, a highly paid Republican operative, is just the latest case in which questions have been raised about his methods.
LOCAL RACES: Tester and Rehberg Fight Over Outsider Label in Montana - NYT
Senator Jon Tester and his Republican challenger, Representative Denny Rehberg, have both been distancing themselves from Washington and playing up their identities as true Montanans.
LOCAL RACES: In Blue-State Illinois, a Tea Party Test Case – TIME, JOE KLEIN
A headstrong conservative faces an Iraq-war heroine in a pivotal House race.
SUPREME COURT: Justices Press Lawyers for Broad Solutions - NYT
Supreme Court Justices want to fashion legal principles that will not only resolve the disputes before them but also work when applied by lower courts in countless other cases.
SUPREME COURT: History Lessons – NYT, OP-ED, LINDA GREENHOUSE
An affirmative action case now before the Supreme Court includes a brief with a remarkable personal narrative.
SUPREME COURT: Supreme Court considers dam case – WP
When someone gets too wet too often, does the government owe compensation?
URBAN BLIGHT: The Untouchables – NYT, EDITORIAL
President Obama once spoke urgently of urban despair. Unfortunately, it’s not much of an issue at all on the campaign trail this year.
URBAN VIOLENCE: Understanding Kids, Gangs and Guns - NYT, OP-ED
SUDHIR VENKATESH: Our myths about gun violence hinder our attempts to solve the epidemic.
INCOME INEQUALITY: Why Let the Rich Hoard All the Toys? - NYT, NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Should the top 1 percent of Americans really have more than the bottom 90 percent? That’s America: one nation, unequal for all.
GAY RIGHTS: We’re Here, We’re Queer, Y’all – NYT, OPINION, KAREN L. COX
You can be openly gay and accepted in the rural South.
WOMEN’S RIGHTS/SCIENCE: Contraception and Religious Liberty – NYT, OPINION
A new health care ruling demolishes claims of a war against religion.
CRIMINAL JUSTICE: A fairer deal – WP
Safeguarding the rights of defendants who take a plea.
DROUGHT: Drought Leaves Cracks in Way of Life - NYT
Lost amid the withered crops and dehydrated cattle that symbolize the most widespread drought in decades has been the toll on families that depend on farming.
HEALTH: In Outbreak, Meningitis Is Reported in 5 States - NYT
The outbreak of a type of meningitis linked to back pain injections has spread, with over 30 cases, four of them fatal, in Tennessee, North Carolina, Florida, Virginia and Maryland.
HEALTH: Hospital Horrors – WSJ, Laura Landro
Meet ‘Shrek,’ a doctor who insists on surgery in every case—and has a surgical-incision infection rate of 20%.
IMMIGRATION: Undocumented Life Is a Hurdle as Immigrants Seek a Reprieve
Applicants to a new program must prove that they entered the country as children and that they have lived here since 2007, among other requirements; many cannot.
NATIVE AMERICAN: Sioux Racing to Find Millions for Sacred Land in Black Hills – NYT
More than a half-dozen Sioux tribes are trying to come up with the $9 million purchase price for Pe’ Sla, a sacred parcel of land seized long ago by the federal government in violation of treaties.
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