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Daily Archives: October 16, 2012

A soldier next to a placard on the fence line of the "Camp Five" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

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A soldier next to a placard on the fence line of the "Camp Five" detention facility of the Joint Detention Group at the US Naval Station in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.

Guantanamo Debate-Listening Party

The president pledged to close this prison. Tonight, reporters there were following a presidential debate. Reporters camping out at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, to cover court hearings for the accused plotters of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were determined not...

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President Barack Obama during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Oct. 16, 2012.

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President Barack Obama during the second presidential debate at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York, on Oct. 16, 2012.

Obama Won Debate: Poll and Points

The president won one. Following the second televised debate of President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney, 46 percent of the voters viewing it told CNN’s pollsters tonight that Obama won the debate, and 39 percent said Romney won it....

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Sea ice swirls in ocean currents off the east coast of Greenland on Aug. 17, 2012, as seen by the MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite. Greenland's ice sheet and outlet glaciers can also be seen at left.

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Sea ice swirls in ocean currents off the east coast of Greenland on Aug. 17, 2012, as seen by the MODIS instrument on board the Terra satellite. Greenland's ice sheet and outlet glaciers can also be seen at left.

Climate Change: Debating Point Missing in White House Debates

Three debates down (two presidential, one vice presidential), one to go, and one huge issue hasn’t been broached to any significant degree (and degree is a key word here): Climate change and global warming. The National Journal’s Jim Tankersley, in a...

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President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and moderator Candy Crowley during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University.

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President Barack Obama, Mitt Romney and moderator Candy Crowley during a town hall style debate at Hofstra University.

Obama-Romney: 100% vs 47%

The question was about misconceptions about the candidates, as people. And the question from a voter at the close of a nationally televised town hall-styled debate prompted a point that the Obama campaign has been trying to make about Romney:...

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Workers in the textile industry sort clothing at a wholesale market in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China.

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Workers in the textile industry sort clothing at a wholesale market in Dongguan, Guangdong province, China.

Obama-Romney: Out-sourcing

Out-sourcing of jobs has taken a toll on the economy, a questioner noted. “You’re absolutely right,” Republican Mitt Romney replied toward the end of his second debate with President Barack Obama, and a lot of the work has gone to...

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A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.

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A vehicle and the surrounding area are engulfed in flames after it was set on fire inside the US consulate compound in Benghazi late on Sept. 11, 2012.

Obama to Romney: `Get Transcript’ — And a Debate Audience Applauds

“I take responsibility,” President Barack Obama said. He was talking about the attack on the American diplomatic post in Benghazi, Libya — asked about the responsibility that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has taken for the episode. Clinton has done...

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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.

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President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney participate in the second presidential debate at Hofstra University.

Obama to Romney on Investments: My Pension `Not as Big as Yours’

Mitt Romney was looking for a way to rebut President Barack Obama’s remark about Romney’s businesses investing in China. “Mr. President, have you looked at your pension?”’ Romney asked two-thirds of the way into their second nationally televised debate. “I...

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A man protests for immigration reform outside Hofstra University prior to the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York.

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A man protests for immigration reform outside Hofstra University prior to the second presidential debate on Oct. 16, 2012 in Hempstead, New York.

Obama-Romney: Immigration

What does Mitt Romney plan to do about illegal immigrants in the United States? “This is a nation of immigrants. We welcome people coming into this country,” Romney said. “We welcome legal immigrants coming to this country.” “We’re going to...

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Video of former president George W. Bush is played during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa..

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Video of former president George W. Bush is played during the Republican National Convention (RNC) in Tampa..

Romney vs. George W. Bush: Debate

What is the biggest difference between him and George W. Bush, Republican Mitt Romney was asked tonight. “President Bush and I are different people, and these are different times,” Romney said at the town hall-styled debate tonight at Hofstra University,...

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President Barack Obama applauds Lilly Ledbetter before signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House in this Jan. 29, 2009 file photo.

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President Barack Obama applauds Lilly Ledbetter before signing the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act in the East Room of the White House in this Jan. 29, 2009 file photo.

Obama-Romney Debate: Women

Pay equity for women? President Barack Obama: The first thing he did as president was sign the Lilly Ledbetter Act promoting equity. Republican Mitt Romney: “Important Topic.” “If you’re going to have women in the workforce, sometimes they have to...

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