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The Presidential Debate’s Libya Moment : The New Yorker

In the field of media studies, scholars offer strategies and insights of varied quality about the profession and its ills. Alongside that work stands the practice of journalism—the bouncy flights, the lousy hotel rooms, the thrills and the humiliations of piecing together information and writing too fast, and occasionally, the loss of friends and colleagues in war zones. For a practitioner, listening to a media-studies scholar criticize work he or she has never done—even if the criticism may be justified—is a prescription for an …

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The second presidential debate: An aggressive rematch | The Economist

AS MUCH a verbal brawl as a discussion of policy, the second presidential debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney ended in a draw—at least if points were being awarded to candidates for appealing to their respective bases.

Mr Obama’s supporters longed to see their man improve on his lacklustre performance at the first debate and come out swinging, as he has for months at rallies and on the campaign trail. The president gave Democratic partisans much to enjoy—indeed, if they are the sort to attend his campaign rallies, his finest zingers would have been well-known to them, as he drew heavily on his stump speeches …

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Obama, Romney Campaigns Square Off in Debate Rematch – WSJ.com

ROUND TWO: Former governor Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama sparred in their second debate.

President Barack Obama, seeking to regain momentum in his campaign, battled with …

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Obama, Romney Campaigns Square Off in Debate Rematch – WSJ.com

Seeking to regain campaign momentum, President Barack Obama attacked Mitt Romney’s economic policies as favoring the wealthy while his opponent tallied the failures of the past four years in a tense and argumentative rematch debate …

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Romney Bounce Changes Electoral Map in His Favor : The New Yorker

Five days on, and the aftershocks from last week’s debate continue to be felt nationwide. In liberal East Coast circles, judging from my soundings at this weekend’s New Yorker festival, dismay at Obama’s performance has turned to anger at his lack of …

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Romney closes gap with Obama to 2 points after debate: Reuters/Ipsos poll | Reuters

President Barack Obama’s lead over challenger Mitt Romney has narrowed to just two percentage points since the Republican’s strong performance in their first debate, according to a …

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Presidential Debates: Why Obama is No Muhammad Ali : The New Yorker

My colleagues Amy Davidson and John Cassidy did a brilliant late-shift job of analyzing last night’s disastrous debate performance for President Obama: his I-don’t-wanna-be-here-please-get-me-outta-here manner; his barely-able-to-rouse-himself incapacity to pounce on …

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After Denver: Can Obama Bounce Back? : The New Yorker

The challenger came in well-prepared and displayed an impressive command of the issues. He was sharp, energetic, and direct. Time and again, he corrected the President, politely but firmly pointing out that his proposals …

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PolitiFact | Fact-checking the Denver presidential debate

President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney traded barbs Wednesday night on taxes, jobs, health care and the economy — and often stretched the …

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In seemingly endless times of “trash talk” that led to an improbable and unpopular political victory, the newly minted president clamors: “Now arrives the hour of action.” Fleeting relief comes to the nation as the transition […]

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