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Romney Takes A Mini Victory Lap After First Debate

A day after the big debate in Denver, GOP challenger Mitt Romney campaigned in Virginia. Melissa Block talks to Ari Shapiro for more.
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That's Why Incumbents Used To Say No

Since 1976, seven sitting presidents have agreed to debate their major challengers — and nearly all of them suffered for it. Three won re-election; three lost re-election. President Obama will be the tiebreaker.
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Military Troops Request Fewer Absentee Ballots

A new report blames the Pentagon for failing to provide enough help to service members. But the Department of Defense says the figures don't reflect how hard it is trying to get ballots in the hands of the armed forces.
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Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate

President Obama came across as defensive and lackluster, while Romney sounded confident and may have begun a late-season pivot to the center. It may not be enough to erase Obama's polling lead, even in the short run, but Democrats will want to hone their messages for the debates to come.
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Lights, Camera, Action (zzzz), Tweet!

There was plenty of media spin and punditry in Wednesday's debate, not just in Denver but on Twitter. The candidates appeared to be lacking in real zingers. Instead, it turns out the real conversation was happening through social media.
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L.A. County Sheriff Responds To Safety Criticism

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca says inmate safety is dramatically improving. Baca was responding to a scathing report by a blue-ribbon committee, which found a persistent pattern of excessive force by deputies against inmates at the nation's largest jail system. The committee stopped short of calling for the sheriff's resignation, but said his failed leadership was at the root of the violence.
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Education Pioneer Takes Border School To New Level

Juliet Garcia has made a name for herself as a trailblazer in education. She's the president of the University of Texas at Brownsville, a college near the U.S. - Mexico border with about 95 percent Latino students. Garcia speaks with host Michel Martin about her career and her commitment to serve the community where she was raised.
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Ca. Bans Therapy Meant To Turn Gay Kids Straight

California Governor Jerry Brown recently signed into law landmark legislation that bans gay-to-straight conversion therapy for minors. Host Michel Martin talks with California State Senator Ted Lieu, who wrote the legislation, and Liberty Counsel Chairman Mat Staver. That's a group hoping to overturn the law.
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Did The President Need A Sip Of Romney's Red Bull?

Tens of millions of Americans tuned in to watch Wednesday night's presidential debate, which focused on domestic policy. Polls indicate that a majority of viewers thought GOP nominee Mitt Romney came out ahead of President Obama. Host Michel Martin breaks down the debate with former speech writers Mary Kate Cary and Paul Orzulak.

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