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Republicans Thrilled With Romney's Debate Showing

Audie Cornish speaks with Mara Liasson about Wednesday night's first presidential debate in Denver.

Obama Criticized For Not Pushing Back During Debate

A day after the first debate, President Obama campaigned in Denver and Wisconsin.

Romney's Tax Policy Still Has Holes After Debate

In Wednesday night's debate, President Obama said Mitt Romney's tax plan would cut government revenues by $5 trillion. Romney said that wasn't true and that he wouldn't propose any tax cut that would add to the deficit. Audie Cornish talks with John Ydstie about an exchange that left many people scratching their heads.

Michelle Obama Bests Ann Romney In Cookie Contest

Michelle Obama has bested Ann Romney in Family Circle magazine's latest "First Lady Cookie Contest." It's been held for 20 years, since Hillary Rodham Clinton tweaked cookie bakers everywhere with a derisive comment to her own critics that she "could have stayed home and baked cookies" rather than pursue her career." And while it's meant as good, tasty fun, it does have its critics, who wonder if a potential First Gentlemen would be asked to prove himself by baking cookies. Audie Cornish and Melissa Block have more.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.