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Coburn's 'Wastebook' Outlines Possible Budget Cuts

Sen. Tom Coburn, one of the "Gang of Eight" senators hoping to reach a deal to avoid the fiscal cliff, pointed out 18 programs full of unnecesary government spending in his annual "Wastebook." 


Close Read: NPR Reporters Examine Second Debate

A team of NPR correspondents joins Renee Montagne to give Tuesday night's presidential debate a Close Read. The second meeting was a town hall-style debate and covered a wide range of issues. The reporters include: John Ydstie, Julie Rovner, Michele Kelemen, Jeff Brady and Ted Robbins.

How Will Sequestration Affect The Federal Budget?

Last week, Morning Edition looked at possible cuts to the Defense Department as part of what's known as sequestration. Next, we examine the effect of across-the-board spending cuts on the rest of the federal budget. One analyst says right off the top expect a 15 percent reduction in the federal workforce.

Take-Charge Obama Shows Up For Second Debate

Two weeks ago, GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney was seen as the clear winner of that debate. A very different President Obama showed up for the second debate. He went hard after his Republican opponent from the very start.

2 Writers Comment On Presidential Debate

Steve Inskeep talks to two commentators from either side of the political divide about Tuesday night's presidential debate. Liberal Jonathan Chait is with New York Magazine and conservative Jonah Goldberg is editor at large for National Review Online.

A Stronger Showing At Hofstra, But Ghost Of Denver Still Haunts Obama

The president's improved performance last night doesn't eradicate the damage from the Oct. 3 debate. Only one chance remains to do so before Election Day, so the pressure that animated the Hofstra debate will be all the greater in Monday's finale in Florida.

Along With Sparks, Errors Fly In Second Debate

From whether Obama did or didn't call the Benghazi attack an act of terror to the charge that Romney's companies pioneered outsourcing, fact checkers say the candidates stretched some truths during their debate Tuesday.


How Obama Got His Groove Back, And Other Debate Takeaways

Other takeaways from Tuesday's debate: President Obama gets tough while his GOP rival, Mitt Romney, gives no ground; voters are unhappy; candidates can't let go of the past; and the debate on foreign policy is truly teed up.


Transcript And Audio: Second Presidential Debate

Transcript and audio of the second debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney.