1:33pm

Thu October 4, 2012
It's All Politics

Obama's Top Advisers Have Dissed His Debate Chops Before

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 2:03 pm

Despite President Obama's celebrated gift for oratory, the Obama supporters least surprised by his underwhelming performance against Mitt Romney may have been two of his top advisers.

Senior strategists David Plouffe and David Axelrod have long doubted Obama's debating skills. Their concerns date back to the 2008 presidential campaign, as Plouffe wrote in his book, The Audacity to Win. He put it plainly: "Historically, Obama was not a strong debater."

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1:33pm

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Go To Jail For A Retweet? Filipino Lawmaker Tries To Ease Concern

Does he need to watch what he likes? Facebook's logo is reflected in the glasses of a student in Manila.
Ted Aljibe AFP/Getty Images

This headline at Global Post is an eye-opener:

"Philippines: Click 'like,' go to prison. Cybercrime law threatens 12 years behind bars for 'liking' or re-Tweeting libel."

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12:58pm

Thu October 4, 2012
Author Interviews

Colbert: 'Re-Becoming' The Nation We Always Were

Originally published on Tue October 9, 2012 7:56 am

Courtesy of Grand Central Publishing

Stephen Colbert has no idea how other news pundits find time to write books. But he felt certain that his character on his Comedy Central show, The Colbert Report, needed to have another one.

"My character is based on news punditry, the masters of opinion in cable news, and they all have books," he tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross. "We don't have time to write a book and feed and wash ourselves, so something has to go out the window. And [for me] it was family, friends and hygiene for the past year."

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11:28am

Thu October 4, 2012
Shots - Health Blog

Scientists Create Fertile Eggs From Mouse Stem Cells

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 5:45 pm

Each of these mouse pups was born from an egg scientists created using embryonic stem cells. It's possible the technology could change future treatment for human infertility.
Katsuhiko Hayashi

Scientists in Japan report they have created eggs from stem cells in a mammal for the first time. And the researchers went on to breed healthy offspring from the eggs they created.

While the experiments involved mice, the work is being met with excitement — and questions — about doing the same thing for humans someday.

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11:07am

Thu October 4, 2012
It's All Politics

That's Why Incumbents Used To Say No

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:44 pm

Mitt Romney makes his point as President Obama listens during Wednesday's debate in Denver.
Getty Images

In case anyone was wondering, this week's presidential debate demonstrated why incumbent presidents and others leading in the polls used to refuse to debate their challengers.

After John F. Kennedy used the first TV debates to boost his campaign against incumbent Vice President Richard Nixon in 1960, there simply were no debates until 1976. Running again with a big lead in 1968 and 1972, Nixon declined to debate and won both times. Lyndon B. Johnson also demurred in 1964 without damage en route to a landslide.

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11:07am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Friday's Jobs Report Is Campaign's Next Key Moment, Here's What To Expect

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:16 am

The welcome sign at a job fair earlier this year in Washington, D.C.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

With the first presidential debate now behind us, what's the next big item on the campaign calendar?

It's Friday's 8:30 a.m. ET release from the Bureau of Labor Statistics about the September unemployment rate and how many jobs were added to payrolls last month.

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10:39am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Google, Publishers Reach Deal On Book Scanning

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 10:54 am

Google and a group of book publishers have settled a seven-year-old dispute that would allow the search giant to continue in its quest to digitize all the world's books.

This is only a step in that direction because Google still has an outstanding lawsuit with authors.

The New York Times explains:

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10:25am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Salt

The Cost Of Saving Lives With Local Peanuts In Haiti

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 1:05 pm

Alex E. Proimos flickr

How much extra would you pay for local food? It's a familiar question. We face it practically every time we shop for groceries, either at the store or at the farmers market. But what about food that can save the lives of severely malnourished children?

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10:09am

Thu October 4, 2012
The Two-Way

Rush Fans, It's Time To Rock: Band's Been Nominated To The Hall Of Fame

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:37 am

Rush guitarist Alex Lifeson (left) and singer/bassist Geddy Lee.
Ethan Miller Getty Images

9:06am

Thu October 4, 2012
U.S.

How 'Star Wars' Seduced Another Generation Of Kids

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 3:03 pm

Ben Blier (left) and his friend Jesse Bleckner hang out in their Yoda T-shirts. On his first day of kindergarten, Ben wore a Yoda T-shirt with "Go to Kindergarten I Must" printed on the front and "Learn Things I Will" on the back.
Courtesy of Nancy Edson

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