10:13pm

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Lights, Camera, Action (zzzz), Tweet!

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 9:47 am

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama shake hands at the first presidential debate at the University of Denver, Wednesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

I have spent the past few days sequestered with a crack team of political pros — actually, curled into a fetal ball, clutching a fading 1980 John Anderson poster — to gird myself for the vital first debate between President Obama and Mitt Romney.

So many questions lingered:

Would Romney offer to wager Obama $10,000 on who wins the race?

Would Obama tell Romney, "You're taxable enough, Mitt"?

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9:59pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Presidential Race

Five Takeaways From The First Presidential Debate

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama talk after the first presidential debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday.
Charlie Neibergall AP

Mitt Romney may have given his campaign something of a reset with his performance in the first debate against President Obama.

He appeared more comfortable on stage than the incumbent, and was able at least to lay the groundwork for a message of bipartisanship that could appeal to remaining undecided voters.

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9:52pm

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Romney Goes On Offense, Pays For It In First Wave Of Fact Checks

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 4:03 am

In their first of three debates, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney "traded barbs" and stretched some facts, say the nonpartisan watchdogs at PolitiFact.com.

Similarly, the researchers at the Annenberg Public Policy Center's FactCheck.org found examples of truth-stretching by both men.

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9:21pm

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Swing State Debate Watchers Give First Round To Romney, And Lehrer The Loss

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 10:09 pm

Kim Deal (left) and Connie Moser, at Deal's house in Occoquan, Va.
Liz Halloran NPR

We headed to Virginia's Prince William County, a swing county in a swing state, to watch Wednesday night's presidential debate with four undecided voters — three of whom voted for Barack Obama in 2008, one who voted for Republican John McCain.

They gathered in the Occoquan home of Kim Deal and Jim Drakes, and were joined by Connie Moser of Dale City and Al Alborn of Manassas.

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4:52pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Crosscurrents

Crosscurrents: October 3, 2012

KALW's Nancy Mullane goes behind the scenes at Pelican Bay State Prison and into the Security Housing Unit there, a place journalists have been denied access to for years.

3:14pm

Wed October 3, 2012
The Two-Way

Chick-fil-A Chief: 'We Support Biblical Families'

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 3:58 pm

Mandel Ngan AFP/Getty Images

Chick-fil-A President Dan Cathy hasn't said much since his comments against same-sex marriage led to shows of support by some and protests by others over the summer.

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2:41pm

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Paul Ryan Says TV And Politics Don't Always Mix. Does He Have A Point?

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 3:19 pm

Workers prepare Wednesday for the presidential debate at the University of Denver. Experts differ over whether even a televised debate is a good forum for sharing very specific details about policy proposals.
Chip Somodevilla Getty Images

Responding to calls that the Republican presidential ticket provide more detail about some of its policy proposals, vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan says TV isn't always the right medium for such specifics.

"I don't have the time," Paul Ryan told Chris Wallace on Fox News Sunday this week, when asked about his proposed revenue neutral tax cut. "It would take me too long to go through all the math."

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2:40pm

Wed October 3, 2012
All Tech Considered

Some Schools Actually Want Students To Play With Their Smartphones In Class

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 3:40 pm

In Durham, N.H., Oyster River Middle School seventh-graders Patrick Beary and Morgan Bernier play with StoryKit, a free app that helps middle-schoolers put together simple presentations, and elementary students make storybooks.
Sam Evans-Brown New Hampshire Public Radio

If there is one thing that the mobile-computing era has made clear, it's that kids love touch screens. Because those touch screens — smartphones, iPads, Kindles and the like — are an inevitable added distraction to the classroom, schools across the country are struggling to deal with the growing prevalence of the technology.

But a growing number of schools are embracing these hand-held, Internet-ready devices by creating policies that put them to use in the classroom.

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2:19pm

Wed October 3, 2012
It's All Politics

Here's Where To Get Your 'Fact Checks' During And After Tonight's Debate

Originally published on Wed October 3, 2012 2:52 pm

The stage is set: Tonight's debate is at the University of Denver.
Kevin Dietsch UPI /Landov

Looking to see and hear what the fact checkers are saying during and after tonight's presidential debate about the claims made by President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney?

-- PolitiFact.com says it will be updating on its website and on Twitter. It's also pitching an Argument Ender app.

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1:39pm

Wed October 3, 2012
Around the Nation

Did Man Who Armed Black Panthers Lead Two Lives?

Originally published on Fri October 5, 2012 8:39 am

Richard Aoki was known as the "minister of education" for the Berkeley, Calif., chapter of the Black Panther Party.
Nikki Arai Courtesy of Nancy Park

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