12:04am

Tue October 23, 2012
Politics

Today on Your Call: Where is US foreign policy heading?

Michael Reynolds/AFP/Getty

On today’s Your Call, we’ll have a conversation about the last presidential debate on foreign policy. How has US foreign policy changed in the past four years? Join us at 10am Pacific or post a comment here. What are the most important foreign policy issues facing the US today? And what needs to change? What foreign policy questions would you ask the presidential candidates? It’s Your Call, with Rose Aguilar and you.


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9:33pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Debate Takeaway: Little Daylight Between Obama, Romney

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:10 pm

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Obama shake hands with audience members following the third presidential debate Monday at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Fla.
Eric Gay AP

In at least one sense, the final presidential debate of the year looked a lot like the previous ones between Mitt Romney and President Obama.

Regardless of what they were asked, each offered talking points he had prepared and was determined to make. The candidates, not moderator Bob Schieffer of CBS News, set both the tone and the pace of the debate.

That included switching gears far from the nominal subject of Monday's debate in Boca Raton, Fla., which was foreign policy. The domestic economy received at least as much attention and verbiage as Iran, Libya or China.

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9:32pm

Mon October 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Giants Beat Cardinals; Head To World Series

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 10:05 pm

San Francisco Giants relief pitcher Sergio Romo reacts after the final out in Game 7 of baseball's National League Championship Series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday in San Francisco.
David J. Phillip AP

It's Tigers vs. Giants at the World Series.

The San Francisco Giants came back to beat the St. Louis Cardinals 9-0 in Game 7 of the National League Championship Series Monday.

Here's more from The Associated Press:

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9:31pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Media Circus: Tone Trumps Content In Final Debate

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:55 pm

President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney walk away after they greet each other at the end of the third presidential debate in Boca Raton, Fla., on Monday.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

For most American viewers, including this one, much of Monday night's presidential debate on foreign policy was conducted as though it were in a foreign language.

References to Mali, to former U.N. Secretary-General Kofi Annan, missile shields in Poland, "status of forces" agreements — could only have befuddled the voting public.

It's not that the candidates invoked unimportant issues. And it's not that the two held so elevated a conversation mere mortals could not understand. It's that they were debating almost entirely in tone rather than content.

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9:15pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

Facts Got Bent Again In Last Debate

Originally published on Tue October 23, 2012 7:55 am

Fact checkers got a shout out Monday night from President Obama when he declared that Republican challenger Mitt Romney had repeated "the biggest whopper that's been told during the course of this campaign."

"Every fact checker and every reporter who's looked at it, governor, has said this is not true," the president pointed out — correctly — during Monday's debate after Romney charged that Obama went on an "apology tour" during his first year in office.

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5:57pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Cops & Courts

The Adjustment Center: Where no one wants to go

Outside San Quentin State Prison

In 1851, the government of the new state of California legalized executions. But it wasn’t until 1891 that the state legislature required all executions take place within the walls of one of the state’s prisons.

The state’s first legal execution by hanging took place March 3, 1893 at San Quentin State Prison. Sixty-year-old José Gabriel was convicted and sentenced to death for killing a farming couple near San Diego.

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5:19pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Crosscrrents

Crosscurrents: October 22, 2012

A special edition of Crosscurrents: A trip to The Adjustment Center -- Death Row's most dangerous ward; and local bluegrass band the Kathy Kallick Band.

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4:30pm

Mon October 22, 2012
It's All Politics

In Final Debate: Some Sparks, But Also Points Of Agreement

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 9:14 pm

President Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney at tonight's debate in Boca Raton, Fla.
Rick Wilking/Pool Getty Images
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Foreign policy proved to be a subject that kept the tone mostly substantive tonight in the third and final debate between President Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney before the Nov. 6 election.

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3:54pm

Mon October 22, 2012
The Two-Way

Arlington Cemetery's Gravesites Now Searchable Online

Originally published on Mon October 22, 2012 7:42 pm

Headstones in Arlington National Cemetery last March. The new online database should make it easier to find specific graves.
Karen Bleier AFP/Getty Images

Arlington National Cemetery, which has come under intense criticism in recent years because of unmarked graves, misplaced records and mishandling of some veterans' cremated remains, today launched an online database (and apps) that it hopes will allow "family members and the public to find gravesites and explore Arlington's rich history."

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3:37pm

Mon October 22, 2012
Politics

East Bay Express Opinion: San Francisco against the world

The most controversial local ballot measure facing San Franciscans this November — whether to develop a plan to reform the Hetch Hetchy water system and restore Hetch Hetchy Valley — reflects a question that cities everywhere are grappling with. As geologist Andrew Alden asked in a recent essay about the measure, "Do we want to arrange our society as if nature really matters?"

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