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Fired Up Obama Storms Back With Strong Second Debate

HEMPSTEAD, NY — Mitt Romney was ready for President Obama to come out swinging after his barely-there performance in the last debate.

Obama – And The Moderator – Call Romney Out For Libya Falsehood

In a defining exchange of the second presidential debate Wednesday night, Mitt Romney repeated a false claim about President Obama’s reaction to the attacks on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya — and got called out by the moderator.

‘Forty-Seven Percent’ Gets Last Word At Hosstra Debate

In the closing moments of the first presidential debate in Denver, supporters of President Obama stared at the clock waiting in vain for mention of Mitt Romney’s infamous “47 percent” line on stage. At the second of three debates Tuesday night, the secretly recorded quote — more specifically the Democratic take on it — got the last word.

First Planet Discovered In Quadruple Star System, Through Crowdsourcing

Sorry, “Star Wars” fans: Luke Skywalker’s twin star homeworld of Tatooine has got nothing on a newly discovered planet that exists in a quadruple star system, found in part by the crowdsourced science website Planet Hunters, an effort that enlists “citizen scientists” to help sift through astronomical data.

Along With Sparks, Errors Fly In Second Debate

The “facts” came fast in Tuesday’s presidential debate, and the checkers found many that didn’t quite check out.

Hollande fires warning shot at Merkel over austerity on eve of EU summit

François Hollande, the French president, has warned for the first time that the Paris-Berlin motor driving Europe could stall over deep differences on how to resolve the euro crisis, insisting on a climbdown by Angela Merkel in her emphasis on austerity and the surrender of national powers to tighten fiscal discipline.

Feds raid Massachusetts lab tied to meningitis outbreak

(Reuters) – Federal agents on Tuesday raided the Massachusetts pharmacy linked to a widespread meningitis outbreak that has killed 16 people and sickened more than 200 others, federal prosecutors said.

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