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It's All Politics
8:17 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Obama & Romney: 'Corporate Executive' Vs. The 'Government Professor'

President Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney participate in the first presidential debate at Magness Arena at the University of Denver on Wednesdasy, moderated by Jim Lehrer of the PBS NewsHour.
Saul Loeb AFP/Getty Images

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 11:38 am

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President Obama and his Republican challenger, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, engaged Thursday night in a sometimes spirited, but always cordial, debate that got very technical at times.

It was the "corporate executive" (Romney) vs. the "government professor" (Obama) and the GOP nominee appeared to be "full of confidence and full of sales pitch," NPR Senior Washington Editor Ron Elving says, while Obama put pressure on the Republican to explain what he would do as president.

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Election 2012
8:17 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Transcript And Audio: First Obama-Romney Debate

President Obama and GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney face off during the presidential debate at the University of Denver on Wednesday as moderator Jim Lehrer looks on.
Michael Reynolds Getty Images

Originally published on Fri March 21, 2014 3:19 pm

Transcript of the first presidential debate between President Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, moderated by Jim Lehrer of PBS, Oct. 3, 2012, in Denver. Source: Federal News Service


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The Two-Way
7:57 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Jobless Claims Rose Slightly Last Week

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 8:39 am

There were 367,000 first-time claims for unemployment benefits last week, an increase of 4,000 from the previous week, the Employment and Training Administration says.

The bottom line: This doesn't mark any significant change in the jobs market, especially considering the "4-week moving average was 375,000, unchanged from the previous week's revised average." That figure is a better measure of labor market trends.

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Tiny Desk Concerts
7:56 am
Thu October 4, 2012

Antibalas: Tiny Desk Concert

Antibalas performs a Tiny Desk Concert on Sept. 25.
Ryan Smith NPR

Originally published on Thu October 4, 2012 7:19 pm

There just aren't many bands like Antibalas. These are jazz players making dance music: Their music is big and fun, and their guiding spirit is Fela Kuti, the brilliant big-band leader and Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer. Afrobeat is a musical style featuring nearly endless songs, mixing funk and jazz, grooves and riffs, with the rhythm carried by not only the drums, but everyone. Everyone — horn players, bass players, guitarists — plays rhythm in Afrobeat music.

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