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    Big Bird is endangered. Jim Lehrer lost control. And Mitt Romney crushed President Obama. Those were the judgments rendered across Twitter and Facebook  during the first debate of the 2012 presidential contest.

  • Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (L) speaks during the Presidential Debate as Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) looks on at the University of Denver.

    President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney sparred over taxes, the budget and health-care in their first debate Wednesday night. But our Investigations Inc. fact checking team found that in many cases the facts got caught in the middle.

  • Democratic presidential candidate, U.S. President Barack Obama (R) speaks as Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney listens during the Presidential Debate at the University of Denver.

    In a showdown at close quarters, President Obama and Mitt Romney sparred aggressively in their first campaign debate Wednesday night over taxes, deficits and steps needed to create jobs in a sputtering economy.

  • Wednesday night kicked off the first of three presidential debates between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney. So, who do you think won the debate? Take our poll and have your voice heard.

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    President Obama has his largest lead in a new poll of Hispanic voters: 50 points. It appears that Romney's comments that “47 percent” of Americans are dependent on government took a toll on his standing with Hispanics. reports.

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    The first presidential debate is likely to focus on economic issues as President Obama and Mitt Romney clash over the size and role of government.  Here are some of the topics that could come up.

  • Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney during a campaign event with Republican Governors at Basalt Public High School on August 2, 2012 in Basalt, Colorado.

    Nearly every politician complains about gridlock in Washington. But, why isn’t Mitt Romney focusing on it as a campaign issue ?

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    While not nearly as high-profile as the “Barbarians at the Gate” world of Wall Street, middle market M&A creates huge amounts of liquidity in the American economy, with about $275 billion of middle market transactions closed in 2011.

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    Thinking of leaving the country if you hate the thought of an Obama re-election or a Romney victory? Here's your chance to flee for free.

  • President Barack Obama speaking in Nashua, NH on energy.

    With an end to the contentious presidential campaign just a month away, there remains a lingering question about whether President Obama introduced the U.S. to socialism, and with it, the death knell of traditional American values.

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    Republican challenger Mitt Romney has pulled even with President Obama in the critical swing state of Florida, a new NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist poll has found.

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    A judge blocked Pennsylvania's divisive voter identification requirement from going into effect on Election Day, delivering a hard-fought victory to Democrats who said it was a ploy to defeat President Obama and other opponents who said it would prevent the elderly and minorities from voting.

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    Ahead of the first of three presidential debates on Wednesday, there's barely a murmur about the potentially disastrous effect of $607 billion of tax increases and spending cuts known as the “fiscal cliff”.

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    Voters say the presidential debates will be important in deciding whom to vote for in this year’s election, according to a new NBC-Wall Street Journal poll released Tuesday.

  • US Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a child during a campaign rally at the Wings Over the Rockies Air and Space Museum in Denver, Colorado, on October 1, 2012.

    With the debates starting, Mitt Romney’s campaign appears to be expanding beyond its hope of making the election a simple referendum on President Obama’s jobs record.

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    Mitt Romney's offshore arrangements enabled his individual retirement account to avoid taxes on its investments and may well have reduced his personal income tax bills, The New York Times reports.

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    Senate leaders are closing in on a path for dealing with the “fiscal cliff” facing the country in January, opting to try to use a postelection session of Congress to reach agreement on a comprehensive deficit reduction deal rather than a short-term solution, the New York Times reports.