Quote of the day.
“There is no alternative. For some of these more radical groups, it’s going to take military force.” Jack Christofides, a top official in the United Nations Department of Peacekeeping Operations, which is playing a leading role in planning a possible military strike to recapture Mali’s Islamist-held north.
(New York Times)
1. Obama launches 2-day blitz; Romney also ups pace.
From Colorado to Iowa to ever-important Ohio, bigger crowds and late October scenery offered the feel of a campaign starting to finally crackle. Obama centered on a closing theme that voters simply cannot trust Romney, while the challenger warned of the bleak times that four more Obama years would bring.
2. Third-party candidates make their cases in Chicago debate.
Chicago, where the modern presidential debate began in 1960 with John Kennedy and Richard Nixon, played host to another presidential faceoff Tuesday night, albeit with candidates from the undercard of Election 2012. Libertarian Gary Johnson, the Green Party's Jill Stein, Virgil Goode of the Constitution Party and Rocky Anderson of the Justice Party met in a debate moderated by Larry King, late of CNN.
3. Mauled by attack ads, incumbents weigh tighter rules.
An onslaught of negative political advertisements in Congressional races has left many incumbents, including some Republicans long opposed to restrictions on campaign spending, concluding that legislative measures may be in order to curtail the power of the outside groups behind most of the attacks.
(New York Times)
4. Efforts to mislead, pressure voters intensify.
Two weeks before what could be one of the closest presidential elections in U.S. history, efforts to mislead, intimidate or pressure voters are an increasingly prominent part of the political landscape.
5. Presidential debates offered nothing on climate change.
For the first time since the topic surfaced in a presidential race in 1988, nominees made no mention of climate change during the prime-time television debates this year between the presidential contenders themselves or their running mates.
6. Young immigrants cautiously step out of shadow.
Carlos Roa celebrated this summer when the Obama administration announced a new program to defer deportation for young undocumented immigrants. But two months into the program, the 25-year-old activist has yet to apply.
7. U.S. developing new blueprint for hunting terrorists.
Over the past two years, the Obama administration has been secretly developing a new blueprint for pursuing terrorists, a next-generation targeting list called the “disposition matrix.”
8. Syria says army still undecided on ceasefire move.
Syria said on Wednesday its military command was still studying a proposal for a holiday ceasefire with rebels — contradicting international mediator Lakhdar Brahimi's earlier announcement that Damascus had agreed to a truce.
9. Gaza-Israel shelling resumes after departure of Qatari emir.
More than 70 rockets have been fired into southern Israel from Gaza since the departure on Tuesday of the emir of Qatar, whose visit to the Gaza Strip was seen as a boost for its ruling faction, Hamas. Three foreign agricultural workers were injured and several buildings were hit. Four militants were killed in resurgent Israeli air strikes overnight as a short period of calm ended.
10. U.S. urges Lebanon stability amid escalating tensions.
The U.S. has said it is backing Lebanese efforts to form a new coalition amid rising tension sparked by the killing of security chief Wissam al-Hassan.