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Moderator Candy Crowley (center) of CNN applauds as President Obama (left) and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney shake hands during the second presidential debate, at Hofstra University on Tuesday, Oct. 16, 2012, in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Michael Reynolds, Pool)

Libya consulate attack reverberates after presidential debate

The moment from Tuesday night's presidential debate that likely has been the most dissected in the aftermath was President Obama's statement — and Mitt Romney's push back — that Mr. Obama referred to the Sept. 11 attacks on the U.S. Consulate in Libya an act of "terror" the day after they occurred.

**FILE** Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan visits the Fredericksburg Expo and Conference Center in Fredericksburg, Va., on Oct. 16, 2012. (Associated Press/The Free Lance-Star)

Ryan ducks prediction for Ohio State-Wisconsin game

When it comes to college football, what triumphs? Home-state loyalties or national politics? On Wednesday, GOP vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan awkwardly — albeit good-naturedly — tried to opt for both.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney answers a question during the second presidential debate. (AP Photo/Pool, Rick Wilking)

Romney's 'binders full of women'

Mitt Romney has occasionally had an awkward way of phrasing things, and Tuesday's debate produced another gem for the Internet when he talked about having brought "binders full of women" to his job as Massachusetts governor.

**FILE** Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney greets customers Oct. 12, 2012, as he makes an unscheduled stop at City Barbeque in Gahanna, Ohio. (Associated Press)

Gallup: Romney hits 50 percent, opens up 4-point lead

Mitt Romney has opened up a 4-point lead among likely voters, 50 percent to 46 percent, in figures released Tuesday by Gallup ahead of the evening's presidential debate, where the Republican will look to continue the momentum that has him surging past President Obama in recent polls.

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney waves following a campaign rally on Oct. 7, 2012 in Port St. Lucie, Fla. (Associated Press)

Bain Capital is largest NRCC donor

Bain Capital, Mitt Romney's former firm, was the top employer among donors to the National Republican Congressional Committee in September, underscoring the extent to which Mr. Romney's associates in the financial sector are financing not just his presidential bid, but the gamut of Republican activities.

**FILE** House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King, New York Republican, speaks March 10, 2011, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

King, Chaffetz: Obama should follow Clinton's lead on Libya attack

Rep. Pete King, who chairs the House Homeland Security Committee, gives Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton credit for stepping up to take "full responsibility" for the attack on the U.S. diplomatic post in Libya, but he would be more impressed if President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden would also place the onus on themselves.