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NATIONAL
October 16, 2012 | By Paul West and Seema Mehta, Los Angeles Times
HEMPSTEAD, N.Y. - In a town-hall-style debate that was supposed to focus on questions from ordinary voters, President Obama and Mitt Romney circled each other on the stage and engaged in finger-pointing displays, arguing over energy, immigration and the deadly attack on the U.S. diplomatic mission in Benghazi, Libya. Obama ducked a question from audience member Kerry Ladka about who in the administration had denied a request for extra diplomatic security in Libya, and why. But Obama seized an opening when Romney challenged the president's statement that he had described the incident as an act of "terror" on the day after the attack.
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NATIONAL
October 15, 2012 | By Mark Z. Barabak, Los Angeles Times
President Obama misstated the rising rate of healthcare costs. Vice President Joe Biden mischaracterized the drawdown of troops in Afghanistan. Mitt Romney overstated the number of jobless Americans, a figure his running mate, Paul D. Ryan, repeated. None of those misleading statements in the last two debates was as important, however, as the way they were delivered: by a slumberous Obama, an energetic Biden, an authoritative Romney and an earnest if sometimes ruffled Ryan. When Obama and Romney meet on New York's Long Island on Tuesday night for their second matchup, this one a town-hall-style debate, legions of experts will be ready to pounce on their every utterance, calling out exaggerations and citing obvious omissions.
NATIONAL
October 15, 2012 | By Kathleen Hennessey and Maeve Reston, Los Angeles Times
President Obama and Mitt Romney will go head-to-head Tuesday in their most challenging debate format: the town hall, where they will field questions from more than a dozen undecided voters sitting a few feet away as millions of Americans watch from home. Both men have held dozens of town halls with voters over the years, yet neither has sparkled in that setting. Each is cool and cerebral, often seeming more comfortable behind a lectern. The event in Hempstead, N.Y., moderated by CNN's Candy Crowley, will put them in a format tailored to produce interaction with voters, rather than heated exchanges with each other that fire up their supporters.
NEWS
October 12, 2012 | By Alana Semuels
HOLLIS, N.H. -- As might be a necessity in small towns like this one, which is at the beginning of what could be a very long winter, Republicans and Democrats sit down together over cups of coffee at the town's two diners every morning and remain cordial, even when talking about politics. But that doesn't mean the citizens sharing shelter from a rainy fall morning agreed on much the night after the vice presidential debate. The debate, like a Rorschach test, allowed voters in this popular campaign stop to see the election as they wanted to see it, without changing many minds.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama's appearance Thursday at a town hall here completes a historic event for Latino voters in the U.S. - the first time both major party presidential nominees have sat down for an hourlong meet-the-candidate session with a Spanish-speaking television network. The session with Obama will be livestreamed and broadcast in Spanish and in English, with questions coming from Univision television news hosts. As he speaks, Obama's words will be simultaneously translated on earpieces for Spanish speakers in the live audience.
NEWS
September 20, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
CORAL GABLES, Fla. -- President Obama today defended his administration's efforts to protect American diplomats around the world in the wake of a round of violent attacks on embassies in the Middle East. A journalist at an afternoon town hall meeting here asked Obama why his administration “wasn't better prepared with more security" at the time of the attack on the consulate in Benghazi, Libya, where four Americans were killed last week. Obama did not directly address the point about preparation in advance, but he said that as soon as officials saw the initial events near the embassy in Cairo before the attack in Benghazi, his administration worked with Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton to take precautions.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 24, 2012 | By Ed Stockly
Click here to download TV listings for the week of Aug. 26 - Sept. 1 in PDF format This week's TV Movies   SERIES Home by Novogratz: Courtney and Bob head to Mammoth to meet Tony Hawk, whose 1970s ski lodge is severely outdated and in desperate need of their designer's touch in this new episode (7 p.m. HGTV). Redneck Island: The unscripted competition with a Southern flair wraps its first season (10 p.m. CMT). SPECIALS Katt Williams: Kattpacalypse: Doomsday prophecies, President Obama and other hot-button topics are in the comic's sights in this stand-up special, taped on New Year's Eve at the Nokia Theatre (10 p.m. Showtime)
NEWS
July 25, 2012 | By Morgan Little
WASHINGTON - The Commission on Presidential Debates on Wednesday released new details on this year's presidential debates, offering a look at the rules that will shape President Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney's upcoming rhetorical battles. The three presidential debates and one vice presidential debate will each last 90 minutes. The first, at the University of Denver on Oct. 3, will be partitioned into six 15-minute segments, each focusing on a different domestic policy issue to be set by an as-yet-to-be-announced moderator.
NEWS
July 16, 2012 | By Christi Parsons
President Obama is loyal to his barber and to his favorite variety of Girl Scout cookies, but Mitt Romney wants to send American jobs overseas. Those are the dueling images presented at the president's first town hall meeting of the election season, held in Cincinnati on Monday. Obama's question-and-answer session saw the revival of the boy-girl-boy-girl practice of calling on people, along with the first real test of it. First, the part about Romney: In his opening remarks, Obama hit his usual stump-speech points but had a new twist on the critique of Romney as a “pioneer” in outsourcing.
BUSINESS
April 15, 2012 | By Andrea Chang
Silicon Beach is spreading to Venice. The quirky beach-side community drew hundreds of attendees to a packed town hall meeting dubbed The Emergence of Silicon Beach on Thursday to discuss the burgeoning Westside tech scene and how to attract firms and talent to the area. Executives from Google, local start-ups Viddy and Mogreet, and accelerator Amplify were on hand for a panel moderated by Los Angeles City Councilman Bill Rosendahl, who repeatedly told audience members that they were witnessing a “Venicessance.” Nearly two dozen tech companies set up booths to tout their products and ideas to about 400 attendees.
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