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Superstorm Sandy has FEMA back in the headlines, with potential consequences for the Presidential campaign. What does FEMA really do? What are the benefits and risks for the Obama campaign? Is Mitt Romney being pushed under the bus by the Republican Governor of devastated New Jersey? Also, a major Hollywood moment: Disney acquires Star Wars.

Photo: President Obama receives an update on the ongoing response to Hurricane Sandy at the National Response Coordination Center at FEMA headquarters in Washington, DC, October 28, 2012. Official White House Photo by Pete Souza

Caitlin Shamberg
Anna Scott
Sonya Geis
Frances Anderton

Making News Northeast States Limp Toward Recovery in Wake of Hurricane Sandy 7 MIN, 21 SEC

The sun rose today over devastation as New York, New Jersey and other states began the monumental task of recovery, as we hear from Daniel Trotta, who reports for Reuters News Service.

Daniel Trotta, Reuters News Service (@danieljtrotta)

Main Topic Superstorm Sandy and FEMA 35 MIN, 37 SEC

After major disasters, the Federal Emergency Management Agency becomes a household word. It gave George W. Bush a black eye after Katrina. Now President Obama is deploying FEMA with less than a week until Election Day. GOP Governor Chris Christie has welcomed him to New Jersey. What is FEMA's relationship to the states? Who's really in charge?  What has Mitt Romney had to say about the agency and its future? We talk with a former leader of FEMA and others about federal assistance in times of trouble and in the presidential campaign.

Devlin Barrett, Wall Street Journal (@DevlinBarrett)
David Paulison, Command Consulting Group
Matt Mayer, Heritage Foundation (@ohiomatt)
Kathleen Tierney, University of Colorado at Boulder
Jonathan Allen, Sidewire / Roll Call (@jonallendc)

Reporter's Notebook Disney to Buy Lucasfilm…and Make More Star Wars Movies 50 MIN, 29 SEC

Twentieth Century Fox got a big surprise yesterday when Walt Disney bought Lucasfilm, including the Star Wars franchise. Fox, which has released all the Star Wars films since 1977, wasn’t even offered a chance to bid. Lucasfilm is more than just Star Wars, and Walt Disney is generations beyond Mickey Mouse. Would the $4 billion price tag have been worth it for any other company? What's in store for Hollywood and American culture? Ben Fritz covers the film business for the Los Angeles Times.

Ben Fritz, Wall Street Journal (@benfritz)


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