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Since Obama and McCain won their respective nominations, the economic crisis has created a new set of problems for American voters. Did the candidates propose new solutions in last night's debate or fall back on familiar promises? We hear from supporters on both sides and from observers in some of the critical battleground states. Also, central banks cut rates in a global show of force. On Reporter's Notebook, the Bush Administration concedes that 17 Chinese Muslims are not "enemy combatants." So why is it opposing a judge's order to release them after 6 years at Guantánamo Bay?


Banner image: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

Producers:
Sonya Geis
Christian Bordal
Frances Anderton

Making News Central Banks Cut Rates in a Global Show of Force 5 MIN, 40 SEC

The Federal Reserve announced a cut in interest rates today, with unprecedented coordination with other central banks around the world.  Reporter Greg Robb is covering the Federal Reserve for business news website MarketWatch.

Guests:
Greg Robb, MarketWatch.com

Main Topic Analysis of Second Presidential Debate 34 MIN, 41 SEC

At last night's presidential debate in Nashville Tennessee, the growing economic crisis provided an opportunity for John McCain and Barack Obama to rise to an historic occasion. It also set the stage for the kind of mistake that voters would never forget. Less than a month before the election, with one more debate to go, we hear how this one looked to observers in some of the crucial battleground states and talk with supporters from both sides. Did the candidates offer solutions to new problems caused by new economic realities?  Did they reflect the increasing negativity of both their campaigns?   

Guests:
Darrel Rowland, Columbus Dispatch (@DispatchAlerts)
Quentin Kidd, Professor of Political Science, Christopher Newport University
David Damore, Assistant Professor of Political Science, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Peter Fenn, Fenn Communications (@peterhfenn)

Reporter's Notebook District Court Orders Release of Uighurs at Guantanamo Bay 8 MIN, 17 SEC

A federal judge has ordered the Bush Administration to bring 17 prisoners from Guantánamo Bay to his court in Washington, where he's ordered that they be set free. They are Uighurs, Muslims from western China, picked up in Afghanistan in 2002. The administration concedes they are not "enemy combatants" or dangerous to the US but is vigorously opposing the order. The case has raised once again the constitutional separation of executive and judicial powers. Adam Zagorin is senior correspondent in Washington for Time magazine.

Guests:
Adam Zagorin, Project on Government Oversight

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