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"Small business" may be crucial to the American ideal of small-town, independent entrepreneurship, but is it really the engine of job growth claimed by the President and Mitt Romney? We hear some contrasting opinions. Also, Secretary of State Clinto takes the blame for Benghazi security failure; and Facebook, YouTube and Twitter may be fragmenting America, but president debates still provide a common experience.

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Producers:
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper
Frances Anderton

Making News Hillary Clinton Takes Blame for Benghazi Security 7 MIN, 36 SEC

On the eve of tonight's debate, Hillary Clinton has taken personal responsibility for a calamity Republicans have been making the most of: the deaths of Ambassador to Libya Christopher Stevens and other diplomats. "I'm in charge of the State Department, 60,000-plus people all over the world, 275 posts. The President and the Vice President certainly wouldn't be knowledgeable about specific decisions that are made by security professionals." The Secretary of State made that statement while on a trip to Peru. Dana Milbank is Op-Ed columnist for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Dana Milbank, Washington Post (@Milbank)

Reporter's Notebook TV Debates: Moving the Needle in an Age of Fragmentation 6 MIN, 6 SEC

Despite $2.5 billion already spent on TV commercials, almost 70 million viewers tuned in to this year's first presidential debate, this year's biggest TV audience except for the Super Bowl. Given the recent hype, tonight's second confrontation might draw even more. In this fragmented age of YouTube, Facebook and Twitter, what's the attraction? David Carr, business columnist and culture reporter at the New York Times, has some answers.

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Guests:
David Carr, New York Times (@carr2n)

Main Topic Small Business and Job Creation 37 MIN, 18 SEC

While the President and Mitt Romney are in dispute over whose programs will do the most to help "small business" create new jobs, they agree that it's crucial to creating jobs. But is "small business" really the employment engine they claim it is?  It's not even clear exactly what "small" really means, and there's evidence that age is more important than size when it comes to job creation. Are the candidates focused on real economics, or are they pandering to the obsolete American myth of "Mom and Pop" setting up shop on "Main Street."

Guests:
Vanessa O'Connell, Wall Street Journal (@VanessaOConnell)
Robert Litan, Bloomberg Government
John Arensmeyer, Small Business Majority
Marc Levinson, economist, historian and journalist

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