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Last night's vice-presidential debate might be old news by Tuesday, when the President and his challenger will take questions in a so-called "town hall." But Biden and Ryan still had an impact on the national campaign story.  We hear different versions. Also, the steroid injections linked to meningitis were known to be risky, and the European Union has won the Nobel Peace Prize.  How will a divided Europe respond?

Banner image: Vice President Joe Biden (L) debates Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan (R) during the US vice presidential debate in Danville, Kentucky October 11, 2012. Photo by Rick Wilking/Reuters

Making News Steroid Injections Linked to Meningitis Were Known to Be Risky 7 MIN, 36 SEC

Thirty-two more people were diagnosed with fungal meningitis yesterday, bringing the total to 169, attributed to steroids from a so-called "compounding center" in Massachusetts.  Also yesterday, the first of what could be many lawsuits was filed in federal court.  Doctors already have been questioning whether steroid injections are worth the risk. That's according to Andrew Pollock of the New York Times.

Andrew Pollack, New York Times

Main Topic Biden and Ryan: Substance and Style 34 MIN, 45 SEC

The instant polls show a split decision, and both parties are predictably divided about last night's vice-presidential debate. Democrats are saying Joe Biden re-energized their party. Republicans say Paul Ryan more than held his own during his first time on a very big stage. Did Biden interrupt too much and come off as disrespectful?  Did Ryan get swamped by the onslaught and get lost in wonkish details? Will this change the campaign momentum by the time the President and Mitt Romney confront each other again on Tuesday?


Karen Tumulty, Washington Post (@ktumulty)
Molly Ball, The Atlantic (@mollyesque)
Carroll Doherty, Pew Research Center for the People and the Press (@CarrollDoherty)
John Feehery, Quinn Gillespie and Associates Public Affairs (@JohnFeehery)
Ed Kilgore, New York magazine / Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)

Reporter's Notebook Nobel Peace Prize Goes to a Divided EU 8 MIN, 39 SEC

The European Union has been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize at a time when the member nations are sharply divided. The EU was formed in the aftermath of two devastating wars in less than 50 years. The Nobel Peace Prize rewards the achievements of the more recent past.  Is it also designed to affect the future?  Peter Spiegel is in Brussels for the Financial Times.

Peter Spiegel, Financial Times (@SpiegelPeter)


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