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Foreign policy, which may not decide the election, is now subject to vigorous public discussion, and it's the subject of Monday's final debate. But do the candidates disagree as much as they'd like us to think? Do American interests dictate continuity more than change? Also, who knew what when about the Benghazi attack, and same-sex marriage and the US Supreme Court.

Banner image: Demonstrators protest against Syria's President Bashar al-Assad after Friday prayers in Binsh near Idlib October 19, 2012. Photo by Shaam News Network/Reuters

Producers:
Anna Scott
Christian Bordal
Katie Cooper

Main Topic Foreign Affairs and the Race to the White House 36 MIN, 22 SEC

On Monday, the last presidential debate of the 2012 campaign will center on foreign policy. A list of topics has been agreed upon, but with surprises cropping up in the world every day, we know that the rules for presidential debates are made to be broken. The latest point of contention is the deadly attack on the consulate in Benghazi. Republicans call President Obama a "weak leader."  Democrats say Mitt Romney's view of America's role in the world is "delusional." But, over all, are they really so different?  Does Obama look more like George W. Bush than he might concede?  Would Romney look a lot like Obama?

Guests:
David Kirkpatrick, New York Times (@kirkpatricknyt)
Max Fisher, Washington Post (@Max_Fisher)
David Gordon, Eurasia Group (@DavidFGordon)
Jamie Fly, Foreign Policy Initiative (@jamiemfly)
Michael A. Cohen, Century Foundation (@speechboy71)

Live from the Campaign Trail

Michael A. Cohen

Making News Who Knew What When about the Benghazi Attack? 7 MIN, 36 SEC

What did the Obama Administration know — and when did it know — about the deadly attack on the US consulate in Benghazi, Libya?  Was it an opportunistic terrorist attack, rather than a protest against an anti-Muslim film that turned violent?  Republicans are claiming that the President and his aides were either inept or dishonest in their public statements. Adam Entous is National Security Correspondent for the Wall Street Journal.

Guests:
Adam Entous, Wall Street Journal (@adamentous)

Reporter's Notebook Key DOMA Case May Wind Up before the Supreme Court 7 MIN, 2 SEC

The US Second District Court of Appeals in New York City ruled yesterday that the Defense of Marriage Act, deserves what is known as "heightened scrutiny." The case involves Edith Windsor, who married Thea Clara Spyer in Canada five years ago. When Spyer died, Windsor inherited her property but, under DOMA, she could not be considered a surviving spouse. So the IRS demanded $363,000 in taxes, which a heterosexual husband or wife would not have to pay. Will that make the US Supreme Court take up same-sex marriage sooner, rather than later? Doug NeJaime is a professor at the Loyola Law School in Los Angeles, California.

Guests:
Douglas NeJaime, University of California, Irvine (@loyolalawblog)

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