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Conflicting economic indicators make it hard to predict a presidential election that's focused on the economy. Are the candidates increasing confusion by failing to lay out specific proposals?  Also, the real refs return to the NFL, and Abbas and Netanyahu at the UN General Assembly.

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Producers:
Anna Scott
Katie Cooper
Christian Bordal

Reporter's Notebook Netanyahu and Abbas at the UN 8 MIN, 6 SEC

At the UN General Assembly today, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas focused on the lack of a peace process. He began by attacking Israel's destruction of Palestinian homes in East Jerusalem and the refusal to permit reconstruction. When it was his turn, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called Jerusalem Israel's "eternal capital," but focused on the perceived threats from Iran. Blake Hounshell is Managing Editor of Foreign Policy magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

Guests:
Blake Hounshell, Foreign Policy magazine (@blakehounshell)

Making News The Real Refs Return 7 MIN, 27 SEC

National Football League fans and players can breathe a sigh of relief. Team owners have reached a tentative settlement with their regular referees, in the aftermath of Monday's bad call by substitutes that gave Seattle an unearned last-minute win over Green Bay. Matt "Money" Smith is co-host of the Petros and Money show, which airs nationally on Fox Sports Radio.

Guests:
Matt 'Money' Smith, 'Petros and Money' (@mattmoneysmith)

Main Topic It's the Economy, Stupid 35 MIN, 19 SEC

This year's presidential campaign is supposedly about the economy, but economic indicators make political predictions more confusing than ever. Consumer confidence is on the rise, for example, but consumer spending is on the decline. Does that favor Obama, Romney — or is it a draw? Is economic uncertainty one reason that neither candidate has been very specific about plans for economic improvement? We compare what they have said and how they stand in the latest polls. Whatever the numbers show now, how long will they last?

Guests:
Catherine Rampell, Washington Post (@crampell)
Gary Langer, ABC News (@LangerResearch)
Stephen Moore, Heritage Foundation
Michael Tomasky, Newsweek and the Daily Beast (@michaeltomasky)

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