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President Obama's weak debate performance last week has raised questions about how much he really enjoys his job. Reportedly, he despises the sound bites and talking points the news media demand. How does he feel about coping with a hostile Congress? What about former Governor Mitt Romney's record with Democrats in Massachusetts? Also, at the Virginia Military Institute today, Romney tries to draw distinctions on foreign policy, and stem cell research gets the Nobel Prize.

Banner image: Mitt Romney (L) and Barack Obama share a moment after the first presidential debate, October 4, 2012. Photo by Scout Tufankjian for Obama for America

Producers:
Frances Anderton
Evan George
Katie Cooper

Making News Romney Tries to Draw Distinctions on Foreign Policy 7 MIN, 36 SEC

At the Virginia Military Institute today, Mitt Romney made what his campaign called a "major speech" on foreign policy. Referring to recent events in Iran, Syria and Libya, Romney said, "It is clear that the risk of conflict in the region is higher now than when the President took office." Josh Rogin reports and writes the Cable blog for Foreign Policy magazine.

Guests:
Josh Rogin, Foreign Policy magazine (@joshrogin)

The Promise

Jonathan Alter

Main Topic Presidential Debates and Running the Country 34 MIN, 51 SEC

Mitt Romney jumped a bit in the polls after last week's debate, while the President and top advisers concede it was not his best performance. But they're promising a different outcome with two more debates to go. Meantime, what about that passivity and lack of energy? Is it evidence that Barack Obama doesn't really isn't enjoying the job, not just the give and take of debating but getting others to bend to his will? Was Republican Governor Romney any better at working with Democrats in Massachusetts than the President's been at dealing with Congress?

Guests:
Matt Bai, New York Times (@mattbai)
Jonathan Alter, MSNBC (@jonathanalter)
Norman Ornstein, American Enterprise Institute (@AEI)
Fred Bayles, Boston University (@fredbayles)

Reporter's Notebook Nobel Prize for Stem Cell Discoveries 8 MIN, 33 SEC

This year's Nobel Prize for Physiology or Medicine is being shared by scientists for work done 40 years apart. British scientist John Gurdon cloned a frog back in 1962.  In 2006 and 2007, Japanese research Shinya Yamanaka used a different technique to reprogram cells of both mice and humans beings. Their techniques in stem cell research could help medicine turn back the biological clock. Brian Vastag reports on science for the Washington Post.

Guests:
Brian Vastag, Washington Post (@brianvastag )

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