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The early consensus is that an aggressive Mitt Romney won last night's debate against a President who was defensive and lacking in energy.  We hear the early reaction and ask how it might influence the remaining month of a close and hard-fought campaign. Also, Turkey authorizes military strikes against Syria, and "The Good Girls Revolt" at Newsweek magazine.

Banner image: President Barack Obama (L) and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney share a laugh at the end of the first presidential debate in Denver October 3, 2012. Photo by Jason Reed/Reuters

Main Topic Will Last Night's Debate Change the Momentum? 7 MIN, 12 SEC

In Colorado this morning, President Obama gave an energetic stump speech, but even Democrats agree he was uninspired in last night's debate compared to Mitt Romney. Republicans are cheering Romney's aggressive performance, and both sides are wondering why the President failed to seize several obvious opportunities. Was he out of practice?  Was it part of his campaign strategy?  Will a different Obama turn up the next time around? In the meantime, can Romney use positive news coverage to establish a lead among potential American voters?


Rich Galen, Mullings.com (@richgalen)
Susan Estrich, University of Southern California (@SusanEstrich)
Jonathan Last, Weekly Standard (@JVLast)
Michael Grunwald, Politico magazine (@MikeGrunwald)
Michael Sovern, Columbia University

The New New Deal

Michael Grunwald

Making News Turkey Authorizes Future Military Strikes against Syria 33 MIN, 48 SEC

After a Syrian mortar strike accidentally killed five Turkish civilians yesterday, Turkey retaliated with artillery attacks against Syria. Today, Turkey's parliament authorized military cross-border operations. Liz Sly of the Washington Post is covering the conflict from Beirut, Lebanon.

Liz Sly, Washington Post (@lizsly)

Reporter's Notebook Good Girls' Revolt at Newsweek 9 MIN, 27 SEC

book.jpgIt seems routine now to read the work of women reporters, but that's only been true for a generation. It didn't happen without a fight, and there is still a struggle going on. Even now, male bylines are seven times more frequent than those of females in major magazines. In 1975, Lynn Povich became the first woman editor of Newsweek magazine, having started out as a secretary.  But her rise from an entry-level position to senior management was different from those of the men who preceded her. It took legal action. She's written a book about the process, The Good Girls Revolt: How the Women of Newsweek Sued their Bosses and Changed the Workplace.

Lynn Povich, journalist and author (@LynnPovich)

The Good Girls Revolt

Lynn Povich

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