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Friend, foe, or faux? Six take-aways from the final presidential debate...

The third, and last, presidential debate Monday night offered some notable exchanges between President Obama and Mitt Romney – some unscripted and some clearly rehearsed.

By Howard LaFranchi, Staff writer / October 23, 2012

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama answer a question during the third presidential debate at Lynn University, Monday, in Boca Raton, Fla.

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Monday night’s presidential debate has been widely judged a win for President Obama, but not exactly a loss for his challenger, Mitt Romney.

Mr. Obama carried the night, according to snap polls, because of his command of facts and use of his presidential experience. But whereas Obama “lost” the first debate last month for coming across as subdued, Governor Romney is seen as having held his own Monday by consciously adopting a subdued stance.

Clearly the Romney camp decided the electorate does not want a shrill, in-your-face-president.

Obama vs. Romney 101: 3 ways they dif…


Death Race Damascus: “13 days in October”

- Doug Hagmann (Bio and Archives) Tuesday, October 23, 2012 

How will our great-grandchildren’s history books recount the events leading up to World War III and the great culling of the earth’s population that resulted?

 While I hope that this question never has to be answered, it is with that level of urgency that I write this report. 

First, I believe some historical context will be beneficial for an accurate understanding of our current situation.

Cuban Missile Crisis redux

Some might be old enough to recall the Cuban missile crisis with clarity and context. Others know it only through history books and verbal accounts from older family members and friends. While accounts may vary by perspective, the one constant on which everyone seems to agree is that we were on the brink of nuclear war with the Soviet Union during those “13 days in October” in 1962. If things would have gone differently, historians estimate that up to a quarter of a billion…


One man's persistence helps Mexican mangos meet USDA specs, arrive unscathed in Land of Rising Sun

by Keith Rosenblum | October 23, 2012

It is 7,000 miles from Mexico to Japan via the United States, a mere 15 hours of flight time, and Arturo Hernández Campos, chief mango pamperer, wants to be certain his fruit makes it to Japanese dining tables free of pests and blemishes.

Fulfilling this double-mandate underlies the market niche established by Mr. Hernandez, 58, whose twin businesses based in Mexico City employ two dozen people and for 14 years has assured Japanese customers the best of a Mexican crop.

The first of the two obligations to be met by Arturo Hernandez Campos (right), founder of Greensky Service SA de CV and sister company Hecart International, speaking with a mango packer. Greensky Service SA de CV, the logistics company founded in 1998, and sister company, Hecart, founded in 1996, is the most essential.

U.S. Department of Agriculture requires that mangos passing through …


Food Sickens Millions as Company-Paid Checks Find It Safe

By Stephanie Armour, John Lippert and Michael Smith - Oct 11, 2012 12:00 AM ET

Bloomberg Markets Magazine

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Thirty-three people were killed by listeria that was later traced by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration and state officials to contaminated cantaloupes from one Colorado farm.

William Beach loved cantaloupe -- so much so that starting in June last year he ate it almost every day. By August, the 87-year-old retired tractor mechanic from Mustang, Oklahoma, was complaining to his family that he was fatigued, with pain everywhere in his body.


Oct. 11 (Bloomberg) -- James Marsden, a professor of food safety and security at Kansas State University, talks about the 2010 passing of the Food Modernization Act and the impact on food safety requirements and domestic and imported products. Marsden spoke with Bloomberg's John Lippert on Aug. 2 in Coal Valley, Illinois. (Source: Bloomberg)


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