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Thursday, October 18, 2012

App Snapshot: Still Fighting Over Libya and Women

The Election 2012 App

Tuesday night's debate hasn't ended, at least when it comes to Libya and the candidates' appeal to women. Here's the latest on how those arguments are playing out, and how they measure up to reality, from the Election 2012 app, where we're continuously curating the latest political news - from The Times and from other top sources around the Web.

Attack on U.S. Mission in Benghazi Becomes Subject of Strongest Words
Mitt Romney tried to use the White House's handling of the attack on the American mission in Libya as a broad indictment of President Obama as commander in chief, while Mr. Obama accused Mr. Romney of politicizing a tragedy. (The New York Times)

  • Clearing the Record About Benghazi
    As questions mount over what happened in the attack o n the American diplomatic compound last month, here are some of the facts as they are now known. (The New York Times)
  • Biden and Ryan Continue Clash on Benghazi
    The running mates continued the dispute over the Obama administration's handling of the attacks in Benghazi during Wednesday morning TV appearances. (ABC News)
  • Fact-Check: Terrorism and Security in Libya
    The Obama administration has come under fire for shifting assessments of what really happened in Benghazi and for questions of security at the embassy. (The New York Times)
  • Fact-Check: Libya Attack Called Act of Terror
    As was pointed out by the moderator, Mr. Obama called the attack in Libya an act of terror during remarks in the Rose Garden the day after it occurred. (The New York Times)
  • Candy Crowley Fact-Checks Romney
    Ms. Crowley will almost certainly be remembered for the highly controversial moment in which she challenged Mr. Romney's statement about Mr. Oba ma's response to Benghazi.
  • Election-Year Stakes Overshadow Nuances of Libya Investigation
    After a month of conflicting statements and partisan criticism, the circumstances surrounding the deadly attack in Benghazi have become clouded in ambiguities and questions. (The New York Times)

Debate Moves Women to Fore in Race for the White House
President Obama asserted that Mitt Romney would oppose equal pay for women and block access to contraceptives, but Mr. Romney said he would do better by struggling families - especially women. (The New York Times)

  • Romney Says Obama ‘Has Failed America's Women'
    Mitt Romney returned to the campaign trail and made an economic argument for female support. (The New York Times)
  • ‘Binders Full of Women' Now Has a Binder Full of Jokes
    Mitt Romney used the phrase to explain his recruitment efforts of women after becoming governor of Massachu setts. But the awkward phrasing - conjuring up the image of a three-ring binder stuffed with female job seekers - exploded quickly. (The New York Times)
  • In New Ad, Romney Stresses Moderate Positions on Reproductive Issues
    Mitt Romney's campaign, in an effort to appeal to women who hold more moderate views on reproductive issues, is releasing a new commercial that highlights his support for contraception and abortion in limited circumstances. (The New York Times)
  • Video: Romney Ad on Abortion
    This strategy is not without risk, as many socially conservative Republicans have long been wary of Mr. Romney. (YouTube)
  • Mind the Binder
    Mitt Romney's remark about considering “whole binders full of women” for Massachusetts cabinet jobs has become an Internet sensation because of the phrasing, but David S. Bernstein, a staff writer for The Phoenix in Boston, says the story itself is misleading. (The Phoenix)
  • Fact-Check: Fewer Women Ha ve Jobs?
    Mr. Romney said that fewer women have jobs than four years ago. But that is not correct, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. (The New York Times)
  • Fact-Check: Employing Women in Massachusetts
    Mr. Romney said that as governor, he employed more women in senior state government positions than did any other state administration, but there have been conflicting reports as to whether that is the case. (The New York Times)
  • Fact-Check: Contraceptive Coverage
    Mr. Romney has said he would abolish the requirement that employers offer contraception coverage, which he has described as an attack on religious liberty. (The New York Times)