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Tuesday, October 16, 2012

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Today's Times

  • Las Vegas is home not just to a closely fought presidential race but to competitive House and Senate races as well, making it the epicenter of a nationwide political advertising binge, Jeremy W. Peters reports. “I hate 'em, I hate 'em, I hate 'em,” one resident said.
  • The Romney campaign has begun a late push to raise tens of millions of dollars for a barrage of advertising â€" an unprecedented experiment in last-minute, high-dollar fund-raising by a presidential candidate, Ashley Parker and Nicholas Confessore report.
  • The outcome of the partisan budget fight in Congress between the election and the presidential inauguration is likely to shape the next four years, no matter who wins the White House, Jackie Calmes reports.
  • Though the format for Tuesday's presidential debate is designed to seem free flowing, the candidates, moderator and participants have to adhere to strict rules and time limits, Jeremy W. Peters writes.
  • Representative Jesse L. Jackson Jr., Democrat of Illinois, is being investigated by the Federal Bureau of Investigation for the possible misuse of campaign money, Michael S. Schmidt and Monica Davey report.

Around the Web

  • Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. will follow Tuesday's presidential debate with appearances Wednesday on CBS's “This Morning,” NBC's “Today Show” and ABC's “Good Morning America,” Buzzfeed reports.
    • Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, relayed an important message from President Obama: Robert Griffin III, the Redskins quarterback, may have restored faith in Washington sports teams, Politico says.

    Happenings in Washington

    • A variety of economic reports will be released Tuesday. The Labor Department has the Consumer Price Index for September, the Federal Reserve will release industrial production numbers and the National Assoc iation of Home Builders will issue the housing market index for October.