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Obama and the Bayonets: Who's Right on the Defense Debate?

President Obama's snappy comeback about bayonets and horses put Mitt Romney on the defensive on defense spending ... but do his arguments hold water? Is Washington being a good steward of your tax dollars, as it spends them on aircraft carriers, nuclear subs, and other gear for our smaller, high-tech Navy?

Obama-Romney, the Final Round: 5 Things to Watch for Tonight

After two dramatic debates, in a tight race, we have come to this -- one final showdown that may decide who becomes the next president. In theory, it'll all be about foreign policy. In reality, it's about something much bigger. It's about leadership and decision-making ... and, as always, the economy.

Obama vs. Romney, Round 2: What to Watch for at the Town Hall

The first debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama accomplished what few debates have: a dynamic change in the race. Debate No. 2 has the potential to change it all again. And in a town hall format, with real people asking the questions, surprises are virtually guaranteed. That said, here are five things to watch for.

Undecided Voters: Round One Goes to Romney

Democratic strategist Chris Kofinis and GOP pollster Frank Luntz don't agree on much, but reality is reality. Gov. Romney won the debate. No way to deny it or spin it: It was the moment the Romney campaign was looking for -- a decisive victory that could change the narrative.

Debate Preview: What Obama and Romney Will Say About Budget Cuts

As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney await tonight's debate, we examine one more key topic they'll go toe-to-toe over: budget cuts. Will they cut Medicare, defense, or the many smaller programs that effect us every day? And how will they spin those budgetary choices? Here's what we may hear.

Obama's Economy, By the Numbers

With an eye toward capturing some snapshots of the economy before and after the advent of Obama, DailyFinance has compiled the following index of stats relating to jobs, housing and business. Take a look in advance of tonight's debate on domestic policy.

Five Things to Look for During the Presidential Debate

Make no mistake about it: come Thursday morning, there will be a winner. If Romney wins, he will change the narrative of this election and give his flagging campaign some much-needed energy. If Obama wins, he has all but sealed up his re-election. If it is a draw, Obama wins because with so little time remaining Romney needed to do more than draw even.

Wall Street Watch: A Tech Bellwether Sounds a Warning

Earnings season has yet to get started, but the disappointments are already trickling in. Xyratex is taking a hit after coming up short last quarter and warning of near-term weakness. As a provider of enterprise data storage systems, Xyratex is a bellwether for corporate tech spending.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Taxes

In Wednesday's much-hyped debate between Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, few topics will loom larger than taxes -- a subject about which the two parties and their standard-bearers are fundamentally, philosophically divided. Here's what you're likely to hear.

Presidential Debate Preview: What They'll Say About Obamacare

Wednesday's first presidential debate between Mitt Romney and Barack Obama is being hyped as an epic battle: More likely, it'll be a highly scripted rehash of well-worn talking points. But if real drama does occurs, one likely flashpoint will be health care reform.

The Presidential Debates: What Do YOU Want to Hear?

Wednesday, Oct. 3 brings the first of the presidential debates, this one focused on the economy. So what do you hope to hear from Barack Obama and Mitt Romney? Does the debate matter to you? We want to hear what you think.