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Friday, October 12, 2012

U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) during the vice presidential debate. U.S. Vice President Joe Biden (L) shakes hands with Republican vice presidential candidate U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) (R) during the vice presidential debate. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Vice President Joe Biden and Congressman Paul Ryan have squared off. Now, Katrina vanden Heuvel of The Nation and Stephen Moore of The Wall Street Journal give their take on the debate – and listeners call in to react. Plus: director, writer and actor Kevin Smith on New York Comic-Con; and David Sanger on the selection of the EU as this year's Nobel Peace Prize recipient.

Post-VP Debate Analysis

Last night's debate between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan saw testy exchanges over Medicare, foreign policy, and unemployment--and plenty of memorable lines. First,  Katrina vanden Heuvel, editor and publisher of The Nation, then Stephen Moore, editorial board member for The Wall Street Journal and author of Who's the Fairest of Them All?, break down the debate--plus listeners' calls.

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30 Issues Follow-Up: How Big Is Government?

All this week, 30 Issues in 30 Days looked at Big Government, from environment to housing to the military. Bu just how big is Big Government anyway? Michael Ettlinger, vice president for economics at the Center for American Progress, discusses the size of government and the share of various spending programs.

→ Below: The CNN Budget Poll and Various Budget Charts Referenced on Air | Interactive Chart from CAP

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David Sanger on Nobel Peace Prize

The Nobel committee has given this year's peace prize to the European Union. David Sanger, chief Washington correspondent for the New York Times, WNYC contributor and author of Confront and Conceal: Obama's Secret Wars and Surprising Use of American Power, discusses the decision.

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Debate Body Language

We open the phones to take your calls on what you thought of the vice presidential candidates' body language in last night's debate.

 

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Kevin Smith: Comic Man

Kevin Smith, screenwriter, actor, producer, director, and comic book writer, talks about New York Comic-Con and the new season of his show, "Comic Book Men," set in his comic book shop in Red Bank. Smith appears at the Gramercy Theatre tonight.

 

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