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CNN Radio News Day: October 17, 2012
President Barack Obama (R) and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) participate in the second presidential debate
October 17th, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 17, 2012

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(CNN) – Welcome to CNN Radio News Day.

Here are some of the stories we cover in today's edition:

  • The second face-to-face match up between President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney is over, but questions remain about a couple of key phrases heard at the presidential debate Tuesday night; most notably "act of terror" and "binder full of women. To sort through the semantics we asked our own Jonathan Binder to dig down into the CNN Political Unit's list of the Top 5 Debate Take-aways.

"Our political reporters felt that amid all the sparring it was President Obama with the most stinging jabs. "

  • In this age of social media Facebook, Twitter, and other sites are increasingly more important than an old-fashioned telephone for communicating with friends. But, what are the rules of etiquette for today's social interaction? CNN's Emma Lacey-Bordeaux talked with Dan Post Sennings, the great-great-grandson of Emily Post and a co-author of Emily Post's Etiquette, 18th edition.

"If I were to give one piece of advice for managing relationships in social media, I would call it 'the dinner table rule.' And,  it would be to remind people to think about themselves or to imagine themselves at the dinner table before they do something online that they're wondering about."

  • Foreign policy is the topic of the third and final presidential debate next week and it's a sure bet that Syria will be a focus. The United Nations is renewing efforts to bring about a ceasefire in Syria, sending a new envoy to Damascus just today. But, we wanted to know what life it like for the average Syrian.  We talked with CNN Senior International Correspondent, Nic Robertson in our Atlanta studios after he made  a recent visit to Damascus:

"The average Syrian probably isn't seeing fighting every day.  If you are better off, if you are middle class, than the chances are your neighborhood probably won't  have been affected as much."

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