CNN Radio News Day: October 23, 2012
U.S. President Barack Obama (R) greets Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (L) following the third and final presidential debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida on October 22, 2012
October 23rd, 2012
04:30 PM ET

CNN Radio News Day: October 23, 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 debates are done and both President Obama and his Republican challenger, Mitt Romney are now zeroing in on battleground states,  courting those few undecided voters who may ultimately decide the presidential election. Tuesday night the two men grappled over foreign policy issues and the world is responding.  Wang Feng is a senior fellow at Brookings and the director of the Brookings-Tsinghua Center for Public Policy in Beijing. He took issue with Romney's characterization of China as a currency manipulator:

“This is a very simple calculation in my view because the decision to be made in Beijing here will not only be based on trade volumes, but also on domestic political concerns.”

  • Even though President Obama and Mitt Romney are finished with their face-to-face duels, the debates, technically, are not over. In fact, there's another one scheduled for tonight in Chicago.  But, the presidential candidates in this debate may be people you don't know.  They are third party candidates for the Oval Office and as CNN's Nova Safo tells us those candidates may have more of an impact on the election than you might think.

"While third parties may be looking at long term goals,  in this election they could potentially have a very real short-term impact. Third parties are asking for a protest vote against Democrats and Republicans."

  • The scientific community is amazed over an Italian court's decision to sentence six seismologists and one government official to six years in prison and more than $10 million each in fines. The seven men were found guilty of manslaughter for telling residents of the Italian town of  L'Aquila  not to worry about seismic rumblings just six days before a 6.3 magnitude quake devastated the town, killing 300 people.  CNN's Ben Wedeman reports:

"American scientists have put out a statement calling for the verdict to be overturned. And, scientists are saying that anybody who makes a forecast now is going to have to  simply  predict the worst in order to avoid being put behind bars."

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