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The shootings of two police officers in Brooklyn shine a harsh spotlight on New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, who's facing criticism of his handling of police relations. Erin Burnett has more.
October 12th, 2012
08:49 PM ET

Ryan, Biden clash over "green pork": Letters show Ryan requested money for green jobs

At last night's vice presidential debate, Congressman Paul Ryan criticized the Obama administration's stimulus spending - but was soon met with a rebuttal by Vice President Joe Biden.

"I'm not allowed to show letters here, but go on our website. He sent me two letters saying, by the way, can you send me some stimulus money for companies here in the state of Wisconsin?" said Biden.

Biden was actually wrong on the amount of requests made by Wisconsin congressman. The left-leaning blog Huffington Post reported Ryan made more than just two request for stimulus funds.

OutFront tonight: CNN Contributor John Avlon.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Economy
October 12th, 2012
08:42 PM ET

Biden hits Ryan over tax cut comparison: "Oh, now you're Jack Kennedy?"

At last night's vice presidential debate, Paul Ryan used John F. Kennedy's lowered tax rates as an example of how to increase growth. When his opponent vice president Joe Biden said it wasn't mathematically possible, Ryan fired back.

Biden to Ryan: You're Jack Kennedy now?

"It is mathematically possible. It's been done before." Ryan continued after a spirited back and forth, " Jack Kennedy lowered tax rates, increased growth."

OutFront tonight: Fmr. McCain Economic Advisor Doug Holtz-Eakin and Chief Economist for Moody's Analytics Mark Zandi.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Economy
October 12th, 2012
08:31 PM ET

Secret Service Agent Busted in Miami

A U.S. Secret Service agent was arrested for disorderly intoxication in Miami early Friday morning. Miami police found the agent passed out on the sidewalk.

The incident occurred just  a short while after President Obama left South Florida, where he attended a rally at the University of Miami.

Miami police officers were in the area for an unrelated call when they came across Aaron Francis Engler sleeping on the sidewalk. It was only then when the officers searched through his pockets that they discovered his Secret Service identification.

The arrest report describes Engler having bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and a strong odor of alcohol, according to the Associated Press.

Engler even resisted arrest  by tensing his arms and arguing with officers. He was upset because he was supposed to leave Miami for another assignment.

This is the just latest blow to the agency, including the prostitution scandal in Colombia over the summer.

CNN White House Correspondent Dan Lothian has the story.


Filed under: 2012 Election • Crime • Politics
October 12th, 2012
08:00 PM ET

”Biden” the Interruption: Did his tactic work or backfire?

The vice presidential debate between Vice President Joe Biden and Rep. Paul Ryan on Thursday packed the heat with fiery accusations, passionate verbal brawls over Medicare and a slew of animated facial expressions.

So who won? Well,  Joe Biden's smirk of course.

Joe Biden's "bring it on" attitude was the talk of the town. His interruptions, mocking laughter at moments where it just didn't seem right and finger wagging at his opponent stole the show.
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October 12th, 2012
07:43 PM ET

Passing the buck on Libya: "We weren't told they wanted more security there," says Biden

CNN's Erin Burnett tackles Vice President Joe Biden's Libya remarks at Thursday's vice presidential debate.

When the moderator Martha Raddatz asked Biden about the security of U.S. diplomats in Libya prior to the attack in Benghazi, Biden said "We weren't told they wanted more security there. We did not know they wanted more security again."

The Vice President's comments appeared to contradict sworn testimony by State Department officials who told the House Oversight Committee requests for additional security in Libya were made and denied leading up to the attacks in Benghazi.

Debate aftermath: Romney hammers Biden on Libya remark

As Biden was defending the Obama administration's handling of the Benghazi attack, a focus group of Virginia undecided voters gave the vice president his lowest score of the night.

"I felt that Biden didn't speak clearly. He didn't has his facts straight,"  said Chris, Virginia undecided voter.

WH clarifies on Biden's Libya comments

OutFront tonight: Fmr. State Department Spokesman PJ Crowley and Fmr. Deputy Asst. Secretary of Defense Peter Brookes.

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