New York (CNN) – A federal appeals court in New York on Thursday became the nation's second to deem the Defense of Marriage Act unconstitutional.
The divisive Clinton-era law was passed in 1996 and bars federal recognition of same-sex marriages and says states cannot be forced to recognize such marriages from other states.
Manchester, New Hampshire (CNN) - President Barack Obama added the words "al Qaeda" back in to his stump speech Thursday after a shift in the language he used to describe terrorists on the campaign trail.
"I made some commitments four years ago. I told you I would end the war in Iraq and we did it. I said we'd end the war in Afghanistan, we are. I said we'd refocus on the terrorists who actually attacked us on 9/11 and we have. And today a new tower rises above the new York skyline and al Qaeda is on the path to defeat and Osama bin Laden is dead," Obama said at a campaign rally in Manchester, New Hampshire. A city official estimated 6,000 people attended the event at a park in the city's downtown.
(CNN) - As the presidential campaigns focus their efforts on women as a key voting bloc, a new poll shows women who are registered to vote in a dozen key states have very different priorities than their male counterparts.
The USA Today/Gallup survey found that economic issues are important to both genders, but women see one issue as more important.
Washington (CNN) - The Obama campaign has bought an additional six million dollars of ad time in seven key swing states, a source tracking ad buys told CNN.
The re-election campaign in August reserved $32.5 million for broadcast and local cable commercials to air beginning Oct. 2 and going through Election Day in nine swing states but has added to that total since then. That was part of its unprecedented $77 million general election ad buy that began in August in Colorado, Florida, Iowa, Nevada, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Virginia running through Election Day.
(CNN) – Ann Romney, the wife of the GOP presidential nominee, took to "The View" Thursday to talk up her husband as an advocate for women, though she wouldn't get into many details about her own political positions.
Asked whether she, like her husband, had changed her stance on abortion, Ann Romney demurred.
New York (CNNMoney) – Several big Wall Street bank CEOs on Thursday urged Congress and President Obama to avoid the "fiscal cliff."
In an urgent letter dated Oct. 18, the Financial Services Forum pressed leaders to "reach a bipartisan deal to avoid" massive tax hikes and across-the-board program cuts that could lead to recession. If Congress doesn't act by Jan. 1, the United States will go over the fiscal cliff, triggering about $1.2 trillion worth of spending cuts over a decade.
New York (CNNMoney) – First-time claims for unemployment benefits are on a roller coaster. The number snapped back up last week, after falling to a four-year low the week before.
About 388,000 people filed for first-time unemployment benefits in the week ended October 13, up 46,000 from the previous week, the Labor Department said Thursday.
(CNN) – A majority of likely voters in Maryland support an upcoming ballot question on same-sex marriage by a slight majority, a poll released Thursday indicated.
The survey, from the Washington Post, showed 52% of likely voters in the state supported Question 6, which would uphold Maryland's current same-sex marriage law. Forty three percent did not support the question.
(CNN) – Mitt Romney's oldest son joked in a radio interview Wednesday his preferred method of dealing with a combative President Barack Obama was to "take a swing" at his dad's rival.
Asked on the Bill Lumaye radio show what it's like "to hear the President of the United States call your dad a liar," Tagg Romney joked about his fantasy response.
(CNN) - President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney share the stage for the second time this week at the Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner, an annual mid-October black tie event that's been a ritual for presidential nominees since its founding in 1946.
But for that, Obama holds a late morning rally in New Hampshire, and tapes an appearance on "The Daily Show."
Romney has no public events aside from the dinner, but his running mate Paul Ryan begins a two day tour in Florida with a events in Ocala, Fort Myers, and Naples. Other surrogates for Romney on the trail: Rick Santroum in North Carolina and Ann Romney on "The View."
Surrogates for Obama are also on the trail - Bill Clinton heads to Parma, Ohio for an event with Bruce Springsteen, and Joe Biden holds an event in Las Vegas.
See the full schedule after the jump.