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CNN Security Clearance: Checking the candidates' facts on foreign policy and national security
Monday’s debate focuses on foreign policy and national security. The debate commission announced that the main topics will be: Afghanistan and Pakistan, Israel and Iran, "The Changing Middle East and the New Face of Terrorism," and "The Rise of China and Tomorrow's World. Ahead of the debate, here’s a look at some campaign claims about foreign policy that we've looked at:
CNN: Romney debate strategy: Why a CEO makes a good commander in chief
Mitt Romney is planning to shed the scrappy in-your-face debate strategy from last week's town hall and replace it Monday night with a calmer demeanor - someone voters can imagine as commander-in-chief, CNN has learned. "I don't think this is necessarily a debate where you're going to see point-for-point scoring," Romney adviser Dan Senor told CNN. Senor is part of a small circle of Romney advisers preparing him for Monday's third of three debates, which is focused on foreign policy.
CNN: George McGovern, an unabashed liberal voice, is dead at 90
He was an outspoken critic of one war, but a hero in another. He was a leading Democrat who came from Republican roots. He was a politician who cared more about being on the right side of an issue than on the popular side. George Stanley McGovern - a staunch liberal who served South Dakota in the U.S. Senate and House for more than two decades and who ran unsuccessfully as the Democratic Party nominee for president in 1972 - died Sunday at the age of 90, his family said.
CNN: Poll: Race for White House all tied up
With just over two weeks to go until Election Day, and Monday's presidential debate fast approaching, a new national poll taken after the second debate shows the race for the White House in a dead heat. The NBC/Wall Street Journal poll released Sunday shows both President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney with 47% support among likely voters. The survey's margin of error is plus or minus 3.43 percentage points for that group.
CNN: Wisconsin police: After domestic violence arrest, suspect kills 3 - and himself
Seventeen days ago, Radcliffe Haughton allegedly slashed his wife's tires outside a suburban Milwaukee salon. Three days ago, the 45-year-old man was issued a restraining order mandating that he stay away from her for the next four years. And now he is dead. But not before, police say, Haughton gunned down seven women - killing three of them - inside the same Azana Salon and Spa in Brookfield, while also using flammable liquid to fuel a fire.
CNN: Authorities investigate spate of roadway shootings in Michigan
A spate of random roadway shootings in southeastern Michigan has sparked fears of a serial shooter reminiscent of the 2002 sniper shootings that terrified the Washington, D.C., area. More than a dozen shootings have been reported in at least three counties in the region since Tuesday, according to the Wixom Police Department.
CNN: Armstrong appeals to cancer supporters as some donors ask for their money back
For years, Connie and Daniel Roddy did all they could to support Livestrong, raising tens of thousands of dollars for the cancer charity founded by cyclist Lance Armstrong. Now they want their money back. "I feel we were really fooled. We were really hoodwinked," she said. Their concern comes in the wake of last week's finding by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency of "overwhelming" evidence that Armstrong was involved as a professional cyclist in "the most sophisticated, professionalized and successful doping program."
CNN: California parents act heroically when gunman fires upon family, killing two
A father and mother showed heroism when a gunman opened fired inside their California home before dawn Saturday, but two members of the family couldn't overcome their wounds, Inglewood police said.
CNN: Jordan foils major terror plot, officials say
Jordan's intelligence department foiled "a major terrorist plot" that targeted "shopping centers, residential areas, diplomats and foreign nationals" in Jordan, the country's state news agency reported Sunday. The U.S. Embassy in Amman appeared to be among the targets, a person familiar with the investigation told CNN Sunday.
CNN: Violence erupts after Lebanese intelligence chief's funeral
Anti-government rage erupted in central Beirut Sunday as protesters clashed with security forces after a funeral for the nation's intelligence chief. A mob pushed toward the prime minister's office, hurling sticks, stones and flags and calling for his dismissal. Gunfire could be heard as police used tear gas to turn away crowds. At least 15 members of the military were wounded, according to the office of Prime Minister Najib Mitaki.
CNN: Former Gadhafi spokesman denies capture in Libya
The former spokesman for late Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi denied a report Saturday that he was captured by Libyan special forces, saying in an audio message that he is not even in the country. Moussa Ibrahim said the report was simply an attempt to distract people from the government's alleged crimes in the city of Bani Walid, a former Gadhafi stronghold that has been the scene of clashes in recent days.
CNN: Syrian president tells envoy that support of 'terrorists' must stop
Embattled Syrian President Bashar al-Assad told the United Nations-Arab League envoy on Sunday that countries must stop supporting, arming and providing protection to terrorists - the government's term for rebels. Lakhdar Brahimi was in Damascus to try to broker a cease-fire before the Muslim holiday of Eid al-Adha, which begins Friday.
CNN: Euro crisis opens old wounds for Greece, Germany
A country's economy devastated, unemployment endemic and suicides rising - this is the reality in Greece, and there is seemingly no end in sight. Greece - the birthplace of democracy - is now reliant on eurozone bailouts and subject to political decision-making in Brussels and Berlin. Last week, Athenians marched in the streets to make it clear German Chancellor Angela Merkel - in her first visit to the Greek capital since 2009 - was not welcome.
CNNMoney: Google threatens to drop links to French media sites
Should search engines like Google have to pay publishers like newspapers for linking to their content? France says yes, Google says no - and it's prepared to go nuclear on the issue. Google executives met with French government officials on Friday to discuss the company's threat to drop French media sites from its search results if France goes through with a proposal to make search engines pay commissions for links to news content.
CNNMoney: Stocks lookahead: Tech companies' results
Markets will be abuzz this week with new product launches and corporate earnings from technology giants Apple, Microsoft, Yahoo and Amazon. Investors will also get a feel for the pulse of the economy from a GDP report and a Federal Reserve meeting. Apple will hold a much anticipated event on Tuesday, at which it is expected to introduce a smaller version of the iPad, dubbed the "iPad mini."
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