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October 16, 2012
Posted: 1727 GMT

Hello from Washington, DC!

Topping the show today, Wolf  Blitzer will join me with more on what U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said about last month's the Benghazi attacks. She told CNN's Elise Labott that she takes responsibility for the assault that killed the American ambassador Chris Stevens and three others. Is this meant to take the heat off President Obama before tonight's debate with Mitt Romney? Our own Candy Crowley will be moderating the town hall format duel. I'll ask Wolf who this type of set-up favors and how important it is for Barack Obama to perform well after a performance widely seen as lackluster and uninspired the first time around.

Also today, we'll go live to both Pakistan and the Birmingham for the latest on Malal Youssufzai condition. She was transported to a specialty facility in Northern England yesterday in the hope of accelerating her recovery. We'll begin you the latest on her condition on the little girl who has already become an icon of equal access to education.

Plus, big news in the banking world: the CEO of Citigroup Vikram Pandit has stepped down.  This is a surprise which comes as Pandit's 2011 compensation remained a sticking point for shareholders: they voted against his $15 million pay package earlier this year. We'll bring you market reaction to the news.

See you on air!

Hala

Filed under: Barack Obama •Malala Youssufzai •Mitt Romney •Today At The I-Desk


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Muthyavan.   October 16th, 2012 8:57 pm ET

While the American deaths in Benghazi is going to take major point in the next presidential discussion about safety of Ammerican abroad in conflict areas. The number of US soldiers getting killed in conflict countries because of past involments in Iraq and Afganistan and how these can be reduced in future also should be taken up and discussed.
The fight for educational rights for women in Pakistan and in other Islamic countries is another high light now facing international society in this modern digital age. How a society will be pushed behind all the societies in the fast developing nations. Today EU with all it's economic collective problems is standing firm on its future. Is a good example to the entire world how a region which was in world's worst deadly conflicts for centuries have changed into good peacefully regional corporation now.
Congratulating the Nobel society for selecting EU for the Nobel peace price. which is setting an example to the present day worst conflict areas all around the world today.
Some of these is to mention the age old conflict in Asia Pasific nations which were destroyed in the secon wold war. Now advancing as the world great industrial giants are again falling apart as deadly enemies, because of some barren unoccupied islands in their regions. Similearly in the present day regions of South Asia and middle East war is threatening among these nations. Because of petty inter religious, linguistic and society differences are threatening from creating a good peacefull regional corporation among them.

Titus Elanyu   October 19th, 2012 5:45 am ET

Deep down in my heart & as a God fearing youngman from UGANDA (the Pearl of Africa), every night & day I pray that Malala gets well soon. I also hope the long arm of justice takes its course as soon as possible & the hooligan(s) who shot the 14 year young girl are brought to book as they have no respect for human rights especially for the young ones who might be tomorrow's important people in society. Malala is wonderful young girl fought for a good cause & therefore she deserves more than justice. Wherever she may be, may GOD BLESS HER & PROTECT HER.

kev stevenson   October 29th, 2012 2:54 am ET

dear CNN,

re: Lt Col Andrew Woods

one could be forgiven for thinking that the 'going beyond borders' news hounds have decided the terrorist attack on the American Consulate at Benghazi, Libya, the murder of Ambassadore Chris Stevens & 3 other american citizens, never happened.

that the way in which the US adminstration reacted, during that attack (and i understand they may have watched in real time) is simply a matter to be managed & massaged until the forthcoming presidential election is decided in favour of the candidate CNN prefer's?...

it really has been an education, revelation might be more accurate following the election debates and reporting, to discover the players in this contest, that Mr Biden really is the VP of the United States of America. the body language of Ms Rice, Mr Carney and Sec Clinton (beam me up), hey wouldn't it be great to be privy to the private conversations of Bill & Hillary?

quelle pagaile mes amis!

best wishes

kev stevenson
NZ

m.elhelbawi   November 2nd, 2012 9:23 am ET

nice outfit..good luck..

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