A Reader's Guide to the Presidential Debates

Here's everything you need to know about the policies and posturing on display in Denver, and Danville, and beyond.

| Wed Oct. 3, 2012 6:06 PM EDT

UPDATED Thursday, Oct. 11: For Thursday night's highly anticipated vice-presidential debate, focused on America's big domestic concerns, here's your topic-by-topic primer.

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Health Care

  • Obamacare: How do you pay for it? Like so.




  • California's once-top-notch public higher education system, though, is in crisis. A man-made crisis.

The Environment


  • What the frick is fracking? Behold.


Reproductive Rights

  • Is accessible contraception an infringement on religious freedom, as some conservatives argue? Not really.


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