Top Stories: Romney, Obama Spar; Fierce Fighting In Damascus

Good morning.

Our early headlines:

New Week, Same Argument: Romney, Obama & Who’s Being Dishonest.

Military Chief’s Removal, Rise In Hemlines: Hopeful Signs In North Korea?

Retail Sales Dip For Third Straight Month, But Are Still Up From Year Earlier.

Here’s A Scoop: When News Breaks, People Check YouTube For Videos.

Some other stories making news:

— “Fierce Fighting In Damascus — Live Updates.” (The Guardian)

— Russian Foreign Minister Accuses West Of “Blackmail” Over Syrian Sanctions. (BBC News)

— “Microsoft, NBC Call It Quits; Dissolve” (The Associated Press)

— Egyptian Protesters Chant “Monica, Monica, Monica,” Throw Tomatoes And Shoes As Secretary Of State Clinton’s Motorcade Passes. (

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