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Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama listens as Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain speaks during the presidential debate Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP Photo/Gary Hershorn, Pool)

Barack Obama and John McCain during their final presidential debate on Wednesday, Oct. 15, 2008, at Hofstra University in Hempstead, N.Y. (AP)

We’re getting used to big, wild news. On Wall Street, epic swings up and down, and Warren Buffet saying it’s time to buy. In the economy, rough headlines all over and warnings of worse to come.

In politics, tough digs, the last head-to-head debate of the presidential campaign, and a welcome respite of humor. Obama concedes he has the ears of Alfred E. Newman. McCain jokes he’s hired Joe the Plumber to work on all seven of his houses.

This hour, On Point: We’ll look at the week. Our news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

You can join the conversation. Is the fog clearing yet for you on the American economy? On the presidential race? What do you see? Tell us.

Guests:

Joining us from Washington is Liz Halloran, senior writer for U.S. News & World Report, who’s been all over the presidential campaign.

Also from Washington is David Leonhardt, economics columnist for The New York Times.

And with us from Hanover, New Hampshire, is Jack Beatty, On Point news analyst and senior editor at The Atlantic Monthly.

More links:

Here’s the full video of Wednesday night’s third and final presidential debate between Barack Obama and John McCain:

And here’s the next night’s comic relief at the Al Smith Memorial Dinner in New York, which featured roasts by the candidates:

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Sep 19, 2014
No campaigners celebrate as results come in at the Scottish independence referendum count at the Royal Highland Centre in Edinburgh,Scotland,Friday, Sept. 19, 2014. Scottish voters have rejected independence and decided that Scotland will remain part of the United Kingdom. The result announced early Friday was the one favored by Britain's political leaders, who had campaigned hard in recent weeks to convince Scottish voters to stay. It dashed many Scots' hopes of breaking free and building their own nation. (AP Photo/David Cheskin)

ISIS and arming Syrian fighters. Scotland rejects independence. NFL turmoil. US troops and Ebola. Our weekly news roundtable goes behind the headlines.

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