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Pence forced to defends Trump against Kaine’s attacks: Donald Trump was put on trial in his absence during the vice-presidential debate as his running mate Mike Pence was accused of trying to defend the indefensible. Hillary Clinton’s running mate Tim Kaine used Tuesday night’s face-off to attack Trump’s record throughout the contest. Pence gave a polished performance that could have given some hope to Republicans but he was repeatedly forced on the back foot by a brutal catalogue of Trump’s actions and words. Kaine attacked the Trump record on issues ranging from tax, nuclear weapons and Senator John McCain’s war service to his description of women as “slobs” and “pigs”, his suggestion that women who have abortions should be punished and his questioning of Barack Obama’s birthplace.

The New York Times

Vice-Presidential Nominees Put Each Other on Defensive: Senator Tim Kaine and Gov. Mike Pence repeatedly threw each other on the defensive over their running mates’ policies and character at the vice-presidential debate on Tuesday night, with Mr. Pence making little effort to directly rebut the near-constant attacks on Donald J. Trump’s fitness for the presidency. Mr. Kaine was far more aggressive from the start, answering a question about his own qualifications with lengthy praise for Hillary Clinton and a declaration that “the thought of Donald Trump as commander in chief scares us to death.” Mr. Kaine, trained as a litigator, frequently used this tactic of turning questions about himself and Mrs. Clinton into opportunities to extol his running mate and assail Mr. Trump.

The Economist

Polish women skip work to protest against an abortion ban: EDYTA, a project manager at a telecoms company, put on her black work outfit on October 3rd just as she would on any Monday morning, but she did not go to work. Instead she joined a crowd of an estimated 30,000 people, mainly women, on Warsaw’s Castle Square to demonstrate against a proposed tightening of Poland’s restrictions on abortion. The protest was part of a one-day women’s strike that brought black-clad female marchers into the streets in cities across the country. The so-called “black protest” was one of the most striking signs yet of resistance to the cultural conservatism that has taken hold in Poland since the installation last year of a government led by the right-wing Law and Justice (PiS) party.

Financial Times

IMF lowers growth forecast for US and other advanced economies: Political risk in advanced economies has emerged as the biggest threat to the global economy, the International Monetary Fund warned on Tuesday as it lowered its growth forecasts for the US and other rich economies. Low growth and a slow recovery from the 2008 crisis were fuelling “political tensions [which] have now made advanced economies a major locus of policy uncertainty”, the IMF’s chief economist, Maurice Obstfeld, said as he unveiled the fund’s latest World Economic Outlook. Growth “has been too low for too long, and in many countries its benefits have reached too few — with political repercussions that are likely to depress global growth further”, he said. The IMF said it now expected the US economy to grow just 1.6 per cent this year and the UK’s economy to in 2017 to grow at half the rate it predicted before the June vote to exit the EU. In both cases the fund made clear that politics were weighing on the economies, with uncertainty about November 8 election in the US contributing to a lag in investment.



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