US election: Daily Diet - 10 October

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As the election looms, the bombardment of stories, figures and headlines is intensifying. But no longer - we've diced and sliced a daily helping of tasty political morsels for your consumption.

It's a 24-hour news cycle presented in bite-sized chunks - your one-stop shop for all the best titbits from the campaign trail.

On Tuesday, key members of the supporting cast took centre stage - Ann Romney wrote a column about her husband, while Bo Obama celebrated his fourth birthday.

Picture of the day

Election feet Romney supporters gather in a cornfield in Iowa to hear him speak

Quote of the day

"Five years ago, at the end of the last campaign, I told Mitt I would never do this again. Mitt laughed and said, 'Honey, you say that after every pregnancy.'

Ann Romney, writing a piece about her husband entitled The Man I Know

Read her column at Blogher.com

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Bo at the White House

4 - number of years Bo Obama, the Portuguese water dog, now has under his (studded) belt

He's an election pooch. On the night he won in 2008, Obama promised his daughters Sasha and Malia he would get them a dog. Bo was a gift from the late Senator Ted Kennedy, who had several himself.

Bo's life in pictures in the Huffington Post

Tweet of the day

"Ugh. Ohio poll has Obama in the lead. I HATE mixed narratives."

Joseph Weisenthal (@TheStalwart) of the Business Insider complains the Ohio poll contradicts the pack media story of Romney's resurgence.

Most talked about ad

Big Bird

Feathers were ruffled when Barack Obama's re-election campaign put out a web video mocking Romney's pledge to cut federal funding to the public television network that broadcasts Sesame Street, home to Big Bird.

"Big. Yellow. A menace to our economy," a stentorian narrator intones. "Mitt Romney knows it's not Wall Street you have to worry about. It's Sesame Street. Mitt Romney: Taking on our enemies, no matter where they nest."

"Cheep Shot: Big Bird squawks for Bam in TV ad," declared the New York Post.

Republicans said the president's campaign was trying to distract voters from his terrible performance in last week's debate, while Sesame Workshop asked the Obama team to withdraw the ad.

Policy wonk's point of the day

Glasses

Ann Romney has a busy week. The 63-year-old is also co-hosting Good Morning America, one of the most popular breakfast shows in the US, on Wednesday.

But spare a thought for Frances Cleveland, who became the youngest First Lady when she married President Grover Cleveland aged 21. He was 49 and the ceremony was held in the White House. Now that must have been a busy week.

(courtesy of the BBC's Analysis and Research department)

News in a swing state

Columbus Dispatch ragout The election is not grabbing all the headlines - not even in Columbus, Ohio

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