In The Know is a daily rundown of the must-read state and national stories that don’t make the print edition of The Daily Tar Heel. Come here for your morning fix of the day’s top stories.
Clinton takes responsibility for attacks in Libya
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told CNN that she was responsible for the security of American diplomats — not the president.
TOP STORY — Sandusky receives at least 30 years
Ex-Penn State assistant coach Jerry Sandusky was convicted Tuesday of sexually abusing young boys for more than convicted. From the Washington Post: “Judge John M.
TOP STORY — A veep debate that could really matter
The vice presidential debate on Thursday night has new significance after President Barack Obama’s subpar debate performance last week.
N.C. gubernatorial candidates to face off Wednesday before presidential debate
Wednesday is what everyone’s been waiting for — the presidential debate.
TOP STORY — US military deaths in Afghanistan hit 2,000 after 11 years of war
The Associated Press reports: “The toll has climbed steadily in recent months with a spate of attacks by Afghan army and police — supposed allies — against American and NATO troops. That has raised troubling questions about whether countries in the U.S.-led coalition in Afghanistan will achieve their aim of helping the government in Kabul and its forces stand on their own after most foreign troops depart in little more than two years.”
Since Democrat Walter Dalton and Republican Pat McCrory raised a total of $9 million between Jan. 1, 2011, and June 30, 2012, in their gubernatorial campaigns, The News & Observer launched an interactive map that displays campaign contributions by county. According to the map, McCrory is outfundraising Dalton in about three-fourths of the state.
TOP STORY — Republican poll analysis: Romney winning with middle-class families
Politico reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney holds a 14-point advantage in the latest Politico-George Washington University Battleground Poll among middle-class families, “which comprise about 54 percent of the total American electorate and usually split in their vote behavior between Republicans and Democrats.”
TOP STORY — Romney campaign hits a financial snag
While Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s campaign spent about $67 million last month and had about $50 million cash on hand at the start of September, President Barack Obama’s campaign had nearly $90 million on hand going into September despite spending a higher amount — $83 million — in August.
TOP STORY — Romney’s campaign faces another distraction
In a video leaked to the press, Mitt Romney made several “off the cuff” remarks about 47% of the nation’s “dependence” on government.
TOP STORY: Ambassador Susan Rice: Libya Attack Not Premeditated
U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Susan Rice said the attack on the American consulate in Libya was a spontaneous response to protests in Cairo, Egypt in an interview with ABC News. Rice’s account directly contradicts that of Libyan President Mohamed Yousef El-Magariaf.