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US election: Daily Diet - 16 October

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. Send us your contributions using the form at the bottom of the page.

We have the most politically saturated city in the US, where reaching for the remote control is a perilous business.

Picture of the day

Image caption Signs of improvisation in Belmont, Massachusetts

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73,000 - number of political television ads shown in Las Vegas in 2012, which is a new record for commercial saturation in a single year. Not the first time this city and the notion "too much" have been linked.

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Read more at the New York Times

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21 - Pages in the "Memorandum of Understanding" agreed by the Romney and Obama campaigns for the three debates and one vice-presidential debate. The articles run from rules prohibiting candidates from recognising a member of the audience and carrying props or notes onto the stage, to restrictions on how many campaign staff members can wait backstage. No mention of smiling too much on stage.

Read more at Time

Quote of the day

Image caption The Oxford English Dictionary is unequivocal

Talk to everyone you know - your friends, your neighbours, that cousin you haven't seen in a while, that student sitting next to you in class. You know he's kind of a knuckle-head. You know the one. Tap him on the shoulder. Be nice. Don't call him a knuckle-head. Not to his face. You just want to encourage him to get to the polls. But tell him what's at stake.

In Ohio, First Lady Michelle Obama introduces the term "knuckle-head" into political discourse

Read more at Politico

Ad of the day

Hot on the heels of Samuel L Jackson's expletive-laden advert, another Hollywood star has lent his support to the president's re-election campaign. And it's one of the most recognisable voices on the planet. In the spot, called Challenges, Morgan Freeman's distinctive mahogany tones can be heard listing some of Obama's achievements, ending with the words: "The last thing we should do is turn back now."

News in a swing state

Image caption It's debate and Halloween fever in Reno, Nevada

Policy wonk's point of the day

Think Mr Romney and Mr Obama have a gruelling debate schedule?

In 1858, Abraham Lincoln and then Senator Stephen Douglas held seven three-hour debates during the campaign for a US senate seat from Illinois. The format: One man spoke for an hour, the other for 90 minutes, followed by a 30-minute rebuttal. The men argued almost entirely about slavery.

(courtesy of the BBC's Analysis & Research unit, a team of highly experienced analysts who provide BBC journalists with briefs on the day's top stories)

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