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US election: Daily Diet - 19 October

As the election looms, the bombardment of stories, figures and headlines can be overwhelming. 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.

Today, we have a clairvoyant squirrel predicting the election. And no, we're not nuts.

Picture of the day

After the last debate, any depiction of either man as a prize fighter has a greater resonance.

Random stat

9 - the number of peanuts in a Romney bowl eaten by Gnocchi the squirrel, who correctly predicted the outcome of the 2008 election. He only scoffed five Obama peanuts, which has struck fear into the president's campaign team. After all, who needs Nate Silver when you have Gnocchi?

Read the full story at WBTV

Quote of the day

"I was actually hoping the president would bring Joe Biden along this evening. Because he'll laugh at anything."

Mitt Romney shows he can do comedy with aplomb, at the Alfred E Smith dinner, a charity event in New York.

Whine of the day

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is whining that women shouldn't whine so much.

Read full story at Politico

Meme of the day

This image of Josh Romney at Tuesday night's debate did the rounds with some amusing captions.

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