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US election: Daily Diet - 25 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.

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President Obama shares childhood memories of Donald Trump, telly viewers are drowning in adverts, and a town in Iowa gives off a sense of calm as the election battle rages around it.

And there are lots of jokes.

Picture of the day

"To get to the other side! Get it?"

Romney and vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan share a chuckle on the tarmac in Denver.

Punch line of the day

This all dates back to when we were growing up together in Kenya. We had constant run-ins on the soccer field. He wasn't very good - and resented it.

Obama mocks US television celebrity and real estate businessman Donald Trump, who has spent months banging on about the president's birth certificate and insinuating he was not born in the US.

Since Obama released the birth certificate, Trump has taken to demanding Obama give out his university transcript and passport application.

Random stat

915,000 - The number of political adverts broadcast on television since the start of the general election period, according to the Wesleyan Media Project. That's 44.5% higher than the number broadcast during the same period in 2008.

Read more at Wesleyan Media Project

Policy wonk point of the day

Thirty-two states and the District of Columbia offer voters a chance to cast their ballot before election day.

Read more at the BBC News Magazine

News in a swing state

In Marshalltown, Iowa, the top of the newspaper gives the feeling of a town that has not yet been reached by the battle blazing away over the next hill. Life goes on while the Obama and Romney fight it out for the state and its six electoral votes.

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