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First Word: Candidates cross paths at Al Smith dinner

President Obama and Mitt Romney are speaking at the Alfred E. Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Thursday. We'll have details at 10pm ET.
President Obama and Mitt Romney are pictured with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York on Thursday. (Jason Reed/Reuters)
President Obama and Mitt Romney are pictured with Cardinal Timothy Dolan at the 67th Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation dinner in New York on Thursday.

President Obama and Mitt Romney are speaking at the Alfred E. Smith dinner at the Waldorf Astoria in New York on Thursday. We'll have details at 10pm ET. Here's a look at the stories shaping tonight's rundown: