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Politics

After break for smiles, rivals prepare to debate

Once the jokes and jibes had been served at the annual Alfred E. Smith Dinner on Thursday, President Obama and Mitt Romney closed with praise for each other in a disarming show of civility that is unlikely to be repeated before Election Day.

Smiles and handshakes all around. Good sportsmanship cloaked in white ties and tailcoats at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York.

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