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Triumphant Obama girds for Washington battle

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Triumphant Obama girds for Washington battle (via AFP)

President Barack Obama returned to the White House Wednesday emboldened by his stunning re-election and challenging his Republican opponents to work with him to avert a looming financial crisis. The liberal euphoria that greeted Obama's landmark election defeat of Mitt Romney was short-lived as he…

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Religious contours little changed in US election: analysis

Religious contours little changed in US election: analysis (via AFP)

Religious fault lines remained largely unchanged in the US elections that gave President Barack Obama another four years in the White House, the Pew Research Center said Wednesday. In an analysis of exit polls, its Forum on Religion and Public Life said Obama lost ground among white evangelical Protestants…

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Would tea party accept a Bill Clinton-brokered deal with Obama?

Would tea party accept a Bill Clinton-brokered deal with Obama? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Following the decisive victory by the man they vowed three-and-a-half years ago to pry out of the White House, the antigovernment tea party movement found itself reassessing its role within a fractured Republican Party that faced broad electoral disappointments on Election Day. President Obama’s…

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Hollywood hails Obama re-election

Hollywood hails Obama re-election (via AFP)

Hollywood and the entertainment industry on Wednesday hailed the re-election of President Barack Obama, who won widespread celebrity backing and funding help in the race for the White House. Stars took to Twitter en masse to welcome the Democratic incumbent's victory over Republican rival Mitt Romney…

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Asian Americans vote overwhelmingly for Obama

Asian Americans vote overwhelmingly for Obama (via AFP)

President Barack Obama enjoyed soaring support from Asian Americans to win another term, a survey said Wednesday, as voters elected new faces to Congress including its first Hindu lawmaker. A poll conducted for community groups found that 73 percent of Asian Americans voted for Obama on Tuesday, a…

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Despite Obama victory, Clinton still aims to leave

Despite Obama victory, Clinton still aims to leave (via AFP)

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton still plans to step down as America's top diplomat despite President Barack Obama's re-election, but will ensure a smooth transition, US officials said Wednesday. "I don't think the secretary's plans have changed," State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said…

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Exit polls show President Obama should go on listening tour, not take victory lap

Exit polls show President Obama should go on listening tour, not take victory lap (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Plenty of ink will be spilled chastising Republicans and the Mitt Romney campaign for their many missteps and missed opportunities. But they aren’t the only ones who were tone deaf in Election 2012. After the costliest campaign in American history, spending $1 billion to squeak out a win against…

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Victory in hand, Obama owes debt to Clinton

Victory in hand, Obama owes debt to Clinton (via AFP)

After his stunning re-election victory, President Barack Obama's first phone call went to the one man who, by dint of passion and eloquence, did more than anyone else to pull him over the top -- Bill Clinton. The charismatic former president wasn't on stage with Obama early Wednesday in Chicago, and…

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Obama hints at new drive on climate change

Obama hints at new drive on climate change (via AFP)

US President Barack Obama has hinted he will make another push to fight climate change after cruising to a new term, but his room for maneuver will be limited even with a new focus after megastorm Sandy. Obama, whose hopes for a law restricting carbon emissions blamed for rising temperatures died in…

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Record number of women elected to US Congress

Record number of women elected to US Congress (via AFP)

One of America's most male-dominated clubs is about to become a little less so, after historic election gains that will see the largest number of women ever seated in the US Congress. As a result of Tuesday's vote, women -- beginning with the new legislative session in January -- will hold 20 seats…

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Youth vote decides presidential election – again. Is this the new normal?

Youth vote decides presidential election – again. Is this the new normal? (via The Christian Science Monitor)

Millennials made it to the polls in droves Tuesday – proving themselves a central voting bloc in swing states and defying speculation that their enthusiasm had waned since the days of Barack Obama’s historic candidacy in 2008. People age 18 to 29 made up 19 percent of voters in this election cycle…

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What Happened to the GOP?

What Happened to the GOP? (via NewsLook)

After major losses in the Senate and the ultimate loss for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, where does the GOP go from here?

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Puerto Ricans say yes to US statehood

Puerto Ricans say yes to US statehood (via AFP)

Puerto Ricans voted for the first time in favor of their island becoming a US state in a non-binding referendum, election officials said Wednesday. The Caribbean island is now a self-governing US territory. The referendum was held Tuesday along with the US presidential and congressional elections.…

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World leaders hail Obama victory, pledge cooperation

World leaders hail Obama victory, pledge cooperation (via AFP)

World leaders on Wednesday hailed President Barack Obama's sweeping re-election, with allies pledging to deepen cooperation with the United States on fighting the world economic slump and maintaining security across the globe. Congratulations poured in from around the world, including fellow UN Security…

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Gays cheer as US voters say 'I do' to marriage equality

Gays cheer as US voters say 'I do' to marriage equality (via AFP)

Supporters of gay rights saw real progress on the horizon Wednesday after the re-election of "ally-in-chief" Barack Obama and important gains for same-sex marriage in four states. Voters in Maryland, Maine and Washington approved marriage equality in referendums run in parallel with Tuesday's elections…

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Gingrich: ‘We were wrong… Karl Rove, Dick Morris’





Gingrich: ‘We were wrong… Karl Rove, Dick Morris’ (via Raw Story )

Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Wednesday had three simple words to explain why conservative pundits like himself, Karl Rove and Dick Morris incorrectly predicted that Mitt Romney would win over 300 electoral votes and defeat President Barack Obama: ‘We were wrong.” “…

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Bill Maher: Republicans are screwed up from living in a bubble





Bill Maher: Republicans are screwed up from living in a bubble (via Raw Story )

Comedian Bill Maher said Wednesday night that Republicans needed to escape the “Republican bubble” if they wanted to win a future presidential election. “Republicans have to start getting their information from a better source than Fox News,” he told MSNBC host Chris Matthews. “I’m not…

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Rep.-elect Grayson: Democrats should concede nothing in budget deal





Rep.-elect Grayson: Democrats should concede nothing in budget deal (via Raw Story )

Florida Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D) on Wednesday night said that Democrats should not concede anything in a grand bargain with Republicans. “Why talk about caving at all? The Democrats won the election,” he told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer. Huge automatic budget cuts are set to go into effect…

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Maddow asks Republicans to return to the world of facts





Maddow asks Republicans to return to the world of facts (via Raw Story )

Reviewing the results of the 2012 elections, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow predicted Republicans would need to “pop the factual bubble” that were living in. Despite polls showing that Obama was likely to be re-elected, conservative pundits had proclaimed that Romney would be victorious on Tuesday night…

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