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Obama Elected 2012: President Clinches Electoral Vote Win

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2012

President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the presidential race over Mitt Romney on Tuesday night.

The president scored critical wins in Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. While Obama was favored in the swing states going into Election Day, the popular vote between the pair of contenders had remained close for much of the race.

We’ll be following all of the action on Obama’s victory, as well as the latest news to unfold as it relates to congressional and gubernatorial contests.

Click here to launch our interactive results maps. Below, a live blog of the latest developments to unfold. Read the rest of this entry »

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USA Presidential Election Results 2012

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on November 7, 2012

As the election results for 2012 roll in, this is your spot for live updates on the outcome of the presidential race, congressional contests and news from across the country as it happens.

Click here to check out our interactive election maps and to drill down on the data as the votes are counted.

Obama Romney
Obama Romney
ELECTORAL VOTES
(270 TO WIN)

303

206

Battleground States
Popular Vote
OBAMA ROMNEY
TOTAL 56,925,922 55,247,163
PERCENT 50.0% 48.5%

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TRUST ME

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on August 17, 2012

Romney Insists: I’ve Paid ‘At Least 13%’ Every Year…  Reid Spokesman: ‘We’ll Believe It When We See It’

Mitt Romney said on Thursday that he has paid at least a 13 percent tax rate every year for the past 10 years, directly rebukingan allegation by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) that he paid effectively nothing in income taxes during that time period.

The presumptive Republican nominee was taking questions in Greenville, S.C. with the design of defending his Medicare plan against attacks from Democrats. But the questions gradually turned elsewhere, with the final one going back to the issue that’s vexed Romney for more than a month.

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You never hear Romney talk about his record as governor of Massachusetts.  Indeed, when one of his campaign staffers makes a “gaffe” and actually acknowledges the one thing Massachusetts voters DO like about the Romney years, that staffer gets smacked down so hard it probably hurt her entire family.

But it’s even more interesting than that.  Obama enjoys the greatest lead in polls ANYWHERE in the US right now in the very state where Romney was governor.  In the end, the voters who know Romney best, also like him the least.

Throughout his political career in Massachusetts, Mitt has done everything exactly the opposite of the way he campaigned.

Mitt claimed he was pro-choice.  Then changed his tune after he was elected, despite the fact that most of Massachusetts voters are also pro-choice.

He claimed he was for gay rights.   Then did everything he could to undo the Mass Supreme Judiciary Court’s ruling that legalized gay marriage in Mass.

He claimed he would help those seeking higher education.  He then gutted UMass, previously one of the nation’s best public university systems.  And he raised tuition by 66%.  Unsurprisingly, when Romney was in office, student test scores went down, while crime rates went up.

He promised fiscal responsibility, and then underfunded the state’s pension plan, took on a record amount of debt and raised taxes (sorry, “fees”) on the middle class for everything from marriage licenses to drivers tests, all while lowering taxes for the wealthy.  (Indeed, one of the state’s biggest financial beneficiaries of Romney’s policies was – Mitt Romney!)

He claimed he would be good for jobs.  Instead he had the 47th worst job creation record of any governor in office at the time.

But the biggest reason why Romney trails Obama so badly in Massachusetts is that he began running for president the day he was elected governor, and spent a record amount of time (and state money) traveling and campaigning outside the state, dissing his constituents the entire time.  (Which, I must say, is particularly ironic given GOP claims that Obama somehow “hates America”.)

Romney never talks about Massachusetts is because his record exposes Romney as the awful governor that he was.”

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Mitt Romney Walks Back London Olympics Criticism (UPDATE)

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 27, 2012

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Mitt Romney, in his first trip abroad as the presumptive GOP presidential nominee, is trying to walk back comments he made questioning London’s Olympics preparation — comments that have drawn a sharp response from Prime Minister David Cameron.

The dustup began Wednesday, as Romney, who ran the 2002 Salt Lake City games, said there were “disconcerting” signs in the days before this year’s games.

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Ann Romney: We’ve Given ‘All You People Need To Know’ About Family Finances

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on July 20, 2012

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Ann Romney

WASHINGTON — Mitt Romney’s wife is reinforcing her husband’s refusal to make public several years of tax returns, telling ABC News “we’ve given all you people need to know” about the family’s finances.

“You know, you should really look at where Mitt has led his life, and where he’s been financially,” she said in her interview with Robin Roberts. “He’s a very generous person. We give 10 percent of our income to our church every year. Do you think that is the kind of person that is trying to hide things, or do things? No. He is so good about it. Then, when he was governor of Massachusetts, didn’t take a salary in the four years.”

Roberts pressed: “Why not show that, then?” and reasoned that people could “move on” if her husband released his returns.

Romney responded, “Because there are so many things that will be open again for more attack… and that’s really,  that’s just the answer. And we’ve given all you people need to know and understand about our financial situation and about how we live our life. And so, the election, again, will not be decided on that. It will be decided on who is gonna turn the economy around and how are jobs gonna come back to America.”

She also said she thinks the Obama campaign’s attacks on her husband have been “beneath the dignity of the presidency.” And she said people will decide whom to vote for based on whether their lives would be better under Mitt Romney than President Barack Obama. Read the rest of this entry »

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George W. Bush Blamed For Economic Troubles More Than Barack Obama, Poll Finds

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on June 15, 2012

Comment: We can blame anybody, however; we can bring change only when we start to blame ourselves

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Obama Bush Economy

Although the struggling economy under President Barack Obama’s leadership will likely define the outcome of this year’s general election, more Americans continue to hold former President George W. Bush accountable for the nation’s economic problems, according to a new poll.

The poll, released by Gallup Thursday, showed that 68 percent of Americans place either a great deal or moderate amount of economic blame on Bush, whereas 52 percent blame Obama. Republicans more universally ascribe the bad economy to the incumbent president, with 83 percent holding Obama responsible and 49 percent attributing the same level of blame to Bush. An overwhelming 90 percent of Democrats still blame Bush for the nation’s economic problems, as opposed to only 19 percent who place blame on Obama, showing that Republicans are far more willing to hold Bush responsible than Democrats are willing to blame Obama.

The results of the survey come as Obama takes the stage in Ohio for a major economic speech, following a dismal May jobs report and repeated attacks from his Republican opponents for remarking that the private sector is “doing fine”. Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has made the country’s ongoing economic woes under Obama’s stewardship the focal point of his campaign, while the Obama campaign has worked to attribute the slow recovery to the problems created by Obama’s predecessor and Congress’ unwillingness to act on any of the president’s proposals. Read the rest of this entry »

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Barack Obama 2012 Takes Multiple Pages From GOP Playbook

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on May 14, 2012

By Howard Fineman

Barack Obama 2012

WASHINGTON — As he tries to become only the second Democratic president since Franklin Roosevelt to win reelection, Barack Obama is adopting much of the strategic playbook Republicans have developed and used for 40 years.

Of course, on the core substance of policy — tax rates, regulation and the size and role of government in the economy — Obama and the post-Reagan Tea Party Republicans couldn’t be further apart as the fall campaign begins. And no matter how shrewd or cold-blooded his game plan, the president probably will lose if the economic outlook does not improve more by fall.

But campaign strategy does matter, and there the GOP has a track record and a theory that Obama has always found to his liking as a candidate.

It is more confrontational and definitive than the model used by Bill Clinton, who won election twice (but never with an outright majority) essentially by blurring his party’s differences with a conservative GOP.

Starting with Richard Nixon in 1972, and moving on to Ronald Reagan in 1984 and George W. Bush in 2004, Republican incumbents assembled a strategic doctrine that includes the following basic plays: Stress culture, and exploit cultural and regional divisions, especially if doing so helps detract attention from a so-so (or worse) economic record. Declare one’s own strength as commander in chief and the opponent’s ignorance or weakness (or both) in military and foreign affairs. Paint the foe as out of the mainstream and/or elitist in terms of money, education or both. Highlight wedge issues to expand fissures in the other party. Where possible, speak in sweeping historical terms about the greatness and uniqueness of the country. And evoke symbols of manly recreational endeavor. Read the rest of this entry »

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Losing luster? Moscow faces thousands-strong opposition rally

Posted by Ram Kumar Shrestha on March 10, 2012

Activists say up to 50,000 people will attend a sanctioned meeting on Novy Arbat on Saturday afternoon

Activists say up to 50,000 people will attend a sanctioned meeting on Novy Arbat on Saturday afternoon

The Russian opposition is holding a rally in central Moscow on Saturday to protest the results of the recent presidential elections which saw Vladimir Putin winning with 63.6 per cent of the vote.

Activists say up to 50,000 people will attend a sanctioned meeting on Novy Arbat on Saturday afternoon, but others expect a lower turnout, saying that radical calls by the opposition are pushing people away from the movement.

The opposition claims the presidential poll was rigged with various techniques to ensure Putin’s landslide victory. It has vowed to hold more demonstrations before Putin’s inauguration in May. Read the rest of this entry »

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