Washington, Nov 28 : US Education Secretary Arne Duncan has jokingly dismissed the reports suggesting that he is best person to serve as Secretary of State.
New York Times columnist Tom Friedman recently said in an article that Duncan is most qualified to serve as the nation''s top diplomat due to his ability to negotiate.
But when asked about the head-scratching idea, Duncan declined address it seriously, according to ABC News.
"Last week, The Onion said I was going to become a male stripper," Duncan said.
"The Onion is probably more accurate than Tom Friedman," he added.
Washington, Nov. 20 : Rival news channels Fox News and MSNBC became even more extreme in the coverage of President Barack Obama and presidential candidate Mitt Romney during the final days of the 2012 campaign, according to a new study.
The Pew Research Center's Project for Excellence in Journalism survey found that on MSNBC, negative coverage of Romney jumped from 57 percent for most of October to 68 percent from Oct. 29 to Nov. 5.
According to the survey, Fox News's negative coverage of Obama, however, increased from 47 percent to 56 percent in the last week.
New York, Nov. 19 : Families of the 45 protesters killed and the hundreds injured when police responded to protests over military rule with excessive force and brutality from November 19 through 24, 2011, are still waiting for justice a year later, Human Rights Watch said today.
Whether there will be justice for victims of the Mohamed Mahmoud protest, named after the street where it began, is a key test of President Mohamed Morsy's commitment to police accountability and comprehensive security sector reform, Human Rights Watch said.
Washington, Nov. 16 : Prominent Republicans have criticized Mitt Romney for his disparaging remarks against President Barack Obama in which he said that the President won after giving `gifts' to core constituencies.
Republicans said that it was the wrong message to send voters as the party was trying to rebuild itself after a bruising defeat.
"I don't think it's helpful," Iowa Governor Terry Branstad told Politico at the Republican Governors Association conference on Thursday.
Washington, Nov. 16 : White House Press Secretary Jay Carney has said GOP Mitt Romney's comment that President Barack Obama defeated him on Election Day because the president gave `gifts' to young voters and minorities `is at odds with the truth of what happened last week'.
Romney had told his financial backers that Obama's campaign `focused on giving targeted groups a big gift -- so he made a big effort on small things. Those small things, by the way, add up to trillions of dollars'.
Romney told his donors that the president was `very generous' to young voters and minorities.
Washington, Nov 8 : Barack Obama's political skills and reservoirs of support "in very many an American heart" helped him reclaim the American presidency, a New York daily said Thursday.
"This was Obama's night to savour a victory that many had thought inconceivable in light of the nation's high unemployment rate," the NY Daily News said in an editorial.
"It was a testament to his political skills and to the reservoirs of support abiding for him in very many an American heart."
But the newspaper cautioned that the depth of Mitt Romney's backing should be a lesson to Obama.
Washington, Nov 8 : Now that he has reclaimed the US presidency, Barack Obama needs to "think big" and take bold steps both domestically as well as abroad, a Washington Post writer has said.
Quoting Lyndon Johnson's famous comment -- "Well, what the hell's the presidency for?", writer David Ignatius suggested to Obama: "Surprise your adversaries with bold moves and concessions that create new space on which to govern."
"Think big. Take risks. Get it done. Maybe someone should slip a note in Obama's desk drawer that asks: What would Lyndon Johnson have done to make it happen?" Ignatius said Thursday.
Washington, Nov 7 : With headlines simply saying "Obama Wins" to just "Second Term", the Americna media greeted Barack Obama's re-election as president by giving credit to his team's campaign strategy.
The media narrative in most major news outlets' reports and analyses, however, also contrasts the president's win last night with his 2008 run, with some noting that how much of his appeal he had lost since then.
Washington, Nov 7 : President Barack Obama's dramatic re-election victory was not a sign that a fractured nation had finally come together on Election Day, but it was a strong endorsement of economic policies that stressed on job growth, health care reform, tax increases and balanced deficit reduction - and of moderate policies on immigration, abortion and same-sex marriage.
According to the New York Times, it was repudiation of Reagan-era bromides about tax-cutting and trickle-down economics, and of the politics of fear, intolerance and disinformation.
Washington, Nov 7 : Democrats will retain control over the US Senate, after winning in closely-watched races in Massachusetts, Indiana and Virginia.
Republicans have, however, maintained their control of the House.
The division in control of the two houses of Congress has led to partisan battles and legislative gridlock since the last elections in 2010.
Democrats had a 53-47 majority in the outgoing Senate, while Republicans held a 242-193 advantage in the House.
In the fiercely-contested race for the 33 Senate seats up for ballot, Republicans have held seats in Texas, Tennessee and Mississippi, the BBC reports.
Washington, Nov 7 : Wisconsin Democratic Representative Tammy Baldwin has become the first openly gay US Senator, defeating former Governor Tommy Thompson in the most expensive Senate race in state history.
"I am honored and humbled and grateful, and I am ready to get to work -- ready to stand with Barack Obama, and ready to fight for Wisconsin''s middle class," Baldwin said to raucous cheers at her victory party.
Even during his four-way GOP primary race, Thompson was long considered the frontrunner.
Washington, Nov. 7 : President Barack Obama has been re-elected to a second term at the White House, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney.
With results in from most states, America's first black president has secured the 270 votes in the Electoral College needed to win the race.
Obama prevailed despite lingering dissatisfaction with the economy and a well-funded challenge by Romney.
Many states are still reporting results, and Obama''s margin of victory was not yet certain, the BBC reports.
The president won solid Democratic states and a number of swing states. His narrow victory in Ohio, a critical Mid-Western swing state, sealed the victory.
Washington, Nov. 7 : An electronic voting machine was taken out of service on Tuesday after being captured on video changing a vote for President Barack Obama into one for Republican nominee Mitt Romney.
The footage showed a voter in a polling booth repeatedly attempting to cast his ballot for Obama, only to find the machine ticked Romney's name.
Baffled by the result, the unnamed voter alerted staff at the Pennsylvania voting station to the problem before recording what was happening.
He later posted the video on YouTube, the Telegraph reports.
Washington, Nov. 7 : After winning re-election, President Barack Obama posted a message from his Twitter account, thanking his supporters.
"This happened because of you. Thank you," Obama tweeted announcing his victory.
"We're all in this together. That's how we campaigned, and that''s who we are," Obama tweeted.
According to news. com. au, a Twitter record was made in the process for the most re-tweets of all time.
Obama's official victory announcement, a picture of him hugging his wife Michelle with the caption: `Four more years', was picked up and retweeted 320,821 times at the time of writing.
Washington, Nov. 7 : Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney delivered his concession speech just after President Barack Obama was projected the winner of the race for the White House.
Romney told his supporters that he called the president to concede and said: "I wish all of them well, particularly the president, the first lady and their daughters".
"I ran for office because I''m concerned for America," Romney explained, adding: "Like so many of you, Paul and I have left everything on the field. We have given our all to this campaign."
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