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Probe launched over US Secret Service tapes ‘lost on Washington subway train’

Probe launched over US Secret Service tapes ‘lost on Washington subway train’Washington, Dec. 8 : An investigation has been launched over a set of lost top secret tapes containing important classified information, which was reportedly left by a US Secret Service official in a Washington subway train in
2008, according to a report.

Law enforcement and congressional sources have said a contractor working for the U. S. Secret Service accidentally left a pouch containing two computer backup tapes on a train in Washington''s Metrorail subway system.


Even car salesmen more trusted than Congress in US, finds poll

Even car salesmen more trusted than Congress in US, finds pollWashington, Dec. 4 : Americans' opinion about congressional honesty has improved over the past year, but lawmakers are still more distrusted than car salesmen, a new poll has found.

According to the Gallup Poll, more than half of Americans, 54 percent, have a low or very low opinion of congressional honesty and ethics.

That has, however, improved from 2011, when 64 percent had a low or very low opinion.

The poll found that 10 percent had a high or very high opinion of congressional trustworthiness, up from 7 percent a year ago.


Obama voters spilt over how to cut deficit, finds poll

Obama voters spilt over how to cut deficit, finds pollWashington, Dec. 4 : Voters who gave President Barack Obama a second term are split over how to reduce the deficit, according to a new poll.

A survey of 800 Obama voters, conducted last month by Benenson Strategy Group for the moderate Democratic think tank Third Way, found that 96 percent believe the federal deficit is a problem, and 85 percent support increasing taxes on the wealthy.

The poll found that despite 41 percent, who supported the Democratic incumbent, want to get control of the deficit mostly by cutting spending, with only some tax increases.


US Education Secretary Duncan prefers to be ‘stripper than Secretary of State’

US Education Secretary Duncan prefers to be ‘stripper than Secretary of State’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.


Fox News, MSNBC became ‘more extreme’ in covering Obama, Romney as campaign ended

Fox News, MSNBC became ‘more extreme’ in covering Obama, Romney as campaign endedWashington, 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.


Protester killings a test for Egyptian President Morsy: Human Rights Watch

Protester killings a test for Egyptian President Morsy: Human Rights WatchNew 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.


GOP ditches ‘gaffe-prone’ Romney over ‘inappropriate’ ‘gifts’ comments against Obama

GOP ditches ‘gaffe-prone’ Romney over ‘inappropriate’ ‘gifts’ comments against ObamaWashington, 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.


White House slams Romney’s ‘gifts’ comment against Obama as being ‘at odds with truth’

White House slams Romney’s ‘gifts’ comment against Obama as being ‘at odds with truth’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.


Obama's political skills helped him: daily

Obama's political skills helped him: dailyWashington, 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.


Get things done now, Obama told

Get things done now, Obama toldWashington, 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.


US media credit Obama victory to campaign strategy

US media credit Obama victory to campaign strategyWashington, 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.


Obama’s strong endorsement of moderate policies led to dramatic re-election success: NYT

Obama’s strong endorsement of moderate policies led to dramatic re-election success: NYTWashington, 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.


Democrats retain US Senate, Republicans House

Democrats retain US Senate, Republicans HouseWashington, 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.


Wisconsin Democrat Baldwin becomes first openly gay senator

Wisconsin Democrat Baldwin becomes first openly gay senatorWashington, 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.


Obama wins second term

Obama wins second termWashington, 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.


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