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Five Indian-Americans in the race for US Congress

Five Indian-Americans in the race for US CongressWashington, Nov 5 : While the eyes of the world are on the closely-fought US presidential elections, some three million Indian Americans are watching with interest the fortunes of five from their community vying for a seat in the US Congress.

Besides four Democrats and a lone Republican hoping to repeat the feats of Dalip Singh Saund and current Louisiana governor Bobby Jindal, the only two Indian-Americans to win a seat in the US House of Representatives, a Democratic woman is also poised to become the first Hindu to enter the Congress.


169 million voters in America's $6 billion election

169 million voters in America's $6 billion electionWashington, Nov 5 : One of the world's largest electoral exercises in the world after India, the world's largest democracy, gets underway Tuesday when 169 million American voters go to the polls to chose a president, a new House of Representatives, 33 senators and thousands of local officials at a whopping cost of $6 billion.

Key facts:

. There are169 million registered voters, 86 million Democrat and 55 million Republican and 28 million others.

. They include about a half million voters from the 3.12 million strong Indian American community.


Romney blasts Obama’s ‘Secretary of Business’ plan as just ‘another layer’ of bureaucrats

Romney blasts Obama’s ‘Secretary of Business’ plan as just ‘another layer’ of bureaucratsWashington, Nov 2 : Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's campaign has ripped President Barack Obama's plan to create a cabinet level position for a `Secretary of Business' to handle the nation's `economic ills'.

The Romney campaign is running a TV ad said that the solution would only add more bureaucracy to a cluttered system.

"His solution to everything is to add another bureaucrat," the narrator in the 30-second spot says, adding: "Why not have a president who actually understands business?"


American elections set to be most expensive in history

American elections set to be most expensive in historyWashington, Nov 1 : Election 2012 is set to be the most expensive in US history costing a whopping $6 billion with President Barack Obama and challenger Mitt Romney's campaigns alone spending $2.6 billion.

That tops the record set in 2008 by $700 million, according to a new analysis by Washington based research group Centre for Responsive Politics that tracks the effects of money and lobbying on elections and public policy.


Bill Clinton says Obama’s ‘climate policies’ work better than Romney’s in ‘real world’

Bill Clinton says Obama’s ‘climate policies’ work better than Romney’s in ‘real world’Washington, Oct 31 : Former US President Bill Clinton has criticized Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's position on climate change following the devastation caused by Hurricane Sandy, saying that Barack Obama''s policies were better for the environment.

"In the real world, Barack Obama's policies work better," Clinton said at a campaign rally in Minnesota.

According to Politico, Clinton also pointed out that Romney mocked Obama''s position on climate change during the first presidential debate, although the topic didn''t come up.


As US election nears, fraudulent efforts to intimidate voters with bogus calls and letters begin

s.in/usa/files/obama-romney_4.jpgWashington, Oct 30 : Various state election officials in the U. S. have reported multiple complaints of bogus phone calls, fraudulent letters, intimidation efforts and threatening billboards all over the country, including in several of the critical battleground states.

In the final week before the 2012 election, all evidence suggests that the White House race between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney is locked in a dead heat, with both candidates within striking distance of victory in nearly every battleground state.

Amid this environment, a handful of voters alleged of being suppressed and intimidated.


Can Obama lose popular vote, yet regain presidency?

Can Obama lose popular vote, yet regain presidency? Washington, Oct 27 : As Barack Obama and Mitt Romney remained locked in a neck and neck race, poll watchers raised the possibility of Republican challenger winning the popular vote, but the president keeping the White House.

Even as ten new national polls showed a tied race, FiveThirtyEight, an influential poll forecasting blog on the New York Times, suggested that Obama maintains a narrow lead in the polling averages in states that would get him to
270 electoral votes needed to win the presidency.


Two new polls show Obama still holding lead over Romney in Ohio, Nevada

Two new polls show Obama still holding lead over Romney in Ohio, NevadaWashington, Oct 26 : President Barack Obama is stubbornly clinging to his electoral advantage over Republican rival Mitt Romney in swing states, two polls have found.

Time Magazine released a new Ohio Poll in which Romney was trailing in the Buckeye State by five points.

Last week's NBC News/Wall Street Journal/Marist survey showed that Romney was trialing behind by five points in Ohio.

If the TIME poll is accurate, it means Romney will have to grab most of Ohio's remaining undecided voters if he wants to win this critical battleground state, Politico reports.


CNN withdraws ‘menstrual cycle influences women’s votes’ story following outrage

CNN withdraws ‘menstrual cycle influences women’s votes’ story following outrageWashington, Oct. 25 : A CNN story that claimed that women's votes are influenced by their menstrual cycles, has sparked outrage amongst the gender worldwide, and has also triggered an avalanche of criticism on the Internet.

Based on unpublished research, the news piece stated that a woman''s voting behaviour was affected by whether she was ovulating on election day.

"New research suggest that hormones may influence female voting choices differently depending on whether a woman is single or in a committed relationship," The Age quoted the article, as tweeted by @KailiJoy, as reading.


Negative ads effective in gaining public vote only if shown in moderation: Study

Negative ads effective in gaining public vote only if shown in moderation: StudyWashington, Oct. 25 : Televised political advertising takes up a large portion of campaigns budgets. Much of it is spent on negative political ads. But do these negative ads work?

A new study by Juliana Fernandes, assistant professor of strategic communication at the University of Miami (UM), shows that a negative political ad is most effective when it's shown in moderation.

The findings reveal that massive exposure to a negative ad has a backlash effect on the evaluation of the sponsor candidate.


‘Pakistan to remain at receiving end regardless of whether Obama or Romney wins’

‘Pakistan to remain at receiving end regardless of whether Obama or Romney wins’Washington, Oct 24 : The White House race between President Barack Obama and Republican Mitt Romney is a curious affair around the globe, but not for Pakistan, according to an editorial in a Pakistan daily.

The editorial in the Express Tribune said that for Pakistan, it will make a very little difference which candidate ultimately wins the election.

Both the candidates clearly dislike each other, have scant regard for their opponent, yet, closely agree to what the other believe on a lot of issues than they disagree.


Final Obama-Romney debate least watched among three

/files/Obama-RomnWashington, Oct 24 : Nearly 59.2 million people watched the final presidential debate, the lowest turnout for a presidential debate this year, according to Nielsen.

The foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, Florida, was shown across 11 networks, as Fox News instead ran Game 7 of the MLB NLCS playoffs, which drew 8.1 million viewers.

Monday Night Football also drew 10.7 million viewers to ESPN.

According to Politico, the 59.2 million reflects total audiences for ABC, CBS, NBC, Univision, PBS, CNN, FOX News, MSNBC, CurrentTV and CNBC between 9 p. m. and 10:30 pm ET, and for Telemundo, which aired the debate on tape delay.


Obama and Romney earn newspapers endorsements in key Swing states

Obama and Romney earn newspapers endorsements in key Swing statesWashington, Oct 24 : As President Barack Obama and Republican candidate Mitt Romney are travelling across the country in the closing weeks of the presidential campaign, they are hoping to pick up endorsements from a number of influential newspapers in key swing states that could help boost their fortunes.

With less than two weeks remaining until Election Day, the endorsements are rolling in rapidly.

Here is a look to the swing states paper editorial boards picks for the presidency:

In Ohio, after meeting Romney earlier this month, the Columbus Dispatch editorial board endorsed him over Obama.


Obama campaign claims lead among early voters in key battleground states

Obama campaign claims lead among early voters in key battleground statesWashington, Oct 24 : President Barack Obama’s top campaign advisers have said that Democrats have an edge over Republicans in early voting returns in several battleground states.

They said that the edge helped them in courting so-called ‘sporadic voters’, those Americans who would not otherwise vote and could tilt the scale in a tight race.

“We are outperforming our early-vote margins in key states compared to 2008. We’re ahead of where we were against McCain, and more importantly, we’re ahead of Mitt Romney,” Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said on a conference call with reporters.


ROMOBAMA: Attack is the American default mode

ROMOBAMA: Attack is the American default modeWashington, Oct 23 : In the last and final debate between presidential candidates Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, the gloves well and truly came off, revealing claws that attacked the opponent mercilessly.

Sarcasm, mockery and arrogance were used liberally, as they charged at each other with "horses and bayonets."


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