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Maddow asks Republicans to return to the world of facts

Reviewing the results of the 2012 elections, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow predicted Republicans would need to “pop the factual bubble” that they 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. “Republicans and conservatives…

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

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 if…

North American Internet traffic doubles: report

SAN FRANCISCO — The amount of data sent online in North America has more than doubled over the past year, with Netflix shows accounting for a big chunk of Internet traffic, a report found Wednesday. Online data use in North America was up 120 percent this year, with video streaming…

Canada confident Obama will approve Keystone XL pipeline

OTTAWA — Canada is confident US President Barack Obama will approve the construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline that he previously rejected, a government minister said Wednesday. Obama, who was re-elected on Tuesday, denied approval for part of the $7 billion pipeline earlier this year while the US State…

China’s Communist Party opens pivotal congress

BEIJING — China’s all-powerful and secretive Communist Party on Thursday officially opened its 18th congress to unveil a new slate of leaders who will oversee the world’s number two economy for the next decade. Party number two Wu Bangguo declared the congress open inside Beijing’s Great Hall of the People,…

International observers cite ‘concerns’ in U.S. elections

WASHINGTON — The 2012 US elections were conducted in a “professional manner,” but “real concerns” remain, international observers said Wednesday. “The electoral process enjoys broad public confidence,” Organization for Security and Cooperation in Europe mission chief Daan Everts said in a statement the day after the vote that saw President…

Asian Americans vote overwhelmingly for Obama

WASHINGTON — 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…

Republicans lay down battle lines over fiscal cliff

WASHINGTON — Republicans offered newly re-elected President Barack Obama a short-term fix to the fiscal cliff Wednesday, but insisted they would not cave in to tax increases to boost revenues. Laying down battle lines for urgent new talks on deficit-fixing measures, House of Representatives Speaker John Boehner said he and…

Judge jails anti-Muslim filmmaker for a year

LOS ANGELES — The man behind the anti-Islam video blamed for sparking deadly protests in the Muslim world was jailed in the US for a year for breaching the terms of his probation for a previous offense. Mark Basseley Youssef, 55, will serve the sentence in a US federal prison…

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

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 kidding about this. I think…

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