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Obama campaign says it won Florida

US President Barack Obama’s top aide in Florida said Democrats have won the vote in the officially undeclared Sunshine State, where officials are under fire for mishandling the ballot. Obama in the end did not need the biggest swing state as he won enough states across the country to romp…

Picasso sells for $41.5 million in New York

An erotically charged Picasso oil painting of his mistress alongside tulips and fruit sold Thursday for $41.5 million dollars in New York. “Nature morte aux tulipes,” painted in 1932, was the star of Sotheby’s Impressionist and modern art sale in Manhattan. The pre-sale estimate for the work had been between…

UK lawmakers urge tough new press rules

More than 40 members of Britain’s ruling Conservative party have urged Prime Minister David Cameron to impose tough new press rules overseen by regulators outside the industry, in an open letter published in the Guardian on Friday. Senior members, including former foreign secretary Malcolm Rifkind and former party chairmen Caroline…

Robert Reich: GOP’s supply-side mythology isn’t going to work

University of California professor Robert Reich said Thursday that Republican proposals to raise revenues without raising taxes were impossible. “There does have to be an increase in the marginal rate on the very rich,” he told Current TV host Eliot Spitzer. “That is something Republicans don’t want to admit.” “What…

Jon Stewart mocks Fox New host’s ‘potted up on weed’ remark

On his show Thursday night, The Daily Show host Jon Stewart reflected on the ballot initiatives that passed on Election Day. Stewart noted that California appeared to be growing up, approving a proposition to fund education and rejecting a proposition to ban the death penalty, while Colorado and Washington state…

Climate change ‘likely to be more severe than some models predict’

Climate change is likely to be more severe than some models have implied, according to a new study which ratchets up the possible temperature rises and subsequent climatic impacts. The analysis by the US National Centre for Atmospheric Research (NCAR) found that climate model projections showing a greater rise in…

Kudlow: Is the left ‘trying to weaken America’ with legal pot?

On his show Thursday night, CNBC host Larry Kudlow wondered if the left was “trying to weaken America” by legalizing marijuana. “So Colorado and Washington state made history on Tuesday, becoming the first states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. I just want to ask if liberals trounced on…

Iranian jets fired on U.S. drone in Gulf: Pentagon

WASHINGTON — Two Iranian fighter jets fired on an unarmed US Predator drone in the Gulf last week but the aircraft was not hit, the Pentagon said Thursday, warning that the United States stood ready to protect its forces in the region. The incident occurred on November 1 — less…

Obama urged to fulfill Guantanamo closure pledge

WASHINGTON — Rights groups challenged President Barack Obama on Thursday to use his second term to close Guantanamo and end drone attacks, warrantless surveillance and extrajudicial killings. Shortly after he took office in January 2009, Obama declared that he would shutter the prison camp for “war on terror” suspects within…

Hispanic ‘Dreamers’ celebrate Obama victory

WASHINGTON — Hispanics smuggled into the United States as children who grew up as Americans on Thursday celebrated Democrat Barack Obama’s re-election, and urged rival Republicans to focus on immigration reform. “The result of this election clearly showed that the anti-immigrant agenda is the real loser and this is very…

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