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Obama, Romney use social media for final vote push

WASHINGTON — As the US presidential election neared a nail-biting close Tuesday, both candidates took to Twitter, Facebook and Reddit to make a final plea for votes, capping a huge social media push to the polls. Americans flocked to social networks all day to post photographic proof they had cast…

Private jets flood Boston airport ahead of Romney election party

Boston’s Logan International Airport noted an influx of private jets Tuesday in advance of Mitt Romney’s election night party there. According to the Boston Globe, an airport official said 80 Gulfstream corporate jets had landed at the airport by mid-afternoon, up from around 40 to 50 on a regular day.…

Latino activists: GOP risks slipping into ‘irrelevancy’

As the Latino electorate headed toward a record turnout, Presente.org executive director Arturo Carmona said President Barack Obama’s potentially record-breaking support among that group of voters should send a signal to Republicans. “If Republicans continue to follow on the course that the right wing and Tea Party have set for…

Jay Smooth: Vote for ‘karmic retribution’ against Republicans

Activist and social critic Jay Smooth thinks Americans should feel good about enacting “karmic retribution” on Tuesday by casting a ballot. Republicans, including Mitt Romney, have criticized President Barack Obama for telling his supporters that “voting is the best revenge.” But according to Smooth, getting revenge is a grand American…

Man revived after dying wonders: ‘Did I vote?’

An elderly man stopped breathing while voting on Monday, but fortunately a registered nurse who happened to be nearby was able to resuscitate him. Ty Houston, 48, told The Detroit News he was filling out a ballot when he heard an elderly woman scream for help because her husband had…

New Jersey extends deadline for fax and email voting

New Jersey Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno in New Jersey extended the deadline (PDF) to vote via email or fax ballot until Friday, CBS News reported Tuesday. The deadline for applying to vote by either means expired as of 5 p.m. Tuesday, but county clerks now have until Friday to process…

Microsoft announces it will replace Messenger with Skype

Microsoft on Tuesday announced that recently-acquired Skype will replace its Messenger online chat service. “Skype and Messenger are coming together,” Skype said in a post at its website. “By updating to Skype, Messenger users can instant message and video call their Messenger friends.” The transition began a few weeks ago…

Tea party poll watchers barred from Ohio polling stations

The tea party-affiliated group True the Vote has been barred from monitoring polling places in Franklin County, the second largest county in Ohio, after allegedly submitting fraudulent forms. “The Franklin County Board of Elections did not allow Election Day polling location observer appointments filed by the True the Vote group,”…

Limbaugh whines about Jay-Z performance: ‘He changed the word b*tch to Mitt’

Rush Limbaugh used his show today to complain about rapper Jay-Z’s performance of a modified version of “99 Problems” at an Obama rally in Ohio yesterday. “Remember, it is Obama and the Democrats who claim that it’s the Republicans who are conducting a war on women,” Limbaugh said. “So here’s…

New York officials call for coastal evacuation as nor’easter approaches

New storm expected to bring fresh flooding and snow to region that is still recovering from superstorm Sandy New York officials are encouraging a partial evacuation of low-lying coastal regions on Tuesday, ahead of a nor’easter that is expected to bring fresh flooding and snow to a region that is still…

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