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Obama kicks off 2010 campaign season with Dems, GOP in statistical dead heat

President Barack Obama Monday launched the Democratic mid-term election campaign, urging his young, multi-racial supporters to thwart what an aide termed a Republican-induced “nightmare” at the polls. Democrats fear heavy losses in the November election, which could put their grip on Congress at risk, as opinion surveys show Obama still…

Iraq’s political future ‘in disarray’ ahead of US pullout

Iraq’s political future was thrown into disarray on Monday after two winning candidates in a general election were disqualified, prompting the United States to admit that progress was “lagging.” A judicial panel disqualified the winning candidates along with 50 others who failed to secure parliamentary seats, further complicating troubled efforts…

Wall Street-backed senator can’t explain why he opposes financial reform, asks reporter what’s wrong with it

Ted Kennedy’s replacement in the Senate doesn’t appear to be quite as articulate as his predecessor. Newly minted Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA), elected to the late Kennedy’s seat in a special election, stumbled after reporters asked him why he opposed financial reform. The new legislation will take a financial toll…

FEC commissioner faces disbarment complaint after Raw Story report

The progressive non-profit network Velvet Revolution has filed a disciplinary complaint against Federal Election Commissioner Caroline Hunter with the DC Court of Appeals, asking that she be debarred for providing “misleading statements” under oath. Last month, Raw Story’s Brad Jacobson reported that when Hunter was serving as deputy counsel to…

Hayworth: ‘Panicked’ McCain trying to ‘encourage amnesia’

In an attempt to fend off the toughest challenge of his Senate career, Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) has unwittingly thrown his opponent fodder to use against him. “I never considered myself a maverick,” he told Newsweek’s David Margolick in interview. McCain’s primary challenger, former Republican congressman and tea party favorite…

UK Conservatives may reopen probe into Iraq war whistleblower’s death

The death of a whistle-blower who said the UK government had “sexed up” a dossier on Saddam Hussein’s military capabilities in order to sell the Iraq war has been one of the most intriguing and confusing elements of the war’s history. Now the UK’s Conservative Party is signaling that it…

White House delivers stern public rebuke to Karzai

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The White House on Friday delivered a stern public rebuke to Afghan President Hamid Karzai, describing his latest outburst as “genuinely troubling” and seeking “clarification” from Kabul. Karzai accused foreign powers of orchestrating election fraud last year, just three days after US President Barack Obama made a…

Early forecasts show strong turnout for Iraqi election

BAGHDAD (AFP) – Iraq’s general election saw a strong turnout of at least 50 percent in most areas, initial forecasts showed Monday, even after rocket, mortar and bomb attacks had already killed 38 people. Millions voted in the poll, winning international praise for their courage and determination in a crunch…

Obama hails ‘courage’ of Iraqi voters

President Barack Obama paid tribute to the “courage” of Iraqis who “defied threats to advance their democracy” by voting Sunday in Iraq’s second general election since the 2003 invasion. “I congratulate the people of Iraq for casting their ballots in this important parliamentary election,” Obama said in his first reaction…

Iraq death toll spikes ahead of election

The number of Iraqis killed in February almost doubled month on month, official figures showed on Monday, just days ahead of a March 7 general election which Al-Qaeda has threatened to disrupt. Data compiled by the health, interior and defence ministries showed that 352 Iraqis — 211 civilians, 96 police…

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