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Gaddafi renews offer to hold elections to end Libyan unrest

TRIPOLI (Reuters) – The Libyan government on Sunday renewed its offer to hold a vote on whether Muammar Gaddafi should stay in power, a proposal unlikely to interest Gaddafi’s opponents but which could widen differences inside NATO. Pressure is growing from some quarters within the alliance to find a political…

Teapartier told to reimburse Alaska for election challenge

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (Reuters) – Failed Senate candidate Joe Miller must reimburse Alaska more than $17,000 in legal fees and costs incurred during his fight to overturn Lisa Murkowski’s write-in victory, a state judge ruled on Friday. Miller, a Tea Party favorite, beat the more moderate Murkowski in the Republican primary.…

Poll: Tea party poses ‘real danger’ to GOP in Florida

Aligning yourself too closely to the tea party could be a great way to lose an election in Florida, apparently. So says a recent poll by Gainesville, Florida based polling firm War Room Logistics. In the poll, registered Florida voters said 2:1 that the tea party did not represent their…

Italians ‘turned their backs’ on Berlusconi

ROME (AFP) – A trouncing in referendums that have wiped out Italy’s plans to return to nuclear power after a shock local election defeat mean Silvio Berlusconi has lost his magic, Italian newspapers said on Tuesday. “The magic flute is broken. After 20 years, Italians have stopped following Berlusconi’s music,”…

Iran deploys security forces on anniversary of disputed election

TEHRAN — Thousands of security forces were deployed in Tehran on Sunday to prevent any opposition protest on the second anniversary of the disputed re-election of President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, witnesses said. The security forces were deployed on Vali Asr street, which bisects the city from north to south, and in…

Key Dem Senator: Obama ‘snookered’ by GOP into talking deficit over jobs

WASHINGTON – Urging the administration to enact new measures to lower the unemployment rate, Sen. Tom Harkin (D-IA) said President Barack Obama got “snookered” by Republicans into prioritizing deficits over jobs. “I am concerned about the Obama administration’s approach on this,” Harkin, the chairman of the Health, Education, Labor and…

Arizonans look to recall senator behind controversial immigration laws

A Republican state senator in Arizona who authored controversial immigration laws may face a recall election thanks to a group of activists who said Tuesday they had filed a petition for a new vote. State law requires 7,756 signatures to trigger a recall election. Calling themselves “Citizens For A Better…

Recall elections approved for 6 Wisconsin Republicans

The Wisconsin Government Accountability Board Tuesday approved recall elections for three Republicans, bringing the total number to six. At the same time, the nonpartisan election officials put the recall elections of three Democrats on hold. Recall elections for Republican state Sens. Rob Cowles, Alberta Darling and Sheila Harsdorf were unanimously…

Kloppenburg concedes Wisconsin court race

Democrat JoAnne Kloppenburg conceded defeat in the dramatic Wisconsin judiciary race that has stretched on since the April 5 election, saying that she would not ask for another recount, but that there was evidence of “significant and widespread errors and anomalies.” Republican David Prosser, who has held the seat on…

Republican jobs plan pushes tax cuts and deregulation

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – Congressional Republicans unveiled a jobs agenda on Thursday, hitting President Barack Obama where it hurts — the stubbornly high 9 percent unemployment rate. Two days after suffering a stunning election defeat, largely because of their unpopular proposal to privatize Medicare, Republicans sought to focus attention on the…

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