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Obama says he is the ‘underdog’ in 2012

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama said Monday he was “absolutely” the underdog as he embarks on a tough reelection fight in 2012 but promised he was steeling for a fight over “values and vision” with Republicans. The president also admitted that Americans were “not better off” now than they were…

Obama, Dems crush Bush-era fundraising record

President Barack Obama’s 2012 reelection campaign is off to a high-flying start after announcing a record breaking fundraising haul that dwarfs his predecessor’s financial prowess at the same time in his 2004 reelection efforts. Obama and the Democratic National Committee (DNC) said Wednesday morning that they had raised a combined…

UN to give Ban Ki-moon new term as leader

UNITED NATIONS (AFP) – The UN General Assembly will on Tuesday elect South Korean Ban Ki-moon to a second term as UN leader after he was backed by all major powers. Outspoken in faulting the leaders of Arab countries facing protests, but criticised himself by some human rights groups, the…

Wisconsin Sen. Herb Kohl (D) will retire in 2012

WASHINGTON – Democrat Herb Kohl of Wisconsin announced Friday that he will not seek reelection to a fifth term in the U.S. Senate, saying that it’s “time for someone else to serve.” Kohl, 76, was first elected to the Senate in 1988, and serves as chairman of the Senate Special…

Obama approval rockets to 60% as majority says he deserves reelection

A new poll by The Associated Press has found that a full 60 percent of Americans say they approve of the job President Barack Obama is doing — his highest rating in two years. Poll figures showed that the president has improved dramatically in the minds of most voters across…

Obama’s biggest election foe may be economy, not GOP

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama does not yet know the identity of his 2012 Republican challenger, but his toughest reelection challenge could be to convince voters the economy is in steady hands. In the two years since Obama took office, the US economy has improved dramatically. Growth has swung from…

Clear economic victory eludes Obama as vote nears

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Barack Obama does not yet know the identity of his 2012 Republican challenger, but his toughest reelection challenge could be to convince voters the economy is in steady hands. In the two years since Obama took office, the US economy has improved dramatically. Growth has swung from…

Obama to launch reelection bid next week: reports

WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama will launch his 2012 reelection campaign next week via an electronic message to his staunchest supporters, according to US media. Politico reported the campaign would “most likely” make its first step toward the launch — filing registration papers with the Federal Election Commission (FEC) —…

Democratic senator Akaka of Hawaii to retire

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday paid tribute to Daniel Akaka after the Democratic senator from Hawaii said he would not seek reelection. Akaka, 86, describes himself as the only Chinese-American member of the US Senate and first US senator of native Hawaiian ancestry. “Danny Akaka answered the call…

Kucinich: Obama should face liberal primary challenger in 2012

WASHINGTON – Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) said Thursday that President Barack Obama “absolutely” ought to face a Democratic primary challenge from the left in 2012, predicting it would make him “stronger.” “I think primaries can have the opportunity of raising the issues and make the Democratic candidate a stronger candidate,”…

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