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White House blaming left for coming losses, critics say

Some progressive critics of President Barack Obama claim the White House’s recent chiding of disenchanted liberals is not about motivating them to vote in November – it’s a cynical attempt to scapegoat them for the losses Democrats are expected to suffer in the midterm elections. The already palpable tensions between…

‘Serious concern’ over fraud at Afghan elections

Observers voice ‘serious concern’ over Afghan vote, even as Karzai declares it a success The main Afghan election observer group said Sunday it had serious concerns about the legitimacy of this weekend’s parliamentary vote because of reported fraud, even as President Hamid Karzai commended the balloting as a solid success.…

Taliban kidnap 19 officials on eve of Afghan vote

HERAT, Afghanistan (AFP) – The Taliban kidnapped 19 people associated with Afghanistan’s parliamentary election, including a candidate, eight ballot officials and 10 campaign workers, officials said on Friday. The candidate was snatched in the eastern province of Laghman and the other 18 men in Bagdhis, in the northwest, provincial chiefs…

Pivotal Senate primary in Washington decided

Stage set for high-stakes Senate matchup in Washington state. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray and her Republican challenger dove right into their fall matchup after winning the primary in a high-stakes election that could determine the balance of power in the nation’s capital. Murray said a vote for Republican Dino Rossi…

Clinton urges Senate to move quickly on nuclear treaty

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Wednesday urged the Senate to move quickly to pass the new US-Russian nuclear arms reduction treaty when it resumes debate next month. The US Senate Foreign Relations Committee last week delayed until mid-September its vote on approving the New Strategic Arms Reduction Treaty…

GOP candidate for Tennessee governor becomes bizarre Internet sensation

If you’ve not heard of this gentlemen yet, let this story serve as an introduction: Long-time safety inspector and aspiring Republican politico Basil Marceaux is running what could be the best-worst candidacy for public office in U.S. history. Marceaux, a 58-year-old native of Soddy Daisy, Tennessee, wants to be his…

Minority candidates Haley, Scott secure nominations in South Carolina

Voters reject deceased Senator Strom Thurmond’s son in favor of black lawmaker Nikki Haley, an Indian-American woman, handily won the Republican nomination for governor and Tim Scott, a black lawmaker, grabbed the GOP nod for a House seat in South Carolina primary runoffs Tuesday, a fresh sign of racial progress…

Republicans edge Democrats in battle for ‘swing’ vote: poll

WASHINGTON — Voters in tightly-contested “swing” districts favor Republican candidates this year, according to a poll Tuesday that showed the vulnerability of President Barack Obama’s ruling Democrats in November’s congressional elections. The National Public Radio survey polled 1,200 likely voters in 70 House districts seen by experts as most likely…

Maddow: ‘Stupid’ Republicans filibustering ‘every single vote of consequence’

In a panel discussion on HBO’s Real Time With Bill Maher Friday night, MSNBC host Rachel Maddow forcefully confronted the GOP’s latest Senate leader over his party’s unprecedented use of the filibuster this Congress. “Republicans are filibustering everything,” Maddow told former Senate Majority Leader Bill Frist (R-TN), who retired in…

Exclusive: FEC commissioner helped RNC conceal role in 2004 vote suppression

Judge found sworn testimony ‘belied’ the facts Caroline Hunter, a Bush-appointed Federal Election Commissioner who remains in office, provided misleading statements under oath in an effort to conceal Republican National Committee involvement in vote suppression activities during the 2004 presidential election, a Raw Story investigation has found. Legal experts say…

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