From: Brian Rayner <email@example.com>
Date: Wed, Nov 3, 2010 at 5:16 PM
Subject: Fw: Democrats will retain control of Senate 03 Nov 2010
Democrats will retain control of Senate 03 Nov 2010 Democrats will retain control of the U.S. Senate, media projections showed Tuesday night. Democrats held onto at least 50 seats, denying Republicans the needed pick-ups to wrest the chamber back from President Barack Obama's party. Republicans picked up Senate seats, including in Indiana and North Dakota.
Obama Makes Concession Calls 03 Nov 2010 President Barack Obama makes an election night phone call to Rep. John Boehner (R., Ohio) from his Treaty Room office in the White House residence, Tuesday. The White House said that Mr. Obama also talked by phone to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi of California, House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer of Maryland, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.
Tea Party Victories Propel Republican Gains in Senate 03 Nov 2010 The Tea Party captured its first big victories Tuesday when Marco Rubio won a United States Senate seat in Florida and Rand Paul won his Senate bid in Kentucky. The victories seemed to be a precursor of big gains in Congress for the Republican Party, which appeared poised to take control of the House of Representatives...
Marco Rubio defeats Gov. Charlie Crist in Florida Senate race 02 Nov 2010 Marco Rubio, a "tea party" movement favorite, was elected to the U.S. Senate on Tuesday, easily winning a three-way race that included Florida Gov. Charlie Crist, a one-time rising star in the Republican Party. The victory means a conservative will take over the Senate seat now held by a more moderate Republican. The Senate's division between the major parties won't change, but the GOP will continue its move to the right. Democrat Kendrick Meek, who ran third, waged what has been a traditional Democratic campaign in this midterm cycle...
Paul handily takes Senate seat 03 Nov 2010 Riding a wave of support from the conservative Tea Party movement, Republican Rand Paul won Kentucky's US senate race by beating Jack Conway Tuesday by over 100,000 votes. Paul, a Bowling Green native and son of 2008 presidential contender Republican Ron Paul, used his father's name recognition and fund-raising, criticism of President Barack Obama and a message of small government to out-duel Conway, a Louisville native and the Commonwealth's current attorney general. "We've come to take our government back," Paul said. "Eleven percent of Americans approve of what the government has done. Tonight the Tea Party tidal wave is sending a message."
Republican Kirk Wins Obama's Old Senate Seat 03 Nov 2010 In a stinging defeat for Democrats on President Obama's home turf, Representative Mark Steven Kirk, a Republican, won a narrow victory for the United States Senate over his Democratic rival, Alexi Giannoulias, the state treasurer whom the president had endorsed to take over his former seat. "Let me just say thank you, thank you everybody," Mr. Kirk said from a hotel ballroom in Wheeling, Ill. "We are 800 miles from any ocean, but a tsunami just hit the heartland."
Johnson Projected to Defeat Senator Feingold in Wisconsin 02 Nov 2010 Republican challenger Ron Johnson won election to the U.S. Senate from Wisconsin, MSNBC and Fox News projected, defeating Democratic Senator Russ Feingold. Johnson, 55, is a businessman who helped found a company called PACUR that produces specialty plastics. Feingold, 57, is an 18-year veteran of the Senate and a crusader for stricter campaign finance laws. Johnson led Feingold, 57 percent to 42 percent, with 29 percent of precincts reporting, the AP reported.
Indiana Republican Coats wins Senate seat 02 Nov 2010 Dan Coats defeated Brad Ellsworth in Indiana's Senate race on Tuesday, scoring a pick-up for the Republican Party in the Midwest. Coats will now head back to the institution he retired from in 1998. Coats takes the seat of retiring Democrat Evan Bayh.
Business Looks to Republicans to Block Rules, Taxes 03 Nov 2010 The Republican gains in Congress mean U.S. companies from Goldman Sachs Group Inc. to Wellpoint Inc. may be able to weaken or block what they consider President Barack Obama's 'anti-business' policies on health care, the environment, taxes and financial reform. Republicans will use their perch as the new majority in the House of Representatives to try to eliminate funding for parts of Obama's health care bill opposed by business as well as curb regulations and government spending, Jay Timmons, senior vice president of the National Association of Manufacturers, a Washington-based lobbying group, said in an interview before the election.
Senate Democratic Leader Reid Wins Re-Election Bid 03 Nov 2010 Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won re-election, the Associated Press reported, overcoming unpopularity with Nevada voters and a slugfest with Tea Party-backed Republican Sharron Angle, who labeled him out of touch with the state's economic woes. Reid avoided becoming the third Senate party leader since 1952 to lose re-election. He led Angle 51 percent to 45 percent of the vote with 41 percent of precincts reporting, according to the AP.
Blumenthal Smacks Down McMahon to Win Connecticut Senate Seat 03 Nov 2010 Attorney General Richard Blumenthal has defeated Republican Linda McMahon in the race for Senate from Connecticut, replacing retiring Sen. Chris Dodd. By late September, McMahon had closed the race to within 5 points, but wasn't able to get closer, despite spending some $42 million on the campaign, to Blumenthal's $6 million, according to the Center for Reponsive Politics. One reason McMahon won the GOP nomination was her ability and willingness to spend her own considerable money--she's the former CEO of World Wrestling Entertainment--to try to beat Blumenthal.
Jerry Brown elected next governor of California 02 Nov 2010 California voters have returned Democrat Jerry Brown to the governor's office 28 years after he left it. With his win Tuesday, the state attorney general will take the helm of a state mired in recession and high unemployment after defeating Republican Meg Whitman, a billionaire who spent $142 million of her personal fortune on her campaign. Brown's victory will return the governor's office in the nation's most populous state to Democratic control.
Manchin beats Raese for U.S. Senate 02 Nov 2010 Democratic Gov. Joe Manchin survived a tough battle with Republican businessman John Raese Tuesday to win the U.S. Senate seat held by the late Sen. Robert C. Byrd for more than 50 years. With 93 percent of precincts reporting Tuesday night, Manchin led Raese by about 53 percent to 44 percent.
Fiorina refuses to concede in Calif. Senate race 03 Nov 2010 Former Hewlett-Packard Co. Chief Executive Carly Fiorina, a Republican, said she wouldn't concede the California Senate race to incumbent Democrat Barbara Boxer in a speech to supporters Tuesday night. Although the race had been called by several news organizations, Fiorina said: "Maybe that wasn't a smart thing to do."
Delaware: Chris Coons defeats Tea Party's Christine O'Donnell 03 Nov 2010 Democrat Chris Coons became Delaware's next senator with strong support from moderates Tuesday while Republican opponent Christine O'Donnell failed to capitalize on the tea party fervor that propelled her to a primary victory. Exit polls conducted for The Associated Press showed that nearly half of those who voted described themselves as moderates, and they supported Coons, the New Castle county executive, more than 2 to 1.
Democrats win governor, attorney general in New York 03 Nov 2010 The Democratic Party kept hold of the governor's office and the top prosecutor's job in New York on Tuesday, while the race for state comptroller remained too close to call hours after the polls closed. Democrat Andrew Cuomo, the son of former Governor Mario Cuomo, defeated Republican and Tea Party-supported Carl Paladino in the race for governor by a wide margin. In the race to succeed Cuomo as attorney general, Democrat Eric Schneiderman, a state senator, defeated Republican Dan Donovan, a district attorney in New York City.
Patrick roars to 2d term as governor --State Democrats sweep 03 Nov 2010 Governor Deval Patrick defeated Republican rival Charles D. Baker yesterday to win a second term, a dramatic end to an election in which Democrats crushed hopes of a Republican resurgence in Massachusetts. Patrick overcame a devastating recession and a high unemployment rate to convince voters that he was best equipped to lead the state toward economic recovery.
California says 'no' to legalizing marijuana cultivation 03 Nov 2010 In a landmark ballot measure that tested the boundaries of the public's acceptance of pot, California voters decided Tuesday night they're still not ready to legalize marijuana smoking as a leisure activity. The initiative would have allowed adults over 21 to possess up to an ounce of pot and cultivate small amounts of marijuana at home.
Michael Rectenwald: 'Only a working-class majority can overcome power elite and end wars' 03 Nov 2010 Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D., CLG founder and chief editorialist said, 'I predicted that Obama would destroy the Democratic Party almost a year ago. I argued that Obama has brought ruin to the party by more than grossly under-delivering on lofty promises. Tonight's outcome will bear that out.'
The Obama Effect: The Demise of the Democratic Party and a Gift to the Country By Michael Rectenwald, Ph.D. 11 Dec 2009 The decision to escalate Afghanistan War should put the final nail in the coffin of "change" and "hope" that Democrats and others crawled into when they supported Obama. The evidence that Obama is every bit the representative of the corporate oligarchy and no less a corporate shill than the rest has been mounting for nearly a year-or well before the election for the cognoscenti. Only fanatics could have heard Obama's speech on Afghanistan and failed to hear the resonances of Bush. But the writing was on the wall over a year ago when Obama supported the bailouts of the banks and brokerage firms that leveraged their destruction of the economy on the foreclosures of homes. Few could miss the fact that the health care reform bill, should it ever pass, will be another unwarranted and gratuitous bailout-this one of the insurance and pharmaceutical companies... Only a working-class majority can overcome the power elite and end the wars.
Bush defends Iraq war, torture in book 03 Nov 2010 Former US President [sic] George W. Bush has defended his decisions during his eight years in office, including the war he waged on Iraq that has so far killed over a million Iraqis. In a memoir titled "Decision Points," due to be released next week, Bush claims the invasion of Iraq was justified. He argues that Iraqi citizens are better off without the former Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein, whom he calls a "homicidal dictator." [In psychology, we call that 'projection.'] He also defends his decision to allow torture, asserting that it helped save lives.
US drone crashes in Afghanistan [What a shame!] 02 Nov 2010 An unmanned aerial vehicle operated by US-led forces has crashed in eastern Afghanistan, NATO and Afghan officials say. The drone came down in Behsud district in eastern Nangarhar province early on Tuesday, a Press TV correspondent reported. Officials say the drone crashed due to technical problems.
US-led soldier killed in Afghanistan 03 Nov 2010 A militant attack has killed a US-led soldier in Afghanistan as the number of attacks against Western troops in the war-torn country has soared significantly in the past months. NATO's International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said on Wednesday that the soldier died following a militant attack in northern Afghanistan.
Blast kills one near Gaza police HQ 03 Nov 2010 A massive explosion near the police force headquarters in the Hamas-controlled and blockaded Gaza Strip has claimed the life of a Palestinian. Another Palestinian was also wounded in the blast, a Press TV correspondent reported on Wednesday.
4 small mail bombs explode in Athens 03 Nov 2010 A bomb exploded at the Swiss embassy in Athens Tuesday and suspicious packages were detonated by police outside Parliament, the Bulgarian embassy and a courier company, officials said. No injuries or damage were reported from Tuesday's four small explosions. Police say they suspect that far-left domestic groups are responsible for the wave of attacks that began Monday when four mail bombs failed to reach their targets -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy and the embassies of Mexico, the Netherlands and Belgium.
US, 4 others warn of terrorist activity in RP 03 Nov 2010 The US State Department has warned anew its citizens of terrorist activity in the Philippines due to continuing threats of terrorist and insurgent activities. It was also learned that the governments of Canada and New Zealand released travel advisories. The governments of the United Kingdom and Australia were first to issue theirs on Tuesday due to "imminent terrorist attacks" in the Philippines.
TSA plans to overhaul security screening plans --The Transportation Security Administration wants to plug holes in cargo security that were revealed by the bomb plot in Yemen. The focus will probably be on intelligence [doubtful] and new technology. 03 Nov 2010 Scrambling to plug holes in cargo security revealed by the bomb plot in Yemen, the Transportation Security Administration announced Tuesday it was planning an overhaul of its passenger and cargo screening methods. Top Homeland Security Department officials met all through the weekend to decide what long-term steps to take to address the vulnerability of cargo and to identify remaining gaps in security.
Three San Diego residents named in terrorism indictment 02 Nov 2010 Three San Diego men have been charged with providing money to a Somali-based militia group described by U.S. authorities as a violent terrorist organization, according to a federal indictment unsealed Tuesday. The men -- Basaaly Saeed Moalin, Mohamed Mohamed Mohamud and Issa Doreh -- face conspiracy charges related to their alleged involvement with the group, known as al-Shabaab, which has ties to 'al-Qaeda.'
NY judge orders man arrested in Hawaii held without bail in terrorism case 02 Nov 2010 A man has been ordered held without bail in New York on charges he lied to authorities after devising a failed plot to desert from the U.S. military and join insurgents in Iraq. Abdel Hameed Shehadeh appeared briefly Tuesday in Brooklyn federal court. He did not enter a plea to making false statements to U.S. authorities investigating international terrorism.
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Obama administration thinking of bolstering CIA in Yemen 01 Nov 2010 There is growing support in the US for a shift to CIA operational control over the elite special forces teams which have been secreted in Yemen. In response to recent revelations of bombs on board passenger planes from Yemen [Langley], support has been growing in the US military and Obama administration for a bolstering of the CIA presence.
US deploys fourth submarine in Persian Gulf --A total of thirty combat vessels are currently deployed in the region, including those belonging to Britain and France. 02 Nov 2010 The United States has deployed its fourth submarine in the Persian Gulf region following the deployment of three others near the Bahrain Port. This comes as the USS Abraham Lincoln and French Charles de Gaulle aircraft carriers are heading toward the region. The United States maintains twenty combat vessels, namely the USS Harry Truman aircraft carrier, as well as fifty-three logistical vessels, in the Persian Gulf and the Sea of Oman.
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