The state’s battleground status should not be a surprise: it has backed the winner in every presidential vote since 1960. What is unusual this time around is the suggestion of opinion polls that President Barack Obama may win a larger slice of the vote in Ohio than he does nationally; in all but one election since 1976, the Democratic presidential candidate’s performance in the state has lagged behind his [...]
In the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision upholding the constitutionality of Obamacare, the principal choice now facing Americans on November 6 will be whether to keep Obamacare or to repeal it. The question is a binary one, and the answer — expressed almost entirely through their presidential vote — will go a long way toward determining the future course of this great nation.
Yes, the economy is extremely important; and, [...]
PRINCETON, NJ — U.S. veterans, about 13% of the adult population and consisting mostly of older men, support Mitt Romney over Barack Obama for president by 58% to 34%, while nonveterans give Obama a four-percentage-point edge.
These data, from an analysis of Gallup Daily tracking interviews conducted April 11-May 24, show that 24% of all adult men are veterans, compared with 2% of adult women.
Obama and Romney are tied overall [...]
Ahead of the next Greek election, it seems pretty clear that ‘core’ Europe has one message for Greece.
This is from the latest note from Jefferies’ David Zervos:
And that takes us squarely to Mr Tsipras, SYRIZA, the MoU/MoB and the Greek election. It will be very easy for Merkel and company up north to lay out a case for an ELA shut down for the BoG if the MoU is discarded [...]
By Luke Baker
BRUSSELS (Reuters) – Overshadowed by the prospect of a Socialist win in France’s presidential vote, the parliamentary election in Greece on Sunday carries far greater risks for the euro zone.
Opinion polls show no clear winner emerging from the vote, with the two main parties – centre-right New Democracy and PASOK’s socialists – together garnering around 38 percent of the ballot, barely enough for a parliamentary majority under Greece’s electoral system.
CAIRO — As least 11 people were killed after assailants attacked protesters staging a sit-in near Egypt’s Ministry of Defense early on Wednesday, setting off hours of clashes that threw the coming presidential election into disarray as at least five candidates announced the suspension of their campaigns to protest the deaths.
The victims, killed by gunfire, clubs or knives, included a third-year medical student from Luxor and several young men from [...]
Nicolas Sarkozy and François Hollande are to face each other in a live TV debate on Wednesday night – a tense verbal showdown seen as the rightwing president’s last chance to swing Sunday’s presidential vote in his favour.
The French president is six to eight points behind the Socialist frontrunner Hollande in the polls, despite an aggressive campaign. Sarkozy has reportedly told ministers that he will use the debate to “explode” Hollande. Both candidates [...]
By Angela Diffley
With three days to go before Sunday’s final round vote in France’s presidential elections, Nicolas Sarkozy hopes his passionate address to a huge crowd in front of the Eiffel Tower on Tuesday will create enough momentum to push him ahead, against all the odds.
Sarkozy’s right-wing UMP party say 200,000 people turned out at the event, which had been organised as an alternative to two traditional Mayday events in [...]
CARACAS, Venezuela (AP) — President Hugo Chavez led an energetic homecoming celebration on Saturday, rallying thousands of supporters from a balcony of the presidential palace after three weeks in Cuba for cancer surgery.
Chavez turned the event into a campaign rally, vowing to win re-election in the Oct. 7 presidential vote and demanding unity from his followers. Returning to the combativeness that has characterized much of his 13-year presidency, Chavez insulted [...]
Screws tighten on Iran as big buyers shun its oil
By Robin Pomeroy
TEHRAN | Thu Jan 5, 2012 9:11pm EST
TEHRAN (Reuters) – Iran faced the prospect of cutbacks in its oil sales to China and Japan as new measures to block Tehran’s crude exports over its nuclear program appeared to be driving its economy to the wall.
The developments in Asia on Thursday followed news 24 hours earlier that EU leaders had [...]
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December 1, 2011
Ignoring a presidential veto threat, the Democratic-controlled Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly approved a massive, $662 billion defense bill that would require the military to hold suspected terrorists linked to al-Qaida or its affiliates, even those captured on U.S. soil.
The vote was 93-7 for the bill authorizing money for military personnel, weapons systems, national security programs in the Energy Department, and the [...]
* Merkel, Sarkozy vow anti-crisis package by end of month
* Package seen including plan for Greece, banks, coordination
* Leaders paper over differences on bank recaps, offer no details
* Sarkozy keen to deliver success at Cannes summit early November
By Noah Barkin and Sarah Marsh
BERLIN, Oct 9 (Reuters) – The leaders of Germany and France promised on Sunday to unveil a new comprehensive package for solving the euro zone’s debt crisis [...]
June 14 (Bloomberg) — President Barack Obama’s guarantee on $1 billion of Egyptian Eurobonds is poised to reduce the country’s borrowing costs, helping the transition to democracy after six decades of autocratic rule.
The support that Obama pledged last month may cut yields on the five-year debt by 200 basis points, or the equivalent of $100 million, according to the median estimate of five fund managers [...]