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USA

Months and years of campaigning, more than$2.2 billion in election spending, over 100 million votes cast… and Americans in their wisdom decided to essentially maintain the status quo. President Obama returns to the White House for a second mandate. The Senate stays blue; the House stays red. But lest anyone was thinking that this whole thing was a giant waste of time, remember that it beats the hell out of the alternative.

I was on a plane for most of the evening, and while I was able to watch the results come in on satellite TV (thanks, WestJet!), I didn’t have internet access so no liveblogging of results. It was like a throwback to the pre-Web 2.0 years when you actually had to rely on traditional media sources for information. Well, unless you’re Barack Obama, author of the Tweet heard around the world.

The big vote

The race was close all night, but the nail-biter didn’t materialize. While both candidates were neck-and-neck in the popular vote for much of the evening, most of the highly contested swing states went one by one to Obama: New Hampshire, Iowa, Wisconsin, Virginia were called one by one for Team Obama. You could see the wind go out of the sails in the Romney camp as each one was declared, but Ohio finally solidified things shortly after 11pm ET. At that point, it was all over but the fat lady, whose singing will be heard in Florida just as soon as all those folks standing in line have a chance to vote.

Latest US election results 2012, as of 2:30AM ET on Nov 7th. Source: CNN.

So what happened to give the Obama team such a wide margin of victory, despite a 7.9% unemployment rate and widespread anger and disillusionment with the status quo?

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4 more years

11.07.12

Obama tweets "4 more years"

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Media bias exemplified

11.05.2012

With less than 24 hours to go until voting day in the US, it’s a classic case study in media bias to see what the various big news outlets have as their posted headlines. Here’s CNN, reporting a statistical tie in the popular vote but an edge to Obama in the electoral college: Here’s Yahoo [...]

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“I’m too rich: Tax me more, please!”

12.06.2011

That’s the theory behind this site: We are the 1 percent. It contains manifestos of a bunch of people who claim to be part of the American super-rich, but who feel that it’s unfair that they aren’t taxed their fair share. Now, admittedly, this concept might be better if more of the people in the [...]

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Palin won’t run

10.05.2011

Sarah Palin won’t run for President in 2012: After much prayer and serious consideration, I have decided that I will not be seeking the 2012 GOP nomination for President of the United States. As always, my family comes first and obviously Todd and I put great consideration into family life before making this decision. When [...]

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Bibi addresses US Congress

05.25.2011

Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu delivered a speech to US Congress yesterday. Among other things, he spoke about Iran, Bin Laden, Obama’s ill-advised comments on the ’67 borders, and Israel’s desires for – and obstacles to – a lasting peace with the Palestinians. The full speech is available to watch on video here. Or, you can [...]

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Two impressive Obama speeches

05.02.2011

Barack Obama gave two very impressive speeches this weekend: one funny, and one deadly serious. First, there was his speech at the annual White House Correspondent’s Dinner, where Obama held the floor like a seasoned comedian and managed to get his digs in at Donald Trump while he was at it: Does he have the [...]

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Bin Laden is dead

05.01.2011

Ten years later. Dozens of terrorist attacks, including Istanbul, Madrid, London, and last week in Marrakech, later. 2,340 coalition casualties in Afghanistan, including 155 Canadians, later. Thousands of Afghan civilian casualties – too many for any body or organization to properly count – later. Osama bin Laden is dead, says the President. It’s been almost [...]

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Musings on the US-Canada price gap

04.17.2011

A new BMO report suggests that on average, Canadians pay about 20% more for the same goods and services as our American neighbours do — even though the loonie is above par: BMO’s survey compared 11 items, including golf balls, Blu-ray movies, running shoes and cars. There is no denying Canada is smaller and that [...]

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Midterm madness

11.02.2010

Despite the best efforts of the likes of Stewart and Colbert to restore sanity and/or fear, the predictions of big gains for the Republican party in today’s US midterm elections are, sadly, pretty likely, with exit polls showing that the Democrats have lost ground with key groups of voters. But before Obama panics too much, [...]

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