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President Obama defeats Romney, wins second term


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BY ALEXA ALTMAN, MAGGIE HAYES AND CRISTABELLE TUMOLA

President Barack Obama defeated former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney in the 2012 presidential election, kicking off his second term.

“And whether I earned your vote or not, I have listened to you, I have learned from you and you have made me a better president. And with your stories and your struggles I return to the White House more determined and more inspired than ever about the work we have to do and the future that lies ahead,” said Obama in his victory speech shortly before 2 a.m.

Around the time of his speech, the president had 303 electoral votes and Romney had 206, with Florida’s 29 electoral votes still pending.

The contentious campaign road led both major party candidates to swing states, including Ohio, Nevada and Pennsylvania, in the weeks prior to the election.

Obama won all three of those key states in addition to other important victories in Virginia, New Hampshire, Iowa, Colorado and Wisconsin.

Though media outlets declared the president the winner shortly after 11 p.m., the Romney campaign initially told MSNBC that it wasn’t ready to concede Ohio and its 18 electoral votes.

But as more results came in, it became more apparent that Obama would stay in the White House for four more years.

About 1 a.m., Mitt Romney gave his concession speech in Boston.

“I so wish I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction, but the nation chose another leader,” said Romney.

Less than 24 hours earlier, polls and political experts were still predicting a close race between both candidates who each had their ups and downs during the campaign.

The three debates between the presidential candidates preceding the vote caused the opponents to butt heads over domestic, economic and foreign policy issues. During the first debate at the University of Denver, critics felt the governor came out on top while the president fell short. However, in the second debate at Hofstra University, while discussing topics like the economic impact on recent college graduates, creating jobs and the country’s current financial deficit, Obama came out swinging.

Controversial issues surrounding the president included his economic policies and whether or not he was capable of easing the country’s debt. Romney was criticized for his inability to connect with those struggling to make ends meet – particularly among the middle and lower classes.

 

 

 

WATCH: Voting machine switches Obama votes to Romney


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A Pennsylvania electronic voting machine malfunctioned today and changed votes for President Obama to Republican candidate Mitt Romney and vice versa, MSNBC reported.

A video of the broken machine was posted on YouTube with a description of what the poster witnessed:

“My wife and I went to the voting booths this morning before work. There were 4 older ladies running the show and 3 voting booths that are similar to a science fair project in how they fold up. They had an oval VOTE logo on top center and a cartridge slot on the left that the volunteers used to start your ballot.

I initially selected Obama but Romney was highlighted. I assumed it was being picky so I deselected Romney and tried Obama again, this time more carefully, and still got Romney. Being a software developer, I immediately went into troubleshoot mode. I first thought the calibration was off and tried selecting Jill Stein to actually highlight Obama. Nope. Jill Stein was selected just fine. Next I deselected her and started at the top of Romney’s name and started tapping very closely together to find the ‘active areas’. From the top of Romney’s button down to the bottom of the black checkbox beside Obama’s name was all active for Romney. From the bottom of that same checkbox to the bottom of the Obama button (basically a small white sliver) is what let me choose Obama. Stein’s button was fine. All other buttons worked fine.

I asked the voters on either side of me if they had any problems and they reported they did not. I then called over a volunteer to have a look at it. She him hawed for a bit then calmly said “It’s nothing to worry about, everything will be OK.” and went back to what she was doing. I then recorded this video.

There is a lot of speculation that the footage is edited. I’m not a video guy, but if it’s possible to prove whether a video has been altered or not, I will GLADLY provide the raw footage to anyone who is willing to do so. The jumping frames are a result of the shitty camera app on my Android phone, nothing more.”

After the video was put online, MSNBC confirmed that there was a problem with the voting machine and that it had been taken out of service.

What Obama and Romney said at the final presidential debate


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More than 17,000 words were spoken during the third and final debate between President Barack Obama and Mitt Romney at Lynn University in Boca Raton. The words uttered tonight will be dissected in the next two weeks ahead of the election on November 6. The most common words were what you would expect to hear in a debate on foreign policy — except maybe bayonets.

World (said 67 times), military (49), Iran (47), leadership (46), nuclear (39), budget (35) all were among the most stated terms during the 90-minute clash moderated by Bob Schieffer.

But instead of telling you, take a look yourself at the top 250 words you heard over and
over tonight.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ROCK THE VOTE


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With the September 13 primary — and its abysmal voter turnout — behind us, it is time to start focusing on the November 6 general election.

If you are not already, we urge you to register to vote.

It’s very easy, and a linchpin of our Democracy.

So, as the slogan goes, “Just do it.”

You can register by mail or in person. Simply visit or call the Board of Elections Queens office, 126-06 Queens Boulevard, Kew Gardens, NY 11415; 718-730-6730, or download the Voter Registration Application at http://vote.nyc.ny.us/. You may also obtain registration forms from libraries, post offices, and most New York City government agencies.

 

New York City marathoners race through Long Island City


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The streets of Long Island City were packed as runners steamed through the heart of Hunters Point in the 43rd ING New York City Marathon on Sunday, November 6.

The community came out to cheer on the runners and to give them the extra boost they needed to get over the Queensborough Bridge on the balmy autumn day.