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CNN: Obama takes key battlegrounds to win re-election
President Barack Obama rode a wave of broad support from minorities, women and moderates to win re-election Tuesday by defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democratic strongholds and key battleground states. According to CNN projections, Obama surpassed the decisive 270-vote threshold in the Electoral College with victory in Ohio.
CNN: Democrats keep control of Senate
Democrats will retain their control of the Senate after winning several closely contested races on Tuesday. While poll results were still trickling in for some races, the Democratic victories make a Republican majority impossible. "No chance we get there," a top GOP source told CNN Tuesday night. "We have (a) real possibility of going backwards."
CNN projects GOP to retain control of the House
Republicans will maintain majority in the U.S. House of Representatives, CNN projected Tuesday night as votes were still being tallied for a number of races. While the GOP keeps control, a number of moderates on both sides lost, which is likely to make the House even more polarized.
CNN: Maryland, Maine approve same-sex marriage; 2 states legalize marijuana
Ballot measures approving same-sex marriage and the recreational use of marijuana were approved Tuesday by voters in a handful of states, signaling a historical social shift by popular vote.
CNNMoney: Tweeted your ballot? You may have broken the law
We live our lives online now, tweeting our thoughts and uploading Facebook photos everywhere we go. But if you snapped a quick picture of your ballot this Election Day, you may have broken a state law. Most states expressly prohibit filming or photographing inside polling places, or disallow the sharing of one's own ballot. The rules vary widely from state to state, and so do the potential punishments - but experts say actual prosecution is unlikely.
CNN: Nor'easter to bring chill to Sandy survivors
One week after Superstorm Sandy beat up the Northeast, tearing apart homes and lives in New Jersey, New York and other areas, there's another worry on the horizon: A nor'easter is coming. Rain is forecast to move in early Wednesday and will gradually become heavier, according to CNN meteorologists. As the day goes on, the weather will get worse, with daytime temperatures hovering in the 40s. At night it could get down to the 20s - bad news for the 127,000 customers who are still without power, according to Con Edison.
CNN: How to help after the superstorm
Though the storm itself has passed, many residents in the Northeast are still struggling in Sandy's aftermath. Relief groups continue to provide aid for those displaced, and for others the hard work of cleanup and recovery has begun. There are many ways you can help.
CNN: 'Inspiring,' 'insane' describe New York polling places in Sandy's wake
Long, slow-moving lines stretched around polling stations across New York City a week after Superstorm Sandy's fury threatened to keep many citizens from voting. "It's inspiring to see so many people up and out to vote already," said one woman at a makeshift polling station in Brooklyn established to replace regular precinct locations made unusable by storm damage. While inspiring to some, the long wait to cast a ballot was frustrating for others.
CNN: British PM broaches 'safe passage' for al-Assad
Britain's prime minister has raised the issue of giving Syrian President Bashar al-Assad "safe passage" out of his war-torn country if it could lead to real change. "Done. Anything, anything, to get that man out of the country and to have a safe transition in Syria," David Cameron told Al-Arabiya TV in Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates, in an interview aired Tuesday.
CNN: Israel plans new homes in East Jerusalem, West Bank
Israel has announced plans to build hundreds of new homes in the disputed regions of East Jerusalem and the West Bank, a move that has drawn sharp criticism. Israel's building of settlements in the West Bank and housing construction in East Jerusalem have been major stumbling blocks in forging peace efforts and a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians.
CNN: 2 South Korean presidential hopefuls join forces against conservative candidate
Two South Korean presidential candidates have decided to join forces in an effort to challenge the conservative front-runner in a move that could be a game-changer for the election next month. The election will determine who will lead South Korea, a key U.S. ally in Asia, for the next five years amid long-running tensions with the unpredictable, nuclear-armed North.
CNN: 2 U.S. sailors indicted on charges of raping Japanese woman on Okinawa
Japanese prosecutors have indicted two American sailors on charges that they raped a Japanese woman on the island of Okinawa last month, a case that has deepened tensions between local residents and the U.S. military. The arrest of the two suspects prompted outraged reactions from Japanese officials and resulted in the imposition of a curfew by the U.S. military on its troops in Japan.
CNN: World worries as U.S fiscal cliff looms
As supporters of U.S. President Barack Obama celebrate his victory, business and monetary leaders around the world sent along their congratulations. But global economic leaders now fret about the task ahead for Washington: The looming "fiscal cliff."
CNNMoney: London finance jobs to hit 20-year low
Financial services firms based in the city of London will continue to shed staff over the next two years, taking employment in the sector back to its lowest level in twenty years, according to a study released Tuesday.
CNNMoney: Banks offer loans, credit limit hikes to Sandy victims
In the wake of Superstorm Sandy, banks are offering emergency loans and credit limit increases to many East coast residents. But before jumping on one of these offers, make sure you know what you're getting into.
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
Obama's victory speech
President Barack Obama addressed his supporters in Chicago after being re-elected president of the United States.
Romney's concession speech
Republican Mitt Romney concedes defeat in the 2012 presidential election.
Folks, better give THIS PRESIDENT MORE RESPECT. Do not be idiots. Time changed. Nation is on right track. Yes, on Obama12.
Cant wait for Rove, Trump , Rush and Newt etc , say that Obama didnt really win the election because he didnt get more than 50% of all registered voters, even though Obama got 50% of actual voters support
Congrats President Obama. Now please stop your divisive and wasteful policies. Speaker Boehner, stand tall against the nonsense. Our nation is clearly split and we have lost those traditional values that are evidently not important to the takers.