Election Night: Obama Drone Bombs Several in Yemen 07 Nov 2012 On Wednesday morning, as many Americans sifted through the voter data and exit poll numbers of President Barack Obama's reelection the night before, the Twitter feeds of close watchers of Yemen lit up with reports of another sort of presidential event: an apparent U.S. drone strike had killed several individuals in that country. There was no way of being certain if the strike was indeed American, or for that matter if it was a drone strike at all, although it had all the markings of one. "All signs (after dark, suspicions of locals, target) point to Sanhan strike being a US drone," Yemen-based freelance journalist Adam Baron wrote on Twitter. Several other analysts concurred. A White House spokesman did not respond to a request for comment. If it were a American strike, of course, it would have to have been authorized by Obama.
Numbers nerd Nate Silver's forecasts prove all right on election night 07 Nov 2012 One big winner of US election night was the statistical guru and unashamed numbers nerd Nate Silver, who correctly predicted not only Barack Obama's victory but the outcome of the presidential contest in all 50 states. Silver, the political forecaster at the New York Times, infuriated Republicans in the closing days of the race by arguing on his blog FiveThirtyEight.com that Obama's chances of winning were steadily increasing. His final forecast gave Obama a 90.9% chance of victory. Silver also forecast 332 electoral college votes for Obama against 206 for Romney - the actual result, assuming Obama's Florida victory is confirmed.
Obama wins reelection 07 Nov 2012 With polls closed throughout the continental United States, President Barack Obama won reelection by a comfortable margin in the Electoral College, while pulling ahead in the popular vote after midnight, as returns began coming in from the West Coast...Obama will repay those who turned out to vote for him by carrying out measures that will devastate their jobs, living standards and social conditions. The "grand bargain" that he has pledged to negotiate with the Republicans will come at the expense of the working class, through trillions in cuts to Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid and other social programs.
82-Year-Old Man Struck, Killed by National Guard Vehicle in Chinatown 07 Nov 2012 An 82-year-old Queens man was struck and killed by a National Guard vehicle in Manhattan on Tuesday, police said. Kwok Fu was crossing Canal Street near Centre Street in Chinatown around 1:25 p.m. when he was struck, police said. Fu was taken to New York Downtown Hospital where he later died.
Nor'easter to bring high winds and cold rain to New York and New Jersey 07 Nov 2012 Storm-weary residents in New York and New Jersey were braced Wednesday for further misery, as a nor'easter bore down on the region threatening high winds, rain and sleet. In advance of the fresh wave of bad weather, authorities in New York City were taking precautions including the closing of all parks and beaches, while urging the partial evacuation of coastal areas. Coming so soon after superstorm Sandy inflicted widespread damage across the north east, fears persist over the impact of cold weather and potential new flooding on residents still cut off from power.
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