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  • President Obama's victory speech was soaring and pragmatic. But was America celebrating?
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    No detail of the staging of Mr Obama’s declaration of victory – his dispatch of Mitt Romney – was unplanned. Even before he stepped forward a towering red curtain behind his podium swept open to reveal still more terraced ranks of flag-waving support...

  • Editorial: A public inquiry is not always the right answer
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    So it was that the Home Secretary launched no fewer than two new investigations yesterday: one by the head of the new National Crime Agency assisted by child protection specialists, and the other a probe into the original inquiry – led by former judg...

  • Adoption must be fast-tracked to ease a creaking care system
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    We have a difficult relationship with the concept of “care”; dating back far beyond the current horror stories.  But there is truth in the findings – that too often parents have been given second (and third, and fourth) chances to make a decent job o...

  • Republicans are out of step with a divided America. Can Barack Obama's second term heal the country?
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Obama’s thumping re-election may never silence the ravings of the extremists. But Tuesday’s election victory should at least set to rest the notion – sometimes held by his own supporters – that Obama could not fill the office of the presidency. He wa...

  • If we can find a new species of whale, just think what else could be out there
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    The irony was, it was doing the right thing – it was swimming westwards. It had almost certainly taken a wrong left turn in the straits of Dover and ended up in the North Sea and eventually, the Thames estuary, whereas it should have been in the deep...

  • My Olympic legacy – a husband dressed up in lycra
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    He tells me that the Government is scratching its head over the Olympic legacy, and he’s been drafted in to sort it out. It’s not the future of the buildings so much, as delivering Olympic zeal coursing through society. What about all those gold meda...

  • This election wasn't pretty, but Obama's victory is a triumph for science over superstition
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    With a fifth of Ohio’s votes yet to be counted and Obama ahead by a slither, George W Bush’s “turdblossom” peevishly complained that it was too early for Romney to concede. In a rare sortie in the land of logic, his Fox News hosts adduced an in-house...

  • Did Nick Clegg, deputising for David Cameron at Prime Minister's Questions, forget he's not a Tory?
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    This was most noticeable when he accused the Labour MP, Lillian Greenwood, of “wilful scaremongering”, for raising doubts about the future of Kettering Hospital, echoing what David Cameron had said three weeks earlier. But Ms Greenwood had in her han...

  • Firebox told to stop selling Bytox hangover patches as ‘hangover’ is medical condition
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Under direction from the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the product, Bytox falls under the ‘Borderline’ category, due to the use of the term ‘Hangover’ which refers to a medical condition. Who would have thought a hang...

  • Here's the most bonkers thing Fox has to say about Obama's victory
    Fox News Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Here's three of Rich Noyes' five gripes:1. The media over-egged Romney's gaffesThat whole 47% thing was "hyped like a sensational sex scandal", when, of course, it was just a Presidential candidate writing off half the electorate.2. Pounding Romney w...

  • Mitt Romney's got millions of dollars and an empty diary. What might he do next?
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    But don’t shed too many tears - after a business career that made him millions (helped by the fact that he paid far less tax than the average American), the former Massachusetts Governor will be able to live out his remaining days in luxurious comfor...

  • Apple’s latest infringement claims may signal an impending legal war with Google
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    It's no surprise to see Apple taking legal action against yet another Samsung tablet, but what is surprising, is Apple's decision to take the fight directly to Google with a case against the Android operating system.Until now, Apple have refrained fr...

  • Democracy and Disaster in New York's Sandy-battered Staten Island
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    At New Dorp High School, it is like no previous election. The small talk in the queues to polling booths revolved around the aftershock. Was everyone all right? Did the house survive? Had there been any looting? A week had passed since the storm rava...

  • EU jobsworths threaten to ban Chanel No 5. Will Brad Pitt be next?
    Mail Online Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Over to those experts in modern fragrance, Mail Online: "Chanel No5 and a host of other perfumes could be banned after EU scientists decided some of the ingredients may cause allergies. The scent, which has been in production for more than 90 years, ...

  • Iran and the nuclear threat will define President Obama’s second term
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Whilst we may collectively kick up a fuss about the gradual subversion of the idea of a nuclear-free world from time to time, bolstered by the fact that nuclear weapons were never used during the cold war, realist political theorists have successfull...

  • ‘Having it all’ is not a women's issue
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    “Will you keep on working after the baby is born?” “Will you be going part time?” “Do your earnings cover the childcare?” and “you must feel guilty being away from your son so much?” (this last in the shady coercion zone between question and instruct...

  • When did Islamophobic attacks become the norm for the French media?
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Running the headline: "Brazen school cafeterias, hospitals, and swimming pools" the cover featured a niqab-clad woman arguing with a French policewoman. It had to be a joke, but sadly it wasn't.Le Point’s cover was widely condemned on soci...

  • President Obama will have new confidence in his step
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    If President Obama can withstand months of the worst his fellow countrymen have to offer, and now with job security a settled matter, he can enter any negotiation and meet any challenge with a resounding hitch in his step.  As quickly as Mr Romney’s ...

  • Has wearing the poppy become a symbol of unthinking militarism?
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    What's going on?Today is Remembrance day, the one time a year we stop to pay tribute to those who served in wars across the centuries and around the globe. But is the poppy, worn as a gesture of solidarity and support, more a celebration of military ...

  • I sympathise with Sir Peter Hall, theatre is the perfect place for a rude awakening
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    My sympathy immediately went to the 81-year-old Sir Peter and his apology yesterday that he felt “disorientated” on returning to consciousness in Row G of the Vaudeville Theatre was entirely consistent with my experience. I suffer from a rare strain ...

  • Why are they trending? Yes Obama, America, USA, #fourmoreyears, #election2012
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    #electionmoments, Yes ObamaTwitter has already breathed a sigh of relief, made jokes, celebrated, cast doubts, made sarcastic comments and moved on from the big news of Obama's victory. It is now reminiscing over the best moments from the last day's ...

  • Brazilian man forced to pay £15,000 to ex-wife after announcing she wasn't a virgin during wedding
    Telegraph Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Although it's generally accepted that wearing white no longer represents the purest form of virginity, Vanessa Tonasse was less than happy when her groom spoiled their ceremony by declaring her cherry had already been popped.Jose Proenca Alves had re...

  • Poppy campaign has no right to demand conformity
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Like just about everyone, I wear a poppy. I also think it would be OK if I didn't. But the Royal British Legion, it seems, feels differently. I draw this conclusion from the ad I saw on my way to work yesterday, which went further than anything I've ...

  • Donald Trump's Twitter Tirade
    New York Magazine Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    In fact, the cause of Trump's foul mood is none of the above. It's much, much worse. Former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, Donald Trump has just discovered that Barack Obama has won the election and there's absolutely nothing h...

  • Cassetteboy's election round-up: Cassetteboy vs Obama vs Romney
    Cassetteboy Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    In less than two minutes, this er...lightly edited...clip reel from the presidential debate somehow sums up both candidates better than a hundred hours of non-Cassetteboyed footage. It's actually the follow up to the final debate parody which is wort...

  • US election special: Maitlis wins the iPad battle! Alistair Stewart looks lonely! And Russia Today...
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Do you like sensory overload? THEN MOVE TO AMERICA!It's hard to pick out the worst offender here but it basically comes down to straight fight between Fox News and CCN (NBC having ruled themselves out with a total reliance on schmaltz). In the case o...

  • VIDEO: Toddlers debate Obama vs. Romney Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    [Insert highly predictable, but still funny Fox News gag here.]

  • VIDEO: "Catastrophic" - Sarah Palin reacts to four more years of Obama Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Although she did concede that "a win is a win", Palin seemed to find it hard to get her head around the choice that America had made. "This really is a catastrophic set-back to our economy, " she told her interviewer.

  • Did "flag head lady" ruin Obama's victory speech?
    Business Insider Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    While paying cursory homage to the actual content of Obama's victory speech (thank you Biden, blah blah, thank you Michelle, blah blah, fight for the poor, blah, greatest nation in the world etc.) the internet's sharpest commentators have been much m...

  • Woman in labour, still makes time to vote for Obama
    Bust Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    With reports of voter turnout exceeding the 2008 elections in some states, there were a lot of voting heroes in the 2012 presidential elections, but the greatest of them all must surely by Galicia Malone from Dolton, Illinois. The 21-year-old new mot...

  • The Disunited States of America: why Obama's pitiful mandate is bad news for the American people
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    What a load of baloney.Though re-elected as widely predicted last night, the real lesson for Obama is that he has utterly failed to fulfil the promise of his neophyte campaign in 2008. The great 50-50 nation remains terribly divided, and the Presiden...

  • World Vegan Month: Want to be a winner on and off the field? Go vegan
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    My visit coincided with the playoffs leading up to the rather grandiosely named World Series, and while watching one of the playoff games I was struck by the fact that some of the players were – how to put this delicately – rather well nourished. I w...

  • Letters: Lessons of the ash tree disaster
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    Fraxinus excelsior, the Common Ash, is a distinctive, fast-growing and versatile tree. It produces a hard timber that has served the nation at times of peace and war, and for pleasure, for centuries. Yet the deadly fungal infection Chalara fraxinea m...

  • Editorial: Questions for Comet's owners
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    There is a chance that the administrators will find a buyer for the business, but it is a slim one. In the meantime, the 240-odd Comet shops are no longer honouring customer vouchers. So far, so gloomy. And then there is the small matter of Comet's p...

  • Sorry Susan, lords stay lords – thanks to Nick Clegg
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Apart from this cutting across the Home Secretary’s plea to MPs not to make remarks that might jeopardise any trial, Ms Jones ought to know that – thanks to the obstinacy of Nick Clegg – it is constitutionally impossible to strip a peer of his peerag...

  • On the streets of the Bronx, they favour Obama. But not with the passion they had four years ago
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Matos, 39, expressed concern that Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney pledged in the first debate to cut back on funding to public television. He said that Republicans were a party that represented “the rich.” He then said that the last Repub...

  • News images are the Old Masters of our day
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The show also asks an updated version of that question: what do today’s practitioners, who use the medium as an art form, make of these early beginnings? The National Gallery’s method is to pair Old Master paintings with Victorian or contemporary pho...

  • Is £624 the price of a rape victim's anonymity?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Two days ago, yet another case involving abuse on social networking sites came to court and the outcome – paltry fines for a group of defendants – demonstrates the jaw-dropping inconsistency of the criminal justice system. The case also speaks volume...

  • Never mind Obama, can the House of Congress avert a fiscal catastrophe in the coming weeks?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Researchers at the World Bank estimate that such a massive fiscal consolidation would reduce US GDP by 2.2 per cent in 2013, erasing all the growth that the country would otherwise have registered next year and, in all likelihood, plunging America ba...

  • Love your enemies is the Prime Minister’s gospel
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Few of us would have the grace and humility to support a movement, then sell fighter jets to their most bitter opponents, but Cameron’s so full of Christian virtue he must believe the best weapon he has is to shower the Saudi royal family with love. ...

  • A letter's old-fashioned fraud, but I start to worry when a scam artist in China knows where I live
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The sender, who gives a name, but has not signed, claims to be a business relations manager for a Hong Kong bank and spins a cock-and-bull story about a supposedly long-lost relative who has died suddenly (in China), leaving the proceeds of a large i...

  • As Barack Obama clinches victory, his task as president is clear: fight for America's middle-class
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The Republican heartland has been referred to as Jesusland, but they worship Mammon with the same fervour as they worship the Christian prophet in the Bible belt. When people venture to protest about the excesses of the wealthy, of the “1 per cent” o...

  • Obama V Romney: Watch the whole Presidential campaign to now
    NowThisNews Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Wondering how we got to this point? Nowthisnews run down the whole Presidental election campaign. (That's the whole thing - not just 47% of it)

  • You're wrong, team Romney, fact-checkers are making a difference to the way politics works
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    US politicians and commentators are still using this weapon forty years later, demanding fact-checks on every other sentence that comes out of candidates’ mouths. Like Powell, these vigilante fact-checkers are spurred by dislike of their opponents’ i...

  • Hairswaps and winking weirdos: the 20 craziest photos from this election Campaign
    Buzzfeed Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    With some brilliant PhotoShopping, a bunch of clever observations, and a touch of voyeurism, here's Buzzfeed's guide to the funniest 20 images from this year's campaign. What's your favourite? We just took a look on the desk, an...

  • As America goes to the polls, across New York the impact of Hurricane Sandy is still very deeply felt
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Even worse, explained Leonard, as we walked around her emptied apartment guided only by a flashlight and a few candles, the neighbourhood has become more and more dangerous since the hurricane. “Bullets were flying last night,” she said, as she desc...

  • This government would rather kill the living wage than let it fall into the hands of Miliband
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Following the speech, a rather plaintive sounding Number 10 stuck up its hand to tell on Ed. Altering procurement in this way is all well and good, it claimed, but to do so would be in breach of EU red tape. Miliband has dismissed this as “ridiculous...

  • What if Anonymous hackers had taken down Facebook?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The group was right about everything, we’re enveloped in the colour. Twitter dictates conversation; Facebook controls our lives. As much as we moan about Facebook being a medium for stalkers to satisfy their desires, not to mention a day-consuming ti...

  • Reckless driver forced to wear ‘idiot' sign for overtaking school bus
    Cleveland Leader Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The Cleveland Leader reports that a bus driver had noticed Hardin scoot past his vehicle several times, and eventually decided to film the culprit.On September 11 police set up a sting and caught her in action.After a brief court case, Hardin was fou...

  • Nadine Dorries is right to go on I'm a Celebrity... Get Me Out of Here. I'd do it again in a shot if they asked
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Just think about it – no emails, no phone calls, very few interviews, a great diet and detox. Rich people pay for that kind of thing, but you’re paid to do it.I am sure that Nadine Dorries believes that this is a way of getting her political message ...

  • What we mean when we say Scientology
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Charting the path of a lowly drifter who falls for the charms of dramatist-turned-demagogue-turned-demigod Lancaster Dodd (Philip Seymour Hoffman), The Master mirrors, opaquely, the story of L. Ron Hubbard and the blistering ascent of his Scientology...

  • Four more years for Obama as Romney loses the election: American Presidents - The Quiz
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The current President Obama looks narrowly ahead in state polls - but with the popular vote basically tied, independents keen on Romney, and concerns over turnout, the Republican challenger could win.It's not only the reputations of Romney and Obama ...

  • The best, and most delicious, election infographic
    binders full of burgers Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    There's polling charts on historical presidential battles outlined in ketchup and mustard, foreign policy summed up by french fries, and corporate sponsorship depicted via hot dogs.If you're planning to watch events unfold tonight beneath piles of Am...

  • Judge Iran by its people, not its politics
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The turbulence of Middle Eastern countries may seem detached from our daily lives, but with sizeable foreign groups in our midst, there are issues arising abroad that have increasing resonance in our own country too. I believe that a devastating cult...

  • There's no need for more texts to prove just how close David Cameron was to Rebekah Brooks
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Note that this was a survey of adults. There would have been a different result if young people had been surveyed: most of them might not have even realised it was an invention, more of a birth right. But for those of us of a certain age, the mobile ...

  • Does Barack Obama deserve to be re-elected for a second term as President of the United States?
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    What's going on?In case you hadn't noticed, there's an election tonight. The President looks narrowly ahead in state polls - but with the popular vote basically tied, independents keen on Romney, and concerns over turnout, the Republican challenger c...

  • The pundits' final predictions: will it be Obama or Romney?
    The Washington Post Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Eleven of the 19 pundits highlighted believe tonight's vote will see Obama return to office.Nate Silver, FiveThirtyEight: Obama 303, Romney 235. "The model estimates that Mr. Romney would need to win the national popular vote by about one percentage ...

  • Gillette, not the best marketing can get
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Gillette have been rolling out a nicely gendered line in product marketing for years now: the different names for what is essentially just a device for removing hair are absolutely hilarious, if by “hilarious” you mean “make you want to plunge a razo...

  • The last English-American election: why Obama's victory over Romney increases Hispanic influence
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Implicitly recognising the scale of his achievement as the first African-American president, Obama spoke to those who would “put their hands to the arc of history and bend it once more”.Tonight's election is an altogether more prosaic affair. The aud...

  • Three Republican excuses for an Obama victory exposed
    The Atlantic Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Popkin pre-empts three myths.1) Sandy defeated Mitt RomneyIf Republicans head for this explanation, it's likely got more to do with their trying to explain away "the fact that all that paid media brought by the Republican Super-PACs was of limited va...

  • VIDEO: Idris Elba in Mumford and Sons video
    The Independent Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Elba was convinced to take on the part, as well as co-direct the video, after an "ale infused" conversation with the band in a London pub."We are, quite obviously, huge fans of Idris Elba's acting work, as pretty much anyone can agree he's the most b...

  • Vigilantes fight harassment on the streets of Cairo
    New York Times Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The New York Times reports that citizens groups have started to patrol Cairo. With the police and interior ministry largely uninterested in offering protection, these groups confront wayward men, either hauling them to a police station or taking just...

  • Why I didn't kill myself today
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    When I speak, my crippling speech impediment irritates everyone and makes me nigh-impossible to understand. On the rare occasions I overcome it, I still sound weak, effete and embarrassingly upper-middle-class. I don't so much lead my life as cling t...

  • The internet is not free in Azerbaijan: A letter to president Ilham Aliyev
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    As a citizen and former prisoner of conscience, I am glad that Azerbaijan is hosting the Internet Governance Forum. Since freedom of speech is a central issue at such a forum, I'd like to take this opportunity to address you. You once suggested in a ...

  • Editorial: 4Growth sets out a spending plan worthy of this windfall
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    Leading scientists, including Professor Brian Cox and the Astronomer Royal, Lord Rees, have launched the 4Growth campaign. They want the money to fund scientific research into new technologies, with a portion of the estimated £4bn proceeds spent on ...

  • Rhodri Marsden: 'I'm obviously joking. You shouldn't take me so seriously'
    Tuesday, 6 November 2012

    The subsequent reassurance that he was "only joking" felt inadequate. It hovered somewhere between a half-hearted apology and slight contempt for my failure to get the joke – but I didn't come out for a laugh, I came out for some AAA batteries. Call ...

  • Editorial: A supporter for Nadine Dorries in the jungle
    Wednesday, 7 November 2012

    But even as her colleagues queued up to put the boot in, and her party formally suspended her, the Prime Minister could have been forgiven for cheering. In fact, David Cameron must be crossing his fingers that the vexatious Ms Dorries proves popular ...

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