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Deadline nears on health care

CHICAGO — Now the real work begins. When voters on Tuesday handed President Barack Obama a second term, they also ensured the survival of his 2010 health care overhaul law, clearing the way for its planned implementation in 2014.

Boehner: ‘Let’s rise above the dysfunction’

WASHINGTON — House Speaker John A. Boehner made an opening offer Wednesday to avert an impending fiscal showdown, softening his party’s confrontational tone one day after its electoral losses. But he stood by the GOP’s core no-new-taxes pledge that has prevented a deal with the White House. The Ohio Republican shunned the bombastic approach favored by his tea party wing and sought to portray his House majority as ready to work with Obama when Congress returns for what is expected to be an intense lame-duck session.

Back to work

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama faces a new urgent task now that he has a second term, working with a status-quo Congress to address an impending financial crisis that economists say could send the country back into recession. “You made your voice heard,” Obama said in his acceptance speech, signaling that he believes the bulk of the country is behind his policies. It’s a sticking point for House Republicans, sure to balk at that.

Obama finds same support as 2008 — and wins

WASHINGTON — Barack Obama and Mitt Romney made sharply different bets about who would vote this year. It turned out that Americans who cast ballots looked collectively much more like what Obama had envisioned — a diverse tapestry that reflected a changing America — than the whiter, older electorate Romney had banked on.

Analysis: It’s a 50-50 nation, give or take

The election laid bare a dual — and dueling — nation, politically speaking, jaggedly split down the middle on the presidency and torn over much else. It seems you can please only half of the people nearly all of the time. Americans retained the fractious balance of power in re-electing President Barack Obama, a Republican House and a Democratic Senate, altogether serving as guarantors of the gridlock that voters say they despise. Slender percentages separated winner and loser from battleground to battleground, and people in exit polls said yea and ...

Confident Obama congratulates Romney, shoots hoops

CHICAGO (AP) — Expressing confidence but leaving nothing to chance, President Barack Obama indulged his superstitions by engaging in a traditional Election Day basketball game with friends as the race that will determine his political future was finally in the hands of voters.

Obama leads in electoral count

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney swapped hard-fought battleground states Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment that crimped the middle class dreams of millions.

Race tight as election night count goes to wire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama powered through the reliably Democratic Northeast, and Republican Mitt Romney secured his conservative base Tuesday night in a tense duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment.

GOP protecting its House majority from Democrats

WASHINGTON (AP) — Hardly anybody likes Congress. Yet despite public disgust with the gridlock between lawmakers and President Barack Obama that has dominated the past two years, Republicans remain in position to continue controlling the House for the next two years, probably by about the same margin as now.

Race tight as election night count goes to wire

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama won the reliably Democratic Northeast, and Republican Mitt Romney secured his conservative base Tuesday night in a duel for the White House shadowed by a weak economy and high unemployment.

Dems fight for continued Senate control

Associated Press WASHINGTON (AP) — Majority Democrats fought Republicans for control of the Senate on Tuesday after a bitter campaign marked by roughly $1 billion in outside spending in competitive races from Virginia to Montana.

Many voters still blame Bush for bad economy

WASHINGTON (AP) — Rising prices and chronic unemployment were heavy on the minds of voters Tuesday even as a glimmer of optimism peeked through. Four in 10 said the nation's battered economy is getting better.

Republicans try to pick up more governors’ offices

Republicans turned to voters in nearly a dozen states Tuesday in hopes of broadening the party's hold on governors' mansions across the country, with some GOP candidates viewing this election as their best opportunity to win in a quarter-century.

Romney says he “put it all on the field”

BOSTON (AP) — Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney wrote a 1,118-word victory speech on Tuesday as he concluded his yearslong quest for the presidency claiming he had no regrets.

Election Day: Voters will take it from here

WASHINGTON — After billions of dollars, hours of debates and frantic last-minute pitches from the candidates, it’s up to the voters today to decide whether to give President Barack Obama a second term or change course with Republican Mitt Romney. Also at stake is control of Congress. Thirty-three Senate seats and all 435 House of Representatives seats are up this year, and while the House is expected to remain in Republican hands, Senate control hinges on a host of tight races.
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Obama offers support of gay marriage measures

President Barack Obama on Thursday threw his support behind ballot measures in Maine, Maryland and Washington state that would legalize same-sex marriage. Though the president first voiced his general approval for gay marriage in May, he had not previously offered specific endorsements of the three measures.