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Senate, House Races Boosted by Outside Money Lose More Than Win

Senate, House Races Boosted by Outside Money Lose More Than Win

Ingram Publishing/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If the super-rich tried to buy Senate and House seats in this election, they didn’t have much luck, at least when it came to some of the most expensive U.S. congressional races.Wealthy millionaires such as casi…

Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly to Appear at Loughner Sentencing

Gabrielle Giffords, Mark Kelly to Appear at Loughner Sentencing

Valerie Macon/Getty Images(TUCSON, Ariz.) — A source close to former Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords and Shuttle Commander Mark Kelly tells ABC News exclusively that both Giffords and Kelly will be at the sentencing of Tucson gunman Jared Loughner Th…

Marijuana Legalization Celebrations May Be Premature, Lawmakers and Experts Say

Marijuana Legalization Celebrations May Be Premature, Lawmakers and Experts Say

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — As marijuana supporters across the country rejoice at Colorado and Washington becoming the first states to legalize the drug recreationally, experts and lawmakers warn that the celebrations may be premature.”I thin…

What Caused the Long Voter Lines and Frustration on Election Day?

What Caused the Long Voter Lines and Frustration on Election Day?

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — When President Obama said Tuesday night in his acceptance speech, “By the way, we have to fix that,” he wasn’t referring to a specific economic, social or policy issue. He was referring to the issue of voting…

At Colo. Polling Place, Church Has Anti-Abortion Display

At Colo. Polling Place, Church Has Anti-Abortion Display

Jessica Cuneo/Daily Camera(BOULDER, Colo.) — A Boulder, Colo., church that is serving as a polling location has chosen to leave up its anti-abortion display for Election Day.The Sacred Heart of Mary Catholic Church has left up signs and crosses meant …

On Which Candidate Are Gambling Bookies Betting?

On Which Candidate Are Gambling Bookies Betting?

NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/GettyImages(NEW YORK) — We know how Karl Rove and James Carville are betting on the election. But how about Vinnie The Pipe, Hot Horse Herbie and Nathan Detroit? Gamblers have long shown themselves to be accurate predictors of U.S. p…

Big Bird Gets Out the Vote

Big Bird Gets Out the Vote

@sophers_/Instagram/ABC News(AUSTIN, Texas) — It turns out Big Bird can vote.Making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook is a very happy costumed character. Yes, it’s Big Bird or, well, a journalist from the Austin American Statesman dressed up in a Big…

What Happens If Washington State Legalizes Pot?

What Happens If Washington State Legalizes Pot?

Hemera/Thinkstock(OLYMPIA, Wash.) — Washington state probably won’t influence the 2012 presidential race, but voters there could still leave the next president in a haze.On Tuesday, Washington may very well become the first state to legalize the posse…

Secret Service Agent’s Apparent Suicide Under Investigation

Secret Service Agent’s Apparent Suicide Under Investigation

Hemera/Thinkstock(WASHINGTON) — Washington, D.C., police are investigating the apparent suicide of a U.S. Secret Service supervisory agent assigned to President Obama’s security detail.“Rafael Prieto had a distinguished 20-year career with…

Al Gore: ‘Sandy’ a Symptom of Larger Climate Crisis

Al Gore: ‘Sandy’ a Symptom of Larger Climate Crisis

Heather Kennedy/WireImage(NEW YORK) — Former Vice President Al Gore warned in a blog post Tuesday that Hurricane Sandy is a, “disturbing sign of things to come” if the world doesn’t quit “dirty energy.”Tuesday afternoon, …

Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized After Car Accident

Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized After Car Accident

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(LAS VEGAS) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hospitalized briefly Friday after his caravan was involved in a six-car crash in Nevada, but his condition is “good” and he does not have life threatening …

Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized After Car Accident

Sen. Harry Reid Hospitalized After Car Accident

Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call(LAS VEGAS) — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., was hospitalized briefly Friday after his caravan was involved in a six-car crash in Nevada, but his condition is “good” and he does not have life threatening …

Happy Birthday Hillary! Secretary of State Clinton Turns 65

Happy Birthday Hillary! Secretary of State Clinton Turns 65

Astrid Riecken/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — Hillary Clinton has been many things in her life: first lady, senator, presidential candidate, and now secretary of state. Now as the high-achieving Secretary Clinton turns 65 Friday, ABC News takes a look bac…

93-Year-Old Bedridden War Veteran Casts Vote

93-Year-Old Bedridden War Veteran Casts Vote

Comstock/Thinkstock(HONOLULU) — Nothing in the world was going to stop 93-year-old Frank Tanabe from voting in this year’s election. With the help of his daughter Barbara, the bedridden World War II vet filled out his absentee ballot.His grandso…

Most County Housing Markets Worse Off over Last Four Years, Says RealtyTrac

Most County Housing Markets Worse Off over Last Four Years, Says RealtyTrac

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While housing prices are on the rise, foreclosure and real estate research firm RealtyTrac reported that 65 percent of 919 county housing markets are worse off than they were four years ago, based mostly on factors i…

Most County Housing Markets Worse Off over Last Four Years, Says RealtyTrac

Most County Housing Markets Worse Off over Last Four Years, Says RealtyTrac

iStockPhoto/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — While housing prices are on the rise, foreclosure and real estate research firm RealtyTrac reported that 65 percent of 919 county housing markets are worse off than they were four years ago, based mostly on factors i…

Church Marquee Calls Obama ‘Muslim,’ ‘Communist’

Church Marquee Calls Obama ‘Muslim,’ ‘Communist’

SAUL LOEB/AFP/GettyImages(LEAKEY, Texas) — A pastor is causing a commotion in his Texas town – and possibly hurting his non-profit status – because of a politically motivated church marquee. The Church in the Valley marquee reads, “VOTE FO…

Woman, 80, Could Face Jail Time for Stealing Obama-as-Hitler Posters

Woman, 80, Could Face Jail Time for Stealing Obama-as-Hitler Posters

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(HEBRON, Conn.) — Eighty-year-old Nancy Lack was on her way to the gym when she saw something that enraged her — two women setting up several posters depicting President Barack Obama with an Adolf Hitler mustache.Now the Hebron,…

EXCLUSIVE: Inspector General’s Report Contradicts Secret Service on Prostitution Scandal

EXCLUSIVE: Inspector General’s Report Contradicts Secret Service on Prostitution Scandal

MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) — An investigation into the U.S. Secret Service prostitution scandal by the Department of Homeland Security’s inspector general contradicts Secret Service director Mark Sullivan’s adamant assertion …

Second Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Key Provision of DOMA

Second Federal Appeals Court Strikes Down Key Provision of DOMA

Jeffrey Hamilton/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A federal appeals court in New York Thursday struck down a key provision of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA), ruling that section 3 of the federal law that defines marriage as between a man and a woman violate…

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