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Decision 2012

U.S. voters also elected $10.9 billion in local-government debt Tuesday

Our nation’s next president wasn’t the only thing elected last night. So was $10.9 billion in local-government debt. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid wants quick deal on 'fiscal cliff' (+video)

The top Democrat in Congress called Wednesday for a quick solution to Washington's "fiscal cliff" in an upcoming post-election session of Congress. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Israeli leader in bind after Obama victory

President Barack Obama's re-election has left Israel's prime minister in a bind. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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How did education fare in this election? In California, voters choose higher taxes over cutting school budgets

Six states had education initiatives on their ballots this year. In California, voters choose higher taxes over cutting school budgets. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Puerto Rico ousts governor, backs U.S. statehood

Puerto Ricans have endorsed U.S. statehood for the Caribbean island but also ousted the pro-statehood governor in a close election. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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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... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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The economy Obama faces: Slow but gaining steadily

Here's the assignment President Barack Obama has won with his re-election: Improve an economy burdened by high unemployment, stagnant pay, a European financial crisis, slowing global growth and... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Democrats expand Senate grip but fail to win House

Democrats strengthened their hold on the Senate but failed Tuesday to recapture the majority in the House of Representatives they lost two years ago. President Barack Obama, in his freshly... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Given second term, President Barack Obama now facing new urgent task (+video)

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... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Paul Ryan says he will return to Congress

Paul Ryan said Wednesday that he will return to Congress, but will spend some time with his family first. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Election over, US stocks dip on challenges to come

The election behind them, U.S. investors dumped stocks Wednesday and turned their focus to a world of problems — economically harmful tax increases and spending cuts at home and a deepening... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Turnout shaping up to be lower than 2008

A drop in voter turnout in Tuesday's election didn't keep President Barack Obama from winning a second term. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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GOP sees limited results in governors' races

Republicans poured tens of millions of dollars into an effort to gain control of more governors' offices across the country, but the party saw limited results, managing only to wrest North Carolina... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Americans OK renewing Obama's Oval Office lease

His lease renewed in trying economic times, President Barack Obama claimed a second term from an incredibly divided electorate and immediately braced for daunting challenges and progress that comes... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Maine, Maryland vote to legalize gay marriage

Voters a continent apart made history Tuesday on two divisive social issues, with Maine and Maryland becoming the first states to approve same-sex marriage by popular vote while Washington state and Colorado legalized recreational... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Rep. Jeff Flake makes four: BYU will have a quartet of alumni in U.S. Senate

The newly elected senator from Arizona will join three other BYU alumni in the Senate. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Pres. Obama's re-election celebrated around world

From his old school in Indonesia to a Japanese beach town that happens to share his name, people around the world cheered President Barack Obama's re-election Wednesday. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Mitt Romney says his principles endure even in presidential election loss (+video)

After nearly six years trying to become president, Mitt Romney conceded he had lost to President Barack Obama early Wednesday morning, declaring that "this election is over, but our principles... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Colorado voters OK legalization of recreational pot

Colorado voters legalized recreational pot use on Tuesday, setting up a clash with federal drug policy. A similar measure was also approved in Washington state, though voters in Oregon rejected recreational pot. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Pres. Obama powers to re-election despite weak economy

President Barack Obama rolled to re-election Tuesday night, vanquishing former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney despite a weak economy that plagued his first term and put a crimp in the middle class... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Jim Matheson claims victory over Mia Love in very close 4th District race

Like a magician freeing himself from a box filling with water, Rep. Jim Matheson escaped with his political life once again Tuesday to earn a seventh term in Congress. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Orrin Hatch retains seat for seventh term in Senate

Orrin Hatch said his seventh term in the U.S. Senate would be his last, and he easily retained his seat in the Senate, grabbing 65 percent of the vote to challenger Scott Howell's 30 percent. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Legislative races: GOP maintains control of Utah House, Senate

The Republican Party held its majority in the Utah Legislature on Tuesday, expanding its control of both chambers. Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Republicans sweep attorney general, auditor, treasurer races

John Swallow easily grabbed the win in his bid for Utah attorney general, besting Democratic Weber County Attorney Dee Smith by a margin of 65 percent to 30 percent Tuesday night.q Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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Obama: 'We have picked ourselves up,' fought back

President Barack Obama heralded his re-election with a call to action early Wednesday, telling Americans that their citizenship doesn't end with their vote and declaring that the "best is yet to... Read more »

Nov. 7, 2012

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