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US Presidential Election: General Campaign & Election Day

Obama picks Leon Panetta to head CIA

Two Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Full story



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U.S. President-elect Barack Obama's family time

GMT Xinhua English President-elect Barack Obama and his wife Michelle Obama are getting their daughters Sasha, 7, and Malia, 10, ready for their first day of school in Washington, Monday, Jan. 5, 2009. The family is staying at the Hay Adams Hotel in Washington.

Obama picks Leon Panetta to head CIA

GMT China Daily WASHINGTON – Two Democratic officials say President-elect Barack Obama has chosen former Clinton White House chief of staff Leon Panetta to run the CIA. Panetta was a surprise pick for the post, with no experience in the intelligence world. An Obama transition official and another Democrat disclosed his nomination on a condition of anonymity since it was not yet public.

Obama to pick chief intelligence officials

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will name former White House Chief of Staff Leon Panetta to head the Central Investigation Agency (CIA), said media reports on Monday.

Obama to pick Army veteran as new CIA director: CNN

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama will nominate an Army veteran, Leon Panetta, as the new head of the Central Investigation Agency, CNN reported on Monday.

Obama wins 52% popular vote in presidential election

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- U.S. President-elect Barack Obama has won the highest proportion of popular vote since Republican George H. W. Bush defeated Democrat Michael Dukakis in 1988, according to figures released Wednesday.

Young voters help put Obama over the top

GMT CHICAGO – Rafi Zelikowsky skipped class on Tuesday to camp out in downtown Chicago and wait for Barack Obama, the man who captured the hearts of so many young voters.

Triumphant Obama turns to sobering challenges

GMT His name etched in history as America's first black president, Barack Obama turned from the jubilation of victory to the sober challenge of leading a nation worried about economic crisis, two unfinished wars and global uncertainty.

U.S. election vote tally at 0600 GMT

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 5 (Xinhua) -- The following are the Electoral College votes projected to win by major U.S. presidential candidates as of 0100 EST Wednesday (0600 GMT), according to U.S. television networks.

Obama win sparks push to end racism in France

GMT PARIS – Inspired by Barack Obama, the French first lady and other leading figures say it's high time for France to stamp out racism and shake up a white political and social elite that smacks of colonial times.

Egyptian FM calls on Obama push forward Mideast peace process

GMT Xinhua English SHARM EL-SHEIKH, Egypt, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Egyptian Foreign Minister Ahmed Abul Gheit on Saturday voiced his hope that U.S. president-elect Barack Obama will refresh efforts to help advance the Middle East peace.

Chinese president, Obama discuss relations, int'l issues on phone

GMT Xinhua English BEIJING, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- Chinese President Hu Jintao and U.S. president-elect Barack Obama Saturday discussed in a telephone conversation relations between China and the United States and major international issues of common concern, including the ongoing global financial crisis.

Philippines expecting bond with U.S. bolstered after Obama takes presidency

GMT xinhuanet MANILA, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- The Philippines is expecting that the "special bond" with the United States will be bolstered after U.S. president-elect Barack Obama takes presidency, the government said on Saturday.

Obama's obstacles

GMT Forbes "The big picture and the long term … the world in which my children and grandchildren will live." This is what worries Howard Marks, founder of the $50 billion Oaktree investment management firm.

Will Obama change China-US trade ties?

GMT China Daily US President-elect Barack Obama, from the first day of his campaign, caught voters' attention with his campaign slogan - "The Change We Need". When he takes office early next year, will there be any changes to Sino-US economic ties?

Obama's election victory shows non-white voters' growing power

GMT Xinhua English LOS ANGELES, Nov. 8 (Xinhua) -- President-elect Barack Obama owed his success to tremendous support from African Americans, Latinos and Asian Americans, according to CNN's latest exit polls.

Bush set to say farewell after 8 years of presidency

GMT President George W. Bush's farewell speech is more than a goodbye to the nation that elected him twice. It is his last chance in office to define his tumultuous presidency in his own, unfiltered terms — a mission that will keep his fire burning even after he fades off to a quieter life.

Obama's supporters still trying to canvass votes in Chicago as polls near

GMT Xinhua English CHICAGO, United States, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Despite poll numbers showing Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama's clear lead in his home state of Illinois, his supporters in the state's biggest city are still trying to canvass more votes for him before election day.

Obama, McCain hit battlegrounds hours before vote

GMT TAMPA, Fla. – Barack Obama radiated confidence and John McCain displayed the grit of an underdog Monday as the presidential rivals reached for the finish line of a two-year marathon with a burst of campaigning across battlegrounds from the Atlantic Coast to Arizona.

U.S. presidential candidates travel across key states on eve of Election Day

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- U.S. presidential candidates Barack Obama and John McCain traveled through key states Monday, before they go to the polls hours later on Tuesday.

Obama presents economic team

GMT Reuters President-elect Barack Obama presented the team that will steer his economic policies and navigate a potentially deep recession

Obama's defense policy

GMT Reuters As President-elect Barack Obama assembles his national security team, he is also contemplating the future role of U.S. forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Obama turns to former Clinton

GMT Reuters President-elect Barack Obama is relying on a team of Washington veterans, including several who worked for former President Bill Clinton, to staff his transition.

Obama's historic White House visit

GMT Reuters Monday's meeting with President Bush at the White House comes more than two months before Barack Obama takes office on January 20th of 2009

Poll: Most Americans confident Obama will fix economy

GMT China Daily WASHINGTON – In one of the US economy's darkest hours in decades, it looks as if people are taking Barack Obama up on his exhortations for hope and change.

Obama leads McCain in 6 of 8 key states

GMT WASHINGTON -- Democrat Barack Obama leads Republican John McCain in six of eight key battleground states one day before the US election, including the big prizes of Florida and Ohio, according to a series of polls released on Monday.

Survey shows number of undecided U.S. voters dwindles

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 2 (Xinhua) -- Undecided voters have dwindled in the closing days of the United States presidential election, which may blow the hope of a final comeback of Republican presidential nominee John McCain, a new survey shows.

Poll: One in seven US voters still persuadable

GMT WASHINGTON (AP) — Patrick Campbell worries Barack Obama will raise his taxes but thinks John McCain will send people off to war. He says that leaves him leaning toward Obama ... maybe.

Michelle Obama: America's next First Lady

GMT As the eulogies wash over Barack Obama, he can at least rely on his wife Michelle Obama - America's next First Lady - to bring him down to earth.

Profile: Barack Obama -- U.S. president-elect

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- Barack Obama, the Democratic presidential candidate, was elected the 44th president of the United States on Tuesday.

Backgrounder: Claims of McCain, Obama on key U.S. foreign policy issues

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 4 (Xinhua) -- The following are major claims on key foreign policy issues between Republican candidate John McCain and Democrat candidate Barack Obama, both are racing for U.S. presidential election on November 4, 2008.

Backgrounder: Red, blue, purple states in U.S. presidential elections

GMT Xinhua English WASHINGTON, Nov. 3 (Xinhua) -- As the U.S. elections on Nov. 4 loom, U.S. media and political analysts have begun to speculate on the results by coloring 50 states and the District of Columbia in red, blue and purple in anticipation of the outcome.