violates human rights of Americans by spying on then !! Also detainees scandals in Iraq and Guantanamo, in addition to CIA planes to Europe and Middle East carrying suspects to be tortured and abused far away from American Justice !! End of Evil the manifesto should be closed for ever so as to put US once again in its world respected position, and work hand in hand with world community. New cons claimed fighting terrorism, where they increased and supported terrorism everywhere including Iraq and Afghanistan !!
Associated France Press (AFP) 8/11/2006
Resurgent Democrats seize back House in US election
by Stephen Collinson
WASHINGTON (AFP) - Democrats recaptured the House of Representatives for the first time since 1994, media projected, in a major blow to President George W. Bush's Republicans in his final two years in office.
In an election driven by voter anger over Bush's performance, the troubled US occupation of Iraq and corruption, they also picked up three seats in the Senate but still faced an uphill fight to seize control of the upper chamber.
MSNBC said the Democrats would win at least 221 seats in the 435-member House, a gain of at least 18 seats. ABC and CNN also projected the House would fall, but did not give figures.
Democrats ousted incumbents in Connecticut, Indiana, Kentucky, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Rhode Island, according to television network projections.
In what was shaping up as a banner night for the Democratic party, Keith Ellison from Minnesota became the first Muslim elected to Congress, and Hillary Clinton as expected crushed her Republican rival to claim a second term in the Senate.
"We believe in our country and we're going to take it back, starting tonight" the former First Lady told supporters in New York. "New Yorkers and Americans ... want a new beginning for our beloved country."
"The message couldn't be clearer: that it is time for a new course," she said.
Democrats in midwestern Indiana led the charge, ousting Republicans in three seats. A Republican incumbent was also toppled in Kentucky.
House Republicans also fell in New Hampshire, North Carolina and Ohio and senior House member Curt Weldon and another Republican also tumbled in Pennsylvania.
Democrats also picked up three of the six seats they needed in the Senate, with Democrat Bob Casey projected to beat conservative Republican Senator Rick Santorum in Pennsylvania.
As expected, outgoing Ohio House member Sherrod Brown ousted Republican Senator Mike DeWine, according to network calls, in a state badly hit by economic problems and the deaths of reserve soldiers in Iraq.
And maverick Republican Senator Lincoln Chafee of Rhode Island also lost, despite parting with Bush on several key foreign policy questions, networks projected.
US media also said Democrats would retain contested New Jersey and Maryland seats.
But the opposition party would still need a stunning sweep of three of the four remaining key Senate races in Virginia, Montana, Tennessee and Missouri which were too close to call.
Americans were also electing state governors on Tuesday and Democrats picked up five governorships according to television projections.
As millions of people went to the polls, problems with electronic voting machines were reported across the country, forcing authorities in some states to extend voting hours. Both sides hurled accusations of voter fraud.
Early exit poll data by the ABC television network showed that six in 10 voters disapproved of the way Bush was doing his job. Six in 10 voters also disapproved of the Iraq war.
CBS exit polls found 57 percent of voters disapproved of the war in Iraq, which has claimed the lives of more than 2,800 soldiers.
CNN exit surveys found 41 percent of voters found corruption was an extremely important issue in their choice, possibly a bad sign for Republicans who suffered a string of financial and moral scandals after years in power.
Some 40 percent of those asked in the CNN poll said terrorism was an important factor and 36 percent said Iraq was.
Democratic National Committee chairman Howard Dean said on CNN that a large turnout could benefit his party.
"Seeing all those people come out to vote is a really good thing for the country and makes us optimistic. Because we know people want change and it looks like they're acting on it tonight."
But control of the upper chamber will depend on whether Democrats can win toss-up Senate races in Virginia, Tennessee, Missouri and Montana.
Bush sweated it out in the White House, set to watch results that could help set his legacy in stone, with Karl Rove, his right-hand man since his earliest days in Texas politics.
"The president is in a good mood," said spokesman Tony Snow, after the president flew to Washington after voting in his adopted hometown of Crawford, Texas.
A judge ordered 55 polling stations in Lebanon County, Pennsylvania, to remain open for an extra hour following a programming error in voting machines.
Voting machines also broke down and there was voter confusion in towns in Ohio, Florida, and Colorado.
FBI agents in Virginia investigated claims of voter intimidation lodged by Democrats.
Democrats used the election as a referendum on Bush, and Iraq.
Bush accused his rivals of having no plan to win the war, and said only the Republicans could give full protection against terrorists.
"Harsh criticism is not a plan for victory. Second-guessing is not a strategy," Bush told supporters in Texas Monday.
As well as Iraq, the election will also hinge on concerns such as skyrocketing health-care costs; "values" issues like stem-cell research, gay marriage and abortion; the economy and illegal immigration.
Turnout has averaged about 40 percent for midterm elections over the past three decades, but many experts have said it could be substantially higher this time.