This is IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English.
in Afghanistan were supposed to vote again Saturday for president. But earlier
this week the Independent Election Commission declared Hamid Karzai the winner
of a second term. His only remaining opponent had withdrawn. Abdullah Abdullah
said he did not believe the second vote would be any more fair.
observers found widespread cheating in the election in August. Investigators
rejected almost one-third of the ballots for President Karzai. That denied him
the majority needed to avoid a runoff election.
But Abdullah Abdullah withdrew Sunday
after the president rejected his demands -- including dismissal of the head of
the election commission.
leaders called on President Karzai to improve governance and security. He told
reporters that he will "continue to make every possible effort," in
his words, to end government corruption.
President Obama says the proof is going
to be not in words but in actions. This week was the first anniversary of his
own election. And one decision weighing heavily on him is whether to send
thousands more troops to Afghanistan to fight the Taliban and al-Qaida.
top general there has warned that the eight-year effort to defeat the
insurgency could fail without more troops. Sixty-eight thousand Americans and
forty thousand other foreign troops are already in the war.
Critics have accused the president of
taking too long. Administration officials say they expect a decision in the coming
week, two American states, Virginia and New Jersey, elected governors. Republican
Party candidates won both elections. Barack Obama won both states last year,
and spent time campaigning for the Democrats in this year's races.
people said the results showed displeasure with his policies. Others noted that
a majority of voters said they did not consider him in their decision.
Next November are the midterm elections.
Democrats now control Congress and the White House. But historically the party
that controls the White House suffers losses in elections halfway through a
president's first term.
is starting to improve. But high unemployment and issues like reform of the
health care system could influence public opinion.
On Thursday, the president
thanked two groups for giving their support to a health care bill in the House
of Representatives. One is a doctors group, the American Medical Association.
The other is AARP, representing forty million older Americans.
Friday President Obama signed into law a bill that extends payments for the
unemployed and expands a tax credit for homebuyers.
also Friday, the government reported that the unemployment rate was ten and
two-tenths percent in October. That was higher than expected, and above ten
percent for the first time in twenty-six years. But job losses have been
And that's IN THE NEWS in VOA Special English, written
by Brianna Blake. I'm Mario Ritter.