November 3rd, 2010
10:24 AM ET

On the Radar: 2012, jobs and mailing terror

Road to 2012 - Wednesday belongs to Republicans. The GOP knocked Democrats out of at least 10 governorships on Tuesday and grabbed the majority in the House by winning at least 60 seats. That means John Boehner is likely to be the next speaker of the House, and President Obama called to congratulate him. Democrats held on to power in the Senate, with Sen. Harry Reid of Nevada beating Tea Party-backed candidate Sharron Angle. The day brought victory for some other Tea Party-backed candidates, but the winning group did not include Christine O'Donnell, who lost to Democrat Chris Coons in the contest for the Senate seat vacated by Vice President Joe Biden.

But what everyone is really talking about is two years away. The race to 2012 begins today.

Jobs - The victorious vibes are already transitioning into pressure to deliver. Voters are concerned about the economy, and the burden is on those elected Tuesday to deal with it. According to the outplacement firm Challenger, Gray and Christmas, employers announced nearly 38,000 job cuts last month. In a separate report, payroll processor ADP says private-sector jobs increased by 43,000 in October. Economists are predicting steady growth, which could improve Obama's chances of holding onto his job.

Shipping and terror - With the new focus on safety in package shipments, Greece suspended air shipments of all mail and packages for 48 hours due to parcel bombs mailed from Athens this week. Packages were sent on Tuesday to the leaders of Germany and Italy. At least nine other bombs were sent to embassies in Athens. Authorities in Europe are scrambling to safeguard the public. One aviation chief is calling for a complete security overhaul within the industry.

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November 3rd, 2010
08:35 AM ET

French Minister: Iranian woman has not been executed

An Iranian woman whose sentence of death by stoning drew worldwide outrage has not yet been executed, the French Foreign Ministry said Wednesday.

Authorities in Iran were reported to have given the go-ahead this week to execute Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani as soon as Wednesday, but as of the afternoon, that had not yet happened, French Foreign Minister Bernard Kouchner said in a statement.

He said he spoke to his Iranian counterpart who assured him "that a verdict in the case concerning Sakineh Ashtiani had not been reached by the Iranian legal authorities and that the information on her alleged execution did not correspond to reality."

Human rights groups and various governments have urged Iran not to execute Ashtiani.

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November 3rd, 2010
06:49 AM ET

World update: Greece suspends airmail over bombs

An update from the CNN newsdesk in London on the stories we're following on Wednesday:

Greece Bombs - All outgoing airmail from Greece has been suspended for 48 hours after another letter bomb was found in Bologna on late Tuesday addressed to Italian PM, Silvio Berlusconi. After another letter bomb was sent to the office of German Chancellor Angela Merkel earlier on Tuesday, and more than 10 letter bombs were found in Athens near embassies and on airmail carriers.

Merkel Integration summit - A summit on social and ethnic integration is due to take place in Berlin Wednesday, hosted by the German chancellor, Angela Merkel. National and regional leaders are expected to attend, as well as reps of migrants and ethnic minorities, to discuss ways of improving integration in the country.

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November 3rd, 2010
01:39 AM ET

Obama calls Boehner after GOP wins House majority

President Obama calls incoming House Speaker Rep. John Boehner after Tuesday

In a phone call with Rep. John Boehner, incoming Speaker of the House of Representatives, after Tuesday's election results were in, President Obama said he was "looking forward to working with him and the Republicans to find common ground, move the country forward and get things done for the American people," the White House announced in a press release Tuesday night.

Here's Boehner's account of the phone call, according to his press office:

"President Obama called Leader Boehner at midnight to congratulate him. They had a brief but pleasant conversation. Leader Boehner said he's always been straightforward and honest with the president in the past, and said that's the way he'll continue to be with the president in the future. They discussed working together to focus on the top priorities of the American people, which Boehner has identified as creating jobs and cutting spending. "That's what they expect," Boehner said. He thanked the president for the call."

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November 3rd, 2010
01:22 AM ET

California's marijuana legalization measure fails

California voters have rejected Proposition 19, which would have permitted recreational marijuana use, CNN projects. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

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November 3rd, 2010
01:05 AM ET

Arizona Gov. Brewer keeps job; Toomey ousts Sestak

Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data:

Arizona Republican incumbent Gov. Jan Brewer has won her bid for re-election in the gubernatorial race, CNN projects, beating out Democrat Terry Goddard.

Pennsylvania Republican candidate Pat Toomey has defeated Democratic Rep. Joe Sestak to win the Senate seat, CNN projects. The seat was vacated by Democratic Sen. Arlen Specter, who lost in the state's primary elections.

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November 3rd, 2010
12:41 AM ET

Harry Reid defeats Sharron Angle in Nevada Senate race

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid has defeated Tea Party-backed Republican nominee Sharron Angle in Nevada's Senate race, CNN projects. Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data.

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November 3rd, 2010
12:12 AM ET

Boxer and Brown pick up victories for Dems in California

Projections are based on CNN analysis of exit poll data:

Former California Democratic Gov. Jerry Brown has defeated Republican Meg Whitman in the race for California governor, CNN projects. Republican Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger is term-limited.

California Democratic incumbent Sen. Barbara Boxer has won a fourth term in the Senate, CNN projects, beating out GOP nominee Carly Fiorina, the former CEO of Hewlett-Packard and adviser to John McCain's presidential campaign in 2008.

Democratic incumbent Sen. Daniel Inouye has defeated Republican Cam Cavasso to retain his Hawaii Senate seat, CNN projects.

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