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Americans would like to vote out Obama, but Romney makes it difficult

Mitt Romney Close Up

On the BBC a few weeks ago the New York Times pundit David Brooks explained to his British audience that American voters are "looking for an excuse to vote against the president". Spot on, I thought. Voters are disappointed in the promise that Barack Obama represented in 2008, but Mitt Romney has been making it hard for swing voters to elect him president instead.

Denis MacShane resigns as MP over expenses


Denis MacShane, Britain's most tireless pro-European campaigner, ended his political career when he resigned from parliament after a cross-party committee of MPs called for him to be suspended from the House of Commons for 12 months after submitting false invoices.