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Foreign Officials to Monitor U.S. Elections and Guiliani's Tirade Against Obama

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While the matter of foreign officials monitoring U.S. elections was more of a prominent story last week, it got pushed to the side when Hurricane Sandy blew through the northeast. 

So, in case you missed it, an international group is sending a very large delegation of officials -- over 100 -- to oversee the elections. It's the largest contingency to ever visit North America during elections.

Why? Because of alleged intimidation practices by Republicans who want tighter voter ID laws, according to Fox. Civil rights groups, including the ACLU, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and the NAACP. 

In an effort to dispel myths about the election monitoring, the Organization for Security and Co-operation (OSCE) issued a few statements on the accuracy of previous media reports. For starters, they are not an agency of the UN. Second, according to their website, "OSCE observers have not been invited by one political faction to investigate claims against any other political faction. The OSCE observers have been invited by the United States Government."

You can visit their website for other clarifications. 

Four officials will monitor elections in Georgia, including two in Atlanta. Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp said that if anyone sees anything suspicious at polling stations Tuesday, they should contact his office, according to Fox. 

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On Friday, former New York City mayor Rudy Guiliani called for President Obama's resignation, according to CNN. 

Referring to a 2009 interview in which the president said he would turn the economy around in three years, or else propose a one-term presidency, Guiliani said: " 

"He lied. He has been a disaster. The worst president for our economy in our lifetime. He doesn't want a second term. He wants a second chance, because he screwed it up the first time."

He also referred to the Beghazi scandal, claiming that if McCain had won in 2008, the violence would not have happened. 

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