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The Center for Information and Research on Civic Learning and Engagement, a youth research organization at Tufts University, said Thursday that more than 22 million young Americans, or about 49 percent of that age group, voted in the presidential election. The group said if Mr. Romney had won half the youth vote, he would have won the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia, and with them, the presidency.

DEMOCRACY

Iranian leader ridicules U.S. campaign spending

BALI, Indonesia — Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculed the expense of the U.S. election, mocking it as a “battleground for capitalists” while speaking at a democracy forum.

Mr. Ahmadinejad’s own government has been criticized for human rights abuses. A day after Americans re-elected President Obama, the Iranian president told the forum in Indonesia that democracy has become a system where the minority rules over the majority.

“Just take a look at the situation in Europe and the U.S.,” Mr. Ahmadinejad said as the forum opened Thursday on the resort island of Bali. An “election, which is one of the manifestations of the people’s will, has become a battleground for the capitalists and an excuse for hasty spending.”

Mr. Ahmadinejad also called for U.S. military bases to be dismantled worldwide and said the winner of the U.S. election made no difference to him.

“Coming or going, winning or losing is not important,” he told reporters.

DEFENSE

Admiral cleared of misconduct after lengthy investigation

Defense officials say the head of U.S. European Command has been cleared of misconduct after a lengthy Pentagon investigation into travel and spending questions that derailed his chances last year of becoming the Navy’s top officer.

Officials say a Pentagon inspector general’s report alleges that Navy Adm. James Stavridis failed to exercise enough oversight of his staff and made record-keeping and reimbursement mistakes, including trips he took that included family members. Adm. Stavridis is also the top NATO commander.

Navy Secretary Ray Mabus reviewed the report and concluded that Adm. Stavridis did not misuse his office or use his position for personal gain. Mr. Mabus attributes most of the 10 allegations to accounting errors that Adm. Stavridis corrected.

Officials discussed the investigation on condition of anonymity because it has not yet been released publicly.

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