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Papers mark Obama's anniversary


The first anniversary of Barack Obama's term as president of the United States is covered in detail in the papers.

The Independent says the loss of Edward Kennedy's Senate seat to the Republicans must be the least welcome anniversary gift for President Obama.

It was like the Tories taking Sunderland North, the paper says.

The Financial Times describes it as an electoral cataclysm transforming the outlook for US politics. It was an almost sacred Democrat seat, the Times says.

The Daily Mail says the election in Massachusetts has been seen as a referendum on President Obama's first year in office.

The Guardian believes every Democrat seat is now potentially vulnerable.

The Sun reports that Simon Cowell has joined forces with the paper to organise a Band Aid-style charity single for Haiti earthquake victims.

It says the X Factor supremo has agreed to assemble such stars as Beyonce, Lady Gaga, Robbie Williams and Susan Boyle.

Up to scale

The Times says a team of senior police officers and private sector executives has been assigned to turn around a failing police force.

According to the paper, Nottinghamshire Police has been found by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary to be underperforming in key areas.

The Mail reports on the decision to free Munir Hussain, who was jailed for injuring an intruder at his home.

It carries the headline of "Common sense justice at last".

The Independent says salmon have returned to the rivers of the south Wales coalfield.

It says rivers such as the Ebbw, the Rhymney, the Taff and the Rhondda were so polluted in places that no life could survive.

But now they have salmon running up them from the sea to spawn.

The Mail The Mail and the Daily Express have what they say is the first picture of Tiger Woods, since the sex scandal that engulfed him at the end of last year.

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