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US Election Updates - August 30, 2012

Yahoo! dismisses Washington news chief over Republican joke

Yahoo! News dismissed its chief political correspondent on Wednesday due to an off the cuff remark about Republicans partying "with black people drowning".

David Chalian, the Yahoo! News Washington Bureau Chief, made the comment privately during a webcast of the Republican National convention on Monday, which was picked up by a live microphone.

As Hurricane Isaac neared New Orleans while the convention kicked off, Chalian was heard saying to an unidentified guest, "Feel free to say, ‘They're not concerned at all. They are happy to have a party with black people drowning'".

The comment was made over footage of Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his wife Ann, while laughter was heard in the background.

In a statement, Yahoo! said: "He has been terminated effective immediately. We have already reached out to the Romney campaign, and we apologize to Mitt Romney, his staff, their supporters and anyone who was offended."

Chalian later apologized via his Facebook page for "making an inappropriate and thoughtless joke".