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Nov 12, 2018

Democrat Kyrsten Sinema wins Arizona U.S. Senate seat after a slow vote count
Democrat Kyrsten Sinema won Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat Monday in a race that was among the most closely watched in the nation, beating Republican Rep. Martha McSally in the battle to replace GOP Sen. Jeff Flake.

The three-term congresswoman won after a slow vote count that dragged on for nearly...



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Nov 12, 2018

Trump calls to end recounts in Florida's Senate and governor elections, and alleges fraud without evidence
As vote counts in several states increased Democrats' midterm election gains, and further undercut President Trump's claims to victory, the president on Monday led some Republicans in alleging vote fraud, especially in Florida, without evidence.

In a morning tweet, Trump called for a halt to recounts...



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Nov 12, 2018

Maxine Waters to take aim at Wells Fargo and Deutsche Bank as new head of House Financial Services Committee
Rep. Maxine Waters plans to zero in on two big banks — Wells Fargo & Co. and Deutsche Bank — when she becomes head of the powerful House Financial Services Committee.

The Los Angeles congresswoman, now the committee's top Democrat, is widely expected to gain the gavel after her party won control...



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Nov 12, 2018

Could Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown win back Trump country — and the White House — for Democrats?
There has been a lot of buzz around Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown since election day.

The unabashed progressive cruised to a third term in a state where Democrats are struggling to stay relevant, one that President Trump carried strongly two years ago. And he did so on a night on which some other candidates...



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Nov 12, 2018

Trump seeks to end recounts in Florida's Senate and governor elections, and alleges fraud without evidence
President Trump on Monday called for a halt to recounts in Florida, where Republican candidates for Senate and governor lead, a move that would disenfranchise some voters including military troops. He alleged without evidence that Democratic candidates' gains were the result of fraud.

The president's...



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Nov 12, 2018

If this feels familiar, you're right. Here's what to expect from the Florida recount — 2018 edition
Florida's recount in three statewide races is already conjuring up images of the 2000 presidential election with legal skirmishes, chanting protesters and a possible ballot design issue that could potentially cost a candidate thousands of votes.

Florida's counties will conduct machine recounts...



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Nov 11, 2018

House Democrats vow to put Trump's acting attorney general in investigative crosshairs
Congressional Democrats warned President Trump's newly appointed acting attorney general Sunday that he will face legal consequences if he attempts to curtail special counsel Robert S. Mueller III's wide-ranging Russia investigation.

Matthew Whitaker, hastily installed when the President Trump...



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Nov 11, 2018

Trump walks alone as Macron rips into nationalism
President Trump walked apart from the dozens of world leaders who marched solemnly together Sunday toward the Arc de Triomphe to commemorate the moment when World War I officially ended 100 years ago, a time when Western allies believed the world's survival depended on American leadership and global...



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Nov 11, 2018

GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher loses, and the Republicans' 'bad year' may get worse yet
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has lost the congressional seat he held for 30 years in one of the most conservative stretches of Orange County, a stunning defeat for the GOP as other Republicans' early leads receded in the latest ballot counts, putting the party in fear of losing all six tightly contested...



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Nov 11, 2018

GOP Rep. Rohrabacher loses and Republicans' 'bad year' just got worse
Rep. Dana Rohrabacher has lost the congressional seat he held for 30 years in one of the most conservative stretches of Orange County, a stunning defeat for the GOP as other Republicans' early leads receded in the latest ballot counts, putting the party in fear of losing all six tightly contested...



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Nov 10, 2018

Four dead in Iowa plane crash after pilot reportedly had a heart attack
A small plane crashed in central Iowa, killing all four people on board, after the pilot apparently had a heart attack and a student pilot was to attempt an emergency landing, authorities said Saturday.

The plane dropped off radar Friday night about 4 miles from Guthrie Center airport, the Guthrie...



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Nov 10, 2018

Florida man captures record 17-foot python
Officials say a Florida trapper has captured a record-setting python as part of a program to remove the invasive species from the Everglades.

The South Florida Water Management District reported that Kyle Penniston captured a 17-foot, 5-inch female Burmese python while hunting on district lands...



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Nov 10, 2018

Sex abuse scandals will dominate agenda of U.S. Catholics bishops assembly
As U.S. Catholic bishops gather for their national assembly, the clergy sex abuse crisis dominates their agenda amid calls from critics for church leaders to finally bring about meaningful reforms to root out abusive priests.

The three-day assembly that starts Monday in Baltimore comes after a...



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Nov 10, 2018

U.S. troops settle in along border in Texas
Over the last week, U.S. troops sent to the southern border ahead of a migrant caravan have built a temporary base camp near this rural crossing.

On Saturday, military officers provided a briefing on their mission while touring the camp, which now includes a massive heated tent, kitchen, showers,...



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Nov 10, 2018

Recounts ordered in Florida's U.S. Senate and governor races
The Florida secretary of state ordered recounts in the U.S. Senate and governor races on Saturday, an unprecedented review of two major races in the state that took five weeks to decide the 2000 presidential election.

Secretary of State Ken Detzner issued the order after the unofficial results...



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Nov 10, 2018

GOP Rep. Rohrabacher loses as Republicans fear the worst
Republican Rep. Dana Rohrabacher on Saturday lost his bid for reelection, as other GOP congressional candidates fell behind in the latest ballot counts, putting Republicans in fear of losing all six tightly-contested House races in California.

The

putting Democrats in position to make the greatest...



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Nov 10, 2018

Trump and Macron bond despite 'very insulting' comments
French President Emmanuel Macron offered pomp and warm words to President Trump in Paris on Saturday but did not back down from comments he made this week that Trump called "very insulting."

Macron is one of Trump's closest friends on the world stage and the two leaders appeared a bit frosty at...



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Nov 10, 2018

Trump and Macron bond in Paris after trading barbs
French President Emmanuel Macron offered pomp and warm words to President Trump in Paris on Saturday but did not back down from comments he made this week that Trump called "very insulting."

Macron is one of Trump's closest friends on the world stage, but the rapport between two leaders appeared...



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Nov 10, 2018

Trump and Macron try to mend ties in Paris after trading barbs
French President Emmanuel Macron offered pomp and warm words to President Trump in Paris on Saturday but did not back down from comments he made this week that Trump called "very insulting."

Macron is one of Trump's closest friends on the world stage, but the rapport between the two leaders has...



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Nov 09, 2018

Pentagon to halt aircraft refueling assistance to Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen
The Pentagon is halting refueling of warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, U.S. and Saudi officials said Friday, ending the controversial U.S. support to allies in the bloody conflict.

Saudi Arabia said it no longer needed U.S. Air Force aerial refueling because it could handle...



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Nov 09, 2018

Pentagon to halt refueling assistance to Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen
The Pentagon is halting refueling of warplanes from the Saudi-led coalition fighting in Yemen, U.S. and Saudi officials said Friday, ending the controversial U.S. support to allies in the bloody conflict.

Saudi Arabia said it no longer needed U.S. Air Force aerial refueling because it could handle...



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Nov 09, 2018

GOP Rep. Denham falls behind Democrat as 3 other Republicans lose ground in Friday's ballot tally
Republican Rep. Jeff Denham lost his lead over Democrat Josh Harder on Friday in one of California's four unresolved congressional races as updated ballot counts showed the GOP in growing danger of losing as many as six House seats in the state.

GOP Rep. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa fell further...



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Nov 09, 2018

Trump blames Thousand Oaks shooting on ex-Marine's combat service, suggests he had PTSD
President Trump described the ex-Marine in the Thousand Oaks massacre as a "very sick guy" on Friday, and suggested without evidence not only that he had post-traumatic stress disorder but that combat veterans generally return with mental health issues.

"He was a war veteran. He was a Marine. He...



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Nov 09, 2018

Trump blames Thousand Oaks shooting on ex-Marine's PTSD
President Trump described the ex-Marine suspected in the Thousand Oaks massacre as a "very sick guy" on Friday, and suggested without evidence not only that he had post-traumatic stress disorder but that combat veterans generally return with mental health issues.

"He was a war veteran. He was a...



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Nov 09, 2018

Barbed wire and Black Hawk helicopters: U.S. troops settle in along border in Texas
During their first tour of joint operations at the border Friday, U.S. military and Border Patrol officials explained how they were working to overcome space constraints and prepare for caravans of migrants headed north through Mexico.

President Trump has deployed 5,600 service members to the border,...



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Nov 09, 2018

Trump's appointment of acting attorney general may be unconstitutional, legal experts say
President Trump's decision to name as acting attorney general a little-known political appointee who has never been confirmed by the Senate has come under increasing criticism by legal scholars on both the right and left who say the appointment is unconstitutional.

Although Trump clearly had the...



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Nov 09, 2018

California's not goofy, it's really big. That's why counting the vote takes so long
An eager nation waits breathlessly as California counts its election ballots.

Well, not an entire nation. Just a bunch of political obsessives and some candidates in limbo, anxious to find out if they're headed to Washington as lawmakers or have a little extra time on their hands to draw up that...



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Nov 09, 2018

Divisions between progressives and moderates threaten to complicate Democrats' new House majority
House Democrats figured out how to win in districts that narrowly supported President Trump in 2016. Now they have to figure out how to govern there.

That's one of the key issues facing Democrats as they prepare to take control of the House for the first time in eight years: How do they strike...



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Nov 09, 2018

As Florida Senate vote count tightens, Republican contender cries fraud
As the Florida Senate race vote count continues to tighten, Gov. Rick Scott announced, without offering any evidence of fraud, that he was asking the Florida Department of Law Enforcement to investigate the election offices in two of Florida's most Democratic-leaning counties. Scott, the Republican...



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Nov 09, 2018

Election turnout broke records, and as the count continues, Democrats' prospects improve
Across the country, from Florida to California, millions of ballots remain to be counted from an election that broke turnout records, and as the count continues, Democratic wins have mounted.

Republicans in Florida and Georgia have begun warning ominously about the threat of vote fraud as they...



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Nov 09, 2018

Federal judge blocks Keystone Pipeline XL in major blow to Trump administration
A federal judge temporarily blocked construction of the controversial Keystone XL pipeline, ruling late Thursday that the Trump administration had failed to justify its decision granting a permit for the 1,200-mile-long project designed to connect Canada's tar sands crude with refineries on the...



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Nov 09, 2018

After a suburban secession movement is defeated in Georgia, a community takes stock
Residents of an affluent suburb south of Atlanta went to the polls this week to vote on a plan to secede from their neighbors and create a new city, Eagle's Landing. After bitter debates about economic development and race, 57% of residents in the proposed city area who cast ballots voted no.

The...



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Nov 08, 2018

GOP Reps. Rohrabacher and Walters lose ground in California House races in latest ballot count
Democrats in two House races that remain too close to call in Orange County have gained substantial ground since the election on Tuesday, but tens of thousands of ballots have yet to be counted in each contest.

The 2,682-vote lead that Democrat Harley Rouda established on election night over Republican...



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Nov 08, 2018

House Democrats rally to protect Mueller after Sessions' ouster
House Democrats scrambled Thursday to shield the special counsel investigation after the new acting attorney general, Matthew Whitaker, signaled he would not recuse himself from supervising the high-stakes probe even though he has repeatedly denounced it in public.

They vowed to revive congressional...



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Nov 08, 2018

Trump moves to sharply restrict asylum, as major immigration issues head toward Supreme Court
The Trump administration announced a major new effort to restrict people from claiming asylum at the U.S. border, setting up a legal battle over the president's authority over immigration.

The announcement Thursday came only hours after the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled against President Trump...



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Nov 08, 2018

Here's how a controversial voting system will decide a congressional race in Maine
For the first time in U.S. history, a controversial voting system known as "ranked choice" is being used to decide a federal election.

It's happening in Maine, which adopted the system in 2016.

Rather than marking a single candidate, each voter ranks them all, assigning a first-place vote, a second-place...



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Nov 08, 2018

Rep. Linda Sanchez abandons leadership bid after her husband is indicted on theft charges
Rep. Linda Sanchez of California, whose husband has been indicted on criminal charges in Connecticut, pulled her name from consideration for a top House leadership post Thursday.

Sanchez (D-Whittier) cited an "unexpected family matter requiring my attention" in a letter to colleagues withdrawing...



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Nov 08, 2018

Is the debate over Obamacare finally over? Election delivers powerful validation of the embattled law
A decade after President Obama took office pledging to extend healthcare protections to all Americans and setting off an unprecedented partisan battle, the fight is effectively over.

Years from now, the 2018 midterm election is likely to be recognized as the moment that cemented the Affordable...



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Nov 08, 2018

Fed holds key interest rate steady, signals another hike likely next month
Federal Reserve officials held a key interest rate steady Thursday and appeared to stay on course for another hike next month despite criticism from President Trump and a new concern about business spending.

Analysts had expected the Fed to hold the target of its benchmark short-term rate at between...



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Nov 08, 2018

White House, amid outcry, stands by edited video of CNN reporter to justify barring him
A day after revoking the press credentials of CNN's chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, the White House stood by its decision as critics assailed it both for falsely accusing him of mistreating an intern at President Trump's news conference and for disseminating a doctored video of the...



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Nov 08, 2018

Fed holds key interest rate steady; another hike next month appears likely
Federal Reserve officials held a key interest rate steady Thursday and appeared to stay on course for another hike next month despite criticism from President Trump and a new concern about business spending.

Analysts had expected the Fed to hold the target of its benchmark short-term rate at between...



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Nov 08, 2018

GOP election losses make it easier for Rep. Kevin McCarthy to finally nab leadership post
Republicans losing the House means Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Bakersfield) has an easier path to becoming his party's leader in the lower chamber, even if it's not the speakership he has long coveted.

"The difference between being speaker and minority leader is like the difference between...



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Nov 08, 2018

Appeals court rules against Trump on DACA immigrant policy
A federal appeals court won't immediately let President Trump end an Obama-era program shielding young immigrants from deportation.

A three-judge panel of the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals on Thursday decided to keep in place an injunction blocking Trump's decision to phase out the Deferred...



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Nov 08, 2018

Missouri tour boat captain indicted after sinking kills 17
Charges have been filed against the captain of a tourist boat that sank and killed 17 people, including nine people from an Indiana family, in a southwest Missouri lake over the summer, federal prosecutors said Thursday.

A federal indictment shows 51-year-old Kenneth Scott McKee is facing 17 counts...



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Nov 08, 2018

Down two, California Republicans could lose up to four more House seats
California Republicans lost two House seats in Tuesday's midterm election and could surrender more as tens of thousands of ballots are counted in four other contests that remain too close to call.

The party has an exceedingly small chance of holding the seats of Reps. Dana Rohrabacher and Jeff...



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Nov 07, 2018

Texas Democrats emboldened by congressional upsets
In a sign of changing demographics in historically red Texas, Democrats there unseated two prominent Republicans on Tuesday in marquee contests for seats in Congress.

Lizzie Pannill Fletcher, a corporate lawyer, defeated longtime Rep. John Culberson in Houston by 5 percentage points. And Colin...



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Nov 07, 2018

In Georgia, a bitter standoff in the race for governor, though the Republican declares victory
Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate in Georgia's bitterly disputed governor's race, refused to concede defeat Wednesday, activating a legal team as her opponent, Republican Brian Kemp, declared victory.

On Wednesday evening — with nearly all 3.9 million votes counted and Abrams trailing Kemp...



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Nov 07, 2018

Trump turns his post-election reckoning into an operatic performance of grievances and pugilism
President George W. Bush would blow off steam by clearing brush from his ranch. President Obama would sneak a soupcon of almonds or a cigarette. President Trump's happy place: duking it out with a roomful of pestering reporters.

Trump turned his post-election news conference on Wednesday — normally...



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Nov 07, 2018

Trump and Pelosi extend olive branches but prepare for a fight
A day after a midterm election that shifted the balance of power in Washington, President Trump and Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi expressed hopes for bipartisan cooperation on Wednesday but both laid down clear markers about the new House majority's oversight role, foreshadowing a political fight...



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Nov 07, 2018

The red parts got redder and the blue parts bluer in a midterm election that underscored America's deep divide
Democrats owe their newly elected House majority to an upsurge of votes from women, younger Americans and white college graduates, deepening divides that emerged in the election two years ago and shaping the debate within the party over how to challenge President Trump in 2020.

With more than a...



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Nov 07, 2018

Wisconsin voters oust longtime Gov. Scott Walker
Three years ago, Scott Walker entered the Republican presidential primary race riding high, with big-money backers and a legitimate place among the front-runners. That campaign ended after just a few months as Donald Trump bulldozed through the field, leaving Walker and the other contenders in...



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Nov 07, 2018

Indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter won reelection. What happens if he's convicted?


Indicted Republican Rep. Duncan Hunter won reelection this week, beating back a robust Democratic challenge. But on Dec. 3, he's due in federal court, where he faces felony charges that he misused campaign contributions. So what happens to his congressional seat if he's convicted?

The congressman...



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Nov 07, 2018

Trump turns his post-election reckoning into a operatic performance of grievances and pugilism
President George W. Bush would blow off steam by clearing brush from his ranch. President Obama would sneak a soupcon of almonds or a cigarette. President Trump's happy place: duking it out with a roomful of pestering reporters.

Trump turned his post-election news conference on Wednesday — normally...



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Nov 07, 2018

Democratic electoral gains will give a boost to California in fight against Trump
The gains Democrats amassed this week in the House of Representatives and governors' offices throughout the country should strengthen California's hand, creating potent new allies in the state's pursuit of progressive policies and blunting White House assaults on its agenda.

On climate change,...



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Nov 07, 2018

Women and diversity win big in historic state and local elections
Much has been made of the historic firsts the election brought for Congress, with Muslims, Native Americans, Latinos, Asian Americans and African Americans winning key races along with more than 100 women.

But an even bigger number of candidates could add to the diversity of state and local offices,...



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Nov 07, 2018

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions forced out by Trump, setting up likely clash over the Russia investigation
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions was forced to resign on Wednesday, ending a tortured relationship with President Trump and opening what could be a historic fight over the sprawling criminal investigation that has clouded Trump's White House tenure.

The president had publicly mocked and belittled the nation's...



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Nov 07, 2018

He may be dead, but brothel owner Dennis Hof wins seat in Nevada state Assembly
Even in death, Dennis Hof remains larger than life.

The deceased brothel owner who was elected to a state Assembly seat was one of the few bright spots for the Nevada Republican Party on election day — a drop of red in a state that has been trending blue over the last decade.

Republican Adam Laxalt...



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Nov 07, 2018

The 'blue wave' down-ballot? Where Democratic candidates faltered, many liberal measures found success
Judging by its politicians, Missouri is looking bleak for Democrats.

The onetime middle-of-the-road state has just one Democrat left in a statewide office — the state auditor — after voters sent Sen. Claire McCaskill packing on Tuesday night. The Legislature remains GOP-dominated, and in 2016 President...



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Nov 07, 2018

Two GOP-held House seats in California fall to Democrats, Dana Rohrabacher in peril
Republican Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale conceded defeat Wednesday in his bid for reelection and preliminary returns showed another GOP congressman, Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, losing his seat too.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) held a narrow early lead over his Democratic challenger, but also...



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Nov 07, 2018

Two GOP-held House seats in California fall to Democrats, Rohrabacher in peril
Republican Rep. Steve Knight of Palmdale conceded defeat Wednesday in his bid for reelection and preliminary returns showed another GOP congressman, Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa, losing his seat too.

Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Turlock) held a narrow early lead over his Democratic challenger, but also...



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Nov 07, 2018

Markets soar after midterm election results signal gridlock — something businesses won't mind
Major U.S. stock indexes soared Wednesday, with the Dow Jones industrial average gaining nearly 550 points, after the uncertainty of contentious midterm elections ended with the most widely expected result: a Democratic takeover of the House and Republicans retaining the Senate majority

The Dow's...



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Nov 07, 2018

More women are going to Congress in 2019 than ever before, and most are Democrats
A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, with at least 99 — mostly Democrats — expected to take the oath of office in January, up from the 84 currently serving.

And that number could grow after nearly two dozen outstanding races are called in the coming days.

The new class...



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Nov 07, 2018

After leading her party to House majority, Nancy Pelosi faces battle for speaker's gavel
Nancy Pelosi won't have much time to relish her party's takeover of the House.

Though she played a key role in helping Democrats regain the majority for the first time since 2011, Pelosi faces a new battle: regaining the speaker's gavel amid grumbling from a growing minority of rank-and-file Democrats...



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Nov 07, 2018

Read Jeff Sessions' resignation letter
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions announced his resignation Wednesday, following months of speculation and a tortured relationship with President Trump. Below is the resignation letter delivered to the White House.



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Nov 07, 2018

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions resigns at Trump's request, setting up likely clash over the Russia investigation
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has resigned, ending a tortured relationship with President Trump and opening what could be historic fight over the sprawling criminal investigation that has clouded Trump's White House tenure.

In a letter delivered to the White House, Sessions wrote that he was submitting...



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Nov 07, 2018

Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions resigns, setting up likely clash over the Russia investigation
Atty. Gen. Jeff Sessions has resigned, ending a tortured relationship with President Trump and opening what could be historic fight over the sprawling criminal investigation that has clouded his White House tenure.

In a letter delivered to the White House, Sessions wrote that he was submitting...



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Nov 07, 2018

Markets make gains after midterm elections signal gridlock — something businesses won't mind
Major U.S. stock indexes were trading higher Wednesday after the uncertainty of contentious midterm elections ended with the most widely expected result: a Democratic takeover of the House and Republicans retaining the Senate majority.

Despite President Trump's contention last week that Democratic...



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Nov 07, 2018

Jury selected for trial in New York of Mexican drug kingpin 'El Chapo'
A jury was selected Wednesday for the trial of Mexican drug kingpin Joaquin "El Chapo" Guzman, capping a brief but tumultuous selection process that sparked excitement and fear among those interviewed to serve.

With the exception of one woman, who pleaded to be released from the jury pool in what...



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Nov 07, 2018

Markets move higher after midterm election signals gridlock — something businesses won't mind
Major U.S. stock indexes were trading higher Wednesday after the uncertainty of a contentious midterm election ended with the most widely expected result: a Democratic takeover of the House and Republicans retaining the Senate majority.

Despite President Trump's contention last week that Democratic...



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Nov 07, 2018

Florida may be heading for a ballot recount — again
Republican Rick Scott declared victory late Tuesday in Florida's hotly contested Senate race but it may not be so simple.

His lead over the three-term Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson has shrunk to 0.42%, which would force a mandatory ballot recount, reviving memories of the hard-fought Florida...



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Nov 07, 2018

These Democrats are poised to take over some key House panels (and make things harder for Trump)
With Democrats retaking control of the House, President Trump is going to face several newly empowered lawmakers in some key congressional committees.

Here's a look at which Democrats are likely to take over some of the most influential House panels, with powers that include demanding to see Trump's...



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Nov 07, 2018

Markets open higher after midterm election ends with no major surprises — and businesses won't mind the gridlock
Major U.S. stock indexes opened higher Wednesday after the uncertainty of a contentious midterm election ended with the most widely expected result: a Democratic takeover of the House and Republicans retaining the Senate majority.

Despite President Trump's contention last week that Democratic victories...



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Nov 07, 2018

Levin snags GOP seat, Rohrabacher and Knight in peril as long count in California House races continues
Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa and Steve Knight of Palmdale were both losing their seats in Congress in preliminary election returns Wednesday morning while two other GOP incumbents in California held narrow leads that will be challenging to sustain.

All but one of California's...



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Nov 07, 2018

GOP Reps. Rohrabacher and Knight in peril as California's hardest-fought House races remain too close to call
Republican Reps. Dana Rohrabacher of Costa Mesa and Steve Knight of Palmdale were both losing their seats in Congress in preliminary election returns Wednesday morning while two other GOP incumbents in California held narrow leads that they might sustain.

All of California's hardest-fought congressional...



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Nov 07, 2018

Markets open higher after midterm election uncertainty ends with no major surprises — and businesses won't mind the gridlock
Major U.S. stock indexes opened higher Wednesday after the uncertainty of a contentious midterm election ended with the most widely expected result: a Democratic takeover of the House and Republicans retaining the Senate majority.

Despite President Trump's contention last week that Democratic victories...



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Nov 07, 2018

Even after leading her party to House majority, Nancy Pelosi faces battle for speaker's gavel
Nancy Pelosi won't have much time to relish her party's takeover of the House.

Though she played a key role in helping Democrats regain the majority for the first time since 2011, Pelosi faces a new battle: regaining the speaker's gavel amid grumbling from a growing minority of rank-and-file Democrats...



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Nov 07, 2018

Trump ignores House loss and celebrates Senate pickups. But he now faces a tougher reality
President Trump cast the midterm election as a "big victory" early Wednesday, choosing to relish Republican wins in the Senate and Florida's governor's race, even as he suffered a major political setback and will face an emboldened Democratic majority in the House for the first time in his presidency.

...

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Nov 07, 2018

Some Senate seats and governors' mansions remain in the balance Wednesday
Republicans held narrow leads in three Senate races that were still not called early Wednesday, leaving the size of the Republican majority in the chamber uncertain the morning after ballots were cast.

The outcome in those races could boost the Republican advantage in the Senate to as wide as 54-46,...



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Nov 07, 2018

7 takeaways from the 2018 midterm election
The dust is still settling on the midterm election and the mixed results defy easy characterization. As expected, Democrats took control of the House of Representatives, but Republicans expanded their lead in the Senate, while some closely-watched races remain too close to call.

Here are a few...



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Nov 07, 2018

He may be dead, but pimp Dennis Hof wins bid for Nevada state Assembly seat
Even in death, Dennis Hof remains larger than life.

The pimp and reality television star easily cruised to victory Tuesday in his race for a seat in the Nevada State Assembly — 21 days after his death.

Hof died Oct. 16 at the Love Ranch, his brothel just outside the city of Pahrump, after being...



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Nov 07, 2018

He may be dead, but brothel owner Dennis Hof wins bid for Nevada state Assembly seat
Even in death, Dennis Hof remains larger than life.

The pimp and reality television star easily cruised to victory Tuesday in his race for a seat in the Nevada state Assembly — 21 days after his death.

Hof died Oct. 16 at the Love Ranch, his brothel just outside the city of Pahrump, after being...



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Nov 07, 2018

Democrats seize the House and Republicans bolster Senate majority in Trump-driven midterm vote
Democrats seized control of the House while Republicans fortified their hold on the Senate as voters stormed the polls Tuesday to render the first electoral judgment on the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump.

Riding a familiar wave of discontent, Democratic House candidates surged to victory...



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Nov 07, 2018

Abortion. Marijuana. Voting rights. A look at ballot measures across the country
Efforts to make voter registration easier. Marijuana legalization. Limits on abortion.

While the focus of Tuesday's midterm election centered on control of Congress, voters nationwide weighed in on an array of ballot proposals. In total, voters in 37 states faced 155 ballot questions.

Here's a...



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Nov 07, 2018

Republicans depend on Trump's polarizing approach to gain in the Senate, but it costs them the House
Throughout his 22 months in office, President Trump has focused intensely on a single political priority — maintaining the support of his base, even at the risk of alienating millions of other voters.

Tuesday night's election proved both the wisdom and the risk of that approach.

In a deeply divided...



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Nov 07, 2018

Races for California House seats that Democrats hoped to flip are still too close to call
Democrat Mike Levin gained an early lead in his bid to capture the seat of outgoing Republican Rep. Darrell Issa of Vista, but all of the most hard-fought California congressional races remained too close to call as election returns rolled in Tuesday night.

The midterm vote had given California,...



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Nov 07, 2018

Democrats capture several governors' mansions from Republicans
Democrats captured governors' offices in states across the country that Republicans have controlled since at least the early years of the Obama presidency, eroding the GOP's dominance in state capitals.

In Kansas, one the most conservative states in the nation, Democratic state Sen. Laura Kelly...



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Nov 07, 2018

Medicaid a winner in elections across the country, paving the way for coverage gains for poor Americans
Hundreds of thousands of poor Americans across the country look poised to gain health coverage, as Democrats made gains in key state elections Tuesday and voters in several Western states appeared to be backing measures to expand Medicaid.

At least four — and perhaps more — states now look on track...



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Nov 07, 2018

Most voting goes without a hitch, but there are complaints of malfunctions, confusion and long lines
Civil rights groups came prepared Tuesday with the one of the largest efforts ever to monitor elections.

A tense buildup to the midterm election included warnings from President Trump of widespread voting fraud, concerns about hacking and accusations of voter suppression through identification...



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Nov 06, 2018

Democrats take the House, Republicans hold the Senate in split-screen midterm vote
Democrats seized control of House while Republicans fortified their hold on the Senate as voters stormed the polls Tuesday to render the first electoral judgment on the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump.

Riding a wave of discontent that drew hordes of first-time voters, Democrats picked up...



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Nov 06, 2018

Democrats gain House seats, Republicans hold onto Senate as voters weigh in on Trump
Democrats steadily chipped away at the GOP majority in the House while Republicans fortified their hold on the Senate as voters stormed the polls Tuesday to render the first electoral judgment on the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump.

Riding a wave of discontent that drew hordes of first-time...



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Nov 06, 2018

Early results boost GOP effort to hold Senate as voters cast midterm verdict
Rendering their verdict after a caustic season of anger and political recrimination, voters poured into polling places across the country on Tuesday in a midterm contest offering the first electoral judgment on the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump.

Early results heartened both parties.

Republicans...



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Nov 06, 2018

'Caravan-related exercise' on the Texas border canceled because of election day concerns
U.S. troops have been climbing, armed, from helicopters onto the borderlands of south Texas this week, dozens riding in on heavy military vehicles, stringing concertina wire and erecting temporary structures near border bridges where Border Patrol agents train in riot gear.

President Trump deployed...



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Nov 06, 2018

Bad machines, long lines and polling confusions: What we're hearing about voting problems on election day
Thousands of calls about broken voting machines, hours-long lines and confusion at polling places poured into a hotline set up by a coalition of civil rights and legal aid groups Tuesday, with voters at more than 100 polling sites across the country phoning in problems on election day.

In Gwinnett...



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Nov 06, 2018

Brazil's President-elect Jair Bolsonaro makes no secret of his admiration for Trump
President Trump was among the first to congratulate former military commander Jair Bolsonaro after his victory in Brazil's presidential election Oct. 28.

The election placed Bolsonaro, who takes office Jan. 1, in position to become the most far-right leader to rule the second-largest country in...



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Nov 06, 2018

After a season of harsh campaigning, the nation casts its verdict on Trump
Rendering their verdict after a caustic season of anger and political recrimination, voters poured into polling places across the country on Tuesday in a midterm election offering the first electoral judgment on the tumultuous presidency of Donald Trump.

For Republicans such as Charles Cooke, who...



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Nov 06, 2018

Election night viewers guide: 25 races to watch
Across the country, voters will decide thousands of contests this election day. Keeping track of them all would daunt even the most devoted political junkie. Here's an assortment of some of the most interesting or consequential contests.

Toss-up races that could decide control of the Senate A dozen...



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Nov 06, 2018

Supreme Court rules federal ban on age discrimination covers all state and local governments
The Supreme Court in its first decision of the new term ruled Tuesday that the federal ban on age discrimination applies broadly to state and local governments, even to a small fire department that has only few employees.

The unanimous decision clears the way for two laid-off firefighters in Mount...



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Nov 06, 2018

America casts its vote in a referendum on Trump
As voters began pouring in to polling places across the country on Tuesday, in an election that gives Democrats their first opportunity to claw back into power in the Trump era, signs of the party's lingering trauma from the 2016 results were plentiful.

Anxious party leaders and strategists avoided...



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Nov 06, 2018

Nation casts its vote in a referendum on Trump
Voters began pouring into polling places across the country Tuesday in a caustic midterm election that offered Democrats their first opportunity to claw back to power in the Trump era.

Party strategists were quietly confident Democrats would gain the 23 seats needed to seize control of the House...



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Nov 06, 2018

Some called him Cujo, others knew him as The Dog. But in this Utah town, all knew him as a killer
Some took to calling him Cujo. Others dubbed him Zorro. At least one named him Jack. For most around these parts, however, he was simply known as The Dog.

His tan and dark fur coat was, for a German shepherd mix who hadn't had an owner in two or three years, remarkably well groomed. Early on, his...



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