Friday, 16 November, 2018

Trump urges Democrats to join hands, but remains defiant

US Democrats win House, Republicans keep Senate US: Democrats take the House, but there was no landslide – Nordea Markets
Rhonda Young | 09 November, 2018, 00:47

It avoided a complete rout in the House, made gains in the Senate, and won important governorships in OH and Florida.

In the upper chamber, they captured Democratic seats in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, won a marquee battle in Texas, and fought a Florida race to a recount.

Donald Trump has remained confident in the Republican Senate majority, declaring an edge over the Democrats despite a massive House win.

She saluted "those dynamic, diverse and incredible candidates who have taken back the House for the American people". His failure to maintain GOP control of the House signals problems in suburban areas, where women, moderates and even some Republicans are turned off by the president's brutally direct, divisive and insulting style. She wouldn't answer a question about whether Democrats will seek Trump's tax filings, but said committee requests for documents and hearings won't be "scattershot".

Democrats' performance in the House battlefield was mixed.

The incoming class of lawmakers could have a stark impact on politics in the nation's capital, particularly within the Democratic Party, after a midterm election that was widely seen as a referendum on Trump's first term.

During the campaign, Pelosi urged candidates to focus on lowering health care costs and creating jobs with infrastructure investment, and she tamped down calls for impeachment.

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Housley later asked for prayers on social media and said he was "staying positive and wishing there was more I could do". Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean said an investigation is ongoing, and it is unclear what motivated the attack.

Most importantly of all, the Democrats took control of the House.

Democrats are seeing increased support for moderate candidates.

They argue that such favors to Trump include Chinese government trademarks for his companies, payments for hotel room stays and event-space rentals by representatives of Saudi Arabia and Kuwait, and proceeds from Chinese or Emirati-linked government purchases of office space in Trump Tower. Iowa has sent women to the Senate and governor's mansions, but never to the House of Representatives. They contend the president is exploiting a humanitarian issue for "political gain".

While it's typical for the president's party to lose seats in the House in midterms, it's highly unusual for the president's party to gain seats in the Senate in the same election.

The Republican side of the aisle elected mostly white men.

The news for the next year or longer seems likely to be dominated by a steady stream of coverage of the people closest to Trump as they testify before Congress under duress, or under a grant of immunity, or coverage of their refusal to speak at all for fear of incriminating themselves. They need to be reminded why. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered Trump a factor in their votes. Tlaib, a Palestinian-American, won Michigan's 13th congressional district in a race in which she was the sole major party candidate.

Baker said one of the most "positive developments" of Tuesday's voting was the re-election of several other Republican governors in the northeast who he considers moderate, including Gov. Phil Scott in Vermont, Gov. Chris Sununu in New Hampshire and Gov. Larry Hogan in Maryland.

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Southern Desert Division Superintendent Jody Nobbs said police were yet to rule out that there may have been more passengers. This morning, police said a 12-year-old boy, who they believed was with the group, was not found among the dead.

The forecast for Tuesday's midterm elections called for a blue wave to crash on our shores. He has yet to come up with a derogatory nickname for her, as he has with many of his other Democratic foes, although that could certainly change.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi promised that her party would serve as a counterweight to the White House.

This certainly was not a win for President Trump, but it was nowhere near as bad as it could've been.

Republicans had expected the GOP tax plan would be the cornerstone of their election agenda this year, but it became a potential liability in key states along the East and West coasts where residents could face higher tax bills because of limits on property and sales tax deductions. According to the latest media reports, Republicans hold a 52-44 seat majority in the Senate. Obama's first midterm vote in 2010 saw 63 House of Representative seats and six Senate seats switch from Democratic to Republican.

The GOP campaign committee distanced itself from eight-term Rep. Steve King of Iowa after he was accused of racism and anti-Semitism, but he won anyway.

Together, Republicans and Democrats make up 95 percent of seats, and other parties a further two percent.

Welch said the power imbalance between House committees and the speaker's office reached new heights during Republican Rep. Paul Ryan's leadership and House Democrats will have to debate the issue moving forward.

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Since Supreme Court appointments are for life, it is Ginsburg's right to remain in office as long as she can fulfill her duties. Asked past year if she was contemplating retirement, she said, "As long as I can do the job full steam, I will do it".

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