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Sessions out at Justice Department

Sessions out at Justice Department | 07 Nov 2018 | Attorney General Jeff Sessions has resigned as the top Justice Department official at President Trump’s request, a development that is likely to spark a firestorm of criticism following the midterm elections. The decision punctuates months of criticism by President Trump of his top law enforcement officer over his recusal from the ongoing Russia investigation... Sessions agreed to resign at Trump's request, according to a copy of his resignation letter obtained by The Hill.

Voters approve Prop C plan to tackle homeless crisis in SF

Voters approve Prop C plan to tackle homeless crisis in SF | 07 Nov 2018 | A plan to tackle San Francisco's homeless crisis, that became one of the Bay Area's biggest battles in the November elections, has been approved. Prop C will impose a tax on the gross receipts of companies with more than $50 million in annual revenue and use that money to expand homeless services. It will help collect $300 million a year, nearly doubling what the city now spends on homeless services.

Democrat Ned Lamont wins Connecticut governor race

Democrat Ned Lamont wins Connecticut governor race | 07 Nov 2018 | Businessman Ned Lamont (D) will be Connecticut's next governor, after his hard-charging Republican rival conceded the contest on Wednesday morning. Lamont beat out businessman Bob Stefanowski (R) in an unexpectedly close race for the right to succeed term-limited Gov. Dan Malloy (D) next year. "A few moments ago, I called Ned Lamont to concede the race for governor and congratulate him on a hard-fought victory," Stefanowski said in a statement released to The Hartford Courant shortly after 9 a.m. "I wish both Ned and the state of Connecticut success over these next four years."

DeWine governorship win solidifies GOP hold on Ohio

DeWine governorship win solidifies GOP hold on Ohio | 06 Nov 2018 | Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine (R) is projected to be elected governor, solidifying GOP control of a state that broke sharply for President Trump in 2016. DeWine is projected to have defeated Democratic challenger Richard Cordray (D), Ohio's former attorney general, in his bid to succeed term-limited Gov. John Kasich (R). DeWine's victory is boost to Republicans seeking to turn bellwether Ohio into firm GOP territory.

First Muslim women in Congress: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar

First Muslim women in Congress: Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar | 06 Nov 2018 | A pair of districts in the Midwest will add Muslim women to the ranks of the US Congress for the first time, CNN has projected. Michigan Democrat Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, the Minnesota Democratic-Farmer-Labor Party's nominee, will secure their respective seats in strongly Democratic districts following primary victories earlier this year that effectively decided their races. Tlaib is endorsed by the Democratic Socialists of America, a burgeoning left-wing group that also counts New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez among its members.

Stabenow defeats James in Michigan's U.S. Senate race

Stabenow defeats James in Michigan's U.S. Senate race | 06 Nov 2018 | U.S. Sen. Debbie Stabenow defeated Republican challenger John James to win a fourth, six-year term in a contest in which President Donald Trump showed a personal interest in having the political newcomer win. The Associated Press projected Stabenow would win after 11:20 p.m. James, the 37-year-old Farmington Hills businessman, conceded the race to Stabenow after 11 p.m. in a speech at the headquarters of his family businesses.

Republican Hawley beats McCaskill to capture U.S. Senate seat in Missouri

Republican Hawley beats McCaskill to capture U.S. Senate seat in Missouri | 07 Nov 2018 | Political newcomer Josh Hawley has ousted Missouri's senior senator, Democrat Claire McCaskill, the culmination of a hard-fought campaign he centered on control of the U.S. Senate. Hawley told a jubilant crowd in Springfield late Tuesday that McCaskill had called to concede, and that she "couldn’t have been more gracious." Hawley pledged to support farmers, work on border security, increase job and wage growth and put "pro-Constitution judges" on the bench.

Democrats retake control of House, Republicans hold Senate majority - Fox News projects

Democrats retake control of House, Republicans hold Senate majority - Fox News projects | 07 Nov 2018 | Democrats reclaimed control of the House of Representatives Tuesday night after eight years out of power, Fox News projects, dealing a major setback to President Trump's legislative agenda -- but Republicans were able to expand their narrow Senate majority and, with it, the ability to confirm crucial judicial nominees. The split decision on Capitol Hill follows one of the most intense and chaotic midterm campaign seasons in recent memory, in which President Trump barnstormed the country for GOP candidates and powerful Democrats including predecessor Barack Obama did the same for the other side. For his part, Trump was able to help prevent a total Democratic takeover in Congress.

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Wins Re-Election to Second Term

Hawaii Gov. David Ige Wins Re-Election to Second Term | 06 Nov 2018 | Gov. David Ige on Tuesday won re-election to a second term after defeating Republican state Rep. Andria Tupola as the Democratic Party continued to dominate Hawaii politics. The incumbent entered the midterm election as the strong favorite. In August, he overcame a strong primary election challenge from U.S. Rep. Colleen Hanabusa after what he called a "grueling" campaign. In the race for U.S. Senate, Democrat Mazie Hirono defeated Republican Ron Curtis to win a second term.

Robert Menendez Wins Senate Race in N.J., Beating Back a Challenge From Bob Hugin

Robert Menendez Wins Senate Race in N.J., Beating Back a Challenge From Bob Hugin | 06 Nov 2018 | Senator Robert Menendez, a New Jersey Democrat, was elected to a third term on Tuesday, withstanding a public backlash over his federal corruption trial and the official Senate criticism he received for misusing his office for personal gain. Mr. Menendez turned back a spirited challenge by his Republican opponent, Bob Hugin, a pharmaceutical executive who poured more than $35 million of his own wealth into his campaign...Democrats also made two key down-ballot pickups.

Donna Shalala Flips District 27 House Seat From Red to Blue

Donna Shalala Flips District 27 House Seat From Red to Blue | 06 Nov 2018 | (Coral Gables, FL) A key house race for a South Florida district has flipped from red to blue. Democrat Donna Shalala has won the election for District 27, flipping a seat that had belonged to Republican Ileana Ros-Lehtinen since 2013. Shalala was running against Republican Maria Elvira Salazar.

Democrat Joe Manchin re-elected to Senate in West Virginia

Democrat Joe Manchin re-elected to Senate in West Virginia | 06 Nov 2018 | Sen. Joe Manchin scored re-election to the Senate in West Virginia on Tuesday, defeating his Republican challenger and keeping a Democratic hold in a state President Trump won by a landslide in 2016. Manchin defeated West Virginia Attorney General Patrick Morrisey in a race watched closely by political observers. Trump won the state by more than 42 percentage points two years ago.

Marsha Blackburn Prevails in Tennessee Senate Race

Marsha Blackburn Prevails in Tennessee Senate Race --Blackburn will be first woman in U.S. to represent her state in Senate | 06 Nov 2018 | Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn defeated her Democratic opponent Phil Bredesen Tuesday evening in Tennessee’s Senate race, virtually ensuring her party will retain their majority in the upper chamber. The television networks declared Blackburn the winner at 9:15 p.m. She will be the first woman in U.S. to represent her state in the Senate. Blackburn’s victory came after Republicans saw a gain in Indiana, with Congressman Mike Braun defeating Democratic incumbent Mike Donnelly.

Republican Rick Scott wins Florida Senate race, defeating incumbent Bill Nelson

Republican Rick Scott wins Florida Senate race, defeating incumbent Bill Nelson | 06 Nov 2018 | Republican Rick Scott, running for Senate after two terms as Florida governor, beat Democratic incumbent Bill Nelson in 2018's most expensive Senate race, boosting the GOP's odds of expanding their Senate majority. Scott used a huge amount of campaign cash -- much of it his own -- and his position as a Washington outsider to beat Nelson, a relatively popular incumbent who nevertheless failed to inspire much excitement in a campaign year when Democrats were energized in many races across the country.

GOP war veteran mocked on SNL wins Texas House seat

GOP war veteran mocked on SNL wins Texas House seat | 06 Nov 2018 | Texas GOP candidate Dan Crenshaw, who was recently mocked on SNL for a war wound, won the race for the state's 2nd Congressional District on Tuesday. Crenshaw, a former Navy SEAL and lieutenant commander, defeated Democrat Todd Litton. The 34-year-old Republican, who lost his right eye in Afghanistan when an improvised explosive device detonated, gained national attention in recent days after he was mocked on "Saturday Night Live." Comic [sic] Pete Davidson joked about how Crenshaw wears an eyepatch, adding that Americans "may be surprised to hear he's a congressional candidate for Texas and not a hit-man in a porno movie. I'm sorry. I know he lost his eye in war -- or whatever," Davidson added. The comments led to swift backlash, with Crenshaw calling the remarks "dark."

Snowden issues surveillance warning to Israelis

Snowden issues surveillance warning to Israelis | 06 Nov 2018 | US whistleblower Edward Snowden urged Israelis to be on guard against heavy-handed government and private surveillance in a speech by video link Tuesday and defended his 2013 massive leak of classified documents. Snowden, 35, highlighted Israel's high-tech capabilities, but warned that accepting too much government surveillance and too easily acceding to the argument that it is needed for security reasons posed serious risks. He also spoke of the NSO Group, the Israel-based company known for its Pegasus spyware. The software has been pinpointed by independent experts as likely being used in a number of countries with poor human rights records.

Ted Cruz wins reelection over Beto O’Rourke

Ted Cruz wins reelection over Beto O’Rourke | 06 Nov 2018 | Republican Sen. Ted Cruz locked in a second term Tuesday by defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, seeing off Democrats' most aggressive attempt in decades to win a statewide office in Texas. Cruz had 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent for O’Rourke when three networks called the race with less than a quarter of the precincts reporting.

This is why #StayInLine is trending on Twitter during the 2018 elections

This is why #StayInLine is trending on Twitter during the 2018 elections | 06 Nov 2018 | As voters went to cast their ballots for the 2018 midterm elections, they were faced with enormously long lines at polling places in Georgia, New York, Texas, Arizona and many other states. Some of the hours-long waits were attributed to malfunctioning equipment, a lack of paper ballots and glitches in voter registration. By Tuesday afternoon, the hashtag #StayInLine was trending on Twitter. Many states allow people to vote as long as they line up before their polling place closes...There was even a dedicated Twitter account to have pizza delivered.

Newsom wins California governor's race

Newsom wins California governor's race | 06 Nov 2018 | Gavin Newsom (D), currently California’s lieutenant governor, won the race to become the state’s next governor. Newsom defeated Republican businessman John Cox to replace outgoing Gov. Jerry Brown (D). Newsom was expected to easily win in deep-blue California and had a lead in the polls throughout the race.

Dems projected to retake House majority

Dems projected to retake House majority | 06 Nov 2018 | Democrats on Tuesday night captured control of the House of Representatives, placing a significant check on President Trump’s next two years in office. Several networks made the call after Democrats flipped 17 seats in races across the country. Democrats were leading in a number of other races and seemed positioned to gain more than 30 seats, and possibly more than 40 with polls just closing at 11 p.m. ET in California.

Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress

Ocasio-Cortez to be youngest woman ever elected to Congress | 06 Nov 2018 | New York Democratic congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez will win her general election race easily and become the youngest woman ever in Congress, CNN has projected. Having turned 29 last month, Ocasio-Cortez will inch out the previous holder of the distinction, New York Democratic Rep. Elise Stefanik, who was elected to Congress at age 30.

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins Utah Senate seat

Former presidential candidate Mitt Romney wins Utah Senate seat | 06 Nov 2018 | He ran for the White House, and seven years later, [Deep State dirt-bag] Mitt Romney is finally headed to Washington -- as Utah's new senator. The GOP's 2012 presidential candidate easily dispatched Democratic rival Jenny Wilson, winning the seat that will be vacated by a retiring Orrin Hatch.

Gillum concedes hard-fought Florida governor's race to DeSantis

Gillum concedes hard-fought Florida governor's race to DeSantis | 06 Nov 2018 | Democrat Andrew Gillum has conceded the race for Florida governor to Republican Ron DeSantis, marking a major win for the GOP in their bid to hold on to the top job in the nation's largest swing state. "Earlier this evening, I called Mr. Ron DeSantis and congratulated him on what we expect will be him as the next governor of the great state of Florida," Gillum told supporters Tuesday night...The win is also likely to be seen as a bellwether for Trump's support in the nation's largest swing state ahead of his 2020 reelection bid.

Jahana Hayes Declares Victory, Will Become 1st Black Woman From Connecticut in Congress

Jahana Hayes Declares Victory, Will Become 1st Black Woman From Connecticut in Congress | 06 Nov 2018 | Jahana Hayes declared victory Tuesday over Republican Manny Santos, the former mayor of Meriden, a historic win that will make her the first African-American woman to represent Connecticut in Congress. Hayes, 45, was driven by a powerful personal narrative, a network of young volunteers and public speaking skills honed in her years as a teacher...Like other Democrats who are shaking up the party establishment, she embraced progressive policies and won the endorsement of organized labor and the Working Families Party.

GOP to retain Senate majority

GOP to retain Senate majority | 06 Nov 2018 | Republicans are guaranteed to keep control of the Senate after netting early victories by flipping two Democratic seats and won a marquee race in Texas. GOP candidates scored major victories in Indiana and North Dakota, while several other toss-up races remain too close to call, paving the way for the party to potentially expand its 51-49 majority. Businessman Mike Braun unseated Sen. Joe Donnelly (Ind.) -- marking the first red state Democrat to lose on Tuesday and giving the GOP an early seat flip. Republicans later toppled Sen. Heidi Heitkamp (D-N.D.), spelling trouble for Democrats' chances and fellow red-state Democrats.

Bernie Sanders of Vermont re-elected to Senate

Bernie Sanders of Vermont re-elected to Senate | 06 Nov 2018 | Vermont's Bernie Sanders has cruised to re-election for his third term in the Senate, easily outpacing eight candidates. Sanders, the independent who has long been one of the state’s most popular politicians, spent little time campaigning ahead of Tuesday's election.

Texas judge orders some polling locations to stay open due to long lines

Texas judge orders some polling locations to stay open due to long lines | 06 Nov 2018 | A judge in Harris County, Texas, ordered nine polling locations to stay open an extra hour to accommodate long lines. The locations will have to stay open until 8 p.m. local time, according to the court order. Voters in Texas are heading to the polls to cast ballots that will decide, among other things, whether Sen. Ted Cruz (R) will serve another six-year term in the Senate. He faces a tight race with Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O'Rourke.

Kemp's voter card said 'invalid' when he tried to vote

Kemp's voter card said 'invalid' when he tried to vote | 06 Nov 2018 | Georgia Secretary of State and gubernatorial candidate Brian Kemp (R) received a voter card that said "invalid" when he tried to use it to vote on Election Day. Kemp went to his home polling place in Winterville, Ga. on Tuesday afternoon, and had to go back and get another card after unsuccessfully trying to vote, according to Georgia's Channel 2 Action News. Kemp is not the only Georgia voter to face issues casting their ballot. Many voters reported long wait times and malfunctioning voting machines. One polling site mistakenly installed only three voting machines.

Midterms 2018: Voters face malfunctioning machines and long lines at polls across country on Election Day

Midterms 2018: Voters face malfunctioning machines and long lines at polls across country on Election Day | 06 Nov 2018 | Malfunctioning machines, voter confusion and locked polling sites were among the problems punctuating Election Day as millions of Americans prepared to cast ballots Tuesday in a midterm election fueling an outpouring of enthusiasm -- and frustratingly long lines. Long waits, jammed machines and other voting glitches were reported across the country: Humidity was causing issues in North Carolina and Alabama, where ballot tabulators couldn't read ballots...

Kavanaugh report's biggest bombshells: Grassley probe reveals details behind mistaken identity claims, more

Kavanaugh report's biggest bombshells: Grassley probe reveals details behind mistaken identity claims, more | 05 Nov 2018 | Weeks after Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation -- and the sexual assault allegations against him -- captured the country's attention, the Senate Judiciary Committee has released a massive report on those accusations that's largely flown under the radar in the run-up to the midterms. But the 414-page document, authored by the Republican majority and released over the weekend, contains a number of key revelations. Among them: the report summarizes a statement from a man who believes he may have been involved in an encounter with Christine Blasey Ford around the time of her claim of sexual misconduct against Kavanaugh.

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