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Republicans retain control of Senate with candidates who embraced Trump
Republicans cemented control of the Senate for two more years Tuesday and positioned themselves for a more conservative majority, with victories by candidates who aligned closely with President Trump. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer, Indiana businessman Mike Braun, and Missouri Attorney General Josh Hawley, all staunch Trump allies, won seats held by Democrats. Rep. Marsha Blackburn (R), another Trump loyalist, defeated a popular former governor in Tennessee. The results held implications for coming battles over the federal judiciary, trade, health care, government spending and immigration. Trump’s worldview is expected to be reflected strongly in those debates in the wake of Tuesday’s elections.  Washington Post
VOA VIEW: A small loss in the House - not a blue wave is a major win.

Lindsey Graham: ‘President Trump has a lot to be proud of’
Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, who has transformed himself from one of Donald Trump’s sharpest critics into one of his most devoted supporters, on Tuesday said the president “has a lot to be proud of in terms of creating the enthusiasm” in what Graham branded “Trump states” — deep-red states that ousted Democratic incumbents in the Senate. Those states included North Dakota and Indiana. “Without him, I don’t think we would have had the night we had,” Graham said on Fox. The president “worked his butt off,” he added. Graham said the preservation of GOP control in the Senate — even as Democrats appeared poised to reclaim control of the House — meant that, “the conservative judicial train will keep running.” Washington Post
VOA VIEW: Trump did win.

These are the historic firsts for women and minority candidates in 2018
Several candidates made history with their November 6 election victories, recording significant "firsts" for minorities and women in American politics. Among the historic accomplishments: The first gay man to win a governor's race and the youngest woman to be elected to Congress. Several states also elected minority candidates to the U.S. House and Senate for the first time. Here's a breakdown of some of the firsts: Jared Polis: First openly gay man to win a governor's race. Polis was elected governor of Colorado. He previously served in the U.S. House. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: Youngest woman elected to Congress. The New York activist and Democrat, 29, cruised to victory after upsetting established Democrat Rep. Joe Crowley in the primary race. . USA Today

Brian Kemp leads for Georgia governor; Stacey Abrams says she won't concede
Republican Brian Kemp held a lead in the Georgia governor's race early Wednesday, but Democrat Stacey Abrams said she wouldn't concede the race. "Votes remain to be counted," Abrams told cheering supporters at an Atlanta hotel shortly after 1:30 a.m. "There are voices that are waiting to be heard." Her campaign said they were waiting for tens of thousands of absentee and provisional ballots to be counted. Campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo predicted that neither candidate would reach a majority, sending the bitterly fought contest to a runoff election next month. Kemp stopped short of declaring victory early Wednesday but said he felt confident he would ultimately win. “There are votes left to count, but we have a very strong lead, USA Today
VOA VIEW: Abrams lost, but got a lot of votes.

Comey declares anti-Trump ‘awakening’ underway, as he campaigns for Dems in midterms
Former FBI director James Comey wrote in an op-ed Tuesday he believes an anti-Trump “awakening” is underway in America, as social media posts showed the outspoken President Trump critic campaigning for Democrats on Election Day. “I feel the giant stirring,” Comey wrote in the New York Times. “The awakening is slow, but it is underway.” Comey added, “Torches and death in Charlottesville. Children in cages at the border. The lying, misogyny, racism and attacks on the rule of law from our president. These things poke the giant. It takes time, but the American people are stirring.  Fox
VOA VIEW: Comey will look like a fool, again.

The fight of their lives: GOP and Democrats wrestle for Congress
Tuesday is Election Day. Here's how you can follow the results, understand the stakes, and know which races CBS News is looking at.  Tuesday is Democrats' last, best chance to stifle President Trump's agenda before he completes his first term. At stake is control of the House and Senate, not to mention numerous statewide races, including a number of crucial governorships. Democrats are likely to win the House, which Republicans have controlled since 2010. Under President Obama, the GOP used the chamber to investigate the White House and block Democratic priorities.  CBS
VOA VIEW: Americans are either wise or dumb - we will soon know.

Midterm elections: Trump's not on the ballot but he is on the line
What is clear, however, is that few congressional elections have ever captivated so many Americans. Early voting has exceeded 2014 levels in most states, according to TargetSmart, while campaign spending has been pushed to a record $5.2 billion, according to the Center for Responsive Politics. The superlatives demonstrate the significance millions of Americans have invested in this midterms, believing it will help determine the future of the country and who gets to be a part of it. “The character of this country is on the ballot. NBC
VOA VIEW: Trump will prove to be an asset.

Republican Dan Crenshaw, target of 'SNL' joke, wins Texas House seat
Being mocked on “Saturday Night Live” didn’t hurt—and may have helped— Texas Republican Dan Crenshaw, a retired Navy SEAL and political newcomer who easily won Tuesday his House race. With 87 percent of precincts reporting, Mr. Crenshaw was declared the winner with 53 percent of the vote, besting Democrat Todd Litton, who had drawn 45 percent. Mr. Crenshaw was favored to win the Houston-area seat being vacated by retiring Republican Rep. Ted Poe even before last weekend’s “SNL” episode mocking his appearance spurred a national backlash. Cast member Pete Davidson said during a segment that the candidate looked like “a hitman in a porno movie,” referring to the black eye patch Mr. Crenshaw wears after losing an eye in Afghanistan. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: A good win.

Trump calls Pelosi to congratulate her on House takeover
President Trump called House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi late Tuesday to congratulate her on the Democratic takeover of the House of Representatives. “He acknowledged the Leader’s call for bipartisanship in her victory remarks,” Drew Hammill, her deputy chief of staff, wrote on Twitter. In her victory speech, the veteran California lawmaker talked up a “bipartisan” Congress where Democrats had a “responsibility to find our common ground when we can, stand our ground where we can.” “We’ll have a bipartisan marketplace of ideas that makes our democracy strong,” she said. New York Post

Ted Cruz holds off Beto O’Rourke to keep Texas Senate seat
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz has managed to avoid an embarrassing defeat in bright red Texas, beating Democratic Rep. Beto O’Rourke in the widely watched US Senate race. ABC News projected Cruz would win the race at 10:09 p.m. based on exit polls. Cruz led O’Rourke 51.2 percent to 48.1 percent with 83 percent of precincts reporting. “Texas saw something this year that we’ve never seen before. This election wasn’t about me and it wasn’t about Beto O’Rourke, this election was a battle of ideas,” Cruz told his fans. “It was a contest of who we are and what we believe.” New York Post

Why Beto O’Rourke lost
Beto O'Rourke supporters wholeheartedly believed he would become the first Democrat to win statewide office in more than two decades. But Tuesday's election results proved that while O'Rourke raised millions of dollars and galvanized many Texans to vote for the first time, it still wasn't enough to clinch a victory over Republican incumbent Ted Cruz. Here are a few reasons O'Rourke wasn't able to pull it off in the end. Dedicated Republican voters: Texas saw a surge of voter turnout in Democrat strongholds like Harris, Travis and Dallas counties. Houston Chronicle
VOA VIEW: Beto was too liberal.

Trump faced Iran sanctions rebellion from allies on the right
As the U.S. prepared to impose new sanctions against Iran's energy and banking sectors, senior Trump administration officials faced an internal rebellion from conservatives who accused them of being too weak toward the Islamic Republic. That 11th-hour rupture sent officials at the departments of State and Treasury rushing last week to reassure normally steadfast political allies and harden their messaging on the sanctions announced Monday against 700 banks, individuals and other entities, according to three people familiar with the discussions. Houston Chronicle

Senate race: Feinstein re-elected; Republicans keep Senate control
Sen. Dianne Feinstein won re-election Tuesday night, but will return to a Senate that remains in Republican control. With Feinstein squaring off against a fellow Democrat, Los Angeles state Sen. Kevin de León, California’s seat was never in play for the GOP. But Republicans across the country took advantage of President Trump’s popularity in red-hued states to increase their 51-49 advantage in the Senate. Feinstein was leading with 54 percent of the vote to de León’s 46 percent with 29 percent of precincts reporting. At her election night party at the Presidio Officers’ Club — where the San Francisco Girls Chorus sang “I left My Heart in San Francisco” — Feinstein said the political climate is far different in Washington than when she was first elected to the Senate in 1992. San Francisco Gate

China grants 18 trademarks in 2 months to Trump, daughter
The Chinese government granted 18 trademarks to companies linked to President Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka Trump over the last two months, Chinese public records show, raising concerns about conflicts of interest in the White House. In October, China's Trademark Office granted provisional approval for 16 trademarks to Ivanka Trump Marks LLC, bringing to 34 the total number of marks China has greenlighted this year, according to the office's online database. The new approvals cover Ivanka-branded fashion gear including sunglasses, handbags, shoes and jewelry, as well as beauty services and voting machines. The approvals came three months after Ivanka Trump announced she was dissolving her namesake brand to focus on government work.  San Francisco Gate

Despite House loss, Trump still sees midterms success
Resigned to the loss of one-party control over Washington in Tuesday's elections, President  Donald Trump  stared down the prospect of endless House investigations, stymied policy efforts and fresh questions about the resilience of his unorthodox political coalition. He celebrated  GOP  success hanging on to the  Senate  and distanced himself from any blame. Trump stayed quiet for much of election night as Republicans maintained their hold on the Senate and  Democrats  captured control of the House — a shift all but certain to redefine his presidency.
San Diego Tribune
VOA VIEW: A major win even though the house had a minor defeat.

Amazon just upped the ante in the race for free holiday shipping
The battle for the hottest prices this holiday season is spilling into a new arena: the fight over free shipping. As Walmart, Target and Amazon launch a price war for merchandise in the weeks before Thanksgiving, they are now wooing customers with the promise of fast, efficient, no-cost shipping. On Monday, Amazon upped the ante by expanding free shipping to all customers through the holidays, with no minimum purchase required. The retail and tech giant is also offering Prime Members free same-day delivery on more than 3 million items. Prime members, who pay $119 a year for the service, already receive free two-day shipping with no minimum purchase necessary. San Diego Tribune

Why there still isn't a winner in the Arizona Senate race
Those wishing that the tense and occasionally nasty battle for Arizona's open Senate seat would come to a close on Election Night appear out of luck. The nail-biter of a race might not be finalized for days, as the state's most populous county -- Maricopa, which includes Phoenix -- has not announced a significant portion of its voting results. Maricopa County Recorder Adrian Fontes told ABC News there are still hundreds of thousands of votes that need to be tabulated, and that there's a high likelihood that it could take at least a week to get the results. ABC

Florida voters approve amendment to restore right to vote for felons who have served their time
More than 1 million previously convicted felons have had their right to vote restored in Florida. Voters passed an initiative on Tuesday's ballot that renewed voting rights to the majority of felons who have completed their sentences, including probation and restitution, according to an ABC News projection. Those who committed sexual offenses or murder are excluded from having their ability to vote restored. Amendment 4 required 60 percent approval to pass. ABC

Trump's midterm campaigning was just his warm-up act for 2020
The midterms were President Donald Trump's warm-up act for 2020. His relentless campaigning for Republican candidates — a marathon run at the speed of a dead sprint over the final weeks — was bare-knuckled, base-centric and rarely moored to facts. And it was just a taste of what his re-election bid will look like. That's because Trump drew a simple lesson from Tuesday's midterms: he's on the right track. Sources close to and inside the White House said Tuesday night that the president felt validated by the results. Earlier this year, he launched a brash plan to rally his own supporters to the Republican cause by staging a series of high-voltage rallies, mostly in deep-red corners of GOP strongholds with competitive Senate races. NBC
VOA VIEW: A Trump win, big win - he fought and beat the majority liberal media.

Kavanaugh set to be key vote in Missouri death penalty case
The court’s newest justice could hold the key vote in Russell Bucklew’s case. That’s because his eight colleagues split 4-4 earlier this year over whether to allow Bucklew’s execution to proceed. Justice Anthony Kennedy provided the fifth vote to spare Bucklew. Kavanaugh replaced Kennedy, who retired in July, and recently went through the most contentious and divisive supreme court confirmation process in a generation. His elevation to the bench last month was a major victory for Donald Trump, who nominated him.  Guardian

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How Pelosi can become speaker with fewer than 218 votes
To become speaker of the US House of Representatives, a candidate traditionally needs 218 votes on the chamber floor because that equates a majority of the 435-member chamber. But it's still possible for a candidate to win without getting there. And it's happened before. Why does this matter? The top contenders for speaker among Democrats (Nancy Pelosi) and Republicans (Kevin McCarthy) are no guarantee for the job due to some dissension within their respective ranks. So, for example, if Democrats win the House by a five-vote margin, 220-215, then Pelosi could only afford to have two Democrats vote against her (which entails voting for another person) and still become speaker with 218 votes. If she loses three or more, she won't get a majority of the House, assuming all members are present. CNN

Biden casts his vote, says he'll decide early next year on a 2020 run
After voting in Wilmington, Delaware, on Tuesday, former Vice President Joe Biden told reporters he still doesn't know if he'll run for president in 2020, but that he'll be making a decision early next year. Biden said he would make a decision with his family after the first of the year, but he won’t necessarily make a formal announcement by then. He would not say when he would eye an announcement, noting it would “depend on the circumstances and a whole lot of things.” Biden campaigned in 13 cities, including a dozen rallies, over the last week.  CNN
VOA VIEW: Either your in or out or waiting until after midterms.

Trump Promises ‘Prosecutions at the Highest Level’ for Illegal Voting
President Donald Trump promised Monday that there would be “prosecutions at the highest level” for those that illegally vote in the midterm election.  Speaking to reporters at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland prior to leaving for rallies Ohio, Indiana, and Missouri, a reporter asked Trump what proof he has that people intend to illegally vote in the midterms. “Just take a look. All you have to do is go around, take a look at what's happened over the years, and you'll see,” he said. “There are a lot of people -- a lot of people -- my opinion, and based on proof -- that try and get in illegally and actually vote illegally.  CNS

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Hillary Clinton calls on voters to 'exercise our birthright' against Trump
Hillary Clinton urged voters Tuesday to “exercise our birthright” and vote against the Trump administration. “For the past two years, we’ve watched this administration attack and undermine our democratic institutions and values. Today, we say enough,” Mrs. Clinton tweeted. The former Democratic presidential nominee said “we won’t just vote against radicalism, bigotry, and corruption today." “We’ll vote for fantastic candidates all over the country — including a historic number of women — who want to raise wages, fight for justice, and help more people get health care,” she said. Mrs. Clinton added, “If they win, they’ll do great things for America. Washington Times
VOA VIEW: Hillary would be wise to keep her mouth shut.

Fox is moving toward new billion-dollar deal for World Series
Fox has been broadcasting the World Series since Derek Jeter was a rookie in 1996 — and there is momentum for that to continue. Major League Baseball and Fox are moving toward a new multibillion-dollar deal to extend the network’s longtime hold on the World Series for the foreseeable future, The Post has learned. Sources said MLB is open to doing an extension with Fox because it is happy with the relationship, and it would be receiving a substantial enough increase without going on the marketplace. The current deal that Fox has with MLB runs through 2021. New York Post

The 2018 midterms could bring historic firsts for women and people of color
There’s a flood of women, minorities and first-time candidates running for office this year, which means Congress could become much more diverse after the 2018 midterms. Right now women make up only about a fifth of Congress, which is still mostly white and mostly male. Here’s a look at some of the newcomers who could change the makeup of Congress come November 6. Paulette Jordan could be the country’s first Native American governor and her state’s first female governor if she
Christine Hallquist wants to reverse the decline of rural Vermont and help solve climate change. Politico

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Iran open to talks with US if Trump changes approach to nuclear deal
As Iranians braced for the full restoration of economic sanctions imposed Monday by the Trump administration, their government signaled it would be open to talking to the United States about a new nuclear arms accord if Washington changes its approach to discussing the agreement it abandoned this year. Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, Iran’s top diplomat, told USA TODAY in an exclusive interview over the weekend that his government would consider diplomacy if there were "foundations for a fruitful dialogue" on the Iran nuclear reduction deal. In May, President Donald Trump pulled the United States out of the pact made with world powers and Iran. Other signatories stayed in.  USA Today
VOA VIEW: Iran needs to create an non demanding approach with Trump.

Pipe bomb suspect held without bail after first court appearance
Pipe bombs suspect Cesar Sayoc was ordered to be held without bail on Tuesday by a federal judge in New York. Sayoc made his first court appearance on Tuesday in federal court in Manhattan following his transfer from Florida, where he was arrested last month. He faces charges for allegedly mailing more than a dozen explosive devices to prominent Democrats, CNN and critics of Donald Trump, including billionaire financier and philanthropist George Soros. Prosecutors say the most recent crude bomb was recovered last Friday in California, addressed to liberal activist Tom Steyer.  Guardian

Mexican ambassador: Status quo 'unacceptable' on U.S. migration
Mexico's ambassador to the United States said Tuesday migration between the two countries has changed drastically -- more Mexicans now return to Mexico than enter the United States -- and policy needs to catch up. "The single most important change is the sheer reduction in the number of Mexicans that migrate to the United States," said Ambassador Gerónimo Gutiérrez, speaking at a conference of the Woodrow Wilson Center and the Migration Policy Institute, two think tanks in Washington, D.C. "Mexican irregular migration into the United States quite clearly peaked precisely at the turn of the century and since then has been pretty much in decline."  UPI

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Russian lawmakers tasked with helping monitor US midterm elections despite dispute over 2016 meddling
Two Russian lawmakers are among those tasked with helping the United States monitor Tuesday’s midterm elections as part of an intergovernmental group created in response to 2016 election meddling...by the Russians. Artyom Turov and Alexei Korniyenko, who serve in the Russian State Duma lower House of Parliament, are part of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organization for Security and Co-operation in Europe mission, a source told the TASS news agency last week.  Fox

Majority of Americans Oppose Ban on 'Assault Rifles'
A recent survey shows that a strong majority of Americans, 57%, oppose banning semi-automatic guns, specifically semi-automatic rifles that the media often label "assault rifles." A semi-automatic rifle (or pistol) is a gun that fires one bullet each time the trigger is pulled. In the poll, Gallup asked, "Are you for or against a law which would make it illegal to manufacture, sell or possess semi-automatic guns, known as assault rifles?" Forty percent said they were "for" a ban and 57% said they were "against" a ban. " In 1994, President Bill Clinton signed a ban on assault weapons in the U.S.," reported the polling firm. CNS
VOA VIEW: Time will tell.
 
French President Emmanuel Macron target of planned attack
Six people were arrested Tuesday morning in France for allegedly planning a "violent action" against French President Emmanuel Macron, a source close to the investigation told ABC News. The suspected plan was "imprecise and loosely formed," according to the source. The arrested include five men and one woman, the source said. The suspects range in age from 22 years old to 62. The Paris prosecutor’s office has opened a preliminary investigation for “criminal terrorist association.” Elysee Palace, the residence of the French president, told ABC News it would not comment on an ongoing investigation.ABC

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Long lines, glitches greet voters turning out in droves
This year’s midterms are the first nationwide contests since 2016, when President Donald Trump was elected. Many, including Trump, see this election as a referendum on his presidency. "I'm not on the ticket, but I am on the ticket because this is also a referendum about me," Trump said at a rally in Southaven, Miss., in early October.
With Republicans currently in control of the White House and both chambers of Congress, 35 Senate seats, all 435 seats in the House and 36 governorships are on the ballot. The Election Day 2018 Live Map shows when polls close around the country and, as votes get counted, will give hourly state-by-state results for the Senate, House and governorships. Dozens of young Native Americans marched to their local polling place on a reservation near Belcourt, North Dakota. ABC

What Google searches and social media trends can tell us about the midterm elections
Millions of Americans are heading to the polls Tuesday to cast their ballots in 435 House seats, 35 Senate races and 36 gubernatorial contests. While exit polls may give insight into how people are voting, social media and Google searches also offer some clues about which candidates and issues were getting the most attention online leading up to the midterms. Analysis by The New York Times found that overall, Democratic candidates have more Facebook shares, likes, and comments. But in five out of nine toss-up Senate races, the Republican candidates have seen higher interactions on Facebook over the past 30 days.CBS
VOA VIEW: Google and Facebook would like to control the elections.

Hungary's alleged pre-election meddling sparks anger in Ukraine
A hidden-camera video of a citizenship ceremony that appears to show Ukrainians pledging allegiance to Hungary has triggered a treason investigation in a country grappling with Russia's annexation of Crimea and currently at war with Moscow-backed separatists. Ukraine's constitution bars people from holding multiple citizenships. The footage purportedly shows Ukrainians singing the Hungarian national anthem and taking a citizenship oath at the Hungarian Consulate in Berehove, a Ukrainian town of 24,000 near the border. NBC

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Justice Department asks Supreme Court to hear DACA cases this term
The administration asked the Supreme Court on Monday to immediately take up cases challenging President Trump’s phaseout of the Obama-era DACA deportation amnesty for illegal immigrant “Dreamers,” saying it’s critical the justices hear the matter this term. Though the cases are still pending before a number of lower federal appeals courts, Solicitor General Noel J. Francisco told the justices that waiting on decisions would mean the issue would be pushed for at least a year. That, he said, would leave in place an “unlawful” DACA program that Mr. Trump and his advisers have concluded must go. Washington Times

Bill O'Reilly: Cable news' 'total collapse' will follow Trump's White House exit
Bill O’Reilly, the former kingpin of cable news, says President Trump’s eventual exit from the political stage will trigger the “total collapse” of the industry. The man who once dominated airwaves with “no spin” analysis on Fox News says that hatred is primarily propping up ratings in 2018. An implosion, Mr. O’Reilly predicts, is inevitable without the billionaire’s personality around to attract an audience. “You either like him or you hate him,” the conservative pundit told The Washington Examiner on Monday. “All right. So the New York Times is making money, survives on hating Trump. So does CNN … and MSNBC and NBC News. There’s nothing else that drives people into watching MSNBC or CNN other than Trump hatred. Washington Times

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