What Will the Dems Do With Their New House?

Frederick Owens
November 8, 2018

The White House revoked CNN reporter Jim Acosta's press credentials.

. Many Democratic incumbents were in states Trump won in 2016, and they therefore faced a tough fight.

"I plan to shine a light on waste, fraud and abuse in the Trump administration", Cummings said Wednesday. If Pelosi moves forward with her bid for speaker, those 20 members will have to ask themselves whether they want to make her vulnerable to a challenge on the House floor, leaving Democrats squabbling just when they've gotten the majority back after almost a decade in the wilderness.

Beyond the new members who have pledged to oppose Pelosi, CBS News' Ed O'Keefe and Bo Erickson reported in September that 11 House Democrats attempted to force a rules change that would require any speaker candidate to win at least 218 Democratic votes before they are allowed to run for the position on the floor.

They could now launch investigations into Mr Trump's administration and business affairs, from tax returns to potential conflicts of interest.

Trump struck an open tone with House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday, saying he wants to work with her party on economic growth, infrastructure, trade, and lowering middle class taxes.

Republican Congressman Ron DeSantis claimed the governorship over Democrat Andrew Gillum, the Mayor of Tallahassee, by less than a point, while the Senate contest between Democratic Senator Bill Nelson and Republican Governor Rick Scott is heading for a recount. Brown's win occured during a special election in Janurary 2010, some 10 months before the midterm election.

"Our paramount view is that any attorney general, whether this one or another one, should not be able to interfere with the Mueller investigation in any way", Schumer told reporters.

Trump said that he was considering changes to his administration in the aftermath of the election, including to his cabinet. He called CNN's Jim Acosta, with whom he has frequently spared, "a rude, bad person".

When one political party controls the Congress and the presidency - particularly a hyperactive in-your-face presidency as we have today - and it enacts its political agenda into law, the minority party is often ignored.

The Southwest, on the other hand, has never been friendly territory for Trump. History shows that a president in his first term usually suffers a sizeable loss in...

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The four men who lost their seats Tuesday night were vocal supporters of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on the campaign trail over the course of the year.

Gains in Wisconsin, Michigan and Pennsylvania were offset by mixed results in OH and GOP dominance in electoral powerhouse Florida.

"The Trump thing works", says GOP pollster Frank Luntz. Women were 21 points more likely to vote for Democrats than Republicans in House races - 60 percent voted for Democrats, to 38 percent who voted for Republicans.

The Democrats protected several vulnerable chambers as well, including the Connecticut House, the Delaware Senate and the Maine House.

Asked about it on Monday, Mr Trump replied stiffly: "I don't care".

Internal Revenue Service law allows House and Senate tax-writing committees to request federal returns, and the ranking Ways and Means Democrat, Rep. Richard Neal of MA, has signalled publicly he would ask for them - a move the White House might fight.

With winners called in all but one statewide race, Republicans were on pace to gain three seats in the Senate and defended their lead in governorships by a two-seat margin.

These new records represent the culmination of a record-setting year for female candidates. According to data compiled by The Associated Press, 237 women ran for the House as major-party candidates this year.

Two 29-year-old Democrats - Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Abby Finkenauer - are due to be the youngest women ever to win House seats.

Voters in Minnesota and MI elected the first two Muslim women to serve in the U.S. Congress: Ilhan Omar, a former refugee who fled Somalia's civil war, and Rashida Tlaib, a Detroit-born Palestinian-American. Davids identifies as a lesbian, making her the first openly LGBT member of Congress from Kansas as well.

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