Bernie Sanders says midterms prove progressive can win the White House

Irving Hamilton
November 8, 2018

In addition to Pelosi, Trump spoke by telephone with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnel to congratulate him on the Republican gains, and also spoke with outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan, the White House said. Mr Trump tweeted late Tuesday after staying quiet for much of election night.

And, indeed, after Mr Trump fired Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Wednesday, putting the Mueller probe in jeopardy, Democratic Congressman Jerry Nadler warned that he meant to lead a House Judiciary Committee examination.

He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health. They will probably call Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein as a witness and extract from him his belief that there was no legitimate governmental objective served by the Comey firing and that it was done for the reasons Trump told Lester Holt of NBC News - because Comey would not shut down the Flynn investigation.

With a House majority, Democrats will have the power to investigate Trump's tax returns and possible conflicts of interest, as well as challenging his overtures to Saudi Arabia, Russia and North Korea.

A record number of women were elected to the House on Tuesday, almost two years after women spilled out into the streets of Washington and in cities across the country in defiance of the inauguration of U.S. President Donald Trump.

According to The New York Times, amid signs that the nation's deep political and cultural divisions that lifted Trump in 2016 may only be deepening, "rural voters were breaking sharply" with their counterparts in the suburban districts and metropolitan areas, as turnout soared in a midterm election that came to serve as a national referendum on the president.

He took credit for Republicans having "defied history" by consolidating their grip on the Senate. Its members effectively will be able to block all legislation that the Senate passes and the president wants.

Mr Trump said the Democrats had "nothing, zero" on him.

Trump also said he hopes he can work with Congress to get enough money to build the wall but that he would not necessarily force a government shutdown over the issue. "I think that would be a mistake".

The president became irate when questioned about his characterisation of Central American migrants heading towards the U.S. as an "invasion". Journalists repeatedly were ordered to desist and were accused of asking racist and insulting questions.

Trump said he is "looking at different people for different positions", adding that "it is very common after the midterms".

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But that's how he gets things done, he's driven by this, this passion inside him to really help. "I suspect quite a few of you may too have grandchildren or will do soon".

But he did way better than then-President Barack Obama in his first midterm election.

Mr Trump entertains no such thoughts, instead calling Tuesday night's results "very close to complete victory". "I don't want to comment on that, otherwise I will run the risk of being accused of interfering in their midterm election", foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying said. Additional Senate races have yet to be called.

But Republicans are on course to increase their representation from 51 to 54 in the 100-seat Senate.

Yet Trump's party will maintain Senate control for the next two years, at least. A disproportionate number of the seats up for election were in traditionally Republican states with Democratic incumbents.

In the 36 governors' races, Republicans won an ugly battle in Florida and appeared on the cusp of victory in Georgia.

In Nevada, another purple state, Democrats defeated an incumbent Republican senator (Dean Heller) and captured the governorship.

Pelosi became the first female speaker in 2006 when Democrats took back the House during the final years of the Bush administration.

If Democrats manage to win the House of Representatives, Trump would be left without congressional support to move his agenda forward.

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.

The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any "elected official of the government of the United States" from deriving "any benefit".

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