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Priscilla Morrison | 09 November, 2018, 00:46

US President Donald Trump has said he is ready to work with Democrats after they won control of the House of Representatives in mid-term elections. "But it may seem that way because we are coming off a two-year drought of no subpoenas", said Representative Gerald Connolly of Virginia, the top Democrat on the Oversight subcommittee on government operations.

For the past two years, White House lawyers and the Trump Organization have repeatedly rebuffed Democratic efforts to get even the most basic financial information on Trump's businesses. And the Democrats could see a struggle inside the party over how aggressively to confront the Trump administration. But the only thing more stunning than hearing a sitting president dancing on the political grave of a member of his own party-something Trump did on several occasions during his 90-minute news conference Wednesday-was the fact that Rep. Mia Love (R-Utah) had not yet officially conceded her election when he tore into her for insufficiently embracing Trumpism. The Democrats made only slight inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters.

Pelosi spoke with Trump and McConnell after the Democrats' victory. What Putin would not favor would be investigations or sanctions that would further damage the well-connected Russian oligarchs believed to have links to Trump, or to have helped fund United States meddling efforts.

The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they needed for a majority in the 435-seat lower chamber. He was also at the front of many voters' minds, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate: 38 percent of respondents said they voted to oppose Trump, while 26 percent said they voted in support of his agenda.

'If last night was billed as a Referendum on how Trump has performed as President then you would have to say he passed'.

Four Senate Democrats lost elections Tuesday after voting against the confirmation of now-Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh. The remaining 17 races were too close to project a victor Wednesday evening.

There was a fair amount of overlap in 2016 between Mr Trump's and Bernie Sanders' supporters - Mr Trump can rest assured that the progressive left did not appear to be very energised by Tuesday's results.

Steve Walsh, president of the Massachusetts Health and Hospital Association, said the question's defeat would be good for patients, but added hospitals were willing to continue discussing appropriate staffing levels.

In ill-tempered exchanges, he called a CNN correspondent "a rude, bad person" and told an NBC reporter: "I'm not a big fan of yours either".

Trump has frequently been combative with reporters, and painted the news media as "enemies of the people", but Wednesdays press conference raised the level of his hostility. He singled out Secretary of State Mike Pompeo for praise, but didn't answer specifically when asked about Attorney General Jeff Sessions' fate.

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All 435 seats in the U.S. House were up for re-election, although fewer than 90 were considered competitive.

"I think that's a really poor way for the Legislature to function", Libby said.

His party kept control of the Senate and won some key state governor races, enabling the president to put a positive gloss on the results.

That will allow Mr Trump's party greater leeway over judicial and executive appointments. "Votes are still being counted, so the results are not final at the time of writing".

"I mean, I think she could have won that race".

Among governorships, Democrats netted seven, including big states such as MI and IL and Wisconsin, where incumbent Gov. Scott Walker was ousted after two terms. Two years later, she became the first woman of color elected to Congress in CT, and will represent the state's fifth congressional district, which includes Newtown, New Britain, and Woodbury.

Female candidates fared particularly well in an election cycle that had been billed as the Year of the Woman.

Specifically, with some close races still undecided, Democrats have picked up at least 29 seats in the House.

Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib are the first Muslim women and Sharice Davids and Debra Haaland the first Native American women to be elected to Congress.

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