January 17, 2019

Trump urges Democrats to join hands, but remains defiant

10 November 2018, 12:00 | Austin Hogan

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He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information".

In extending the Republican majority in the senate to a likely 54 senate seats, Trump is no longer as dependent on the moderate faction of the Republican Party for passing key legislation and confirming appointees.

Republicans built on their slim Senate majority and ousted four incumbent Democrats: Bill Nelson in Florida, Joe Donnelly in Indiana, Heidi Heitkamp in North Dakota and Claire McCaskill in Missouri. Rep. Mike Coffman in Colorado blamed his loss on resentment toward Mr Trump in his Denver-area district.

A bad midterm does not correlate to a bad chance at re-electing the president.

If the Trump administration refuses and mounts a legal challenge, Neal said, "Then I assume that there would be a court case that would go on for a period of time". "We should just go about our own business", the paper said.

This week's Midterm elections significantly shifted the political balance of power away from Donald Trump's Republican Party.

"Mike, will you be my running mate?"

The report said the survey, commissioned by FRC and done by McLaughlin & Associates, asked 1,000 people their thoughts on a wide variety of issues. "Only 27 percent agree with radical positions of Pelosi and Obama", said FRC. "So, this is something that I feel all of my experience is geared to".

On Capitol Hill, Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell said Democrats must decide how much "harassment" they want to pursue against Trump, while suggesting there could be limited opportunities to work across the aisle.

As evidence, the magazine explained that the Democrats will likely push for more investigations into so-called Russian meddling into the 2016 elections, with both parties also "likely to push for more sanctions against Moscow - for everything from its involvement in Ukraine and Syria to its poisoning of a former Russian spy".

The president also warned of a "warlike posture" in Washington if Democrats investigated him. He also now has a leftist House filled with ideologues he can mock and hold accountable.

Nearly all of the House Democratic gains came from the suburbs: They are projected to flip over two dozen seats in primarily suburban districts, sweeping out once-comfortable Republican incumbents including Reps. He says he won't release them because he's under audit, and he claimed at a press conference this week that the filings are too complex for people to understand. The Democrats made only slight inroads in Trump country, where they tried to win back white working-class voters.

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In Tuesday's vote, the Democrats won control of the House of Representatives, picking up 7 more seats than the 218 required to form a majority.

"We need to give every major provision of this new tax law scrutiny that Republicans refused to provide a year ago".

But Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi, who is set to regain the speaker's gavel come January, said her party has a duty to root out fraud and wrongdoing in government.

Most worryingly of all, the voters they motivate seem impervious to recognizing - or simply do not care about - the broader threat to American values and democracy that the Republican party of today represents.

This should make it easier for the President to win re-election in 2020.

On a national scale, this was a historic election, as more women than ever before were elected into office.

The election was hailed as The Year of the Woman with a record 262 contesting various seats.

George Yin, a professor of law and taxation at the University of Virginia who formerly was chief of staff for the Joint Committee on Taxation, asserts that Congress has the clear right to obtain and release a president's tax returns to the public without his or her consent - provided the disclosure would be in the public interest.

He pointed to Republican Gov. -elect Mike DeWine in neighboring OH as someone who was able to do that, while Pennsylvania GOP Senate nominee Lou Barletta and Republican gubernatorial nominee Scott Wagner could not. At the Hilton DoubleTree Resort, music blared from the hall and smiles were etched on faces.

There is one less woman in the Senate than the 23 before the election, and just 16 additional women in the House, bringing the total to 101. "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said.

Democrats will have around 229 seats in the 435-member House, while Republicans will hold 53 seats in the 100-member Senate, up from 51, according to projections by The New York Times.

The result was broadly in line with what many analysts projected but makes for a confusing picture.

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