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10:50 AM ET, November 7, 2018

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Ezra Klein / Vox:
Republicans are paying the Trump tax  —  Trump's political strategy is failing.  —  At this point, Democrats look certain to take back the House.  But due to geography and gerrymandering, their majority in the chamber will fall far short of their majority at the polls.
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New York Times:
Democrats Capture Control of House; G.O.P. Holds Senate  —  Democrats harnessed voter fury toward President Trump to win control of the House and capture pivotal governorships Tuesday night as liberals and moderates banded together to deliver a forceful rebuke of Mr. Trump …
Sarah Kendzior / Globe and Mail:
If the midterms were a test of the country's character, Americans failed  —  Sarah Kendzior is the author of The View From Flyover Country and the co-host of the podcast Gaslit Nation.  —  On Monday, former president Barack Obama tweeted: “Tomorrow's elections might be the most important in our lifetimes …
Discussion: New York Times
Steven Shepard / Politico:
7 takeaways from a wild midterm election  —  Driven by massive voter turnout, the 2018 midterm election was both a blue wave and a red wave.  It just depended on which map you were looking at.  —  Democrats blazed a suburban trail to wrest control of the House from Republicans …
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
How to argue about whether these midterms were a ‘blue wave’  —  Democrats flipped the House.  Republicans knocked off several Senate Democratic incumbents, increasing their majority there.  Already both sides are claiming victory.  —  Democrats are on pace to pick up more than 30 House seats across …
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections  —  The story line coming out of Tuesday's midterm elections will be: The two Americas drift further apart.  Republicans expanded their majority in the Senate by cleaning out Democrats in states that voted for Donald Trump.
Discussion: New York Times, Axios and NBC News
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart
Discussion: New York Times and The Atlantic
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle
Discussion: New York Times
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:   The first five things the Democrats should do with their House majority
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
New York Times:
Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Tony Evers denies Scott Walker a third term as Wisconsin's governor  —  MADISON - After upending Wisconsin politics and infuriating liberals across the country, Gov. Scott Walker narrowly lost his bid for a third term Tuesday to Tony Evers, the leader of the education establishment Walker blew up eight years ago.
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Daniel Strauss / Politico:
Democrat Tony Evers ousts Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker
Discussion: Washington Post
Dan Merica / CNN:
Scott Walker loses bid for third term in Wisconsin
Discussion: Joe.My.God.
New York Times:
Democrats Oust Walker in Wisconsin and Kobach in Kansas but Fall Short in Florida and Ohio
Veronica Stracqualursi / CNN:
Stacey Abrams refuses to concede Georgia governor's race  —  (CNN)Democratic candidate Stacey Abrams is not conceding the Georgia governor's race to Republican candidate Brian Kemp, arguing that the high stakes contest is too close to call.  —  CNN has not projected a winner in the Georgia governor's race …
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Carol Anderson / The Atlantic:
Brian Kemp's Lead in Georgia Needs an Asterisk  —  The Democrat Stacey Abrams, a black woman, made a valiant effort to win the governor's race in Georgia, one of the original 13 states, whose commitment to human bondage ensured that the U.S. Constitution would treat slavery with kid gloves.
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller has powerful new House allies as he bears down on Trump  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to emerge from his midterm campaign hibernation period with a powerful new ally as House Democrats surged back to the majority in Tuesday's elections.  —  The lead Russia investigator …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Washington Post:
With the midterms over, Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
David Corn / Mother Jones:
House Dems Already Have Their List of Trump Scandals to Investigate. Here It Is.
Discussion: VICE News US and Townhall
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Exit polls: Majority of voters say Russia investigation ‘politically motivated’
Discussion: Latino Rebels and CNN
The Daily Beast:
Dana Rohrabacher, Putin's Favorite Congressman, Loses his Seat to Democrat Harley Rouda  —  Rep. Dana Rohrabacher—the pro-Russia Republican who once boasted about a drunken arm-wrestling contest with Russian President Vladimir Putin in the 1990s—has lost his seat to Democrat Harley Rouda.
NBC News:
Dennis Hof, the brothel owner who died last month, wins election  —  The reality TV star was found dead on Oct. 16 after a weekend of parties celebrating his 72nd birthday.  —  LAS VEGAS — A Nevada brothel owner and reality TV star who died last month after fashioning himself …
Discussion: Washington Post, The Week and CNBC
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Henry Brean / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Dennis Hof, deceased brothel owner, wins Nevada Assembly race
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Steve Sisolak becomes Nevada's first Democratic governor in decades
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheBlaze
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke wins on Election Day...even if he loses his race, Reuters says  —  International news service Reuters informed its 20 million Twitter followers Tuesday afternoon that Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke is a winner, regardless of whether or not he pulls off a shock victory over Republican Sen. Ted Cruz.
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Mimi Swartz / New York Times:
The Success in Beto's Failure
Discussion: Althouse and ABC News
Rex Santus / VICE News US:   Beto O'Rourke's $69 million couldn't defeat Ted Cruz
Julia Manchester / The Hill:
House GOP fight begins: Jordan challenges McCarthy  —  Conservative Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) announced his bid for House minority leader on Wednesday, challenging Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) hours after Democrats regained control of the lower chamber.  —  “I plan to run for minority leader …
NBC News:
Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country  —  The first Muslim women and Native Americans, among others, will be headed to Congress.  —  WASHINGTON — The first two Native American and Muslim congresswomen are headed to the U.S. House, and Massachusetts is getting …
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
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Orlando Sentinel:
Florida U.S. Senate race could be heading for recount  —  Florida Gov. Rick Scott takes to the stage as he stands with his wife, Ann Scott, (L) and daughter Alison Guimard (R) during his election night party at the LaPlaya Beach & Golf Resort on November 06, 2018 in Naples.  (Joe Raedle / Getty Images)
Discussion: Sun-Sentinel
Yvonne Wingett Sanchez / Arizona Republic:
Sinema vs. McSally … For Kyrsten Sinema and Martha McSally, Tuesday night was supposed to mark the end of a hard-fought battle that tested vastly different visions for the nation.  —  But as Election Day came to an end, the race for Arizona's open U.S. Senate seat ended exactly how it has played …
Discussion: Axios, Political Wire and USA Today
Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Michigan Just Became The 10th State To Legalize Weed In The US  —  Michigan voters puff, puff, passed a measure to legalize marijuana on Tuesday, joining a wave of other states to break away from federal prohibition amid a seemingly unstoppable surge of public support to let adults use, buy, and sell the drug in peace.
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Michigan goes green
Discussion: Vox
Politico:
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats  —  On a night when the much loved — and hated — New York Times needle faltered and the vaunted FiveThirtyEight projections had to be reined in, another news organization was happily touting its new voter analysis system: Fox News.
Stephen Montemayor / Star Tribune:
Keith Ellison defeats Doug Wardlow in Minnesota attorney general race  —  DFLers Steve Simon, Julie Blaha complete sweep of state offices  —  Video (01:32) : Keith Ellison won the Attorney General seat over Doug Wardlow  —  Democratic U.S. Rep. Keith Ellison will be Minnesota's next attorney general …
Mikhael Smits / Washington Free Beacon:
Alyssa Milano Refuses to Speak at Next Women's March, Cites Anti-Semitism  —  Actress Alyssa Milano said in a recent interview that she does not intend to support the Women's March so long as it defends “bigotry or anti-Semitism.”  —  In an interview with The Advocate, a gay community magazine …
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Discussion: Daily Kos
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump tells confidants Ryan is to blame for Republican election setbacks  —  Hours before polls closed on Tuesday, President Trump already was blaming retiring Speaker Paul D. Ryan for not doing enough to support his agenda and keep the House in Republican hands.
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and Putin to Meet Briefly in Paris This Weekend  —  WASHINGTON — President Trump will meet with President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia this weekend after all, the Kremlin said on Wednesday, but they will make it an abbreviated discussion in deference to their French hosts and hold off …
Discussion: Bloomberg
 
 
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Discussion: Gizmodo
Rick Noack / Washington Post:
How to explain to someone living abroad that Democrats can have over 10 million more Senate votes and still lose
Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Senate is so rigged that Democrats may never control it ever again
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Vox
CNN:
Rep. Elijah Cummings says Democrats will hold Trump “accountable”
Discussion: POLITICUSUSA
Florian Eder / Politico:
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Washington Post:
China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications
Discussion: Axios and CNBC
Washington Examiner:
‘Blue wave’ turns out to be ordinary election, rather than an extraordinary rebuke to Trump
 Earlier Items: 
Erin Golden / Star Tribune:
Ilhan Omar again makes history, becoming 1st Somali-American elected to U.S. House
Discussion: Power Line
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Hours after conceding to Chris Collins, Nate McMurray calls for recount
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Steve King survives to win reelection in Iowa
Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 6: Californians reject gas tax repeal measure
WXYZ-TV:
Rep. Mike Bishop concedes race to Democrat Elissa Slotkin in MI's 8th Congressional district
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm elections 2018: Democrats take House, Trump claims ‘big win,’ but many races too close to call
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis, clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, loses to Democrat