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12:45 PM 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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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 …
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.
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:
Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas  —  Democrats wanted a base of power in Donald Trump's Washington and they got it.  —  They also wanted to wake up Wednesday morning to a radically changed country.  They wanted permission to dismiss the past two years as a fluke of history, a hallucination now fading.
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 …
Aaron Blake / Washington Post:
Some Democrats are complaining about the ‘Senate popular vote.’ It's still not a thing.  —  And it doesn't say what Democrats think it does.  —  Democrats didn't win everywhere Tuesday night, despite their clear momentum.  They won over the House and some governor seats …
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart  —  The midterms produced a divided Congress that's emblematic of a split America, drifting further apart and pointing to poisonous years ahead.  —  The net result: Two parties with two wildly different bases and philosophies are pulling farther and farther apart …
Discussion: New York Times and Politico
Steven Shepard / Politico:
7 takeaways from a wild midterm election
Ronald A. Klain / Washington Post:   The first five things the Democrats should do with their House majority
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
Discussion: Politico, The Atlantic and WTVR-TV
Colby Itkowitz / Washington Post:
How to argue about whether these midterms were a ‘blue wave’
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Democrats Won the House Because of Obamacare
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle
Discussion: New York Times
New York Times:
Midterm Election Results: 4 Key Takeaways
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 …
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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.
John Wagner / Washington Post:
McConnell calls for bipartisan work on fixing the Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Political Wire
Craig Gilbert / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   The Scott Walker era of GOP dominance in Wisconsin ends with the election of Tony Evers amid massive midterm turnout
Sarah Kliff / Vox:
Idaho, Nebraska, and Utah vote to expand Medicaid
Discussion: CNBC, Balloon Juice and New York Times
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.
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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 …
Vanessa Williams / Washington Post:
Stacey Abrams still hoping for a runoff as Brian Kemp's lead narrows in Georgia governor's race  —  ATLANTA — Stacey Abrams, the Democratic nominee for governor of Georgia, continued Wednesday to hold out hope for a runoff with Republican Brian Kemp, who saw his lead shrink a bit overnight …
Discussion: Political Wire
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Abrams doesn't concede in Georgia, predicts runoff in governor's race
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.
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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Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’
Discussion: ABC News, The Daily Beast and Breitbart
Washington Post:
With the midterms over, Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation
Discussion: emptywheel
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 …
Wendy Underhill / ncsl.org:
A Modest Shift to the Dems  —  Democrats scored significant wins Tuesday in 2018 legislative elections—but it was hardly a blowout.  Republicans continue to have a robust advantage in legislative and state control, as they have since 2010.  And the elections held few surprises.
Discussion: Associated Press
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Ian Millhiser / ThinkProgress:
The Senate is so rigged that Democrats may never control it ever again
Discussion: Weekly Standard and Vox
New York Times:   Democrats Finally Control the Power in Albany. What Will They Do With It?
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 …
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T.J. Ortenzi / Washington Post:   Ex-Green Party candidate earns more votes than difference between Sinema, McSally
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: Breitbart and Sun-Sentinel
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Matt Dixon / Politico:
Nelson, Scott race headed to recount  —  The razor-thin Florida Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and the state's Republican Gov. Rick Scott is headed to a recount, Nelson's campaign announced Wednesday morning.  —  With more than 8 million votes cast, the two candidates …
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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Jennifer Bendery / HuffPost:
We're Finally Going To Have Native American Women In Congress  —  Democrats Deb Haaland of New Mexico and Sharice Davids of Kansas won their House races and made history.  —  WASHINGTON Two Native American women won their congressional races on Tuesday night, making history …
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Washington Examiner:   ‘Blue wave’ turns out to be ordinary election, rather than an extraordinary rebuke to Trump
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 …
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
This is how Republicans lost the House  —  It was special election day in Pennsylvania's 18th Congressional District, and the Republican candidate was missing.  —  Never mind that national Republicans were spending millions on the Pittsburgh-area race, desperate to avoid a humiliating defeat …
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
John Harwood / CNBC:
Republicans declared war on Nancy Pelosi — and she won  — For the second time in a dozen years, a Democratic campaign she oversaw ousted the Republicans who ridiculed her from control of the House.  — “They've been doing that for a long time,” Pelosi told CNBC's John Harwood …
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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Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Republican Hyde-Smith and Democrat Espy projected to head to runoff in Mississippi Senate race: NBC News
Teo Armus / The Texas Tribune:
Will Hurd, Gina Ortiz Jones congressional race too close to call in Texas
Discussion: Weekly Standard
Orlando Sentinel:
Greyhound racing Amendment 13 passes in Florida, phasing out sport by 2020
Discussion: Vox and Mother Jones
The Seattle Times:
Washington state voters pass ballot measure to further regulate guns, including semi-automatic rifles
Discussion: Vox, Townhall and The Daily Caller
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Dropping Use of ‘Faithful Patriot’ as Name for Border Deployment
Nicole Lafond / Talking Points Memo:
When Trump's Blessing Is A Curse: Here's A List Of Trump-Backed Candidates Who Lost
Discussion: Washington Monthly and Splinter
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The battle with Trumpism is just beginning
 Earlier Items: 
Geoff Ziezulewicz / Navy Times:
Officials: Ronald Reagan LSD probe bigger than you think, 14 nuke sailors snagged
Discussion: TheBlaze and 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
Discussion: The Week
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and Putin to Meet Briefly in Paris This Weekend
Discussion: Bloomberg
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Hours after conceding to Chris Collins, Nate McMurray calls for recount
Politico:
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats
Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 6: Californians reject gas tax repeal measure
Eli Stokols / Los Angeles Times:
Trump tells confidants Ryan is to blame for Republican election setbacks
Discussion: Hot Air