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10:25 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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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.
Discussion: Hit & Run, CBS News and Jezebel
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 …
NBC News:
Live blog: Midterm election 2018 results, news and analysis  —  Watch Live: NBC News coverage of the 2018 midterm elections  —  Tuesday's pivotal midterm elections will determine control of Congress — and while President Donald Trump's name doesn't appear on the ballot, his presidency and his policies are on the line.
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: Washington Post
Washington Examiner:   ‘Blue wave’ turns out to be ordinary election, rather than an extraordinary rebuke to Trump
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm elections 2018: Democrats take House, Trump claims ‘big win,’ but many races too close to call
NBC News:   Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:   Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
Lauren Egan / NBC News:
Abrams doesn't concede in Georgia, predicts runoff in governor's race
Discussion: Jezebel and Daily Wire
Rex Santus / VICE News US:
Beto O'Rourke's $69 million couldn't defeat Ted Cruz
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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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 …
Discussion: Politico, Vox, Mother Jones, RT and Althouse
Glenn Harlan Reynolds / USA Today:
Election results 2018: Forget the blue wave and behold the purple puddle  —  Democrats in the House and Republicans in the Senate means gridlock.  That's a good thing, but it is only a temporary solution.  —  CONNECT  —  Well, it wasn't the huge Blue Wave we were promised …
Peter Baker / New York Times:
Trump and Putin to Meet Briefly in Paris This Weekend
Discussion: Bloomberg
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 …
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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
Washington Post:
Midterm elections: Democrats flip House as GOP expands Senate majority
Darren Samuelsohn / Politico:
Mueller has powerful new House allies as he bears down on Trump  —  Democrats are primed to help the special counsel shed light on any illicit behavior by the president and his allies.  —  Special counsel Robert Mueller is set to emerge from his midterm campaign hibernation period with a powerful …
Discussion: Raw Story
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Catherine Boudreau / Politico:
Schiff: Democratic House will tackle the oversight that GOP ‘abdicated’  —  California Democratic Rep. Adam Schiff vowed Tuesday to ensure that the House Intelligence Committee reclaims its duty to conduct oversight of the Trump administration — a job he said the GOP “completely abdicated.”
Discussion: ABC News and Breitbart
Washington Post:
With the midterms over, Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation
Discussion: The Daily Caller
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
TMZ.com:
Dennis Hof Wins Election For Nevada State Assembly Seat Weeks After Death
Discussion: RedState
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:
Last Slide  —  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.  —  The Associated Press called …
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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
Discussion: Outside the Beltway
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 …
Discussion: Axios, Townhall and Political Wire
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
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Michigan goes green … LATEST POSTS FROM 2018 MIDTERMS  —  ICYMI: Democrats win back House, GOP keeps Senate — and other top takeaways  —  Thank you so much for tuning in to our election night live blog.  We saw a lot happen, but we are still waiting on results in a number of races.
Discussion: Vox
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Dominic Holden / BuzzFeed News:
Michigan Just Became The 10th State To Legalize Weed In The US
Discussion: Raw Story and Axios
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.
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Ringer
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 …
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 …
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.
Jerry Zremski / The Buffalo News:
Hours after conceding to Chris Collins, Nate McMurray calls for recount  —  Rep. Chris Collins, a Clarence Republican indicted on felony insider trading charges, narrowly won his bid for a fourth term Tuesday after one of the most unusual congressional campaigns in recent Western New York history.
Kansas City Star:
Sharice Davids makes history: Kansas' 1st gay rep, 1st Native American woman in Congress  —  Kansas voters made history Tuesday night when they selected Sharice Davids to be their next congresswoman.  —  Davids, a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation, will be the first Native American woman to serve in Congress …
 
 
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CNN:
Rep. Elijah Cummings says Democrats will hold Trump “accountable”
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Florian Eder / Politico:
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Washington Post:
China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications
Discussion: Axios and CNBC
Erin Golden / Star Tribune:
Ilhan Omar again makes history, becoming 1st Somali-American elected to U.S. House
Discussion: Power Line
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke wins on Election Day...even if he loses his race, Reuters says
Discussion: Daily Wire
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Steve King survives to win reelection in Iowa
 Earlier Items: 
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
Discussion: FOX2now.com
New York Times:
Georgia's Sixth House District Election Results: Lucy McBath vs. Karen Handel
Discussion: Daily Kos
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
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach
Will Wright / Lexington Herald-Leader:
Kim Davis, clerk who refused to sign marriage licenses for gay couples, loses to Democrat
Washington Post:
Ryan Zinke's house guest impersonated the secretary Monday night.  Then he called Park Police on the neighbors.
Oliver Darcy / CNN:
‘It disturbs me to my core’: Fox News staffers express outrage over Hannity's rally appearance