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10:05 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.
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 and CBS News
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  —  Democrats won the U.S. House last night.  They also fell devastatingly short of their own expectations, and the resounding rebuke they hoped to deliver to President Trump has landed as a modest disagreement.
Charlie Mahtesian / Politico:   Trump's Narrative vs. Pelosi's Subpoenas
ABC News:
How 2018 midterm election results reflect the nation's division
Discussion: Breitbart
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.
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 …
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: CNBC
Colton Lochhead / Las Vegas Review-Journal:
Steve Sisolak becomes Nevada's first Democratic governor in decades
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and TheBlaze
Henry Brean / Las Vegas Review-Journal:   Dennis Hof, deceased brothel owner, wins Nevada Assembly race
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 …
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.
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.
Cheyenne Haslett / ABC News:
Midterm elections 2018: Democrats take House, Trump claims ‘big win,’ but many races too close to call
Philip Klein / Washington Examiner:
Exit polls: Majority of voters say Russia investigation ‘politically motivated’
Discussion: Latino Rebels and CNN
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 …
NBC News:   Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country
Kendall Karson / ABC News:
Midterms deliver crop of barrier-breaking victors from LGBT winners to record numbers of women
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 …
Discussion: Washington Post
Washington Post:
Midterm elections: Democrats flip House as GOP expands Senate majority
Darius Dixon / Politico:
Ted Cruz wins reelection over Beto O'Rourke  —  Republican Sen. Ted Cruz locked in a second term Tuesday by defeating Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, seeing off Democrats' most aggressive attempt in decades to win a statewide office in Texas.  —  Cruz had 51 percent of the vote to 49 percent …
Brian Flood / Fox News:
Beto O'Rourke wins on Election Day...even if he loses his race, Reuters says
Discussion: Daily Wire
Rex Santus / VICE News US:
Beto O'Rourke's $69 million couldn't defeat Ted Cruz
Discussion: Politico and ABC News
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
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 and Political Wire
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
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
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
Jason Abbruzzese / NBC News:
Michigan goes green
Discussion: Vox
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.
Washington Post:
With the midterms over, Mueller faces key decisions in Russia investigation  —  For more than seven weeks, special counsel Robert S. Mueller III has been silent.  —  In the run-up to Election Day, there were no indictments or public pronouncements by the special counsel's office …
Discussion: The Daily Caller
New York Times:
Discussion: Daily Kos
Washington Post:
China greenlights large batch of Ivanka Trump trademark applications  —  HONG KONG — Ivanka Trump-branded semiconductors and voting machines?  In China?  —  That's an odd, if remote, possibility after Chinese trademark regulators awarded preliminary approval for 16 trademark applications …
Discussion: Axios and CNBC
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Three red states vote to expand Medicaid during an election where health care was the top issue  — Three red states were projected to approve measures to expand Medicaid on Tuesday, according to NBC News.  — Utah, Nebraska and Idaho were set to pass propositions to broaden the federal and state health insurance program.
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.
Florian Eder / Politico:
MEPs to Draghi: Don't listen to our colleague's ‘gender’ comments  —  In a last-minute intervention ahead of a key meeting on who will become the eurozone's top banking supervisor, three influential MEPs urged the European Central Bank ... not to listen to their colleague Roberto Gualtieri …
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Erin Golden / Star Tribune:
Ilhan Omar again makes history, becoming 1st Somali-American elected to U.S. House
Discussion: Power Line
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats
Discussion: Talking Points Memo and The Ringer
Eddy Wax / Politico:
Labour will vote down any ‘blind Brexit’ deal, Starmer warns
Isaac Stanley-Becker / Washington Post:
Steve King survives to win reelection in Iowa
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
Rachel Swan / San Francisco Chronicle:
Prop. 6: Californians reject gas tax repeal measure
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German Lopez / Vox:
Missouri votes to legalize medical marijuana
Justin Wingerter / Daily Oklahoman:
Kendra Horn upsets Steve Russell in an Oklahoma City stunner
Libby Nelson / Vox:
Democrat Laura Kelly wins in Kansas, defeating Kris Kobach
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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