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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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Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:
Donald Trump Jr. Expecting to Be Indicted by Mueller Soon  —  Last year, Donald Trump Jr. testified that he never informed his father of a meeting with Russian officials promising “dirt” on Hillary Clinton.  It seemed hard to believe that the ne'er-do-well son would neglect to seek credit …
Matthew Choi / Politico:
Trump gets in heated argument with CNN's Jim Acosta  —  President Donald Trump tussled with CNN White House correspondent Jim Acosta on Wednesday, calling him a “rude, terrible person” after he asked about special counsel Robert Mueller's investigation during a volatile news conference at the White House.
Discussion: Axios and Washington Post
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 …
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.
Axios:
Two Americas: amplified, tearing apart
CNN:
Paul Ryan: “Tonight history has repeated itself”
Peter Beinart / The Atlantic:
The Harsh Truth Exposed by the Midterm Elections
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
Jonathan Chait / New York Magazine:   Democrats Won the House Because of Obamacare
John Wagner / Washington Post:
Trump calls for bipartisanship but warns against Democratic investigations
Discussion: Political Wire
Eric Tucker / Associated Press:
Trump says government will halt if Dems investigate him
Discussion: Politico and Joe.My.God.
Jane C. Timm / NBC News:
Women candidates smash more barriers in history-making election night
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: Townhall, ABC News and Political Wire
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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.
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 …
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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Jim Nelson / Milwaukee Journal Sentinel:   Wisconsin recount law changed by Gov. Scott Walker - who may be seeking a recount after loss to Evers
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
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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John Wagner / Washington Post:
McConnell calls for bipartisan work on fixing the Affordable Care Act
Discussion: Political Wire
Robert Costa / Washington Post:
Conservatives now wonder if transactional Trump might leave them in the cold
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 …
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Matthew Dessem / Slate:
Meet the Republican Party's Newest Rising Star: a Nevada Brothel Owner Who's Been Dead for Three Weeks
Discussion: Las Vegas Sun and TheBlaze
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.
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, Daily Wire and Breitbart
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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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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
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: Hill Reporter and Raw Story
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Chris Strohm / Bloomberg:   Mueller Readies Next Steps for Trump Probe With Uncertainty at DOJ
William Cummings / USA Today:
President Trump calls media ‘hostile,’ says of CNN reporter Jim Acosta: ‘You are a rude, terrible person’  —  WASHINGTON - President Donald Trump had a number of confrontational exchanges with White House reporters Wednesday during a news conference to discuss the results of Tuesday's election.
Discussion: RedState, Townhall and HuffPost
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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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 …
Max Boot / Washington Post:
The battle with Trumpism is just beginning  —  The second time's the charm.  —  In 2016, I came to the Comedy Cellar in Greenwich Village to give election-night commentary on a panel featuring pundits and comics.  I went home in shock and spent a restless night tossing and turning …
 
 
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ABC News:
Inside North Dakota's Senate race
Discussion: Vox
Sam Levine / HuffPost:
Michigan Just Made It A Lot Easier To Vote
Alexei Koseff / Sacramento Bee:
California's gas tax increase is here to stay
Lukas Mikelionis / Fox News:
In #MeToo era, at least 4 Democrats elected despite misconduct allegations
Discussion: Townhall
Jim Geraghty / National Review:
The Not-So-Bad Duck-Rabbit Election
Discussion: Instapundit
Jacob Pramuk / CNBC:
Republican Hyde-Smith and Democrat Espy projected to head to runoff in Mississippi Senate race: NBC News
Nancy A. Youssef / Wall Street Journal:
Pentagon Dropping Use of ‘Faithful Patriot’ as Name for Border Deployment
 Earlier Items: 
John Harwood / CNBC:
Republicans declared war on Nancy Pelosi — and she won
McClatchy Washington Bureau:
This is how Republicans lost the House
Discussion: Politico and Washington Post
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
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
NBC News:
Out of many, several trailblazing ‘firsts’ elected across country
Discussion: Daily Kos and Mediaite
Politico:
Fox News goes out on a limb on House Democrats