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3:09 pm
Sat November 8, 2014

As GOP Swept Congress, Black Republicans Took Home Historic Wins

Republican Mia Love celebrates with her supporters after winning the race for Utah's 4th Congressional District on Tuesday.
Rick Bowmer AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 4:33 pm

The Republican Party made historic gains during this week's midterm elections. Among their victories were three wins by black Republicans, who seem to be building momentum for diversifying the GOP ranks.

Mia Love — who is Mormon and Haitian-American — is one of those three, and Republicans in Utah's 4th District will be sending her to Congress next year.

"Many of the naysayers out there said that Utah would never elect a black, Republican, LDS woman to Congress," Love told a crowd on Tuesday. "And guess what? Not only did we do it, we were the first to do it!"

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8:38 am
Sat November 8, 2014

The GOP Takes Heart From Colorado, But Still Faces 2016 Hurdles

Senator-elect Cory Gardner of Colorado delivers his victory speech to supporters during a GOP election night gathering. Gardner appealed to moderates and unaffiliated voters.
Brennan Linsley AP

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

Colorado is one of the battleground states where Republicans made big gains this week. Republicans in the state believe they now have momentum going into the 2016 presidential election.

But the GOP has suffered some punishing losses there lately, owing in part to the state's changing demographics. That trend may still be a big factor in 2016.

The last time Republicans won a U.S. Senate seat here was when Wayne Allard was re-elected in 2002. Back then, Congressman and now Senator-elect Cory Gardner was a young staffer working behind the scenes for Allard.

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5:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Rudin: Tuesday's GOP Win Feels Like Its Biggest Ever

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

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5:41 am
Sat November 8, 2014

Loretta Lynch Would Be First Black Female Attorney General

Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

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Commentary
3:53 am
Sat November 8, 2014

A Challenge To The New Congress: Fix Stagnant Wages

Speaker of the House John Boehner looks on as President Barack Obama meets with bipartisian congressional leaders at the White House on the results of this week's elections.
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Originally published on Sat November 8, 2014 10:33 am

One of my favorite arguments — and one I've had in just about every even numbered year since the seventies — is about when to stop talking about politics. A surprising number of people think that since elections are on Tuesday, by Saturday all that can be said has been said, and nothing more should be said.

As a person who's covered politics for decades, I don't believe that. Saturday after the election and the Saturday after that are good days to talk politics. And we need to talk.

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4:30 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

For Political Junkies, A (Literary) Post-Election Fix

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

As I watched coverage of this week's midterm elections, I couldn't help but think about Donald Antrim's surreal novel, Elect Mr. Robinson for a Better World.

The book, a brilliant and wickedly funny satire on our broken politics, unfolds in an unnamed American seaside town. As the story begins, our narrator, a former third-grade teacher named Pete Robinson, sits mysteriously in his padlocked attic, observing the wreckage of his community.

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The Two-Way
4:27 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Loretta Lynch To Be Nominated As Next U.S. Attorney General

Loretta Lynch, a lead federal prosecutor in Brooklyn, will be announced as President Obama's choice for attorney general Saturday.
Seth Wenig AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 4:31 pm

President Obama will announce his choice of U.S. Attorney Loretta Lynch as the next U.S. Attorney General this weekend, the White House says. The president will formally announce his intention to nominate Lynch Saturday.

Lynch, whom the White House describes as "a strong, independent prosecutor who has twice led one of the most important U.S. Attorney's Offices in the country," will be introduced at the White House Saturday, alongside current Attorney General Eric Holder.

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3:27 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

President, Lawmakers Signal Bipartisanship In Post-Election Meeting

President Obama meets with congressional leaders in the Old Family Dining Room of the White House on Friday. The president signaled a desire for bipartisan cooperation, but important differences remain between the White House and GOP lawmakers.
Evan Vucci AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 3:54 pm

President Obama met with congressional leaders at the White House today for the first time since Democrats took a drubbing at the polls on Tuesday. He renewed a pledge for bipartisanship to end legislative gridlock.

The president, who met with 13 leaders from both parties and both chambers, said he was "hearing and sharing" ideas on improving the economy.

He said that the American people would "like to see more cooperation" between the White House and Congress, adding, "I think all of us have the responsibility, me in particular, to try to make that happen.

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Commentary
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Week In Politics: Midterm Results And The New Congress

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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Now our Friday political conversation. Joining us - EJ Dionne of The Washington Post and Brookings Institution. And sitting in for David Brooks, Ramesh Ponnuru of the National Review and Bloomberg View. Gentlemen, welcome.

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Politics
2:23 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Immigration Will Be An Early Test Of The Divided Government

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 6:11 pm

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1:13 pm
Fri November 7, 2014

Republican Ed Gillespie Concedes Virginia Senate Race

Virginia Republican Senate candidate Ed Gillespie, accompanied by his wife, Cathy, concedes in his Virginia Senate race against the Democratic incumbent, Sen. Mark Warner, on Friday in Springfield, Va.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 10:57 pm

Republican challenger Ed Gillespie has conceded to Democratic incumbent Mark Warner in the U.S. Senate race in Virginia. The contest was one of two Senate races left undecided in Tuesday's midterms.

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9:58 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Judge Approves Detroit's Plan To Exit Bankruptcy

Detroit emergency manager Kevyn Orr (left) speaks at a news conference in Detroit as Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder, who appointed Orr, listens. Orr's plan for the city to emerge from bankruptcy was approved by a federal judge today.
Paul Sancya AP

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 12:59 pm

Updated at 1:15 p.m. ET

A federal judge today gave the OK to a bankruptcy exit strategy proposed by Detroit nearly 16 months after the city asked for protection from its creditors.

At a 1 p.m. ET hearing, Judge Steven Rhodes found that the plan was fair and feasible. He's expected to issue a written ruling later.

"This city is insolvent and desperately needs to fix its future," Rhodes said.

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Politics
3:14 am
Fri November 7, 2014

The Awkward Post-Election White House Lunch

President George W. Bush shakes hands with Nancy Pelosi during their post-election meeting at the White House in November 2006.
Pablo Martinez Monsivais AP

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

President Obama is having lunch with congressional leaders at the White House on Friday. This sort of post-election sit-down after power shifts away from the president's party has become something of a Washington tradition. An awkward one.

"Hey Mitch, can you pass the biscuits?"

"And while you're at it, what about tax reform?"

Oh, who are we kidding? They probably don't serve buttery biscuits at this White House. And we may never find out exactly what President Obama and congressional Republicans discuss over lunch.

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Politics
3:12 am
Fri November 7, 2014

Congressional Leaders To Be Briefed On Fight Against ISIS

Originally published on Tue November 11, 2014 2:27 pm

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4:45 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Gay-Marriage Bans Are Upheld In 4 States By Circuit Court

Gay-marriage supporters follow an opponent of same-sex marriage in August, when four courts argued to preserve their bans on the unions in a federal court in Cincinnati. The court confirmed the states' bans.
Al Behrman AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 5:14 pm

Bans on same-sex marriage in Michigan, Ohio, Kentucky and Tennessee were confirmed by a federal court Thursday, in a ruling that provides yet another shift in the legal fight over the issue.

The 2-1 decision handed down by the Court of Appeals for the 6th Circuit comes after the four states had argued this summer that their voters had the authority to decide whether to ban marriage between a same-sex couple.

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The Two-Way
3:51 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Alaska Station Sets Dubious Record: Most Senate Campaign Ads

Republican U.S. Senate candidate Dan Sullivan greets supporters on election night in Anchorage. The as-yet-undecided race between Sullivan and Democratic incumbent Sen. Mark Begich was the hottest in the state.
Ted S. Warren AP

It's a record most Alaskans might wish they could give back: The Center for Public Integrity calculates that KTUU TV in Anchorage ran more U.S. Senate ads this cycle than any other television station in the country — 12,300 in all.

Those Senate spots made up the bulk of the 13,400 political ads since January. KTUU General Manager Andrew MacLeod says 2014 was the the station's busiest year ever. By contrast, off-year 2013 was relatively light.

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3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Obama Chief Of Staff: We're Willing To Hear Ideas From Everyone

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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3:37 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Democrats May Have Been Missing A Good Message

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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After every decisive election, the losers have to answer the question what just happened to us? Democrats will be doing that for the next several months as they lick their wounds and get ready for 2016.

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2:43 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Republicans' First Order Of Business May Be Chipping Away At Obamacare

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

Now that the Republicans control the House and Senate, they've got their eyes on the Affordable Care Act. Which parts will President Obama veto and which parts will he inevitably have to give up? Melissa Block talks to Mary Agnes Carey, a senior correspondent for Kaiser Health News.

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Politics
2:35 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

What Does A GOP Majority Mean For Environmental Policy?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 4:33 pm

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2:23 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

With Keys To Capitol Hill, Boehner Plans To Move Quickly

Originally published on Fri November 7, 2014 8:55 am

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12:38 pm
Thu November 6, 2014

Boehner Says Rolling Back Obamacare Is GOP Priority

In a news conference Thursday on Capitol Hill, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio warned President Obama not to go it alone on immigration reform.
Cliff Owen AP

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 1:54 pm

House Speaker John Boehner said approval of the controversial Keystone XL oil pipeline and the repeal of key parts of Obamacare are among Republicans' top priorities now that the GOP has won control of both houses of Congress.

"Obamacare is hurting our economy, it's hurting middle-class workers, and it's hurting the ability to create more jobs," Boehner said, adding that Republicans want to replace it with "common-sense reforms."

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3:20 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Republicans Gain Seats In State Legislatures, Governors Mansions

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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3:11 am
Thu November 6, 2014

On What Issues Can Obama And The Republican Leadership Agree?

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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3:09 am
Thu November 6, 2014

McConnell Faces Challenges From GOP Conservatives, Obama's Veto Pen

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 3:44 pm

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A bit more than a year ago, President Obama was being criticized once again for his cool relations with Congress. And at the White House Correspondents' Dinner, he joked about it.

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3:07 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Midterm Results Indicate Shift In Democrat's Voting Coalition

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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3:01 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Election Day Was Harsh For Senate's Southern Democrats

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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2:59 am
Thu November 6, 2014

D.C.'s Marijuana Vote Faces Congressional Review

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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2:59 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Presidents Claim Partial Responsibility For Midterm Drubbings

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

And let's return to our coverage of the midterm elections here in the U.S. In a press conference yesterday, President Obama spoke of his party's losses at the poll.

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2:59 am
Thu November 6, 2014

Obama, McConnell Look For Common Ground

Originally published on Thu November 6, 2014 9:15 am

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STEVE INSKEEP, HOST:

Never mind losing the whole of Congress, President Obama stepped before the cameras yesterday. He briskly defended his record, and he said he hopes to squeeze every last little bit of opportunity out of the final two years of his administration.

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