What constitutional powers do the Democrats get by winning the House?

Pauline Gross
November 10, 2018

The president was entitled to a partial victory lap.

"If the Democrats think they are going to waste Taxpayer Money investigating us at the House level, then we will likewise be forced to consider investigating them for all of the leaks of Classified Information, and much else, at the Senate level", Trump wrote. Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell declined to comment on the possibility of retaliatory probes, which Trump first raised in a morning statement on Twitter. In these specific cases, Trump could claim his intervention in the endgame was the GOP's not-so-secret weapon and deciding factor. Perhaps the biggest new political star among them is New York's 29-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal firebrand from the Bronx. Ted Cruz from an untimely political demise in his Texas re-election.

"That's such a racist question", said Trump, who has made accusations of unfair coverage from the media a staple on the campaign trail. Bill Nelson loses his recount in Florida.

The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country.

Every seat in the House was up for grabs on Tuesday.

Tuesday's record wins for women happened not only in congressional races but all the way down the ballot, which could later set them up to run for higher office in the future.

Republican areas, like usual, turned out more. The Republicans had an advantage in Senate races because elections were held for only 35 seats in the 100-member chamber and many of them were in states that often lean Republican.

The surge of female candidates this year has drawn comparisons to the "Year of the Woman", when in 1992 voters sent 47 women to the House, and four women joined the Senate bringing women's numbers to six.

Of the nine who did have to risk defeat, only one was in a state Trump had lost in 2016. Late Tuesday, Trump tweeted: "Tremendous success tonight".

In a democracy, there is naturally a tendency to conclude that the public must generally agree with whatever the ruling party espouses.

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The hotly contested race in Georgia, where Democrat Stacey Abrams was seeking to become the first black woman to be elected governor of a USA state, remained too close to call early on Wednesday.

The Republicans' control of the Senate is arguably more significant, says the BBC's Aleem Maqbool in Washington, because Mr Trump focused his campaigning on Senate races, and candidates he backed clearly benefited. And only twice in the past eight decades has the president's party picked up House seats in the midterms. Most polls initially showed leftist Democrat Andrew Gillum ahead in that race. In Georgia, their candidate, Stacey Abrams, pointed to missing votes and allegations of voter suppression in refusing to concede.

But he expressed frustration that 43 House Republicans retired rather than seek reelection, saying that hurt his party.

Her office hasn't provided an more precise explanation. And having fulfilled that function, this election is likely to fill Washington and many a state capital with rancor and wrangling for many months to come.

Indeed, Representative Jerrold Nadler of NY, likely to become House Judiciary Chair in the new Congress, has suggested he would even use his new subpoena power to initiate an impeachment investigation into Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh, recently confirmed after a nasty Senate battle over allegations of sexual misconduct when he was a teenager.

Any records Democrats manage to shake out could potentially have an impact on federal lawsuits Democrats are already pursuing against the president.

Instead they based their campaign on lies that a group of bedraggled refugees are mostly gang assassins and ISIS terrorists, lies that all Latino immigrants are grinning cop murderers - in an ad so racist even Fox News pulled it off the air - lies about Democrats somehow shipping jobs to North Korea, flagrant anti-Semitism, and on and on.

As the majority party, the Democrats will chair important committees and will have expansive powers to investigate the president, his business dealings and the inner workings of his administration, including whether anyone from the Trump campaign colluded with the Russians to influence the 2016 presidential election.

The president wants full funding of his wall on the Mexican border and threatens to withhold his signature on other appropriations until he gets it.

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