House of Representatives: Role, responsibilities - and how Democrats can punish Donald Trump

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Democrats will use their new majority in the US House of Representatives to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward President Donald Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea. It deals a major blow to Republicans who will lose their majority in the lower chamber and is a significant setback for President Donald Trump's agenda in Congress.

Two issues more than any others were on voters' minds. AP VoteCast also showed a majority of voters considered President Trump a factor in their votes. For the first time in American history, more than 100 women may serve in the 435-member House, at least 28 of them newly elected and representing at least 18 of the districts Democrats flipped.

The political and practical stakes were sky-high. Perhaps more important, they would claim subpoena power to investigate Trump's personal and professional shortcomings.

Trump bucked tradition as a candidate by not releasing his tax returns. Others have pledged to pursue impeachment, although removal from office is unlikely so long as the GOP controls the Senate or even maintains a healthy minority. Fully 50 House Republicans made a decision to get out of dodge, leave for the Trump administration or running for other office in the last two years. House Democrats are set to hold their leadership elections the week after Thanksgiving.

Democratic senators went down in Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota, and others incumbents could yet suffer a similar fates in Florida and Montana.

Blackburn, a conservative and ardent Trump backer, defeated former Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen, 74.

Republicans enjoy a slim 51-49 edge in the Senate and are favoured to hang on to their majority since Democrats are defending 26 seats on Tuesday and the Republicans only nine.

According to Michael McDonald of the US Elections Project, 38.4 million Americans cast their ballots early compared with 27.4 million in the 2014 midterm election.

Almost 40% of voters cast their ballots to express opposition to the president, according to AP VoteCast, a national survey of the electorate, while about 25% said they voted to express support for Trump.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said.

The president bet big on a xenophobic closing message, warning of an immigrant "invasion" that promised to spread violent crime and drugs across the nation.

Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, who is slated to steer the House Judiciary Committee warned that the election was about accountability for Trump.

Iran seeks European assurances as United States oil sanctions loom
Iran is heavily dependent on its exports of oil, and renewed sanctions, if effective, would hit the economy hard. Trump is reimposing the toughest sanctions ever on Iran , targeting numerous corrupt regime's critical sectors".

Midterm elections are often the "lounge act" to the presidential contest, as she puts it, but the battle for the House quickly spun into the signature contest of 2018.

House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi is hailing "a new day in America". A few had already won re-election Tuesday, including in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Wisconsin. Kamala Harris, former New York City Mayor Tom Steyer and former Vice-President Joe Biden. The Justice Department dropped the charges after his trial ended in an hung jury.

But Mr. Trump isn't the only Republican in the executive branch with cause for concern - Democrats are also poised to launch or continue probes into Cabinet-level secretaries and federal agencies. Democrats are left hoping that the four liberal members of the bench remain in good health for the next two years.

In a suburban battleground in Atlanta, Republican Rep. Karen Handel won a costly special election earlier this cycle but faced an upstart challenge from Lucy McBath, whose 17-year-old son was shot and killed at a gas station. Bernie Sanders and Democrats Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Kirsten Gillibrand of NY and Minnesota's Amy Klobuchar were easily re-elected.

"The Trump White House, by and large, has let the Pentagon have a lot of free rein", Smith said.

He and the first lady were to host an evening watch party for family and friends.

"I believe that you can have a simple vote in Congress, or it's even possible, in my opinion - this is after meeting with some very talented legal scholars - that you can do it through an executive order", Mr. Trump said last week about birthright citizenship.

Much virtual ink has been spilled analyzing what the effect on the Democratic Party will be of the election of a handful of Democrats who have sharply criticized Israel. Democrats racked up massive margins among women, young people, and nonwhite voters.

They include Rashida Tlaib in Michigan's District 13, the first Muslim woman elected to Congress; Omar Ilhan, the Somali-American victor in Minnesota's District 5; Ayanna Pressley, who won her uncontested House race in Massachusetts' District 7 on Tuesday; and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose primary upset over a 10-term incumbent paved her way to victory in New York's 14th.

The demographic divides were coloring the political landscape in different ways.

The House of Representatives, which reliably churned out hard-line immigration legislation, Obamacare repeal and steep cuts to social programmes under Republican rule - even though numerous bills died in the Senate - will now start offering up progressive priorities. About two in 10 each choose the economy and immigration as their top issue, and just one in 10 say it's gun policy. It certainly didn't help Republicans that both retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) suggested during the campaign that those programs needed to be reigned in.

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