President Donald Trump fired a parting shot at GOP Congresswoman Mia Love, who's facing an uphill re-election battle in Utah's 4th District, as he discussed midterm results on Tuesday and the House loss to Democrats. But for the entirety of Trump's first year in office and through much of the second as well, the administration deferred to the priorities of House Speaker Paul Ryan, the most orthodox of Republican politicians.
The Democrats' victory in the House could also benefit the market, some investors have said, by tempering Trump's aims such as on worldwide trade. He cited "questionable things" done by Democrats, including "leaks of classified information". Even as Trump declared the midterm results a "Big Victory" for Republicans, at a press conference on Wednesday, he mused frequently about negotiating with Democrats, including once and potentially future House speaker Nancy Pelosi. In the Senate, the Democratic Party lost four seats to the Republicans in predominately conservative regions.
McConnell also said he would push for more women to join the Senate Judiciary Committee. "Too bad. Sorry about that, Mia". But substitute Trump for James and, say, Elizabeth Warren or Kamela Harris for Stabenow, and it's anyone's guess who would win in MI.
Pelosi, who held the position from 2007-2011, is widely considered to be the front-runner to retake the speaker's office, but a handful of House Democrats called for new leadership prior to the election.
"Mike, will you be my running mate?"
His back-and-forth with CNN reporter Jim Acosta over Trump's hard-line immigration rhetoric grew especially heated, with Trump labeling the reporter a "very rude person" and saying the outlet "should be ashamed of itself" for employing him.
Trump said, "In the House, Republicans dramatically outperformed historical precedents".
"We're back, I think, to broadening the path for a Democratic majority", said Neal, the former Springfield mayor who represents Berkshire County and Western Massachusetts in the House.
The investigation has been exploring Trump's potential collusion with Russian Federation as a candidate, obstruction of justice as president, and financial entanglements as a business executive.
"There's no question the Democrats would like to spend more money", Berger said in an interview Wednesday with The Associated Press. But Democrats suddenly have a foothold that gives them subpoena power to probe deep into Trump's personal and professional missteps - and his long-withheld tax returns. This includes taking a stand against the unfair trade policies of other countries; adopting a tough stance on border policies; filling judicial posts with reactionaries, including two US Supreme Court justices; undoing environmental and other regulations; and attacking human rights.
The election focus in America now turns to 2020, the year of the next presidential voted.
She was flanked by No. 2 House Democrat Steny Hoyer and No. 3 House Democrat James Clyburn in a sign that the three could aim to lead the chamber in the new Congress that convenes in early January. In fact, "more women won House seats than ever before", says The Guardian.
In the 100-member Senate, Republicans retained seats in the South, Midwest and West and ensured at least a 51-49 majority, equal to their current margin.
Democrats cruised to easy victories up and down the ballot, as Tim Walz won an open governor's race by more than 11 percentage points over Republican Jeff Johnson.
That triumphal news conference turned into an unsettling 90-minute sojourn through Trump's psyche.
But the Senate was a killing field for Democrats, largely because of how unfavorable the Senate map was for them heading into election night.
Exit polls are different than the thousands of polls conducted leading up to a major election, which help pundits read the tea leaves on what choices constituents will make on Election Day.
Trump's inflammatory anti-immigrant rhetoric - deemed racist by many - has recently included misinformation about a migrant caravan traveling by foot through Central America and Mexico for the US border, along with his questionable threats to upend birthright citizenship.
They have oversight responsibility over the State Department, and plan to use it by delving into whether dozens of career diplomats have been pushed out because they were not considered Trump loyalists.
Going into the voting, Republicans were defending majorities of 121-82 in the House and 34-16 in the Senate. But Trump is very resilient. "And you can be damn sure that is what we intend to do in the ME state Senate". "That's a firewall", GOP volunteer James Murr said.
Tuesday's result of a split Congress, with Republicans keeping control of the Senate, was the most likely scenario projected by polling data and prediction markets ahead of the elections, and had been anticipated by investors.
Not all congressional races have been called yet, but as of right now, the Democrats have taken the majority in the House of Representatives by gaining 30 seats.