Newly empowered Dems take aim at Trump business conflicts

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But blue-collar voters and rural America embraced his aggressive talk and stands.

In all fairness, Nancy Pelosi deserves to be chosen Speaker of the House by the Democrats. "She has earned this great honor!"

But the Democrats' edge is narrow.

And, it should be noted, the Democrats got the majority back by winning the total national raw vote for House candidates by several points.

Other House committees could investigate any future scandal that comes out of the Trump White House.

Trump has never faced opposition party control in Congress as president.

Trump said in a wide-ranging news conference Wednesday that he doesn't want to release his taxes because they are under a "continuous audit". Axios in August reported that Republicans were keeping a spreadsheet of investigations Democrats would likely launch if they took the House.

Republicans increased their Senate majority with support from the same coalition of voters that propelled Trump to the presidency two years ago: whites without college degrees particularly men in more conservative, rural states.

It was unclear what leaks he was referring to.

It could have been a much bigger night for Democrats, who suffered stinging losses in OH and in Florida, where Trump-backed Republican Ron DeSantis ended Democrat Andrew Gillum's bid to become the state's first African-American governor. What he would not favor, though, would be investigations or sanctions that would further damage the well-connected Russian oligarchs believed to have helped fund the USA election meddling efforts.

A congressional probe would be more public than special counsel Robert Mueller's current investigation into Russian election interference - and wouldn't run the risk of being shut down by Trump. There were 237 women on ballots for House seats and at least 95 had won their races as of early Wednesday morning, shattering the previous record of 84 women in the House, according to the Center for American Women and Politics at Rutgers University. The losses in governors races in OH and Florida were particularly concerning to Democrats given those states' significance in presidential elections.

The central strategy: play defense by going on offense and turning the public against Democratic investigations by painting the probes as overreach created to cause gridlock.

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However, Democrats did eke out a narrow win to beat Scott Walker in Wisconsin and comfortably won the governor's office in MI.

The road to a House majority ran through two dozen suburban districts that Hillary Clinton won in 2016. Tammy Baldwin held off a challenge from Republican Leah Vukmir, but her fellow Democrats Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota and Claire McCaskill of Missouri were defeated by their Republican opponents. He also said: "They're extremely complex".

The results were more mixed deeper into Trump country.

"A lot of good people didn't vote for me, and that's okay, right?"

Republicans complain that Democrats are mostly interested in assembling a case to impeach Trump.

China says the relationship between the world's two largest economies is so important that interests on both sides will continue pushing for cooperation regardless of the outcome of US elections.

The hotel is housed in the historic Old Post Office, which is owned by the federal government, and its lease has a clause barring any "elected official of the government of the United States" from deriving "any benefit". In order to have a majority, a party needs to secure 218 seats.

Exit polls showed that Gillum won more than six in 10 voters under the age of 45, but those accounted for just 25 percent of the electorate. They flagrantly lied about their only other attempted policy: the repeated efforts to repeal ObamaCare, which would snatch coverage for tens of millions of people and badly weaken protections for pre-existing conditions.

Among them were Republican Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Georgia governorn candidate Brian Kemp who had barely a 2 percent lead over Stacy Abrams, an African American woman. "And I think Pelosi's so aligned with that", Regan said, suggesting it's time for Pelosi to "go gracefully off into the sunset" and for some "new blood" to take leadership positions in the Democratic Party.

"I did my best to reflect this constituency to the best of my ability", he said.

There are many potential takeaways from Election Day 2018.

Almost two-thirds said Trump was a reason for their vote.