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President Obama now faces a divided Congress, with Republicans taking over the House and Democrats barely holding on to the Senate. We talk about what happened yesterday and what it might mean for the future. Also, California’s the state that often establishes national trends.  So what does it mean that, in yesterday’s election, it went solidly for the Democrats?   

Banner image: Democrat Harry Reid of Nevada (L) won re-lection and retains his position as Senate Majority Leader. Although Democrat Nancy Pelosi won re-election to her California House seat, she will lose the Speakership to Republican John Boehner of Ohio.

Katie Cooper
Sonya Geis
Gary Scott

Reporter's Notebook The Republican Red Wave Meets California's Blue Bulwark 9 MIN, 15 SEC

The biggest state in the Union has resisted the Republican tide, with Democrats sweeping all statewide offices. The state that invented the Three Strikes Law elected an African American woman from liberal San Francisco as Attorney General. Former eBay CEO Meg Whitman’s campaign for Governor of California was, by far, the most expensive in history. But $140 million couldn’t defeat 72-year-old Democrat Jerry Brown, who served two terms in the job 30 years ago. Barbara Boxer won a fourth US Senate term despite high negative ratings, even among her own party. Former GOP analyst Dan Schnur chairs the California Fair Political Practices Commission.

Dan Schnur, USC Unruh Institute of Politics (@danschnur)

Game Change

John Heilemann

Main Topic The Election's Over: What Happened? What's Next? 34 MIN, 36 SEC

Just as predicted, Republicans have swept into control of the Congress, while Democrats hold a somewhat reduced majority in the Senate. Harry Reid held on in Nevada, but the Illinois seat once held by President Obama was lost. Was the election a referendum on White House leadership? Some prominent favorites of Sarah Palin were defeated. How much influence will the Tea Parties have on a Congress led by Speaker John Boehner? President Obama conceded that yesterday’s election results were "humbling" and that very difficult issues lie ahead. Despite their differences, he also called for cooperation—and possibly compromise. We assess the results from different political perspectives.



Congressman John Boehner addresses
"the trust that the American people have placed in us"

Jennifer Rubin, Washington Post (@JRubinBlogger)
Chris Littleton, Littleton and Associates (@clittleton)
Ed Kilgore, Democratic Strategist (@ed_kilgore)
Ari Berman, The Nation magazine (@AriBerman)
Thomas Mann, Brookings Institution (@BrookingsInst‎)
John Heilemann, New York magazine (@jheil)

The Broken Branch

Thomas E. Mann

Making News President Obama Holds Post-Election News Conference 7 MIN, 47 SEC

At the White House this morning, President said he took “direct responsibility” for not making the progress on the economy demanded by the American people. Peter Wallsten is National Political Writer for the Wall Street Journal.



Peter Wallsten, Washington Post (@peterwallsten)

Herding Donkeys

Ari Berman


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