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McConnell: Obama action on immigration 'mistake'

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Republican Sen. Mitch McConnell, in line to be the next majority leader, says it would be a "mistake" for President Barack Obama to take unilateral action on immigration.<p>McConnell says he spoke with President Barack Obama on Wednesday and says he looks forward to finding …

Obama vows to 'get the job done' with Republicans

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is telling Americans who voted for change: "I hear you."<p>The president said the Republican victories Tuesday in the midterm elections are a sign they want Washington "to get the job done."<p>In a White House news conference, he said both parties must address …

Message to Washington: GET IT DONE!

Message to Washington: GET IT DONE!<p>Take a poll, but this one no one will want to admit: When you were in the polling booth, did you simply check off Republican on every count or almost every count, hoping you wouldn't have to deal anymore with hearing about gridlock? And another one no one wants to …

Raul Ruiz Midterm Election Results: California Democrat Wins Re-election

Rep. Raul Ruiz (D-Calif.) won his re-election bid Tuesday, besting Republican rival Brian Nestande in the race to represent California's 36th Congressional District.<p>Ruiz was first elected in 2012, defeating incumbent Rep. Mary Bono Mack (R). Prior to serving in the House, Ruiz was the associate …

Top 10 Least Helpful Democratic Excuses

To learn from our landslide defeat, Democrats should avoid excuses that divert attention from the tasks required to prepare for the next round of elections. Here are 10 examples of what Democrats should avoid.<p><b>"All hope is lost."</b> Party fundraising emails may say so, but it's not. Ask anyone who went …

The FBI’s Quiet Plan to Expand Its Hacking Powers

Gov­ern­ment of­fi­cials are try­ing to ex­pand their au­thor­ity to hack in­to and loc­ate com­puters by chan­ging an ar­cane fed­er­al rule …

After the midterm massacre, Democratic blame game begins

Republicans successfully tamed their Tea Party fringe and ran against Obama, but some Democrats are ruing caution, negativity and misjudged campaign themes<p>The Republican party’s capture of the Senate was down largely to its leadership’s defeat of two enemies who were not even on the midterm ballot: …

Emily Cain Defeated In Maine Midterm Election

Maine state Sen. Emily Cain (D) lost to tea party-backed businessman and former Maine state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin in the state's 2nd District Tuesday.<p>Poliquin defeated former state Senate President Kevin Raye, a former chief of staff to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), in the Republican primary …

Americans Voted In Some Pretty Strange Places On Election Day

Voting is an inalienable right in the United States, one every citizen should be able to exercise if they so choose, no matter where they are.<p>While many of us voted on Election Day in a school, civic center, or church, sometimes those facilities just aren't available. When that happens, communities …

Polling

Bruce Poliquin Wins Midterm Election In Maine

Tea party-backed businessman and former Maine state Treasurer Bruce Poliquin defeated state Sen. Emily Cain (D-Maine) in the state's 2nd District Tuesday.<p>Poliquin defeated former state Senate President Kevin Raye, a former chief of staff to Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine), in the Republican primary …

Here's What Happens Now That Republicans Control The US Government

Republicans will adopt a combative but strategic approach toward governing now that they have swept to control of both chambers of the US Congress, top GOP lawmakers and aides have told Business Insider over the past month.<p>With an eye toward the 2016 presidential election, Republican leaders in the …

Obama Administration

New York Was A Slaughterhouse For Congressional Democrats

"Roughly a quarter of the House losses nationally occurred in New York," a Democratic insider told Business Insider.<p>None of the Republican seats Democrats had targeted went their way, even as Rep. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.), the chair of the DCCC, the campaign arm of House Democrats, made a number of …

Republicans

These Maps Show How Devastating Election Day Was For Democrats

The midterm elections on Tuesday dealt a huge blow to the Democratic Party.<p>The Democrats lost their majority in the US Senate, and Republicans won big in gubernatorial races.<p>Here's a look at how it all breaks down:<p>Republicans are now on track to have the party's largest majority in the House of …

Immigration Reform

Enjoy it while it lasts! GOP base is still white and aging

Yes, Democrats got hammered yesterday. But the demographics are undeniable, and the GOP’s base still has no future<p>Democrats got hammered in Tuesday’s election. The conventional wisdom is that this was a referendum on President Obama and a repudiation of his policies.<p>Yet, to many, especially older …

Thumbs Up For Higher Minimum Wages, And For Marijuana Industry

Besides electing lawmakers Tuesday, voters settled ballot initiatives affecting everything from soda-pop taxes to fracking to marijuana sales.<p>The outcomes varied, but there was one economic issue that united voters. Overwhelmingly, they approved raises for minimum-wage workers.<p>In Alaska, Arkansas, …

Reid to remain as Dem leader in GOP takeover

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid will seek to lead the Democrats in the next Congress as they hand over the majority to Republicans.<p>Adam Jentleson, a spokesman for Reid, said Wednesday that the five-term Nevada Democrat plans to remain leader and other Democrats indicated that he is unlikely to …

Obama to host post-election news conference

President Obama pledged to work with Republican leaders Wednesday, the day after a historic wave election that brought Republican control of the Senate and the largest GOP House majority since 1930.<p>"Obviously, Republicans had a good night, and deserve credit for running good campaigns," Obama said. …

US, France cite concerns about Iran nuclear talks

PARIS (AP) — With time running out on the latest round of negotiations, France and the United States on Wednesday stepped up demands for Iran to prove that its nuclear program is peaceful — or risk scuttling the closest chance for a deal in years and losing a chance to ease crippling sanctions on …

Obama alone after midterm repudiation

President Barack Obama walked into the White House nearly six years ago with a robust Senate majority and a promise to change politics.<p>Now, he's heading into his final years of office estranged from Democrats in the minority on Capitol Hill, facing Republicans uninterested in making big compromises …