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Long-term winner of midterms: Hillary Clinton

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:59

Who won the 2014 midterm elections? The easy answer is the Republican Party. But in politics, the easy answer isn’t always the only answer, and the winner of an election isn’t always the one who benefits most. The long-term winner of the 2014 midterms wasn’t even on the ballot this year. Her name is Hillary Clinton.


Battle to win Bayou: Runoff election pricy for both parties

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:55

Democrats and Republicans have spent months preparing for the possibility that the hotly contested Louisiana Senate race would not be decided on Nov. 4 and instead would stretch into December runoff. Now that that possibility is a reality, they get to deploy their plans. The battle to win the Bayou will be a complicated and expansive fight on the airwaves and to turn out voters who just voted, with both sides investing millions in an effort to jazz their bases once again and stave off election-fatigue.


Republicans prevail in big, bitterly fought governor races

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:19

By Ellen Wulfhorst NEW YORK (Reuters) - Republicans governors triumphed in key races on Tuesday in the political heavyweight states of Florida, Michigan and Wisconsin, joining the partisan tide that gave Republicans control of the U.S. Senate. In races shaped by voters' worries about the uneven economic recovery, Republicans won the governor's posts in the Democratic strongholds of Massachusetts, Maryland and President Barack Obama's home state of Illinois, according to projections. ...


Sixth person dies following Maine fire at site of Halloween party

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:18
(Reuters) - A sixth person has died following a house fire that broke out in Portland, Maine, over the weekend just hours after a Halloween party, officials said on Tuesday, making it the deadliest blaze in 40 years. Steven Summers died at Massachusetts General Hospital on Tuesday evening after suffering critical burns in the inferno, said Stephen McCausland, a spokesman for the state Department of Safety. There was a party at the two-story residence on Halloween last Friday before the fire started early the next morning, McCausland said. ...

Takeover: Republicans surge to Senate control

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 22:08

The GOP rides a powerful wave of voter discontent to victories in the Senate and House.


What the White House is planning for the next two years

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 21:46

Can Barack Obama save his presidency? Will Republicans work with the White House? Here's how the White House sees the next two years after the Republican


McConnell’s first big challenge: Keeping a lid on Ted Cruz

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 21:37

Governing in the majority could prove to be more difficult than winning it was.


Tuesday's elections a victory for marijuana advocates

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 21:11

Oregon became the third state to fully legalize marijuana Tuesday, while Washington, D.C., residents will soon be allowed to grow and possess pot without fear of legal repercussions. Despite a loss in Florida for medical marijuana, the twin victories prompted pot boosters to celebrate.


Midterm mixer: Live election coverage

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 20:02

Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric and our politics team analyze today's key races.


Republicans will hold at least 52 seats in Senate

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:51

WASHINGTON (AP) — Add Iowa to the Republican column in the GOP's takeover of the Senate for the first time in eight years.


Governors: Wisconsin's Walker bests Democrat Burke

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:43

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Wisconsin Republican Gov. Scott Walker won re-election over Democratic challenger Mary Burke Tuesday, overcoming fierce opposition from organized labor for his third election victory in four years — and clearing the way for a potential presidential campaign in 2016.


GOP holds imposing lead in House races

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 19:23

Republicans currently hold 234 seats and are a lock to retain their dominance.


Mitch McConnell re-elected to Senate

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 17:01

The Republican minority leader defeats Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky.


McConnell re-elected to Senate

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:40

The Republican minority leader defeats Alison Lundergan Grimes in Kentucky.


Republicans strike early blow in midterm election results

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 16:26

By Steve Holland and Roberta Rampton WASHINGTON (Reuters) - Republicans struck a powerful first blow in Kentucky in U.S. congressional elections on Tuesday in their drive to control the U.S. Senate and dramatically tip the balance of power away from President Barack Obama and his Democrats. Obama's low job approval rating, partisan gridlock in Washington and a U.S. economy that is not growing broadly enough to help many in the middle class were major issues confronting voters in elections for 36 senators, 36 state governors and all 435 members of the House of Representatives. ...


California man charged with vehicular manslaughter in Halloween hit-and-run

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 15:09

By Dan Whitcomb LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - A man who prosecutors say struck and killed three 13-year-old California girls as they were trick-or-treating on Halloween and then fled in his damaged sport utility vehicle was charged on Tuesday with vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run. Jaquinn Ramone Bell was arrested on Sunday at a Motel 6 in Stanton, California, not far from where the girls were hit in a crosswalk. He was also charged with driving on a suspended license and fleeing the scene of a crime, Orange County prosecutors said. ...


Midterm mixer: Live election coverage

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 14:00

Yahoo News Global Anchor Katie Couric and our politics team cover all the important races.


Kansas ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional: judge

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:28

KANSAS CITY Kan. (Reuters) - A Kansas ban on same-sex marriage violates the U.S. Constitution and must be overturned, a federal judge ruled on Tuesday. U.S. District Court Judge Daniel Crabtree granted a preliminary injunction on behalf of same-sex couples who had challenged the state's ban on gay marriage and put the ruling on hold until Nov. 11 to give Kansas an opportunity to appeal. The decision, if upheld, would add to more than a dozen states where same-sex marriage has become legal since the U.S. Supreme Court said on Oct. 6 that it would not review recent U.S. ...


Russian charged in Afghan attack makes U.S. court appearance

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:24
By Ian Simpson WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A former Russian army officer facing terrorism charges for a 2009 attack on U.S. and Afghan forces made an initial appearance in federal court on Tuesday, the first military detainee from Afghanistan to appear in a U.S. federal court. The suspect, Irek Ilgiz Hamidullin, was arrested in November 2009 and held in Afghanistan by the U.S. Department of Defense. He was turned over to the Federal Bureau of Investigation on Monday, the U.S. Justice Department said in a statement. ...

Voters weigh pot legalization, minimum wage hikes

Tue, 11/04/2014 - 13:07

While many pollsters are predicting Tuesday will be a big night for Republicans, many of the most high-profile ballot initiatives voters will consider are decidedly liberal. Among the 146 ballot proposals and initiatives voters in 41 states will consider Tuesday are a handful that would legalize marijuana and raise the minimum wage.


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