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Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate

Democrats seize House control, but Trump's GOP holds Senate

Democrats seized the House majority from President Donald Trump's Republican Party on Tuesday in a suburban revolt that threatened what's left of the president's governing agenda.

Two other key Democratic lawmakers, Elijah Cummings of Maryland, who will nearly certainly head the House Oversight Committee, and Adam Schiff of the Intelligence Committee, have both called for new oversight of Trump and his administration, probes often blocked by majority Republicans in the past two years.

At his watch party, Trump was upbeat.

The president said he shares those goals, but will only play ball if they agree not to investigate him.

Democrats will use their new majority to reverse what they see as a hands-off approach by Republicans toward Trump's foreign policy, and push for tougher dealings with Russia, Saudi Arabia and North Korea.

But without overwhelming numbers, Democrats will not have the strength to push numerous initiatives their left flank ran on: a single-payer health care system, boldly expanded college access and an Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency that is at least reined in.

After two years of being blocked by the White House and the Trump Organisation at every turn, Democrats hope the new year brings a new day on such issues as foreign government spending at Trump properties, Trump's foreign licensing deals, Trump administration ties to lobbyists and special interests, and spending by Trump's charitable foundation.

Jérémie Gallon also urged the Democrats to respond to current fears and anxieties in the US.

Democrats will now be able to block legislation and light a fire under Trump´s feet with investigations of his opaque finances and Russian interference in the 2016 election.

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The mixed verdict in the first nationwide election of Trump's presidency showed the limits of his hard-line immigration rhetoric in America's evolving political landscape.

And in the Midwest a onetime Somali refugee, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, who is the daughter of Palestinian immigrants, shared the historic distinction of becoming the first two Muslim women elected to the US Congress. The Republican Party extended its 51-49 majority to 54-46 in the Senate, which elects two lawmakers per state (big or small) ensuring geographic and cartographic representation.

Trump, as he did throughout the campaign, also blamed the media for sowing division in the country and insisted they were to blame for the scene unfolding in the East Room.

In a year when Trump put racial divisiveness on the ballot, Democrats ran and won with a diverse set of candidates who are infusing the party with new energy. "I'm voting for candidates that I believe have the capacity to unite people rather than divide". Republican Sen. Dean Heller of Nevada, for example was defeated although he had embraced Trump, with both highlighting their desire to get more of the president's judicial nominees confirmed, a top priority for many social conservatives.

"I am extremely happy with the economy", Gerlock said as he cast his ballot in Chicago.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the former Bernie Sanders organizer who won an upset primary victory over a senior House Democrat, will also head to Congress. He served as vice chairman of Trump's now-defunct commission on voter fraud.

Trump is already anticipating as much - and gave a hint earlier this week of how he will react to Democrats' demands.

Trump had noted the energy as he wrapped up a punishing schedule of rallies around the country that were meant to boost Republican candidates - and his own brand heading towards reelection in 2020.

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