On Politics: The Biggest Stories of the Week

From a monumental Election Day to a shake-up in the Trump administration, it’s been a busy week in American politics. Here are some of the biggest stories you might have missed (and some links if you’d like to read further).


Election Day finally arrived, and it was historic.

Democrats took the House, and Republicans got a stronger hold on the Senate:

The midterm elections ended Tuesday night with Democrats flipping more than two dozen Republican congressional districts to gain control of the House of Representatives. It gives them the power to investigate the president.

Despite warnings from within the G.O.P., Republicans’ disunity and lack of a coherent message contributed to their losing the House. Here’s how it happened.

Even with the loss of the House, Republican victories in the Senate, and in governors’ races, could have big implications for the courts and social issues like abortion. Read how that may play out in future policy.

The contradictory verdicts in the midterm elections added up to a portrait of a country at odds with itself. Read what the results tell us about the state of the nation.

Some races — like in Florida and Georgia — are still undecided:

Election Day may be over, but there are several pivotal races across the country whose outcomes are still in doubt. Here is a look at some important ones that have yet to be decided.

Florida is facing continued turmoil over counting ballots. Days after the election, results are still unclear in three key races, and lawsuits are flying. Here’s more on the situation.

Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor of Georgia, currently has 50.3 percent of the vote. If remaining ballots push that below 50 percent, the race will be decided by a runoff. His opponent, Stacey Abrams, is trying to secure every last vote. Here’s the latest.

Diversity was a major player in the elections this year:

There were an incredible number of historic firsts across the country on Tuesday night. Here are some of the winners who will make history when they take office.

They marched, they ran, and on Election Day, they won. Read about the women who led a parade of victories Tuesday to win control of the House for the Democrats.

More than 150 L.G.B.T. candidates, a record, were elected in the United States, and Massachusetts voted to uphold a state law protecting transgender people from discrimination. Read more on the…

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