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Why Rand Paul Was The Only Kentucky Republican to Lose On Tuesday

Republicans had a pretty good night last Tuesday. They won control of the Senate and added to their already-sizable House majority. They now hold 33 governors' mansions and 69 of the 99 state legislative chambers. But even as they solidified...Show More Summary

Why Don't We Make Election Day A Holiday?

An estimated 37 percent of eligible voters cast ballots during Tuesday's midterm elections—the lowest voter turnout since 1942. It wasn't that much of an anomaly, however: For decades, voter turnout in non-presidential election years has hovered far below what it was in the mid-19th century, when it peaked at around 70 percent. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 7, 2014

US Navy Sailors deploy a MK 18 MOD 2 Swordfish camera to survey the ocean floor. In this operation, designed to promote maritime security, a quarter of the world's navies are participating. (US Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Blake Midnight )

Surprise, This GOP Senator's Theory About Volcanoes and Climate Change is Totally Wrong

When the 114th Congress convenes in January, Alaska Republican Lisa Murkowski will likely take over as chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee—one of several committees whose work deals directly with climate and energy policy. Unlike many of her GOP peers in the upper chamber, Murkowski doesn't deny that the climate is changing. Show More Summary

A Federal Appeals Court Just Ruled Against Gay Marriage. This Judge Just Issued An Epic Dissent.

On Thursday, a federal appeals court upheld bans on gay marriage in Ohio, Tennessee, Kentucky, and Michigan. In a 2-1 vote, the 6th Circuit reversed lower courts' rulings which had found the bans unconstitutional and sets up a likely Supreme Court showdown. Show More Summary

The War on Voting May Have Swung These Four Races

In several races around the country on Tuesday, the victors won by razor-thin margins. Many of these races were in states that had recently enacted voting restrictions expected to depress turnout amongst minorities, young voters, and the poor, according to a new report released Wednesday by the Brennan Center. Show More Summary

We're Still at War: Photo of the Day for November 6, 2014

A US Marine returns for a homecoming event after spending six months in the Pacific region. (DoD photo by Cpl. Scott Reel, US Marine Corps)

Watch Bill Moyers Perfectly Predict Big Money's Domination This Past Election Day

"If Chevron can roll over you, they and their buddies will roll over every community in America. You can stand up and beat them will all of their money. You're going to give hope to people all over America that we can control our destiny." This...Show More Summary

If Millennials Had Voted, Last Night Would Have Looked Very Different

The GOP’s big Election Day victory may have a lot to do with who didn’t show up at the polls—and one of the groups that stayed home at a record rate were young people. According to an NBC News exit poll, the percentage of voters aged 60 or older accounted for almost 40 percent of the vote, while voters under 30 accounted for a measly 12 percent. Show More Summary

California Voters Helped Kick Off the Prison Boom. They Just Took a Huge Step Toward Ending It.

Voters in the birthplace of mass incarceration just gave it a major blow. With California's passage of Proposition 47, which reclassifies nonviolent crimes previously considered felonies—think simple drug possession or petty theft—as misdemeanors, some 40,000 fewer people will be convicted of felonies each year. Show More Summary

Obama to Address Midterm Election Results

President Barack Obama is scheduled to discuss the results of the midterm elections this afternoon. To briefly recap: Having seized the Senate for the first time in eight years, Republicans now control both houses of Congress. They also scored a handful of key governor races. Show More Summary

2014 Bright Spot: South Dakota County Named for Judge who Pushed out Indians Changes its Name

Former Republican Gov. Mike Rounds easily won the South Dakota Senate race on Tuesday, taking advantage of a split field that included progressive Democrat Rick Weiland and an iconoclastic ex-GOP senator, Larry Pressler. Weiland hadShow More Summary

Last Night's Other Big Winner: Minimum Wage Increases

Election Day 2014 has been disastrous for Democrats, but on one top priority—hiking the minimum wage—the party made major gains, even in red-state America. Ballot initiatives raising the minimum wage passed with broad bipartisan support...Show More Summary

18-Year-Old Wins State Legislature Seat in West Virginia

The Republican Wave lifted many boats last night, including that of 18-year-old Saira Blair. The college freshman was elected to the West Virginia House of Delegates in a landslide—she earned 63 percent of the vote to her 44-year-old Democratic opponent's 30 percent—and officially became the youngest lawmaker in the country. Show More Summary

Sam Brownback Holds On

Sam Brownback lives to see another day. The embattled Kansas governor won his reelection bid, defeating Democrat Paul Davis. Polls headed into Tuesday had given Brownback poor odds for retaining his job, but being on the ballot during...Show More Summary

Pat Roberts Avoids Being The Only Senate Republican To Lose In 2014

Sen. Pat Roberts (R-Kan.) on Tuesday avoided the indignity of becoming the only GOP incumbent senator to lose his seat in the 2014 midterm elections. The Associated Press called the race for Roberts at 11:10 p.m. ET. Roberts was dogged from the start by evidence that he lived in suburban Virginia and not in the state he represented in Congress. Show More Summary

What Word Will Obama Use to Describe This Election Tomorrow?

Tonight was not a good night to be a Democrat. The Republicans were triumphant in a great many of the races. In 2010, after a similarly awful midterm, Obama described the election as a "shellackin'." In 2006, Bush referred to the Democratic...Show More Summary

Three States Could Have Ended Legal Abortion. Only One Did.

Initiatives on the ballot Tuesday in Colorado, South Dakota, and Tennessee could have outlawed legal abortion. Tennessee was the only state to approve such a measure. Here's a rundown, updating my previous reporting on the initiatives. Coloradans...Show More Summary

More Good News: Michigan's "Foreclosure King" Headed to Congress

Michigan's "foreclosure king" is coming to Washington. Republican David Trott, a Michigan businessman who got rich on the collapse of the state's housing market, easily fended off his Democratic rival in Michigan's 11th congressional...Show More Summary

Tea Party Favorite, Food Stamp Foe Rep. Steve Southerland Loses Re-Election in Florida

It's going to be a bad night for Democrats, but they're getting a bit of good news out of Florida's Second District: Republican Rep. Steve Southerland has lost his re-election bid to Democrat Gwen Graham. Southerland, a former mortician,...Show More Summary

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