Mid-term election results 2018 – BBC News

Mid-term election results 2018 – BBC News

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel US mid-terms 2018 In a dramatic election night President Donald Trump’s Republican Party have retained control of the Senate and the Democrats now have control of the House of Representatives.
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The Democrats took control of the House, having gained more than the 23 seats they needed. It is the first time the party has held the majority in the lower house of Congress for eight years. The loss of the House will make it harder for President Trump to push his policies forward. What this all means for Trump
Meanwhile, the Republicans have kept control of the Senate, the upper chamber of Congress, and will increase their majority. They gained Indiana, Missouri and North Dakota from the Democrats. The Democrats have only gained one Senate seat in Nevada.
However, not all Senate seats will have a final result on Wednesday. Voters in Mississippi are expected to return to the polls later this month after the special election race there is expected to be decided by a runoff, as no candidate took more than 50% of the vote.

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White House suspends credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta – BBC News

White House suspends credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta 8 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Trump: “That’s enough, put down the mic” The White House has suspended the credentials of CNN’s chief White House correspondent hours after a testy exchange with President Donald Trump.
Jim Acosta was asking a question at a news conference on Wednesday when a White House worker tried to grab the microphone from his hands.
Press secretary Sarah Huckerbee Sanders said access was removed because he had put “his hands on a young woman”.
President Trump had been giving his response to the mid-term elections, which saw his Republican party lose control of the lower house of Congress but gain seats in the upper house. What happened at the news conference?
During a question-and-answer session, Mr Acosta challenged Mr Trump’s use of the word “invasion” to describe a migrant caravan heading to the US from Central America . He also challenged him over an anti-immigration advert that was widely seen as racist.
When Mr Acosta tried to ask a question about the Russia investigation into alleged interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, Mr Trump told him repeatedly “that’s enough” and “put down the mic”. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Trump v Acosta
A female staff member attempted to take the microphone from the journalist, and Mr Acosta resisted handing it over telling her at one point “pardon me ma’am”.
Mr Trump then walked away from the podium and returned to say: “CNN should be ashamed of itself having you working for them. You are a rude, terrible person.” He added: “The way you treat Sarah Huckerbee [his press secretary] is horrible,” without explaining why.
Another journalist spoke up in Mr Acosta’s defence, calling him a “diligent reporter”. Mr Trump fired back, “well I’m not a big fan of yours either,” sparking laughter from members of the audience. What did the White House say?
Ms Sanders, in a statement posted in a Twitter thread , said the White House would “never tolerate a reporter placing his hands on a young woman just trying to do her job”.
“The fact that CNN is proud of the way their employee behaved is not only disgusting, it’s an example of their outrageous disregard for everyone, including young women, who work in this Administration,” she said.
“As a result of today’s incident, the White House is suspending the hard pass of the reporter involved until further notice.”

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BBC World News: Women and minority candidates make history

These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel US mid-terms 2018 Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Supporters of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress, celebrate her victory This year’s crucial mid-term elections were always likely to make history.
More women and LGBT people ran than ever before and, with a polarising president in the White House, many predicted voters would head to the polls in their droves.
While the headline remains that the Democrats won the House and the Republicans held the Senate, these elections will be remembered for a host of different reasons.
So here are just some of the records that were broken and some of the winners who sealed their place in history… Year of the woman
This was how the mid-terms were being billed by some, a reference to the 1992 elections in which the number of women in Congress doubled.
And that has proven true. The number of women in both chambers will be at a record high come January, beating the current tally of 107.
It’s worth noting that there are still some districts still to be counted, so yet more women could serve in the 116th Congress. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption The story of election night in two minutes
Hillary Clinton’s surprise defeat to President Donald Trump two years ago, a man who has a history of making sexist remarks, appears to have been a galvanising moment for American women.
The new intake heading to Washington includes a number of historic firsts. Such as… The youngest congresswoman
Last year, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez was mixing cocktails at a restaurant in New York City.
Now, the 29-year-old will swap the tequila and taco bar for the grandeur of the Capitol building after becoming the youngest woman ever elected to Congress. Image copyright Getty Images Image caption Ms Ocasio-Cortez supports universal healthcare, tuition-free college and criminal justice reform
Ms Ocasio-Cortez, a former Bernie Sanders volunteer who led a progressive campaign, stormed to victory with more than 78% of the vote in New York’s 13th district.
“We have made history tonight,” she told cheering supporters after the result was confirmed.
Meanwhile, more than 1,000 miles (1600km) away in the state of Iowa, Abby Finkenauer also joined the ranks of the nation’s youngest representatives.
Ms Finkenauer, 29, won a close race in Iowa’s first district and will unseat Republican Rod Blum. More on the mid-terms:

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White House suspends credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta – BBC News

White House suspends credentials for CNN’s Jim Acosta 8 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Reuters Image caption A White House staff member tried to grab the microphone from Jim Acosta at a press conference on Wednesday The White House is suspending the credentials of a CNN journalist hours after he was insulted by US President Donald Trump.
Press secretary Sarah Sanders says a reporter’s access was suspended because he put “his hands on a young woman”.
Mr Acosta, chief White House correspondent for CNN, was called a “rude, terrible person” by Mr Trump at a press conference on Wednesday.
A staff member struggled with him for his microphone during the exchange.
In a tweet Mr Acosta says he was stopped by the Secret Service when he tried to re-enter the White House on Wednesday evening.

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Beleaguered US law chief Sessions quits – BBC News

Trump fires US Attorney General Jeff Sessions 7 November 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright Getty Images US Attorney General Jeff Sessions has been fired by President Donald Trump.
Mr Trump announced in a tweet that he would be temporarily replaced by his chief of staff.
The president has repeatedly criticised Mr Sessions, a former Republican senator who was among the first to support Mr Trump’s presidential candidacy.
“We thank Attorney General Jeff Sessions for his service, and wish him well!” Mr Trump wrote on Wednesday.
In a letter, Mr Sessions said he was resigning at the president’s request.

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