The Hill’s 12:30 Report — Presented by the Counter Extremism Project — Trump says GOP defied midterm odds | Blames party's losers for not embracing him | What to watch next after midterms | Leadership races begin

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*Ha. Haha. Hahah. Sniff. Haha. Sniff. Ha--breaks down crying hysterically.


The Hill's 12:30 Report — Presented by the Counter Extremism Project — Breaking: Trump boasts GOP defied odds | Blames party's losers for not embracing him | Spars with CNN's Acosta | What we're watching next after midterms | Winners, losers | Sights and sounds from election night | Trump warns Dems against investigations | Uncalled races | Female candidates make historic gains | Urban, rural divide deepens | Leadership fights begin | John King becomes a meme



Now accepting pats on the back:

"President TrumpDonald John TrumpDem senator says Zelensky was 'feeling the pressure' to probe Bidens 2020 Dems slam Trump decision on West Bank settlements Trump calls latest impeachment hearings 'a great day for Republicans' MORE [just] took a victory lap after the midterm elections, saying Republicans defied the odds by stopping a so-called 'blue wave' of Democrats from taking control of both chambers of Congress."


He called out individual Republicans who didn't "embrace" him: For example: "'Mia LoveLudmya (Mia) LoveFormer GOP lawmaker: Trump's tweets have to stop Congressional Women's Softball team releases roster The 31 Trump districts that will determine the next House majority MORE gave me no love. And she lost. Too bad,' President Trump says, going through the list of candidates from his own party who distanced themselves from him -- and gloating about how they lost."

^^More gloating about defeated Republicans:

"Mike CoffmanMichael (Mike) Howard CoffmanBottom Line Koch political arm endorses Colorado Sen. Gardner 20 years after Columbine, Dems bullish on gun reform MORE: 'Too bad, Mike.' 

Carlos CurbeloCarlos Luis CurbeloRepublicans can't exploit the left's climate extremism without a better idea Progressive Latino group launches first incumbent protection campaign The Memo: Bad polls for Trump shake GOP MORE: (mispronounces it) 'Quebella'

Mia love : 'Gave me no love.' 

Barbara ComstockBarbara Jean ComstockLive coverage: House holds third day of public impeachment hearings Gun debate raises stakes in battle for Virginia legislature Progressives face steep odds in ousting incumbent Democrats MORE: 'She didn't want to have any embrace.' 

Peter Roskam Peter James RoskamFeehery: How Republicans can win back the suburbs Ex-GOP Rep. Roskam joins lobbying firm Blue states angry over SALT cap should give fiscal sobriety a try MORE: 'Didn't want the embrace.' "

Trump credited House Minority Leader Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul Five things to know about Tuesday's impeachment hearings McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' MORE: "I give her a great deal of credit for what she's done and what she's accomplished."

How Trump wants to work with Pelosi: "lowering the cost of prescription drugs," Trump said. 

On his own campaign appearances: "Of the 11 candidates we campaigned with in the last week, nine won last night," Trump said.

On Oprah campaigning: "She worked very hard in Georgia, very hard. I don't know if she likes me anymore, but that's ok."

Photo of Chief of Staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE watching: Something wrong, Kelly? 



Yiiiikes: A White House aide tries yanking the microphone from CNN's Jim Acosta while he and President Trump yell at each other. Video of the microphone wrestling match -- wow:

He yelled at journalist April Ryan, telling her to sit down: "Trump just sneers at April Ryan, 'Sit down. I didn't call you.'" Note: Trump has told other reporters at times to also sit down.

Context from NPR's Scott Simon: "I've never seen anything like this WH press conference. I've done press scrums with Chicago aldermen on their way to prison and foreign tyrants who were more civil. WH staff should not pluck microphones out of the hands of reporters doing their job."

On the special counsel investigation: "It should end. 'Cause it's very bad for our country. Forget about unfair to me, it's very bad for our country."

Livestream of Trump's remarks:



I demand a recount:

The Florida Senate race between Sen. Bill NelsonClarence (Bill) William NelsonBottom Line Bottom Line Media and candidates should be ashamed that they don't talk about obesity MORE (D) and Gov. Rick Scott (R) is headed to a recount. The numbers: Nelson leads by a little more than 34,500 of the 8.1 million votes cast in the state.


It's the morning after Election Day. Raise your hand if you're delirious! I'm Cate Martel with a quick recap of the morning and what's coming up. Send comments, story ideas and events for our radar to, @CateMartel and on Facebook


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Senate Republicans -- 'How you like them apples?!'


Democrats regained the House Tuesday night, but Senate Republicans are

Also claiming victory, by beating their expectations and expanding their majority to at least a 52 seats with the potential to add more seats in the coming weeks. 

The makeup of the new Senate: Republicans are expected to take at least 52 seats but could end up winning as many as 55. The best outcome for Democrats is 52-48. 

Which races still haven't been called: Four Senate races -- Florida, Arizona, Montana and Mississippi, which is headed to a runoff. Details for each:


Meanwhile from House Democrats-- 'I'm blue da ba dee da ba daa':


Democrats are declaring victory after winning at least 220 House seats to retake the House majority. Which areas helped Dems the most: "Democrats performed particularly well in the suburbs of Eastern states such as Virginia, Pennsylvania and New Jersey, where vulnerable GOP incumbents struggled to insulate themselves from the midterm backlash against the party of the mercurial president."

The makeup of the new House: Democrats have won 220 seats so far but could win as many as 234. They needed 218 to take the majority. How many seats Roll Call expects Dems to take: Around 229 total.

Which races still haven't been called: Twenty-two House races, including five in California. Details for each:


The gist-- 'The blue wave ran into Trump's red wall':

Via The Hill's Ian Swanson and Bob Cusack, "For a number of reasons, Democrats are coming away unsatisfied. They were hoping for a resounding rejection of Trump, who is touting the election results as a 'tremendous success.'" What this means for both parties:



All the elected ladies (all the elected ladies), now put your hands up!: A record number of women have been elected. 

Senate: 22 women were elected, 16 Democrats and 6 Republicans. 

House: 95 women have been elected, 83 Democrats and 12 Republicans.

Governors: 9 women were elected, 6 Democrats and 3 Republicans.

That's ~Senator~ Romney to you: Former Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyWillard (Mitt) Mitt RomneyProgressive Democrats ramp up attacks on private equity Deval Patrick: a short runway, but potential to get airborne Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE has won the seat to replace retiring Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchKey Republicans say Biden can break Washington gridlock Trump awards Medal of Freedom to racing industry icon Roger Penske Trump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals MORE (R-Utah).

First Native American women elected to Congress: Democrat Sharice Davids will represent a district in Kansas and Democrat Deb Haaland will represent one in New Mexico.




His initial reaction --> ;)

The president tweeted around 11:15 p.m. last night: "Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" He then quoted a glowing review of his time in office.

On people who didn't support him -- baby, bye bye bye: Trump tweeted, "Those that worked with me in this incredible Midterm Election, embracing certain policies and principles, did very well. Those that did not, say goodbye!" Trump also added: "Yesterday was such a very Big Win, and all under the pressure of a Nasty and Hostile Media!"

On the media -- it's like I can finish his sentences: "To any of the pundits or talking heads that do not give us proper credit for this great Midterm Election, just remember two words -- FAKE NEWS!"


From CNN's Jake Tapper -- welcome to hell: "If [President Trump] thinks that the media is annoying, wait till he meets a Democratic House that has subpoena power and actually has the legal ability to force them to turn over documents," Tapper noted. "We're going to look like nothing compared to that. He is going to find an opposition that he has never really encountered before."

The best caption I've seen today: Keep in mind, President Trump and Mitt Romney had butted heads for years, but Trump did endorse his Senate bid. 



Election fallout -- what to watch going forward: Via The Hill's Bob Cusack and Ian Swanson:

  1. Leadership battles
  2. Finger-pointing
  3. Russia investigation
  4. Impeachment 
  5. Possible White House staff shake-up
  6. 2020 politics 
  7. Government shutdown 

Context and details for each:

Here's a list of the winners and losers last night: Hint: President Trump and Rep. Beto O'RourkeBeto O'RourkeDeval Patrick enters 2020 race O'Rourke says he 'absolutely' plans to stay in politics Krystal Ball: Buttigieg is 'the boomer candidate' MORE (D-Texas) are in the same category.

It's border wall tiiime: During a press conference this morning, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellOvernight Health Care: GOP senator says drug price action unlikely this year | House panel weighs ban on flavored e-cigs | New York sues Juul McConnell hopes Senate impeachment trial 'not too lengthy a process' Former Speaker Boehner's official portrait unveiled MORE (R-Ky.) said he will push for border wall funding in the lame-duck session.

Dems didn't waste any time!: Top House Democrats quickly announced their leadership intentions for the next Congress. Who said what:

A big geographical divide: America's urban-rural divide has deepened. The numbers: 



The viral story of the day: The Atlantic's McKay Coppins tweeted, "My wife and I got back from voting and found our 5yo in tears that she didn't get to come. So I took her to the polling place and gave her a little patriotic talk about America and democracy. On the way back she told me she thought mom had said we went 'boating.'" Read the full story -- it's amazing:

Photo: Best tweet I saw all evening: "whoa, major Dem pickup"

Ouch -- the media tent at Gillum's election night party had a major leak early in the evening: That does not look fun. Video:

Funny tidbit -- how cable news anchors prepared for the night: "[CNN's John King] says he works out on Election Day mornings, and he is careful to stretch his hands and wrists ahead of showtime. Washing his hands is also important, to avoid smudging the screen's surface. How about a manicure? 'I clip my own nails,' Mr. King said. 'I'm a kid from Dorchester, Mass. I don't think I'll ever get a manicure.'" The full article is pretty entertaining:

Photo of Stephen Bannon's election livestream by the Capitol: Author Michael Wolff is on the set. Photo of the set:  

Tidbit -- what network's coverage was airing at the Trump hotel bar: CNN and Fox News

Say what now?!: A neurosurgeon in Texas left her patient open on the table to go vote. Keep in mind: The neurosurgeon said the residents were finishing the surgery. I.e.: If she found time to vote, anyone could.

What newsrooms ate last night: The Wall Street Journal's Byron Tau pulled together a list of what was catered for journalists last night.

Reading this 'blue wave' cocktail menu is giving me a hangover: Here's the blue wave cocktail menu at the National Women's Democratic Club in Washington, D.C. (h/t The Hill's Niv ElisPhoto:

The vibe at the Wexton event: Reuters's Amanda Becker tweeted around 8:45 p.m., "Just had wine spilled on my head."

Voting pups are the best pups 

Throwback -- newspaper headlines have always been pretty brutal: Here's the front page of the New York Post the day after Republicans won the House in 1994. (h/t C-SPAN's Howard Mortman

Overheard at a Dem watch party: "A young women fawning over [House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi] telling her 'I don't think you get enough credit' for what you do for the party. Pelosi saying it's looking like it's going to be thin margin."

This is spectacular: There was an insane sunset in D.C. yesterday. Photos: And an insane rainbow over the Capitol:

Quite the artsy line at the polls:





This is the diplomatic equivalent of 'I'm not listening so what you're saying doesn't count!!':

Via Reuters, Russia said it will consider any new sanctions by the United States "illegal." The full quote from a Kremlin spokesman: "We consider restrictions imposed by the United States against Russia illegal."

WHAT SPARKED THIS: Yesterday, "the Trump administration … informed Congress that Russia has not complied with a series of requirements necessary for Moscow to evade a second round of U.S. sanctions over the poisoning of an ex-Russian spy in Britain."



Oh! John King became a meme last night:

When CNN cut away from anchor John King using the election night "magic wall," he still appeared on the left side of the screen.  The internet had fun with that.


More captions for John King:



The House and Senate are out.

President Trump and Vice President Pence have no public events on his schedule.

2 p.m. EST: The National Press Club is holding a post-election analysis event. Details

9 a.m. EST Thursday: The Washington Post is holding a technology event featuring officials from the White House technology team. Details:

Nov. 13: The House and Senate return.



11:30 a.m. EDT: President Trump holds a press conference on the election results. Livestream:

Noon: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) holds a press conference on the election results. Livestream:

9:30 a.m. EST Thursday: The Brookings Institution is holding an event on the implications of the midterm results. Details and livestream:

Noon Thursday: The American Enterprise Institute is holding a post-election event. Details and livestream:




Today is National Bittersweet Chocolate with Almonds Day.


By the way, Borat meddled in the U.S. elections:

Sasha Baron Cohen returned as Borat and tampered with the U.S. elections yesterday for a segment on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live.' Watch — it's just as inappropriate as you'd expect:


And because this has been a politics-heavy week so far, here's a math teacher pulling one of the best pranks on his students. Amazing: