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Democrats seize House, but Trump hails 'Victory'

Thursday, November 08, 2018
By Lalit K Jha

The crucial polls, marking the first major voter test of Trump, is seen as a referendum on his controversial policies, including those on immigration

Washington: Opposition Democrats captured the House of Representatives on Wednesday in the crucial midterm elections while President Donald Trump's Republican Party retained its majority in the Senate, an outcome likely to intensify the political bitterness and fighting between the two major parties in the run
up to the 2020 presidential poll.

Breaking the Republican monopoly on power, Democrats had already picked up over two dozen seats in the House - more than the 23 needed to take control of the House for the first time in eight years.

Initial statements coming from the Democratic party leaders indicated it would make it tough for President Trump, who wants major legislative changes on some of his signature issues including immigration, tax and healthcare reforms.

By capturing the House of Representatives, the Democrats may exert a major institutional check on Trump and break the Republican monopoly in Washington.

Trump, who campaigned aggressively in the last several weeks, expressed satisfaction over the results and described this as tremendous success.

"Tremendous success tonight. Thank you to all!" Trump said in a brief tweet.

In the House of Representatives, the Democrats gained 24 seats giving them enough for the majority in the 435-membered chamber. Political pundits had predicted a much greater gain for the Democrats in the House, which was pointed out by the GOP leaders as they tended to give the credit for this to Trump.

‘Samosa Caucus’ fails to increase its strength in US midterm
Washington:
The so-called 'Samosa Caucus' - an informal group of the Indian-Americans in the US Congress - failed to increase its strength, even as its all four incumbent members were re-elected to the House of Representatives in the highly polarised midterm elections held Tuesday.

None of the more than half a dozen new Indian Americans candidates, many of whom caught national attention by giving tough fight to their opponents and outraising them in the fund raisers, could make it to the House of Representatives, which is equivalent to Lok Sabha in the Indian parliament. However, Indian-Americans picked up more seats in the State assemblies.

Diwali celebrates triumph of light over darkness: Pompeo
Washington:
Greeting people across the world observing Diwali, US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo on Tuesday said that it is a festival that celebrates the triumph of light over darkness.

He also said that it is also a time of reflection and prayer when observers perform seva, or selfless service, without any expectation of reward or payment.

In a Diwali message wishing people a joyous and prosperous holiday, Pompeo said, "Also known as the 'Festival of Lights', this special occasion celebrates the triumph of light over darkness."

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