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Financial markets rocked as Trump wins presidency (32.99/33)

Donald Trump was elected the 45th president of the United States in a stunning repudiation of the political establishment that jolted financial markets and likely will reorder the nation’s priorities and fundamentally alter America’s relationship with the world.
The real-estate developer and reality-TV star, a Republican who has never held public office, defeated Democrat Hillary Clinton after a punishing campaign that exposed searing divides in the American public. Trump, 70, will have a Republican-controlled Congress to enact his agenda and the ability to appoint Supreme Court justices in the coming years.
With strong support from white, working-class voters, Trump was pushed over the 270 Electoral College votes needed by Wisconsin to become president-elect. When sworn in on Jan. 20, Trump will preside over a government he’s called corrupt and unworthy of trust.
“It’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” Trump said as he addressed cheering supporters in Manhattan. “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”
Trump also addressed Clinton supporters, saying he was “reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together to unify our great country.”
Trump said Clinton called him early Wednesday morning to concede and he thanked her for her long history of public service. Her campaign chairman, John Podesta, told supporters gathered at the Javits Center in New York early Wednesday morning that she wouldn’t be addressing them until later in the day.
In financial markets, panicked traders rushed to unwind bets they piled into over the last two days amid polls suggesting Clinton would sweep to victory. Futures on the S&P 500 Index plunged by 5 percent, triggering trading limits. Mexico’s peso — which has weakened as Trump’s prospects improved — sank by the most since 2008on concern a Trump win would lead to more protectionist U. S. trade policies.
Republicans also maintained their control of the Senate as they scored wins in a handful of tight races among the 34 being contested. In the House, all 435 seats were on the ballot across the country and Republicans were forecast to hold their majority, though with a slimmer margin.
Trump tallied up victory after victory in Republican strongholds and crucial swing states including Florida, North Carolina, Iowa and Ohio. By Wednesday morning he had breached Clinton’s electoral firewall in the Rust-Belt by winning Pennsylvania, a state that had been in the Democratic column since 1992. Wisconsin, the state that put him over the top, had not voted for the Republican presidential candidate since Ronald Reagan’s landslide in 1984.
Initially dismissed as little more than an entertainer promoting his brand, Trump overcame a deficit in polls and public approval, deep ambivalence within the Republican Party and a campaign marred by controversies and stumbles that would have knocked any other candidate in any other year out of the race.
With a knack for making himself the center of the conversation — for good and for ill — the savvy showman in Trump pressed forward with a messagethat he could “make America great again.” That found resonance in a portion of the electorateanxious and angry about economic, cultural and social upheaval. His rhetoric on immigrants, Muslims and minority groups also energized fringe groups outside the political mainstream.
That he sometimes contradicted himself on positions, and that many of his statements were declared false by independent fact-checkers, didn’t seem to shake his core supporters. This infuriated Democrats who looked on spluttering and aghast as a man they considered little more than a bigoted charlatan always seemed to emerge unscathed.
Trump, a master marketer, apparently understood the political marketplace better than any pundit or pollster.
Trump deputy campaign manager David Bossie laid out Trump’s path to victory during a conference call with reporters on Nov. 1: win Florida, Iowa, North Carolina and Ohio, then carry one of the other states where he was competing hard including Pennsylvania and Wisconsin. Trump did it.
Trump’s appeal was strong in blue-collar areas such as the Michigan county of Macomb, home of automotive plants and parts suppliers and mostly white union-member voters. They were the inspiration for the label “Reagan Democrats” who backed Republican Ronald Reagan in the 1980s. Trump beat Clinton there, 53.6 percent to 42.1 percent. Four years earlier, Republican Mitt Romney, who was born in Michigan, won 47.5 percent to President Barack Obama’s 51.5 percent.
The billionaire carried all but seven of Ohio’s 88 counties, including Democratic strongholds of Trumbull and Lorain counties, places decimated by the loss of steel and manufacturing jobs. Trump blasted trade deals for sending jobs out of the country and promised to bring that work back to the state.
He also narrowly won in Pennsylvania, a state that hadn’t voted for a Republican president since 1988. Democrats proved to be overly confident that they could overcome Trump’s appeal to rural and blue-collar workers with overwhelming votes by Democrats in Philadelphia and its surrounding counties — especially among suburban women.
Trump’s rural strength was also on display in Iowa’s Delaware County, where he won 62.1 percent of the vote. The county, which Obama and Romney almost perfectly split in 2012, has a low proportion of college-educated residents, an economy that recovered more slowly from the recession than the state as a whole and a population that’s almost entirely white.
Eight years after electing the first African-American president, voters passed up the chance to make history again, and in doing so, passed over a women who had previously served as U. S. senator, secretary of state and was first lady when her husband, Bill Clinton, was president.
Her resume could not outrun her reputation among many voters as not trustworthy, fears that were stirred up again by a late flurry of Federal Bureau of Investigation attention — just 11 days before the election — on her prior use of a private e-mail server when she was secretary of state. Cleared of any crime for a second time, Clinton was nonetheless hobbled.
Trump’s win also served as a rebuke to Obama, who campaigned on Clinton’s behalf by saying his legacy was on the line.
For Trump, running the federal government could prove even more difficult following a campaign defined more by what he opposed than what he proposed. Some prominent members of his own party, including Romney, denounced him. Others, such as House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wisconsin, said they would vote for Trump but did not appear with him on the campaign trail.
Throughout the campaign, Trump departed from many presidential campaign traditions. He declined to travel on the same plane with a pool of reporters and photographers and refused to release his federal tax returns, something nominees from both parties have done for decades.
The victory by the political novice came despite faltering performances in three debates with Clinton and an explosive scandal one month before Election Day: the release of a 2005 recording of him bragging about being able to grope women because of his celebrity status. That was followed by a dozen women coming forward to say they had been the victims of his unwanted sexual advances. On the stump and on Twitter, Trump veered off his campaign message to lash out at critics. As recently as the morning of Oct. 28, polls suggested he could be headed for a potential landslide defeat.
That was before the renewed scrutiny by the FBI of Clinton’s e-mail, revealed in a letter to lawmakers by Director James Comey. That development rattled the stock market and Democrats in the closing days of the campaign and reminded voters of Clinton’s political mistakes and baggage.
Comey sent another letter the Sunday before the election announcing that the review of the additional e-mails from a Clinton aide was completed, and he reaffirmed the bureau’s conclusion in July that Clinton shouldn’t face criminal charges. While that removed a cloud over Clinton before voters went to the polls, it couldn’t reverse the damage already done to her standing in the race and by the suspicions that existed while millions of voters were casting early ballots.
Trump pounced on the first letter to reinforce voter questions about Clinton’s trustworthiness and to amplify his campaign theme that she was a corrupt political insider. He was also aided by the daily release by WikiLeaks of hacked material from Clinton’s campaign chairman, buttressing his daily depiction of her as “crooked.’’
The billionaire spent the last week of the campaign more disciplined at rallies and on Twitter, reminding himself out loud in one speech, on Nov. 2, to “stay on point, Donald.’’ He also frequently compared the election to Brexit, the United Kingdom’s vote on June 23 to leave the European Union that defied polls and confounded the political and business establishments.
Margaret Yang, a CMC Markets analyst who was interviewed before the election’s outcome was known, predicted a Trump victory would trigger “a massive selloff’’ of U. S. equities. Many investors will consider it a classic “black swan event,’’ so the reaction would be more severe than Brexit, Yang said. That event caused the S&P 500 Index to fall 5.3 percent in two days, as benchmarks in Europe and elsewhere lost even more.
Trump’s shifting policy positions during the campaign make his longer-term impact on particular sectors harder to assess. BlackRock Inc.’s analysis suggests that drugmakers, insurers and banks would do better under Trump than Clinton.
When he entered the race on June 16, 2015, riding down a golden escalator with his wife at Trump Tower in New York, Trump wasn’t considered a contender. He vowed to build a wall on the southern U. S. border and said that Mexicans coming into the country illegally were “bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.’’
Largely written off by political professionals and experienced analysts, Trump outlasted a Republican field including senators, governors and former governors. He painted himself as the ultimate outsider in a year when Republican voters were hungry for change. Trump appealed to white, working-class voters with his staunch anti-immigration stance, fiery opposition to free-trade deals, and a promise to reopen factories and bring back jobs from overseas at time voters are economically insecure.
While critics counted the number of times he lied or said outrageous things, his supporters chanted “Build that wall!’’ and “Lock her up!’’ about Clinton at rallies. They praised his willingness to “tell it like it is’’ and said his wealth and business background meant he wasn’t beholden to special interests and could shake up a political system and economy that worked for elites but not for them.
Trump surged in early primaries with the help of extensive cable television coverage, and he ultimately outlasted the more experienced candidates with his populist appeal and by branding opponents as “low energy’’ or liars.
Trump accepted the Republican nomination in July in Cleveland, promising to be a law-and-order president who would fight Islamic terrorism and be the last, best hope to change the status quo.
“I have joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat up on people who cannot defend themselves,’’ he said then. “Nobody knows the system better than me — which is why I alone can fix it.’’
Clinton’s main argument during the campaign was that Trump, who had never run for office before, was unfit and unqualified to be president and commander-in-chief, with few policy plans beyond platitudes. She raised the specter in the final days of the campaign of an unhinged Trump launching a nuclear strike over a petty disagreement.
The Democratic nominee hammered Trump repeatedly for his treatment of women, minorities and the disabled, his lack of any relevant experience, and a suspect temperament highlighted by his 3 a.m. Twitter postings. She suggested the reason for Trump’s unprecedented refusal to release his tax returns was that he has failed to pay income levies for years and that his foreign business interests that could conflict with his role as president.
Trump deflected those criticisms. He successfully demonized the media as biased, took advantage of Clinton’s unpopularity, and showed that he could overcome the lack of a traditional campaign and get-out-the-vote operation with celebrity.
Trump, who had flirted with presidential bids from 1998 through 2012, was raised in New York and took control of his father’s real-estate development firm in the 1970s. He refashioned and expanded what became the Trump Organization with skyscrapers, golf resorts, and other properties, building a personal brand by putting his name on buildings, beauty pageants, steaks and menswear.

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US election 2016 result: Trump beats Clinton to take White House (23.99/33)

Donald Trump will become the 45th US president after a stunning victory over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
The Republican nominee's projected victory came down to a handful of key swing states, despite months of polling that favoured Mrs Clinton.
The battlegrounds of Florida, Ohio and North Carolina cleared the way for his Brexit-style upset.
Global markets plummeted, with the Dow set to open 800 points down.
Mr Trump's victory in Wisconsin put him over the 270 out of 538 electoral college votes needed to win the White House.
The US president-elect took to the stage at his victory rally in New York and said: "I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us on our victory. "
"Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country. "
He added: "It is time for us to come together as one united people. "
The real estate tycoon, former reality TV star and political newcomer, who was universally ridiculed when he declared his candidacy in June last year, said his victory had been "tough".
Mr Trump has so far won 28 US states, smashing into Mrs Clinton's vaunted electoral firewall in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that have not supported a Republican presidential candidate since 1988 and 1984 respectively.
He also won Iowa, which has not elected a Republican since 2004.
Mr Trump will also take office with Congress fully under Republican control as Democrats were unable to wrest control of the Senate.
Mrs Clinton, 69, has only notched up victories in 18 US states and the District of Columbia.
New Hampshire and Michigan - which had also been expected to fall in the Clinton column - remained too close to call as of Wednesday morning.
The Democratic candidate, who dreamed of becoming the first female US president, did not show up for what was meant to be her victory rally across town in Manhattan.
The mood was dark at her election night party in the Javits Center, as supporters wept and left early.
At Trump headquarters earlier, his fans cheered and chanted about the Democratic nominee: "Lock her up! "
Mr Trump, a populist billionaire, provoked controversy on the campaign trail for comments about women, Muslims and a plan to build a wall along the US-Mexican border.
Mrs Clinton saw her campaign dogged by FBI investigations into whether she abused state secrets by operating a private email server during her time as US secretary of state.
Last Sunday, the law enforcement bureau cleared her once again of any criminality.
Mr Trump and Mrs Clinton were vying to succeed Democratic President Barack Obama.
After two four-year terms in the White House, he was barred by the US constitution from running for re-election.

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President-Elect Donald Trump: ‘I Will Be President For All Americans’ (22.99/33)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — Republican Donald Trump claimed victory in the 2016 presidential race in the wee hours Wednesday morning.
Running mate Mike Pence took the stage first at the New York Hilton Midtown.
“This is a historic moment. This is a historic night,” Pence said. “The American people have spoken, and the American people have elected their new champion.”
Trump took the stage soon afterward.
“I just received a call from Secretary Clinton. She congratulated us – it’s about us; it’s our victory,” he said. “And I congratulated her and her family on a very, very hard-fought campaign too.”
After an acrimonious campaign, Trump praised Clinton for working “very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for her service to our country.”
Trump also called upon Republicans and Democrats to unite.
“I say it is time for us to come together as one united people,” he said. “It’s time.”
He added: “I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans, and this is so important to me.”
He said he had been elected by a “movement” and had a mandate to make government serve the people, “and serve the people it will.”
“Working together, we will begin the urgent task of rebuilding our nation and renewing the American dream. I spent my entire life in business, looking at projects and looking at the untapped potential of people all over the world,” Trump said. “That is what I want to do with our country.”
Trump went on to thank the many people who worked on his campaign, including former Mayor
Rudolph Giuliani
“It’s been what they call a historic event, but to be really historic, we have to do a great job,” Trump said. “And I promise you that I will not let you down. We will do a great job.”
The race was tight throughout the night, with many states deemed too close to call well into the wee hours.
Earlier, Clinton campaign Chairman John Podesta had said the campaign would not be conceding or otherwise addressing the results again during the overnight hours.
“There’s still votes and every vote can count,” Podesta said to a crowd that began cheering after people were seen in tears seconds before. “So we’re not going to have anything more to say tonight.”

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Trump calls for unity as he declares victory (21.99/33)

After waging a fiercely divisive campaign, Donald Trump called for unifying Americans after he won the presidential race early Wednesday.
“Now it’s time for America to bind the wounds of division,” he told cheering supporters at a Manhattan hotel. “To all Republicans and Democrats and independents across this nation, I say it is time for us to come together as one united people. It’s time. I pledge to every citizen of our land that I will be president for all Americans.”
Trump said he had received a call from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton conceding the race and congratulating him on his win. He said he congratulated Clinton on the hard-fought campaign and had only words of praise for the onetime rival whom he regularly referred to as “Crooked Hillary” on the campaign trail.
“Hillary has worked very long and very hard over a long period of time, and we owe her a major debt of gratitude for service to the country,” Trump said. “I mean that very sincerely.”
In his 15-minute speech, Trump said he planned to focus on growing the nation’s economy, embarking on infrastructure projects that would put millions of Americans to work, and caring for the nation’s veterans. There was no mention of mainstays of his campaign rhetoric, such as building an enormous wall along the Southern border and making Mexico pay for it or ripping up trade deals.
Instead, he pledged to work with other nations.
“We will seek common ground, not hostility. Partnership, not conflict,” Trump said.
Jubilation at Donald Trump’s New York election-night party built gradually Tuesday as he racked up battleground-state victories, each of them announced by Fox News anchors on huge television monitors bracketing a hotel ballroom stage.
Ohio drew the first big burst of cheers, but it was not entirely a surprise after weeks of polls showing Trump running ahead of Clinton there.
“That puts us on a path for a really, really good night,” said Sarah Huckabee, a senior Trump advisor watching the returns near the open bar in the party’s VIP section. “It’s going to be a long night, but I think we’re in for a good night for Donald Trump.”
The next win, North Carolina, sparked louder applause. It was a more hard-fought contest. Clinton staged a midnight rally in Raleigh on the eve of the election, and President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama both made repeated visits in what turned out to be a vain effort to inspire the state’s black voters.
Florida soon followed, and the mood suddenly turned giddy, with a constant din as Trump’s supporters, many of them wearing red “Make America great again” caps, marveled at the possibility that he could really pull it off.
But it was Fox’s call of Trump’s win in Wisconsin, where Clinton was heavily favored, that really sent the room into a frenzy. People screamed, waved their red caps in the air and leaped into one another’s arms. One woman lost her high heel. Another called out: “If he won this, my husband works in the White House.”
“Look at this excitement,” said Sasha Epshteyn, 50, a Russian immigrant wearing one of the red caps. “People laughing, people cheering, people kissing each other.”
No network had called the election for Trump, but Epshteyn, a New Jersey telecommunications manager, said he was “150% sure” Trump had captured the White House.
Laura Loomer said she was “jumping up with joy” at Trump’s victories in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina.
“Now I feel redeemed,” said Loomer, 23, a multiplatform journalist wearing a “Hillary for Prison” T-shirt.
“He’s politically incorrect. He’s totally anti-establishment. He’s going to go to Washington and take a sledge hammer to everything, take a sledge hammer to the media,” said Loomer, who is from Westchester County, N. Y.
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Marijuana legalization: California, Florida voters say yes - Story (19.99/33)

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) --  California voters approved a proposition to allow the recreational use of marijuana Tuesday as other states, including Nevada and Florida, expanded legal access to the drug.
California voters passed a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a big boost to the campaign to end the drug's national prohibition. A preliminary exit poll conducted for The Associated Press and television networks by Edison Research found Proposition 64 passing by a wide margin.
Voters in Florida, Nevada and North Dakota have also passed marijuana measures Tuesday. Collectively, it's the closest the U. S. has ever come to a national referendum on marijuana. 
California, the first state to approve medical marijuana two decades ago, was among five states weighing whether to go beyond medical use and permit pot for adults for recreational purposes. The other states were Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts and Nevada.
With California "yes" vote, recreational cannabis will be legal along the entire West Coast, giving the legalization movement powerful momentum. That could spark similar efforts in other states and put pressure on federal authorities to ease longstanding rules that classify marijuana as a dangerously addictive drug with no medical benefits.
In general, the proposals for recreational pot would treat cannabis similar to alcohol. Consumption would be limited to people 21 or older and forbidden in most public spaces. Pot would be highly regulated and heavily taxed, and some states would let people grow their own.
Three more states -- Florida, Arkansas and North Dakota -- were deciding whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes. Montana voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Nevada approved the recreational use of marijuana with proceeds earmarked for public education.
With 94 percent of precincts reporting, the Sunshine State's Amendment 2 passed with 71 percent of the vote. Critics of Amendment 2 feared its passage would lead to pop-up dispensaries with little supervision. But supporters said it's a necessary treatment for a wide variety of conditions from seizures to PTSD to cancer.
In order to pass, the initiative needed 60 percent of the vote since it was proposing a constitutional amendment. In 2014, it got 57.6 percent of voters' approval.
State-by-state polls showed most of the measures with a good chance of prevailing. But staunch opponents that included law enforcement groups and anti-drug crusaders urged the public to reject any changes. They complained that legalization would endanger children and open the door to creation of another huge industry that, like big tobacco, would be devoted to selling Americans an unhealthy drug.
In Nevada, the approval by voter of Ballot Question 2 means Nevada residents can possess up to an ounce of pot beginning Jan. 1. A 15 percent excise tax will be levied on the sales, with revenue going to regulate the substance and support education.
Local governments will be allowed to make rules on where marijuana businesses can be located, but won't be allowed to impose blanket bans on the substance.
Nevada voters legalized medical marijuana on the ballot in 2000, but it wasn't until 2013 that the state Legislature passed a law allowing for dispensaries.
Under the new law, only business that have medical pot certificates will be allowed to apply for recreational licenses for the first 18 months.

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Canada immigration website appears to crash as Trump lead grows (17.99/33)

By Jeffrey Hodgson TORONTO, Nov 8 (Reuters) - Maybe some Americans were serious when they threatened they would move to Canada if Republican presidential candidate became successful in his often polarizing campaign for the White House. Canada's main immigration website appeared to suffer repeated outages on Tuesday night as Trump took the lead in several major states and his prospects for winning the U. S. presidency turned markedly higher. Some users in the United States, Canada and Asia saw an internal serve error message when trying to access the website. Officials for the ministry could not immediately be reached for comment, but the website's problems were noted by many on Twitter. After some Americans, often jokingly, said would move to Canada if Trump was elected, the idea has been taken up by some Canadian communities. In February, the island of Cape Breton on Canada's Atlantic coast marketed itself as a tranquil refuge for Americans seeking to escape should Trump capture the White House.

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GOP on track for Senate majority with Pennsylvania win (13.99/33)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans were all but guaranteed to keep their majority in the Senate Wednesday as they racked up key wins in Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. In Missouri, Democrat Jason Kander conceded to incumbent GOP Sen. Roy Blunt, eliminating Democrats' paths to Senate control. Republicans were expected to win an outstanding race in Alaska and a December runoff in Louisiana. The outcome added to what was shaping up as a grim election night for Democrats, who face being consigned to minority status on Capitol Hill for years to come. In Pennsylvania, GOP Sen. Pat Toomey won a narrow victory for his second term over Democratic challenger Katie McGinty. It was a race Democrats expected to win going into the night - and one that many Republicans felt nearly as sure they'd lose. The story was the same in Wisconsin, where GOP Sen. Ron Johnson, written off for months by his own party, won re-election against former Democratic Sen. Russ Feingold in a rematch. The race in GOP-held New Hampshire was too close to call, but even if Democrats won it they would be short of the seats needed to topple Republicans' 54-46 majority. Republicans celebrated their wins, already looking ahead to midterms in 2018 when Democrats could see their numbers reduced even further with a group of red-state Senate Democrats on the ballot. "We ran targeted, data-driven campaigns and communicated directly with voters. Those efforts paid off," said GOP Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi, head of the Senate GOP's campaign arm. "With the map strongly favoring Democrats and uncertainty at the top of the ticket, we protected our majority and paved the way for a Republican-run Senate for years to come. " Democrats grabbed a Republican-held seat in Illinois, where GOP Sen. Mark Kirk lost to Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth, a double-amputee Iraq war vet. That stood as the one Democratic pickup as Wednesday got under way. The other bright spot for Democrats was in Nevada, where Minority Leader Harry Reid's retirement after five terms created a vacancy and the one Democratic-held seat that was closely contested. Reid maneuvered to fill it with his hand-picked successor, Catherine Cortez Masto, Nevada's former attorney general who spoke often of her family's immigrant roots in a state with heavy Latino turnout. Cortez Masto will become the first Latina U. S. senator. She beat Republican Rep. Joe Heck, who struggled with sharing the ticket with Donald Trump, first endorsing and then un-endorsing Trump to the disgust of some GOP voters. As the night wore on, Democratic operatives struggled to explain why their optimistic assessments of retaking Senate control were so mistaken. Some blamed unexpected turnout by certain segments of white voters, or FBI Director James Comey's bombshell announcement that he was reviewing a new batch of emails connected with Democrat Hillary Clinton. In North Carolina, Democrats had high hopes of unseating entrenched GOP incumbent Sen. Richard Burr, who infuriated even his own party with his laid back campaign style. But in the end he had little trouble holding off a challenge from Democrat Deborah Ross. In Indiana, GOP Rep. Todd Young beat former Democratic senator and governor Evan Bayh, who mounted a much-ballyhooed comeback bid, but wilted under scrutiny. And in Florida, GOP Sen. Marco Rubio beat Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, giving Rubio a platform from which he could mount another bid for president in 2020. In Arizona, meanwhile, GOP Sen. John McCain, at age 80, won his sixth term in quite possibly his final campaign. The 2008 GOP presidential nominee was re-elected without much difficulty despite early predictions of a competitive race, and struck a reflective note ahead of the outcome. "While as Yogi Berra said, 'I hate to make predictions, especially about the future,' I'm not sure how many more I have in me," McCain said. In New York, Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Democrats' leader-in-waiting for a new Congress, easily won re-election. But the results elsewhere meant he would be leading a Senate minority when he replaces Reid in the leader's role. The Senate races were shadowed every step of the way by the polarizing presidential race between Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. Yet in the end, Trump was apparently not the drag on GOP candidates widely anticipated, even though some Republicans struggled with sharing the ballot with him. Even though the GOP's renewed control of the Senate is likely to be narrow, the advantages of being in the majority are significant. The controlling party holds the committee chairmanships, sets the legislative agenda and runs investigations. First up is likely to be a nominee to fill the vacancy on the Supreme Court. ___ Associated Press writer Mary Clare Jalonick contributed to this report. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Total global disbelief as Trump widens margin over Clinton (13.99/33)

BERLIN — As Donald Trump scored crucial victories in key states, putting his campaign on the verge of an upset win over Hillary Clinton in the presidential election, the world was already making it clear that a victory for the billionaire businessman would be the wrong result.
Trump entered the 2016 presidential race as an underdog. If he pulls it off, Trump's victory Wednesday over Clinton would mean that from a global perspective, the worst fears of this contentious U. S. election may stand a chance of being realized.
"After Brexit and this election, anything is now possible. A world is crumbling before our eyes. Vertigo," France's ambassador to the U. S. Gerard Araud tweeted as it became clear that Trump was on the verge of winning the presidency.
Araud's reference to Britain's exit from the European Union — Brexit — was a nod to another vote, fought on a populist battlefield, that confounded expectations.
"It's not just about him. It's about who he will, and has, emboldened," said Samantha Shannon, a popular British writer. "Everything about this feels identical to Brexit. "
Trump has touted a vision of American foreign policy that would represent a fundamental break with decades of received diplomatic wisdom, including making U. S. military support for NATO, a cornerstone of global security since World War II, conditional on the financial support of the alliance's members.
His behavior during the before and during campaign— in his speeches, statements and rants on Twitter at 3 a.m. — personify a raft of negative stereotypes about American behavior and character: brash, impulsive, racist, arrogant, obsessed with wealth, lacking respect and understanding for the wider world.
Chinese state media were quick to cast the election as the embodiment of America’s democracy in crisis in contrast to China’s perceived stability under authoritarian rule. "The majority of Americans are rebelling against the U. S.’s political class and financial elites," the official Communist Party newspaper  People’s Daily  said in a commentary.
In Russia, where the government has been accused by U. S. intelligence officials of trying to meddle in the election by unleashing cyber-mischief and peddling conspiracy theories about voter fraud and other democracy-thwarting measures, Muscovite Alexei Anatsky, who works in the IT industry, said "real life is turning out far less funny than it seemed a while ago. We had an idea of how people think in New York and San Francisco now we are seeing how more than half of the country thinks. "
Contributing: Anna Arutunyan in Moscow

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Prop 64 legalizing recreational marijuana passes: What you need to know (13.99/33)

Proposition 64, which legalizes recreational use of marijuana, is projected to pass. Proponents argued that it's important to be able to control, regulate and tax marijuana. California's nonpartisan Legislative Analyst's Office estimated that state could collect up to $1 billion in taxes a year. Opponents were worried about safety, citing problems in other states that have legalized recreational marijuana. Voters approved medicinal marijuana in California in 1996. Adult use sales of marijuana would begin Jan. 1, 2018. In general, the proposals for recreational pot would treat cannabis similar to alcohol. Consumption would be limited to people 21 or older and forbidden in most public spaces. Pot would be highly regulated and heavily taxed. Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia. If California votes "yes," recreational cannabis would be legal along the entire West Coast, giving the legalization movement powerful momentum. That could spark similar efforts in other states and put pressure on federal authorities to ease longstanding rules that classify marijuana as a dangerously addictive drug with no medical benefits. Proposition 64 would allow California residents 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce of weed and grow six marijuana plants at home. ABC7 News is your home for complete election coverage throughout the day. We'll have an early edition of ABC7 News at 3 p.m. followed by World News Tonight. At 4 p.m. we'll begin live uninterrupted coverage of national election results. At 11 p.m., stay with us for a special hour-long edition of ABC7 News covering all the local races. Get all the latest Election Day 2016 stories from ABC7 and follow the action on the ABC News Live Election Day Blog

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What Trump says about state of the GOP (13.99/33)

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The best tweets that got you through election night (12.99/33)

Yeah, you and pretty much everyone else.
No matter who you voted for, election night was prime anxiety material from the get-go. "Funny" isn't really the best way to put it, but there were definitely some tweets that gave us a chuckle among all the tension and anticipation.
First of all, if you checked in late after going about your life free of television or internet for a while, you were in for a surprise.
And as the numbers started coming in, you were probably pretty happy that you voted.
Of course, there was always going to be a fair amount of anxiety
And yes, we know CNN's unparalleled coverage sometimes didn't help that
Neither did states that took FOREVER TO REPORT
Of course, do you think you could go a whole night without seeing a Cubs joke?
Some people had some, er, thoughts on what the founding fathers would think of all of this
And others were just kind of over it
While plenty couldn't find much levity in it at all
The future of our country is a serious thing. But a little bit of laughter isn't a distraction from that fact. It's just another way of getting through it all.

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Republicans Appear to Keep House Majority Despite Democratic Hopes (11.99/33)

Republicans appeared to keep their grip on the House of Representatives on Tuesday, overcoming months of efforts by Democrats to tarnish them by association with Donald J. Trump.
With results still incomplete, Democrats had hopes of making at least modest gains but were expected to remain in the minority, a position they have occupied since Republicans swept to power in 2010 on a wave of Tea Party fervor.
There were signs that it was not perennially endangered Republicans in typical swing districts who were falling, but rather a few more comfortable incumbents.
In their first major victory of the evening, Democrats toppled Representative John L. Mica, a Florida Republican who had cruised to re-election since coming to Congress in 1993. Mr. Mica was defeated by Stephanie Murphy, a business professor and former national security specialist. Ms. Murphy was able to take advantage of a district that had also been redrawn.
Representative Scott Garrett of New Jersey, who just finished his seventh term, also narrowly lost to Josh Gottheimer, a former Clinton administration speechwriter.
And Democrats were hungrily eyeing Representative Darrell Issa’s once-safe seat in Southern California, hoping to bring down the former chairman of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, one who relished his role as an Obama administration antagonist.
But as many races, from the presidency on down, proved too close to call, Republicans who had braced to lose all but the House began entertaining notions of a Republican sweep, Mr. Trump and all. That would open the possibility of the passage of the long-stalled G. O. P. agenda, Representative Tom Cole of Oklahoma said Tuesday night.
“If that happens, then you’ll see a lot of major legislation moving quickly, I think, in January and February,” he said Tuesday evening. “We’re going to have to justify a majority like this.”
There was no doubt that Democrats would pick up seats this year, chipping away at the Republicans’ 247-member majority, their largest since the 1930s. But the possibility that Democrats could gain at least 30 seats and retake the majority was always considered far-fetched.
What remains unclear is how many seats they will collect. Nonpartisan estimates anticipated five to 20 for Democrats from about two dozen seats considered up for grabs — most of them held by Republicans.
“There was always going to be some erosion,” Representative Charlie Dent, Republican of Pennsylvania, said in a recent interview. “The question was how much.”
The volatility of the presidential race infused a dash of unpredictability into the final weeks of the election. As Republicans scrambled last month to respond to a 2005 recording in which Mr. Trump boasted in vulgar terms about sexually assaulting women, the hopes of Democrats soared.
But the wave of Republican losses that Democrats had hoped for looked like it might prove merely a ripple , with vulnerable Republicans like Representative Carlos Curbelo of Florida holding their ground in districts where Mr. Trump was unpopular.
Many of the most contested races decided early in the evening were in Florida.
Mr. Curbelo, who had been outspoken against Mr. Trump throughout his race, held his seat after jumping to an early lead in a re-election battle that pitted him against Joe Garcia, whom Mr. Curbelo defeated two years ago, despite Democrats having spent more than $2 million to try to reclaim the hotly contested district.
Representative Barbara Comstock, a Northern Virginia Republican who represents the nation’s wealthiest district, said little about Mr. Trump until the recording became public, becoming one of the first in her party to disavow him because of it. She won a close race against LuAnn Bennett, a real estate developer, after Ms. Bennett and the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee hammered her for what they said were her policy similarities to Mr. Trump, a strategy employed against other endangered Republicans.
Should the small number of vulnerable Republican moderates be defeated, it could result in a more intensely polarized House and present new obstacles for Speaker Paul D. Ryan. During the campaign, many conservative members who backed Mr. Trump expressed frustration with Mr. Ryan, the highest-ranking Republican elected official, for declining to defend Mr. Trump after the release of that 2005 recording.
That frustration has metastasized into mutinous murmurings about blocking Mr. Ryan’s re-election as speaker. At least a handful of Republicans have declined to say if they will back him in internal leadership elections, scheduled to be held when Congress returns early next week.
The full House will vote on the speaker early next year, when the next Congress assembles. But every seat Republicans lose is a potential lost vote for Mr. Ryan, leaving him with a slimmer margin for victory and empowering his detractors.
Perhaps more than the strength of their candidates or platform, Republicans have gerrymandering to thank once more for their renewed House majority. After the 2010 census, responsibility for congressional redistricting fell largely to Republican-controlled state legislatures, which clumped voters in districts that would help more from the party get elected.
What remains is a House remarkably insulated from national electoral swings — a contrast with the founding fathers’ image of a chamber more susceptible to the will of the people, said Michael Li, an expert on redistricting and senior counsel for the Brennan Center for Justice’s Democracy Program.
Voters tend to vote for the same party for president and the House, creating a coattail effect. But Mrs. Clinton would have had to win by at least nine percentage points, a sizable victory by modern standards, to help carry House Democrats to a majority, he said.
“The fact that she would have to win by unprecedented margins in order for the House to be in play is remarkable,” Mr. Li said. “Stunning, in fact.”

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Republicans expand control of governorships, legislatures (10.99/33)

JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (AP) — Republicans have expanded their power in state capitols to their strongest levels in decades, picking up several previously held Democratic governorships while also claiming control of some key legislative chambers.
The Republican gains in statehouses capped a remarkable election in which Donald Trump won the presidency and the GOP held on to majorities in the U. S. Senate and House.
Heading into Tuesday, Republicans already controlled more than two-thirds of the nation’s legislative chambers and 31 of the 50 governors’ offices. By Wednesday, they were inching toward their historical high of 34 governorships set in 1922, with races in North Carolina and Montana still too close to call.
Republicans also won the Kentucky House for the first time in nearly a century and reclaimed the Iowa Senate from Democrats, giving the GOP control of both legislative chambers and the governor’s offices in those states.
Republicans took away governors’ offices from Democrats in Missouri, New Hampshire and Vermont.
Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens defeated Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster in Missouri’s costliest-ever gubernatorial race. He will succeed term-limited Gov. Jay Nixon to become just the second Republican governor in the past 24 years. Greitens capitalized on his military service and his work as founder of the veterans’ charity known as The Mission Continues while casting himself as an outsider going up against a career politician.
Vermont Lt. Gov. Phil Scott defeated Democrat Sue Minter to take over the office held by Gov. Peter Shumlin, who chose not to seek another two-year term. Scott is currently the only Republican statewide officeholder in a liberal-leaning state but appealed to voters by pledging to make government more efficient and embracing abortion rights and gay marriage.
In New Hampshire, Republican Chris Sununu defeated Democrat Colin Van Ostern in a race left open by Gov. Maggie Hassan’s decision to challenge Republican U. S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. Sununu is the son of former Gov. John H. Sununu and the brother of former U. S. Sen. John E. Sununu. His election ends an era in which Democrats controlled the governor’s office for 18 of the past 20 years.
The governors’ races in North Carolina and Montana remained too close to call early Wednesday.
Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper claimed victory over North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory, but the Republican incumbent told his supporters “the election is not over” while citing some still uncounted votes. Cooper was ahead by just a few thousand votes out of more than 4.6 million counted. The race had become a referendum on North Carolina’s rightward shift under McCrory, highlighted by a law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and directs transgender people to use public restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates.
Montana’s Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock was in a close contest against Republican Greg Gianforte, a computer software firm founder who poured millions of his own money into the race. Gianforte had aired more TV ads than all other statewide executive candidates in the nation while Bullock was heavily aided by the Democratic Governors Association.
Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb won election over Democratic former state House Speaker John Gregg to continue a 12-year run of Republican governors in Indiana. Holcomb, a former state Republican Party chairman, had had been appointed to the state’s No. 2 spot by Gov. Mike Pence and later was nominated as his replacement when Pence dropped his re-election bid in July to run for vice president.
In West Virginia, businessman Jim Justice defeated Republican Bill Cole, the state Senate president, to continue a 16-year stint of Democratic governors in a state that has otherwise been tilting toward Republicans. Justice, a coal and agricultural billionaire, cast himself as a political outsider adept at creating jobs. He will succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin.
The results in five other states never seemed in doubt. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won re-election in Utah, and Democratic Govs. Kate Brown of Oregon and Jay Inslee of Washington also turned back challengers. In Delaware, Democratic U. S. Rep. John Carney Jr. was elected to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jack Markell. And in North Dakota, Republican businessman Doug Burgum won election to replace Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who did not seek re-election.
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Trump gains rattle world markets, as shares, dollar tumble (8.99/33)

The rising prospect of a Trump presidency jolted markets around the world Wednesday, sending Dow futures and Asian stock prices sharply lower as investors panicked over uncertainties on trade, immigration and geopolitical tensions.

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Florida: The independent candidate who secured crucial victory for Trump (8.99/33)

After all the antagonism between Trump and Clinton over the course of a bitterly fought campaign, it was the independent candidate, Gary Johnson, who ended up playing the decisive role in the 2016 election.
Mr Trump won the swing state of Florida by an extremely narrow margin – with 49.0 per cent of votes, compared to Hillary Clinton’s vote share of 46.6 per cent. This leaves a gap of just 2.4 per cent between the two candidates.
By comparison, Mr Johnson – who famously asked "What is Aleppo? " during a TV interview – won 3.1 per cent of the vote, more than the margin of victory the Republican won by.
Florida is a key state which is seen by many as a litmus test for ascertaining who will win the White House. Trump's success in the Sunshine State is considered a huge boost to his electoral prospects.
While much the of the presidential race has been seen as a binary choice between Mr Trump or Ms Clinton, a number of other candidates are running. Mr Johnson is a libertarian, who was formerly a Republican and governor of New Mexico in 1995-2003. His main policies include reducing the number of people who are incarcerated in prisons, legalisation of marijuana and lower taxes.
Other third party candidates include Jill Stein from the Green Party, who describes herself as an “eco-Socialist” and has advocated an anti-war stance. A conservative alternative, Evan McMullin, is also running as an independent.
Under the US electoral system, third party candidates have virtually nil chance of winning presidential elections with the overwhelming majority of support going to Republican or Democratic candidates. The last time a thirty party candidate won an electoral vote was George Wallace in 1968.

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Hillary Clinton supporter Katy Perry reveals her parents voted Donald Trump (8.99/33)

There was misery for Hillary Clinton's band of Hollywood megafans as the prospect of a Donald Trump presidency appeared likely. Many of them, including Lena Dunham, Miley Cyrus and Amy Schumer, have said they will leave the United States if Trump was elected. And Canada took to Twitter to welcome them, writing that immigrants are 'encouraged to bring their cultural traditions with them and share them with their fellow citizens.'  And the country's immigration website kept crashing as a Trump victory looked imminent. It came as Katy Perry revealed her parents voted for Trump while her Hollywood pals began to panic on Twitter that the election results weren't going the Democratic nominee's way. But Dunham posted a video on Instagram at around 11pm, in which she and Lady Gaga tell their followers: 'We believe.'  Scroll down for video  Perry was at Clinton's election night party at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City, where she addressed the audience. She pleaded with voters in states that had not closed off their ballot boxes to rush out and vote for Clinton as the results went south for the White House hopeful. 'First and foremost if, you are in a state, and you’re watching this and your polls are still open, you must vote for Hillary Clinton tonight!’ she begged. Perry said that her Republican parents voted for Trump. Her parents Keith Hudson and Mary Perry are born again Christians and the singer has previously spoken of her strict upbringing.  ‘But you know what, we will still all be sitting at the same table for Thanksgiving,’ she added.  ‘And this is the moment we need to remember that we all love our parents, and we all love our children. ‘And I can rest easy knowing that both of my young nieces at home will never see themselves less than equal - anything other than equal.’ The pop star has performed for Clinton at several rallies in the past year, including one on Saturday night in Philadelphia. But she did not soothe nervous Clinton supporters gathered outside the Javits Convention Center in New York City tonight with a song. Instead, she read aloud from a piece paper she brought with her to the stage. A victory for Clinton tonight ‘will be proof that America is great,’ Perry proclaimed. Also at Clinton's election night party, Lady Gaga was also pictured looked unhappy as Donald Trump continued to gain key states, including Florida. Meanwhile, other famous Clinton supporters took to Twitter to speak of their uneasiness as the election results began to swing away from Clinton's favor.   'What I've learned so far tonight: America is WAAAAAAAAY more sexist than it is racist. And it's pretty f****** racist. #ElectionNight,' wrote Patton Oswalt. John Cho added: 'Entering a depression I've not known before. It is deep and wide and scary.'  'Someone give me hope,' added Sarah Silverman. Jeremy Bronson wrote: 'So how does this work? If we flee the country, do we use our current passports or do we wait for Russia to issue us new ones?'  'We are staring into the face of our darkest self America. Why does it have to have a dyed combover??' joked Connie Britton.

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Canadian immigration site crashes (8.99/33)

SAN FRANCISCO — The Canadian immigration site crashed repeatedly Tuesday as states closed their polls and results began to come in.
Immigration to Canada has been a popular topic of search, spiking throughout the evening on Google.

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Controversial Arizona sheriff JOe loses (8.76/33)

CNN is not independently projecting a winner for this race.
Arpaio has served as the top cop in Phoenix's Maricopa County for decades and was seeking his seventh term on Tuesday. But he lost to Democrat Paul Penzone, a former Phoenix policeman.
Arpaio called himself "America's toughest sheriff" and was known for his tough stance on immigration in the border state. His reelection run was imperiled, though, when a federal judge ordered him to be tried on a criminal contempt charge, accusing him of disobeying a court order in a racial-profiling case.
A staunch supporter of Donald Trump, Arpaio has insisted that President Barack Obama is not a US citizen and that his birth certificate is fraudulent.

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The razor-thin race for North Carolina governor could go on for another 10 days (8.46/33)

A razor-thin race for North Carolina governor could last well into next week.
The contest between incumbent Pat McCrory, a Republican, and Democrat Roy Cooper will likely come down to a tally of provisional ballots.
At the time of this publication, Cooper held a slight edge over McCrory — about 4,500 votes out of nearly 5 million cast. More than 99.9% of precincts had reported their results.
In a speech to his supporters early Wednesday morning, McCrory said the winner of the race wouldn't be announced until November 18 at the earliest, after each provisional ballot was counted.
"The election is not over in North Carolina," McCrory said .
That didn't stop Cooper from declaring victory.
"We are confident that these results will be certified and that they will confirm victory," Cooper said to supporters early on Wednesday.
According to state law , candidates have the right to ask for a recount if the margin of victory is less than 0.5% of the total votes cast. Cooper's lead is well within that margin.
Several precincts in North Carolina reported issues on Election Day, including a handful in Durham County where software glitches halted voting for more than an hour. Voting hours were extended in some locations.

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Hillary Clinton REFUSES to concede - and instead sends her campaign chairman to claim it ISN'T over (7.99/33)

Hillary Clinton dramatically refused to concede the White House on Wednesday morning – sending her campaign chairman to her supporters’ party to say: ‘It’s not over.’ John Podesta was despatched by the Democratic candidate to tell a tear-stained crowd in Manhattan’s Javits Center that she would not emerge until the morning and until ‘every vote is counted’. He spoke shortly after Donald Trump passed the 270 mark in the electoral college with AP giving him Pennsylvania and Fox News giving him Wisconsin – the two giving him a combined 30 votes, taking him to 274. But Podesta – whose embarrassing emails may have helped cost Clinton votes – was clear that there would be no concession. Instead he said: ‘We will have more to say tomorrow'. The move was a clear indication that the massively-funded Clinton campaign is not accepting the result and is actually contemplating legal challenges across the country – precisely what they decried Trump for suggesting last month. ‘It’s been a long night, and it’s been a long campaign,’ he said. ‘We can wait a little longer, can’t we?’ he said to muted cheers. ‘They’re still counting votes and every vote should count.’ ‘Several states are too close to call so we’re not going to have anything more to stay tonight,’ he said, earning more cheers. ‘So listen, listen to me. Everybody should go home, you should get some sleep. We’re going to have more to say tomorrow.’ Podesta said he wants ‘every person in this hall to know’ that ‘your voices and your enthusiasm means so much to her … and to all of us.’ ‘We are so proud of you. And we are so proud of her. She has done an amazing job, and she is not done yet!’ he shouted. ‘So thank you for being with her, she has always been with you.’ ‘We will be back, we’ll have more to say, let’s get those votes counted, and let’s bring this home. Thank you so much for all that you have done.’ The dramatic move, however, seems unlikely to stave off the inevitable: Trump is ahead in the popular vote by a margin of more than one per cent, New Hampshire and Arizona have still to be declated. Instead Clinton is contemplating the ruins of a political career – thanks to her own self-destructing campaign. Hillary Clinton fought back from a 2008 defeat to win a second chance at the presidency and try to break through the ultimate 'glass ceiling' – but in the end it was her own campaign and Democrats' hopes of extending the Obama legacy that were shattered. Rather than going down as the first woman president, she became the Democrat who failed to extend the run of a fairly popular two-term president during a prolonged economic recovery, and lost an election to a political novice with a killer instinct for political attacks whose own party held him at a distance. Her defeat had one mother – herself – but many fathers, including husband Bill Clinton, Russian President Vladimir Putin (according to U. S. intelligence), FBI Director James Comey, and disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner. Clinton's path to the White House, which at times seemed almost inevitable during the 2016 campaign, had its origins in her defeat to Barack Obama in 2008. She became his loyal secretary of state, built up her popularity and chits, and began assembling a team that would become a juggernaut campaign for the White House. All her efforts couldn't survive the onslaught of negative issues that clung to her campaign, against an opponent who played up nationalistic themes and cast her as part of the problem. 'Never been as wrong on anything in my life,' tweeted Obama campaign guru David Plouffe, who advised the Clinton campaign and sometimes acted as a campaign surrogate. For many of the critical months of her campaign, Clinton was under an active investigation by the FBI for potential mishandling of classified information. Her husband's foundation was revealed to have accepted seven-figure donations from foreign monarchs. News outlets chronicled a series of relationships between foundation donors who then sought or got meetings, face time, or invitations. Her speeches to financial institutions were labeled unseemly by Democratic challengers and worse by Republicans. Then, during the final weeks of the campaign when most voters are paying the most attention, FBI Director James Comey dropped a bombshell: that the bureau was taking another look at Clinton's emails. It didn't take long before it was revealed that the emails in question were contained on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner. The scandal connected Clinton's email scandal – already a trust issue that the public ranked as serious in opinion polls – to Weiner, who is married to Clinton's longtime aide Huma Abedin and who is under investigation for having allegedly sent lewd texts to an underage girl, as reported by Weiner had quit Congress in 2011 for sending crotch shots of himself online. The issue was so hot that longtime aide Huma Abedin, who is separating from Weiner, got effectively grounded from the Clinton campaign plane for days while the story played out. On the campaign trail, Trump began reading reports about dubious Clinton Foundation activities verbatim, and hanging all of it around Clinton. Her State Department had a role in vetting paid speeches and other activities for potential conflicts of interest. During the presidential debates, Team Trump decided to use the former president to muddy his wife. Trump brought four Clinton accusers to the debate in a ploy to try to rattle his rival. Paula Jones, who sued Clinton for sexual harassment and won a big settlement, and Juanita Broadderick, who accused him of rape, went to St. Louis for the debate and gave interviews to Reporters covering the slash-and-burn campaign. Clinton kept her cool in the debate – but the stunt served as a reminder to the country of the baggage, charges, lawsuits, and publicity wars that have trailed the Clintons for years. To win, Clinton had to maintain Obama's winning coalition, which included black voters thrilled by his historic candidacy, women, young people, and other minorities. The electoral college favored her, or at least most of the analysts said. So did the massive financial resources of party incumbency and a donor network decades in the making. She raised more than $500 million for her campaign, staffed an office in tony Brooklyn, and spent heavily on data and analytical components of campaigning. Trump tried to use Clinton's massive cash advantage against her. He said Clinton was in her donors' pocket – and that he couldn't be bought because he was already rich. But many of the advantages and resources that scared off potential Democratic primary challengers also contributed to her undoing. Her once enviable personal popularity collapsed under the weight of multiple scandals, form her private email server to the Benghazi attack to a web of interactions between foreign nations, donors, and the Clinton Foundation. The scandals, or in some cases the appearance of them, threw a blanket over her campaign. She tried to roll out a series of policy proposals, but ended up dealing with hacks and emails until the final days of her campaign. In the final weeks of the campaign, emails hacked from the personal account of campaign chairman John Podesta provided daily distractions. Even some of her own advisers were revealed to question Clinton's judgement. The campaign didn't confirm the veracity of the emails, and in a dramatic moment of the campaign, Podesta blasted the Russian government for being behind the hack, citing the conclusions of U. S. officials. The campaign tried to ignore them, but the hacked leaks kept coming. Trump in debates and appearances unerringly failed to criticize Russian President Vladimir Putin, something Clinton blasted him for when she tried to label him as a 'loose cannon' who couldn't be trusted to keep the nation's nuclear codes. Trump seized on each of the issues in Clinton's expanding portfolio of baggage, and branded his rival as 'crooked Hillary.' He read up on accountings of the Clinton family dealing, often ripping attacks from the headlines and working them into his speeches, which featured daily improvisations and occasional outbursts that infatuated the media and delighted his supporters. He declared himself the candidate of change, labeled Clinton part of a corrupt establishment, and turned what Clinton considered her greatest asset of experience against her. The email issue rocked her campaign from its outset, after it was revealed that Clinton kept a private server and used it for her personal email. The Clinton camp carved out a path to victory that didn't depend on the candidate being universally beloved. Her high negative ratings had become virtually baked in, hovering in the mid 40s. But Trump's were frequently worse. Clinton assembled a campaign team of more than 800 staffers, stocked with bright lights from Barack Obama's successful 2008 and 2012 efforts. She was going up against a historically tough challenge, essentially running for a third term to continue the power of the party in office. As the primaries wore on, her team shifted its opposition research from Republicans who had seemed more plausible, like fresh-faced Florida senator Marco Rubio. Trump had vulnerabilities of his own. He was getting sued for fraud by students at his Trump University. He hadn't released his taxes. There were doubts about his wealth. He had been through multiple bankruptcies. And the New York Times reported he may not have paid any income taxes for 18 years. Trump was able to keep off his heels by launching constant attacks in Clinton's direction. Her campaign suffered a bruising blow less than two weeks out when FBI Director James Comey, who had earlier declined to recommend criminal charges against her in connection with her emails, announced that the bureau was looking at additional information. As it turns out, the bureau had come across additional Clinton emails on the laptop of disgraced ex-Rep. Anthony Weiner. Then, just two days before the end of the campaign, while Clinton was trying to score feel-good headlines, Comey announced that the bureau hadn't found out anything to change his original recommendation from this summer. She faced another major headwind, when Wikileaks dumped the other trove of documents that defined the campaign – hacked emails from Clinton campaign chair John Podesta. They exposed myriad internecine battles, cozy contacts with the press, and efforts to kneecap Sanders' primary run. As has always been the case since she launched her own political career with a run for the New York Senate, her husband, Bill Clinton, served as both an asset and a curse. The former president was a top surrogate, campaigning around the country with her. The campaign was able to send him to rural and industrial areas where his brand was stronger than his wife's, and he continued to have a natural charm on the campaign trail that his wife sometimes lacked. But his foundation was the focus of constant criticism during the campaign. The Clintons made millions after Bill Clinton left the White House, off lucrative consulting and speaking arrangements the former president developed, all while running a ballooning charity foundation. Both Clintons had delivered paid speeches for more than $200,000 a pop and penned books. After Trump slashed through 16 other Republicans to win the GOP primary, Team Clinton was determined not to get defined by the brash real estate mogul the way fellow Republicans were despite her baggage. Clinton was perceived to be in a substantially stronger position, having dispensed with Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders earlier in the process, allowing her to focus on reunifying her party and putting on a political convention that got her a bump in the polls. One of the greatest speeches of Clinton's career came in defeat. She had battled Obama long after she had a realistic chance of beating him. Even some of her close advisers realized it was time for her to get out. Then, inside Washington's National Building Museum, she delivered a triumphant call for a woman to crack the highest 'glass ceiling in the world' – the presidency. She jetted around the country as secretary of state, and her staff kept track of the miles as she approached the record. She left office with high popularity. President Obama gave a joint interview with her when the left the job in 2013, in something that had the feel of a hand-off. Many of his current or former White House aides migrated to her campaign or pro-Clinton organizations. Vice President Joe Biden considered challenging her, but elected to stay out of the race. Baggage from his own background started showing up in the press, dating to the Clarence Thomas confirmation hearings from the 1990s. Sanders ran a stronger challenge than many expected, but her primary never approached the proving ground of the GOP slug fest. Even so, Sanders exposed weaknesses that Trump picked up and turned into more biting attacks. Trump during the campaign accused Clinton of playing the 'woman card' – an insult she embraced. She said regularly at her rallies that if Trump wanted to accuse her of playing the woman card, 'Then deal me in!' She crafted whole swaths of her campaign about gender and other identity issues. She brought former Miss Universe Alicia Machado to a presidential debate to bring up Trump's treatment of her. After the release of the infamous 'p****' tape, where Trump got caught on a hot mic talking about grabbing women by the genitals, Clinton accused Trump of mistreating and demeaning and assaulting women. She accused him of having a 'dark' divisive vision, and tried to stress hopeful themes and inclusiveness by bashing his proposed Muslim ban, and his plan to build a wall on the U. S. Mexico border. The would-be first woman drew on empowering songs by female singers, like 'Fight Song.' Her campaign's closing argument TV ad used Katy Perry's 'Roar' as its soundtrack. Her campaign printed signs that said 'Love trumps hate.' She opened her rallies with empowering themes by female singers, including 'Roar' by Katy Perry and 'Rise Up' by Andre Day. As the campaign neared its conclusion, Clinton increasingly leaned on slashing attacks on her rival, even as she told supporters she would rather be talking the issues. If her rivals looked enviously at Trump's skein of large crowds (though not always as large as he said they were), they didn't admit it. Clinton's own events were frequently far smaller. The campaign said it wasn't rally size that mattered, but media pickup and how it looked on television. If her campaign team was worried, they didn't betray it aboard her campaign plane. Clinton made a last-minute visit to Michigan – but her campaign downplayed it as a move that made since since the state had no early voting. Clinton's last day on the trail had the feel of a victory lap and a concert tour. It featured performances by Bruce Springsteen, Bon Jovi, and Lady Gaga. Clinton flew home to a final rally with staff members and supporters, who cheered wildly at 3:30 in the morning when her 'Stronger Together' plane landed. There were about 200 people there.

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When will the election be called and the losing candidate concede? (7.99/33)

It's officially the day after Election Day and the election still hasn't been called. As we wait for the final polls to come in and the losing candidate to concede, we look at the concession patterns in the last three elections:
The 2004 race between Republican George W. Bush and Democrat John Kerry came down to Ohio, which was too close to call despite a 140,000-vote lead for Bush. Kerry, hoping that uncounted provisional ballots might make him the winner, had decided early the next morning not to concede, according to a 2004 USA TODAY report.
After a night of watching the returns on TV, President Bush went to bed at 5 a.m. and got up two hours later. He and his political advisers still thought there was a good chance Kerry would fight the results in court. But at 11:02 a.m. on Wednesday Nov. 3, 2004, Kerry called Bush to concede when updated voting numbers in Ohio made it clear it was almost impossible for him to win the state, and therefore the election.
According to CNN , Kerry was a little more than an hour late for his scheduled 1 p.m. concession speech in Fanueil Hall in Boston. But the 2004 presidential bid ended around 2 p.m. with Kerry’s calls for a unified nation : “In an American election there are no losers because whether or not our candidates are successful, the next morning we all wake up as Americans.”
According USA TODAY’s coverage of the 2008 election, a win in California put Democrat Barack Obama over the top, giving him 55 electoral votes — enough to surpass the 270 needed to defeat Republican John McCain and claim the presidency. The former Illinois senator won key state after key state on Nov. 4, 2008, with victories in the battlegrounds of Ohio, Virginia, Florida and Pennsylvania being harbingers of the outcome.
At 11:03 p.m. CBS News estimated that Obama would be the next president of the United States, making history as the first black man to hold this office. They made the call before several key states were decided. But at 11:10 p.m., CBS estimated that Obama would win both Florida and Virginia, putting him at 323 in the Electoral College and counting with Colorado, Missouri and Indiana still out as big states.
McCain delivered his heartfelt concession speech shortly after 11:20 p.m., according to the CBS live blog. "It's natural, tonight, to feel some disappointment," McCain said   at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, flanked by running mate Sarah Palin, his wife, Cindy, and other family members. "But tomorrow, we must move beyond it and work together to get our country moving again. " McCain appealed to all Americans to help Obama "find the necessary compromises to bridge our differences. "
At 11:38 p.m. on Nov. 6, 2012, the Associated Press officially called Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney, based on the determination that he had won Colorado, thereby exceeding the necessary 270 electoral votes. According to AP’s timeline, Obama went on to win Wisconsin, Nevada and Virginia before Romney called him to concede at 12:49 a.m. the next day.
Just before 1 a.m., Romney delivered his concession speech to supporters in Boston. “I so wish that I had been able to fulfill your hopes to lead the country in a different direction,” he said.
Around 1:40 a.m., Obama delivered his victory speech at a convention center in South Chicago. "Tonight in this election, you the American people reminded us that while our road has been hard, our journey has been long, we have picked ourselves up," Obama told jubilant supporters. "For the United States of America, the best is yet to come. "

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Social media in turmoil over cliffhanger United States election (7.99/33)

Democrats vented their anxiety over Hillary Clinton's poorer-than-expected performance in key states, including Florida and North Carolina.
Republicans could barely contain their glee, as Donald Trump took a significant step toward the White House with crucial battleground victories in Florida, North Carolina and Ohio.
Many people drew comparisons with the UK's shock Brexit vote earlier in 2016.
Bernie Sanders supporters were still saying their candidate could have done better against Trump.
A number of Twitter users were reporting the Canadian government's immigration website had crashed .

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Networks Brace for Long Night as Donald Trump’s Momentum Shocks (7.99/33)

Suuuuuuccccccckkkkkkkk iiiiiitttttttttt!!!!!!
HAHAHA Now you kikes are running scared.
Okay liberals, show us on the doll where the bad election touched you….
Media is eating crow.
Soooooo…. what you’re saying is the talking heads don’t have a clue what the people want?
I’m curious why we normal people knew this was going to happen, or at least suspected it, while the “experts” are dumbfounded.
the only thing that is uncertain is where all of the libard asswipes are gonna get their next paycheck,

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Republicans hold the House and Senate, but will that end the Washington gridlock even with President Trump? (7.81/33)

Buoyed by the victory of Donald Trump, Republicans kept control of the House on Tuesday and hung on to their majority in the U. S. Senate , enshrining at least two years of single-party rule in Washington.
Democrats lost the chamber in 2014 and would have needed a net gain of five seats to retake the Senate with Trump in the White House.
They fell well short.
Many experts and political analysts had predicted a Democratic takeover, given the daunting math facing Republicans — who had to defend far more seats — and Trump’s erratic campaign.
But just as they underestimated the Republican nominee, they failed to account for the resiliency of some of the GOP’s most endangered incumbents.
Republicans staked victories in every one of the hardest-fought contests, with one exception. In Illinois, Democratic Rep. Tammy Duckworth knocked off Mark Kirk, long seen as the most vulnerable GOP member of the Senate.
In Wisconsin, Ron Johnson had been all but written off by strategists in both parties. Instead, he handily fended off a comeback attempt by former Democratic Sen. Russell D. Feingold. In North Carolina, Richard M. Burr won a second term despite waging a lackluster campaign.
In Arizona, Sen. John McCain easily won a sixth term after the toughest challenge of his lengthy career and Sen. Roy Blunt of Missouri also withstood a more-difficult-than-expected fight. In Pennsylvania, Patrick J. Toomey won after casting himself in a bipartisan light and touting his work with Democrats on gun control.
Republicans, who currently hold 54 of 100 seats, also posted victories in two states once eyed by Democrats as promising takeover opportunities.
In Florida, Marco Rubio — a once and likely future presidential candidate — coasted to a second term after he reversed himself under pressure from GOP leaders and decided to seek another term. In Ohio, Rob Portman also won easy reelection after running one of the strongest campaigns in the country in a perennial battleground state.
In Indiana, former Sen. Evan Bayh disappointed Democrats by failing in his comeback attempt, losing the state’s open-seat contest after Republicans and their allies poured in resources for Rep. Todd Young.
In a bright spot for Democrats, Nevada’s attorney general, Catherine Cortez Masto, rallied to hang on to the U. S. Senate seat being vacated by the retiring Democratic leader, Harry Reid — becoming the first Latina in the Senate.
One contest remained too close to call: the New Hampshire race between incumbent Republican Kelly Ayotte and Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan. Even if Hassan wins, Democrats would only net two seats.
The final makeup of the Senate will not be determined until the race in Louisiana is settled. Since no candidate won more than 50%, Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy will face Democrat Foster Campbell in a December runoff.
Apart from the presidential contest, nothing on Tuesday will do as much to shape the political outlook for the next two years as the fight for control of the Senate.
Trump would have faced a much more difficult time if he won the presidency and faced a Senate in the hands of opposition Democrats.
Despite one-party rule, Tuesday’s results may not ease the partisan infighting or persistent gridlock that has defined Congress in recent years, to the great frustration of many voters.
Trump broke with Republican orthodoxy on several issues, including trade and foreign policy and that could set him against many congressional Republicans, including House Speaker Paul D. Ryan. 
Ryan campaigned on the need for Republicans to have unified government, with control of Congress and the White House, but keeping lawmakers in line to actually pass legislation may prove difficult. Bringing Democrats on board for GOP priorities seems even more unlikely.
“I’m hard-pressed to think that Congress will be able to muster much more agreement with themselves or the incoming president,” said Sarah Binder, a political science professor at George Washington University and expert on Congress. “Most of the ingredients that have created this low-functioning Congress are still in place,” Binder said.
Part of the dysfunction in Congress could be eased if the new president played a more actively bipartisan role, reaching across the aisle much the way former President Bill Clinton did when he faced a Republican-held Congress, some analysts said.
Politically, however, there may be little incentive for the new president to court votes from the other side after such a deeply polarizing election.
Voters seemed equally skeptical of change.
“I thought Congress would get better when Jesse Helms retired,” said Mike Pedneau, an independent voter and retired mental health worker in Raleigh, N. C., referring to his state’s arch-conservative senator, who died in 2008.
“It’s gotten more brittle,” Pedneau said. “I’d almost rather have the other side win it if meant an end to gridlock.”
Republicans began the election cycle with a built-in disadvantage.
The GOP was forced to defend 24 seats versus 10 for the Democrats, and the party’s difficulties seemed to be compounded when voters picked Trump as their nominee.
His many controversial and insulting statements forced Republican candidates to either defend or condemn their presidential standard-bearer, antagonizing voters whichever they chose. Some repudiated Trump. Others contorted themselves by saying they would vote for the nominee but not endorse his candidacy.
More significant, Trump failed to invest in the kind of political infrastructure — such as voter identification and turnout operations — that are typically led by a party’s presidential candidate.
“Since Trump hasn’t been running a campaign as much as a concert tour complete with merchandise, many of [the] programs that usually help down-ballot candidates are bare bones or missing entirely,” Jennifer Duffy, a nonpartisan campaign analyst, wrote in the Cook Political Report.
That seemed not to matter, however, as Trump strongly outperformed past Republican presidential nominees in a number of states and especially among rural voters. They needed no prodding to turn out.
Polls waxed and waned through the fall, with Democrats gaining momentum in Senate and House contests as Clinton opened a substantial lead over Trump after his widely panned performance in three presidential debates.
But races tightened again after FBI Director James B. Comey sent a letter to Congress on Oct. 28 saying investigators would review a newly discovered trove of emails connected to Clinton’s private email server as secretary of State. By the time Comey released an all-clear letter Sunday, Democrats said several Senate seats had slipped beyond their grasp.
“He became the leading Republican political operative in the country, wittingly or unwittingly,” House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-S. F.) told reporters during a brief stop Tuesday at Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington.
In the House, Republicans held a 247-188 majority, the largest for either party since the 1930s.
Democrats lost control in 2010 and the 30-seat gain they needed to take back the House always appeared well beyond their reach, given district lines that favor sitting lawmakers and shelter most incumbents from serious challenge. They picked up four seats with several more contests still to be decided.
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Putin congratulates Trump, hopes to work together (6.99/33)

Russian President Vladimir Putin on Wednesday congratulated Donald Trump on his victory in US elections, hoping to work with him to improve relations, the Kremlin said in a statement.
Putin "expressed hope for mutual work on bringing US-Russia relations out of their critical condition as well as on working out outstanding issues on the international agenda" in his congratulatory telegram, the Kremlin said.
"The President of Russia also expressed certainty that building constructive dialogue between Moscow and Washington" would "be in the interest of the people of our countries and the entire world community. "
Putin has tacitly supported Trump during the campaign, while Trump repeatedly flattered and praised the Russian leader and said he was willing to work with him.
Russia's parliament on Wednesday broke into applause upon learning of Trump's stunning upset victory over Hillary Clinton, who is seen as anti-Russian by many in the Russian establishment, mostly due to her stint as Secretary of State in 2009-2013.

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European stock futures slide on prospect of Trump presidency (6.99/33)

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - European stock futures fell sharply on Wednesday and were poised for their worst day since the Brexit vote in the UK as global markets were left stunned by the rising possibility of Republican candidate and political outsider Donald Trump becoming the next U. S. President. Futures for the Euro STOXX 50 fell 4.2 percent, and futures for the STOXX 600 were down 4.1 percent. Futures for the FTSE, DAX and CAC were down 3.3-3.9 percent lower. Republican Donald Trump edged closer to winning the White House with a series of shocking wins in key states such as Florida and Ohio, rattling world markets that had expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to defeat the political outsider in Tuesday's U. S. election. Analysts said that markets had been positioned for a Clinton win, and that substantial uncertainty over Trump's policy positions and the impact of his views on areas like trade were spooking markets. "A Trump presidency is not good news in itself: US isolationism and protectionism is bad news for trade and potentially for economic growth," said Ronny Claeys, senior strategist at KBC Asset Management in Brussels. " "We do not really know what his policies will be (his plans were too vague or too contradictory) so we have increased uncertainty. " (Reporting by Alistair Smout, Editing by Vikram Subhedar)

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Reich: How three 'enablers' helped Donald Trump damage America (6.99/33)

Long before the outcome of Tuesday’s presidential election, Donald Trump did incalculable damage to America — eroding the trust and social cohesion the nation depends on.
But he couldn’t have accomplished this without three sets of enablers. They must he held accountable, too.
The first Trump enabler: The Republican Party.
For years the GOP has nurtured the xenophobia, racism, fact-free allegations, and wanton disregard for democratic institutions that Trump fed on.
Republican fear-mongering over immigrants predated Trump. It forced Marco Rubio to abandon his immigration legislation, and, in 2012, pushed Mitt Romney to ludicrously recommend “self-deportation.”
During this year’s Republican primaries, Ben Carson opined that no Muslim should be president of the United States, and Jeb Bush and Ted Cruz suggested Syrian refugees be divided into Christians and Muslims, with only the former allowed entry.
Trump’s racism was nothing new, either. Republicans have long played the race card — charging Democrats with coddling black “welfare queens” and being soft on black crime (remember “Willie Horton”).
Trump’s disdain of facts was also preceded by a long Republican tradition  — denying, for example, that carbon emissions cause climate change, and tax cuts increase budget deficits.
And Trump’s threats for weeks not to be bound by the outcome of the election was consistent with the GOP’s persistent threats to shut down the government over policy disagreements, and oft-repeated calls for nullification of Supreme Court decisions.
The second Trump enabler: The media. 
Trump was “arguably the first bona fide media-created presidential nominee,” concluded a study by Harvard’s Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy.
By mid-March, 2016, the New York Times reported that Trump had received almost $1.9 billion of free attention from media of all types – more than twice what Hillary Clinton received and six times that of Ted Cruz, Trump’s nearest Republican rival.
The explanation for this is easy. Trump was already a media personality, and his outrageousness generated an audience – which, in turn, created big profits for the media.
Media columnist Jim Rutenberg reported CNN president Jeff Zucker gushing over the Trump-induced ratings. “These numbers are crazy — crazy.” CBS president and CEO Leslie Moonves said , “It may not be good for America, but it’s damn good for CBS. The money’s rolling in and this is fun.”
Not only did the media fawn over Tump but it also failed to subject his assertions, policy proposals, and biography to the scrutiny normal candidates receive.
Fox News, in particular, became Trump’s amplifier — and Fox host Sean Hannity, Trump’s daily on-air surrogate.
Trump also used his own unceasing tweets as a direct, unfiltered, unchecked route into the minds of millions of voters. The term “media” comes from “mediate” between the news and the public. Trump removed the mediators.
The third Trump enabler: The Democratic Party .
Democrats once represented the working class. But over the last three decades the party has been taken over by Washington-based fundraisers, bundlers, analysts and pollsters who have focused instead on raising big money from corporate and Wall Street executives, and getting votes from upper middle-class households in “swing” suburbs.
While Republicans played the race card to get the working class to abandon the Democratic Party, the Democrats simultaneously abandoned the working class — clearing the way for Trump.
Democrats have occupied the White House for 16 of the last 24 years, and for four of those years had control of both houses of Congress. But in that time they failed to reverse the decline in working-class wages and jobs.
Both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama ardently pushed for free trade agreements without providing millions of blue-collar workers who thereby lost their jobs means of getting new ones that paid at least as well.
They stood by as corporations hammered trade unions, the backbone of the white working class — failing to reform labor laws to impose meaningful penalties on companies that violate them, or help workers form unions with a simple up-or-down votes.
Partly as a result, union membership sank from  22 percent  of all workers when Bill Clinton was elected president to fewer than  12 percent  today, and the working class lost bargaining leverage to get a share of the economy’s gains.
Both Clinton and Obama also allowed antitrust enforcement to ossify — with the result that large corporations have grown far  larger , and major industries more concentrated.
The unsurprising result has been to shift political and economic power to big corporations and the wealthy, and to shaft the working class. That created an opening for demagoguery, in the form of Trump.
Donald Trump poisoned America, but he didn’t do it alone. He had help from the GOP, the media, and the Democratic Party.
The question now is: What, if anything, have these enablers learned?
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Celebrities react to 2016 voting results (6.84/33)

As election results rolled in and reflected a strong showing for Republican candidate Donald Trump, celebrities -- particularly those who were #withher -- went from being fired up to frustrated.
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"We fight on. For equality. For inclusion. For opportunity. For justice. For science," wrote "West Wing" cast member Bradley Whitford, who campaigned for Clinton. "This is not a defeat. It is a call to arms. "
Whitford tweeted in the early morning hours on Wednesday, at a time when Trump had 257 electoral college votes and an edge in the remaining battleground states, including Michigan and Minnesota. Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton had 215 electoral college votes.
Just before 3 a.m. ET, CNN projected Trump to be the winner of the presidential election.
By that point, many Hollywood notables had called it a night. But it had been hours since many felt the writing was on the wall -- and weren't happy about it.

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Colbert and 'Daily Show' find nothing funny in election results (6.69/33)

"Too close to call, and too frightening to contemplate," Colbert said opening the live telecast of "The Late Show" on Showtime. "It's a nail-biter and a passport grabber. "
Colbert enjoyed the uncensored nature of CBS' premium cable sister station using profanities and even a quasi-naked man to help bring in the election results, but the host seemed to be a bit less jovial with Donald Trump winning state after state in the election.
He wasn't the only one.
Noah opened the live "Daily Show" on Tuesday saying that if viewers came for jokes that they came to the wrong place because he was "literally s****ing his pants. "
"This is it. The end of the presidential race, and it feels like the end of the world," Noah said.
Both shows aired before the final vote was determined.
The hosts of "The Late Show" and "The Daily Show" were two of the only late night personalities on air on Election Night because the election preempted telecasts on major networks.
As for Colbert, the host spoke with a guest panel and directly to viewers about the election and the political culture of the country.
"This is a moment for people to understand that political involvement is a responsibility," Colbert said during "The Late Show" panel. "It's imperative to not lose heart. "

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Global markets tank as U. S. election results shock investors (6.59/33)

Global stock markets sank, the Mexican currency tanked, and U. S. stock futures plunged.
Dow futures were down more than 650 points early Wednesday morning, or more than 3.5%. At their low point on Tuesday night, Dow futures were down more than 800 points.
That puts the U. S. market on track for its biggest percentage decline since August 2011 when they plunged 6.6% after the U. S. credit rating was downgraded.
Stock indexes across Asia were also deep in the red. Japan's Nikkei plummeted 5.5% and the Hang Seng in Hong Kong dropped around 3%.
Markets hate uncertainty -- and many investors believe Trump's unpredictable nature and anti-trade stance could bring global turmoil if he wins the presidency.
"Shock and awe would aptly describe movements of global markets right now," said Matt Simpson, a senior markets analyst at ThinkMarkets.
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Stock futures began tumbling after 9 p.m. ET as it became clear that Hillary Clinton's chances of winning crucial states such as Florida, North Carolina and Ohio was in serious doubt. She would later lose all three to Trump.
"It is looking like another Brexit-type surprise," said Ryan Detrick, senior market strategist at LPL Financial. "The fear of uncertainty is taking hold, as the potential for a Trump victory has many taking a sell first and ask questions later approach. "
By comparison, the Dow fell 610 points, or 3.4% on June 24 after Britain's shocking vote to leave the European Union.
U. K. markets tanked after Brexit. The FTSE 100, the main stock market, dropped 3.2% the day after the vote. The British pound had one of its biggest one-day declines on record, falling 9% to $1.33, then the lowest it had been since 1985. The U. K. market has rebounded since then, partially because the weak pound helped support the economy.
The U. S. dollar wasn't hit as hard as the pound was -- it's down about 2% Wednesday morning.
Just like then, Wall Street appears to have been caught leaning in the wrong direction. The Dow raced nearly 400 points on Monday as investors bet that Clinton's chances of winning improved after the FBI cleared her in the email investigation.
While Wall Street is on track for dramatic post-election losses, they are not nearly as bad on a percentage basis as those experienced during the 2008 financial crisis when several plunges of greater than 6% occurred.
The Mexican peso has plunged more than 11% to an all-time low, after seesawing violently all evening as Trump started pulling ahead in key battleground states. The Mexican currency is on track for its worst day since 1994.
Trump's anti-Mexico rhetoric has affected the value of the peso for weeks. Trump has talked about renegotiating or even ending NAFTA, the free trade deal between the U. S., Mexico and Canada.
"The Mexican economy is most tied to Donald Trump's criticism of global trade. It really is ground zero of this discussion economically," said Nicholas Colas, chief market strategist at brokerage firm ConvergEx. "Regardless of how things shake out in an hour or two, this is a surprise -- a big surprise. "
Investors turned to assets that are seen as safer bets in times of uncertainty. Gold surged 4.5% and the Japanese yen soared more than 3% against the dollar.
Crude oil also took a big hit as cash flees risky assets. Oil prices were down nearly 4% to $44 a barrel.

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Marco Rubio is re-elected to the Senate as Democrats fight for majority (6.50/33)

Republican Marco Rubio secured a key Senate seat in Florida, delivering a crushing blow to Democrats who failed to wrest control of the chamber. Rubio, who decided to run for re-election in Florida after his failed bid for presidency, beat out Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, who was abandoned by his own party in the final weeks of the campaign. The GOP has retained its majority in the Senate, despite energized Democratic challengers who tried to oust Republican incumbents in costly battles. Illinois flipped to Democrat Tammy Duckworth, but the Democrats' path to retaking the Senate majority narrowed throughout the night as the GOP held onto key seats in Wisconsin, North Carolina, Indiana and Florida. Ohio Republican Senator Rob Portman also blocked what once looked like one of the Democrats' best bets to flip a Senate seat by ousting former Gov. Ted Strickland. Rand Paul's is headed back to Washington for a second term as Kentucky's Senator and John Mccain locked down his sixth Senate term in Arizona. Americans are voting to fill 34 of the 100 Senate seats and all 435 House seats. Scroll down for video  Two weeks ago, Democrats hoped to sharply reduce the Republicans' 246-seat House majority and grab control of the Senate. But the FBI may have dashed those ambitions by reigniting a controversy about Clinton's emails while she was secretary of state, congressional aides and analysts said. A Trump victory, coupled with a Republican Congress, could spell a swift demise for Democratic President Barack Obama's health reforms. Rubio had wavered for months before deciding to run for re-election in Florida after his failed bid for presidency. He beat back a challenge from Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy, revitalizing his political career with expections that he will launch another bid for presidency in 2020. His opponent Murphy repeatedly tried to link Rubio to Donald Trump, and the two Senate candidates differed starkly on a number of issues - including guns, health care, foreign policy, economic issues and abortion. Each sought to leverage voter discontent with both the GOP and Democratic nominees. Rubio held onto had a narrow lead in polling going into Election Day over Murphy, who was abandoned by his own party after Democratic bosses decided to pull ad money from expensive Florida and invest it in Missouri, North Carolina and Indiana, instead. Catherine Cortez Masto will become the state's first Latina senator, as immigration emerged as a key issue in the race against Republican Rep. Joe Heck. Masto was supported by retiring Democratic leader Harry Reid, who held onto the seat for three decades. Nevada was home to one of the most expensive Senate races in the country, featuring lots of TV ads as the seat was viewed as one of the few Senate seats held by a Democrat that Republicans felt they could flip into their column. Illinois Democrat Tammy Duckworth has unseated first-term Republican Sen. Mark Kirk in one of the most closely watched Senate races in the country. Duckworth, a double amputee who lost both legs in the Iraq war, has served two terms in the House, and will become the second Illinois woman to serve in the Senate. Kirk, who suffered a stroke in 2012, worked for months to convince voters that he's independent of his party by criticizing GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. But he hurt his own campaign with a series of controversial statements and had to apologize to Duckworth last month after mocking her immigrant background and her family's military history. Several familiar names will be heading to Washington. Democrat Jimmy Panetta won an open seat in California representing the same region once served by his father. Leon Panetta had a long career in Washington as congressman, budget director, White House chief of staff, CIA director and defense secretary. Earlier Tuesday, Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the eldest daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney, won her father's old House seat. The 50-year-old Cheney succeeds Cynthia Lummis who decided not to seek re-election to Wyoming's lone seat in the U. S. House of Representatives. Five-term GOP Sen. John McCain of Arizona won yet again, turning away a determined challenge from Democratic Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick. McCain publicly struggled with whether to support GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, who called McCain a loser and criticized him for being captured during the Vietnam War. The 80-year-old McCain reluctantly stood by Trump for months despite the personal insults, but ended his tepid support last month after the release of a 2005 recording in which Trump used crude, predatory language to boast about groping women. McCain said Trump's behavior and "demeaning comments about women" made it impossible to support him. The decision angered some Republicans, who routinely boo when Trump mentions McCain's name. Ohio Republican Sen. Rob Portman has defeated former Gov. Ted Strickland in a race that once looked like one of the Democrats' best bets to flip a Senate seat. Portman, a former U. S. trade representative and budget director, was first elected to the Senate in 2010. He ran a strong campaign, branding Strickland early on as 'Retread Ted' and tying him to Ohio's sinking economy during Strickland's governorship, which coincided with the national recession. Portman's TV ads touted his work to combat the heroin epidemic, including a new law Portman co-sponsored. Republican Sen. Ron Johnson has again defeated Democrat Russ Feingold in a rematch of Wisconsin's 2010 Senate race. The race grew personal in the waning weeks, with Johnson calling Feingold a liar and a phony. Feingold, who was counting on high Democratic turnout for the presidential race, made his pitch to middle- and working-class voters, saying they would have no chance with Johnson in office. Attorney General Kamala Harris wins the open Senate seat to replace retiring Democratic Sen. Barbara Boxer in race that featured two Democrats in California. Thanks to California's unusual primary system, in which the two top finishers from the June primary advance to the general election, voters were deciding between Harris and Democratic Rep. Loretta Sanchez. The victory for 51-year-old Harris makes her the first Indian-American senator. Harris was backed by President Barack Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and other top Democrats. Sanchez, a 10-term congresswoman, tried to consolidate support from Republicans and Latinos, but with little success. Democratic Sen. Patty Murray won a fifth term in the Senate, becoming one of the longest-serving senators in Washington state history. Democratic Sen. Ron Wyden of Oregon has won a fourth full term, facing little-known Republican Mark Callahan, a former Democrat  Wyden is the ranking Democrat on the Senate Finance Committee and would become chairman if his party regains control of the chamber. Wyden briefly served as chairman in 2014. He also has served as chairman of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee. Republican Sen. Mike Crapo cruised to a fourth term in the ruby-red state of Idaho. Democratic Sen. Brian Schatz also won re-election in Hawaii, defeating Republican John Carroll in heavily Democratic Hawaii to earn his first full term in the Senate. Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado has won re-election against a tea party-aligned opponent, conservative Darryl Glenn. At the campaign's start, Bennet was considered one of the most vulnerable Democratic senators in this cycle. GOP leaders criticized Bennet's support for President Barack Obama's deal to ease economic sanctions against Iran and his support for Obama's proposal to close the Guantanamo Bay prison in Cuba. But the Republican field was a crowded one, and of the five candidates who made the GOP primary, none had previously held statewide office. Incumbent Republican Sen. Richard Burr of North Carolina has turned away a strong challenge from former state Rep. Deborah Ross. The 60-year-old Burr has been in Congress since 1994. Ross is a lawyer and former state director of the ACLU who energized Democrats and hoped to score an upset. Burr was forced to apologize recently after saying he was surprised that a gun magazine with a photo of Hillary Clinton on the cover hadn't put a bull's-eye over her face. Ross had called the comments 'dangerous and irresponsible.' Republican Charles Grassley of Iowa won a seventh Senate term and retained a seat his party has held for six decades. Democrats had been optimistic that their candidate, Patty Judge, could break that winning streak on Tuesday, given her previous elections to statewide office as agriculture secretary and lieutenant governor. Grassley chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee. He's sought to tamp down talk among Republicans about blocking nominees to the Supreme Court if Hillary Clinton becomes president. Grassley said Republicans 'can't just simply stonewall' nominees to the high court, reaffirming the Senate's traditional advise-and-consent role on judicial picks. Utah's junior senator, Republican Mike Lee, has sailed through his first re-election battle Tuesday. Lee earned national attention for his sharp criticism of GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump. Even so, Lee has been floated as a possible Supreme Court pick by Trump. Georgia Republican Sen. Johnny Isakson has won a third term against Democrat Jim Barksdale and Libertarian Allen Buckley. Foster Campbell secured a spot in the runoff election for Louisiana's Senate seat, vying to succeed incumbent Republican David Vitter. The Public Services commissioner will face Republican state Treasurer John Kennedy in the December runoff. Republican State Treasurer John Kennedy has advanced to a December runoff election for the Louisiana Senate seat being vacated by incumbent Republican David Vitter. Two Republican congressmen were among two dozen candidates vying for the Senate seat: Reps. Charles Boustany and John Fleming. White supremacist David Duke was also running but was not among the top-tier candidates in polling. Arkansas Republican Sen. John Boozman has won a second term, fending off a challenge by Democrat Conner Eldridge, a former federal prosecutor. Boozman served five terms in the House before winning a Senate seat in 2010. He campaigned as someone who puts Arkansas first, while Eldridge touted his work prosecuting a county judge for corruption. Eldridge trailed Boozman in fundraising and faced an uphill challenge in Arkansas, where Republicans hold all statewide and federal offices. The top Democrat in the Senate, New York's Chuck Schumer, easily beat back a challenge from Republican attorney Wendy Long to secure a fourth term. South Dakota Sen. John Thune, the No. 3 Republican in the Senate, won a second term during a campaign when he wavered repeatedly in his support of the GOP presidential candidate leading the ticket. He was among a handful who urged Trump to step aside to allow vice presidential nominee Mike Pence to run at the top of the ticket. He also criticized Trump's refusal to say if he would accept the results of the election. Still, despite his criticism, he said he would vote for Trump. North Dakota Republican Sen. John Hoeven won a second term against former Democratic state Sen. Eliot Glassheim, who entered the race at the last minute and struggled to raise money. Kansas Republican Sen. Jerry Moran has won a second Senate term after serving seven terms in the House. Moran easily fended off a challenge from Democrat Patrick Wiesner, an attorney and certified public accountant. Indiana Republican Rep. Todd Young has defeated former Sen. Evan Bayh in a Senate race that could be crucial to determining party control. The seat is curerntly held by Republican Sen. Dan Coats, who is retiring. An onslaught of stories about whether Bayh really lived in Indiana and his extended job search in his final year in office undercut his candidacy. Kentucky Republican Sen. Rand Paul, who made an early run for the presidency, is instead heading back to Washington for a second term. Paul defeated Democrat Jim Gray, the mayor of Lexington, and the two spent a combined $8 million on the race, a paltry sum considering the more than $47 million Kentucky's Senate candidates spent in 2014. Meanwhile, South Carolina Republican Sen. Tim Scott, the South's first black senator since Reconstruction, has won his first full term. Scott defeated Democrat Thomas Dixon, a community activist and pastor. The Senate's only black Republican, Scott said he would vote for Donald Trump, even as he has characterized some of Trump's statements and actions as 'disgusting,' ''indefensible' and 'racially toxic.' Scott, one of only two black senators, said on the Senate floor this summer that he has repeatedly been pulled over by law enforcement and was once even stopped by a Capitol Police officer who apparently did not believe he was a senator. Scott, 51, was appointed to the seat in 2013 following the resignation of Sen. Jim DeMint, then won election to the final two years of that term. Alabama's veteran Republican Sen. Richard Shelby has easily won a sixth term against a Democratic challenger who advocated legalizing medicinal marijuana in this conservative state. Shelby, 82, is a one-time Democrat who has one of the most consistent records of voting against President Barack Obama in Congress. He has supported the Republican ticket, including Donald Trump. In Vermont, Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy has won an eighth term. He's the Senate's longest-serving member. The 76-year-old beat back a challenge from Republican businessman Scott Milne. Longtime Maryland Democratic Representative Chris Van Hollen won a promotion to the upper chamber, replacing popular Democratic Sen. Barbara Mikulski, who is retiring after 30 years in the Senate. Van Hollen, a seven-term Democrat who has focused on budget issues and foreign policy, defeated Republican Kathy Szeliga, minority whip in the state House of Delegates. Connecticut Democratic Sen. Richard Blumenthal has coasted to an easy re-election against Republican Dan Carter, a little-known state representative from the western part of the state. Oklahoma Republican Sen. James Lankford has won a full-six year term in the Senate. Lankford is a former congressman who was elected to serve the last two years of former Sen. Tom Coburn's term. Lankford won the seat with nearly 68 percent of the vote after Coburn retired in 2014 before his term was up. In the House, Republicans expected to retain control with Democratic gains that are expected to be modest. In North Carolina and Missouri, Democrats sought to upset entrenched GOP incumbent senators. In Democratic-leaning states like Wisconsin, Illinois, Nevada, New Hampshire and Pennsylvania, Democrats were trying to tie their GOP opponents to Donald Trump. Democrats needed to pick up four seats to take the Senate majority if Hillary Clinton wins the White House and can send her vice president to cast tie-breaking votes in a 50-50 Senate. They need five seats if Trump wins.

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Hong Kong stocks tumble on Trump election triumph (5.99/33)

SHANGHAI, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Hong Kong stocks touched a 3-month low on Wednesday, losing early gains to tumble over 2 percent as investors fled risky assets as Republican Donald Trump claimed a shock victory in the U. S. presidential election. The Hang Seng index fell 2.2 percent, to 22,415.19, while the Hong Kong China Enterprises Index lost 2.9 percent, to 9,378.66 points. Reflecting rising investor anxiety, the HSI Volatility Index , a measure of market stress, shot to a fresh high of nearly 26 at one point, the highest level since the Brexit vote in June. Trump, who has stoked uncertainty over his stance on foreign policy, trade and immigration, rattled world markets that had expected Democrat Hillary Clinton to defeat the political outsider. Many investors drew comparisons with the Brexit vote, when Hong Kong stocks tumbled nearly 5 percent as Britain's referendum decision to leave the European Union took investors by surprise. Shares fell across the board in Hong Kong while sovereign bonds and gold rallied, as investors dumped stocks and sought safe haven assets. (Reporting by Jackie Cai and John Ruwitch; Editing by Simon Cameron-Moore)

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Hillary Clinton supporters weep openly as gleeful Donald Trump fans chant 'lock her up' (5.99/33)

Hillary Clinton's supporters came in their thousands to cheer her victory - but instead they streamed out of her party venue in tears. And just two miles away in Manhattan, Donald Trump's legions raised the roof, chanting 'lock her up' as their candidate romped home to victory. It was a result that many of them never expected - and the slow realization by both sides that so many polls, predictions and assumptions were completely wrong led to astounding scenes in New York and around the country. Scroll down for video   Earlier, at the Clinton 'party' in the Jacob K Javits Center in Manhattan, which had been picked for its purposeful glass ceiling, Clinton's senior aides evaporated as quickly as her chances of taking the country did. Mid-level staffers were left dejectedly sipping coffee and Red Bull as the atmosphere went from confident to depressed, and a late-stage attempt to liven the mood with 'Let's Get Loud' was doomed to failure as crowds stood around silently while J-Lo rocked the speakers. News that Clinton might take Arizona for the Democrats for the first time since Bill Clinton's 1996 run did inject a small amount of excitement, but that quickly disappeared as Trump's relentless charge across the American map made it clear that would mean nothing. Meanwhile, Trump supporters at an invite-only event at the New York Hilton - two miles and a world away - were whipped up into roaring frenzies of cheers, hugs and chants of 'lock her up' as their candidate marched to victory. The Clinton party, held on 34th Street on the easternmost side of Midtown Manhattan, was billed as 'Hillary for America Election Night Event' and open to the public. But sadly the American public didn't seem to be open to Clinton. And as her grip loosened on the country, the joy drained out of their eyes. There was a resurgence as Virginia began to move towards Clinton, but that soon cooled as Clinton's chances slipped away once more. And there was no sign of the senior staff who had been expected to fill the floor. In fact, until last week, the Clinton campaign was planning a fireworks victory display over the Hudson as early as 9.30pm. That plan would have been a damp squib had they pressed on with it amid falling approval polls in the wake of her FBI case being brought back into the public eye. Clinton, meanwhile, was hunkered down in her hotel suite away from the party watching the dismal results. In a traditional Clinton approach to press relations, reporters covering her party were frozen out of speaking to senior aides as she tanked in the election, and instead were reduced to texting and emailing to ask for updates. The attitude at the Midtown Hilton, on 1335 Avenue of the Americas and a block over from Trump Tower, couldn't have been more different. At the hotel, what looked increasingly likely to be Donald Trump's victory party remained jubilant and upbeat as state after state stayed on the board for the brash billionaire. Trump's director of African-American Outreach said at the party that both candidates have written concession speeches, according to the  Hollywood Reporter  - but it became clear that his candidate would have no use for it. 'The Hilton is huge,' crisis management firm president Helios Fred Garcia told the Washington Post .  'I don’t think it’s so much that he’s embarrassed to hold it in his own place or that his brand has been tarnished, but rather that he expects a large crowd. And so he booked the largest venue that he could.' That proved to be a smart investment, as crowds, under the glare of a Trump-shaped victory cake, chugged their $11 beers - the cash-only bars charged from $7 to $13 - and cheered. With Florida, North Carolina and Virginia turning out to be close races, the crowd cheered every time Fox News showed The Donald still ahead. Cries of 'Drain the Swamp' dominated the chants, as many in the crowd donned red 'Make America Great Again' hats. Omarosa, one of Trump's most potent surrogates throughout the campaign, worked the crowd happily posing for selfies. Even when the state of New Mexico was called for Clinton, results showing The Donald ten points ahead received cheers from Trump's invited supporters. When Virginia was called for Clinton, some air rushed out of the room. With Montana added to the Trump column, however, cheerful chatter started again. Colorado was called for Clinton, but that didn't matter to Trump's faithful, because the announcement of Trump's win in Ohio came right after. There were screams and one very loud whistle. Since 1904, Ohio has only been wrong about the winner of the presidency two times.

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Long Beach election results: Local marijuana measures poised to pass (5.99/33)

Medical marijuana supporters convinced voters to let dispensaries back into the city, but Long Beach will be able to tax medical marijuana transactions at higher rates than advocates had wanted, according to election results Tuesday.
With 15 percent of precincts reporting, Measure MM shows a 57 percent “yes” vote and Measure MA — a city tax measure — holds a commanding lead at 68 percent.
If approved, Measure MM will repeal a citywide ban on medical marijuana businesses that has been in place since 2012, while Measure MA will set the local tax structures for medical and recreational marijuana.
Long Beach officials placed MA on the ballot in August — one month after voters qualified Measure MM — to ensure the city could capture enough tax revenue to cover potential costs related to legalizing and regulating the marijuana industry.
Mayor Robert Garcia on Tuesday said he was thankful to Long Beach voters for supporting MA, just months after they approved Measure A — a 10-year sales tax increase hailed as the biggest public investment in a generation.
“It’s a huge win,” he said. “We just appreciate that the community has so much trust in the city. Clearly voters have chosen to support marijuana use and sales... and thanks to MA, we will have enough public safety and public health resources so we can prepare for changes in this developing industry.”
Voters in California also approved Proposition 64 on Tuesday, laying the groundwork to legalize recreational marijuana use for adults 21 years or older. Long Beach and other cities, however, will still need to decide whether it wants recreational marijuana businesses within its borders.
Under Measure MM, anywhere from 26 to 32 dispensaries will be allowed to operate within Long Beach, and patients 18 years or older will be able to legally buy medical marijuana.
Proponents of the measure say it is long overdue, considering California became the first state to sanction medical marijuana 20 years ago with Proposition 215, the Compassionate Use Act.
Adam Hijazi, a board member for the Long Beach Collective Association, said spirits were high at a local MM watch party late Tuesday in downtown, as onlookers saw results roll in favor of restoring medical marijuana businesses.
“We are ecstatic and just so appreciative that the voters in the city of Long Beach are accepting of bringing regulation back to the city,” he said. “It’s something we have been supportive of for a very long time.”
Under Measure MA, medical marijuana sales will be taxed at 6 to 8 percent, as will each step in the supply chain process. Recreational marijuana will be taxed similarly, with rates between 8 to 12 percent in addition to a $12 to $15 tax per square foot of grow space.
City finance officers estimate Measure MA would generate $13 million annually if both Prop. 64 and Measure MM pass.

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Detroit community benefits proposals too early to call (5.95/33)

Both community benefits proposals in Detroit were in tight races more than three hours after polls closed. But one -- Proposal B -- had earned a slight majority of 52%.
Proposal A and Proposal B laid out different paths for local community groups to discuss jobs, affordable housing or other concerns when developers pitch new projects that seek city tax breaks.
As of 11:15 p.m. 53% of voters rejected Proposal A and 52% supported Proposal B, with 53% of precincts reporting.
Former state Rep. Shanelle Jackson, who now works as director of government relations for the Moroun family's Detroit International Bridge Co., was pulling for Proposal A's defeat.
"We need to let the world know that Detroit is open for business," Jackson said. "(Proposal) A was a job killer. "
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Proposal A would require a community benefits agreement for projects worth at least $15 million seeking tax breaks or a land transfer of at least $300,000.
Proposal B would be applied to fewer development projects because its thresholds to trigger community involvement are higher.
Proposal B would affect projects with an investment of at least $75 million seeking city subsidies worth at least $1 million.
While the ballot measures were similar, most of the campaigning revolved around Proposal A. Business interests and Mayor Mike Duggan urged a no vote. City Council President Brenda Jones, a grassroots group called Rise Together Detroit and others supported Proposal A.
Such a law, known as a community benefits ordinance, is rare for major cities. Before Tuesday's election, community groups in Detroit have been left on their own to exert public pressure or leverage political alliances to get a seat at the bargaining table before developments are approved.
The Detroit Pistons’ potential move downtown shows how a community benefits ordinance could be applied. If the deal includes a new practice facility — which sources have indicated is likely — built with some public money or incentive, a community benefits ordinance could allow residents near the proposed facility to negotiate with developers for a local presence in such things as jobs for Detroiters in helping build the facility, job training or improved streets or public spaces surrounding the area.
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More than 5,400 residents signed a petition to put Proposal A on the ballot.
Duggan, some labor unions and business organizations were against the proposal because they feared the measure would add red tape and drive jobs out of the city in the midst of Detroit's rebound after bankruptcy.
Leading up to Election Day, supporters of Proposal A rallied support with grassroots tactics. They knocked on doors and spread their message through social media and word-of-mouth, supporters said.
Wealthier Proposal A opponents paid for TV ads that warned voters about the harmful effects the ordinance would have on Detroit’s economy.
If both measures each win more than 50% of the vote, the proposal with the higher number of votes will prevail.
But even if both Proposal A and Proposal B fail, other cities have shown residents can obtain a community benefits agreement without a citywide ordinance.
In Baltimore, a community coalition recently celebrated a community benefits agreement tied to a massive development called Port Covington. The community benefits agreement is said to include more than $100 million in community commitments, including $39 million in direct benefits to surrounding neighborhoods and $55 million for workforce development, educational programs and other initiatives.
Staff writer Tresa Baldas contributed to this report.
Contact Joe Guillen: 313-222-6678 or Follow him on Twitter @joeguillen.

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The Latest: Indonesians puzzled over Trump's widening lead (5.78/33)

MEXICO CITY (AP) - The latest on world reaction to the U. S. election (all times EST): 1:50 a.m. Indonesians on social media are questioning why Americans have voted in big numbers for billionaire Donald Trump, who many in the world's most populous Muslim country perceive as intolerant and reactionary. Twitter, Facebook and chatrooms in instant messaging apps are buzzing with speculation about whether Trump would follow through on campaign rhetoric that included a ban on Muslims entering the U. S. Some people say that under a Trump administration they fear they'll be prevented from visiting relatives and friends who live in America or traveling there as tourists. About 100,000 Indonesians live in the United States. President Joko "Jokowi" Widodo says on national television that his government will work with whoever becomes president. ___ 1:45 a.m. News of Trump's widening lead hit hard in Cuba, which has spent the last two years negotiating normalization with the United States after more than 50 years of Cold War hostility. Normalization has set off a tourism boom in Cuba and visits by hundreds of executives from the U. S. and dozens of other nations newly interested in doing business on the island. Trump has promised to reverse Obama's opening with Cuba unless President Raul Castro agrees to more political freedom on the island, a concession considered a virtual impossibility. Speaking of Cuba's leaders, Communist Party member and noted economist and political scientist Esteban Morales told the Telesur network that "they must be worried because I think this represents a new chapter. " Carlos Alzugaray, a political scientist and retired Cuban diplomat, said a Trump victory could, however, please some hard-liners in the Cuban leadership who worried that Cuba was moving too close to the United States too quickly. While many Cubans were unaware of the state of the race early Wednesday morning, those watching state-run Telesur or listening to radio updates said they feared that a Trump victory would mean losing the few improvements they had seen in their lives thanks to the post-detente tourism boom. "The little we've advanced, if he reverses it, it hurts us," taxi driver Oriel Iglesias Garcia said. "You know tourism will go down. If Donald Trump wins and turns everything back it's really bad for us. " ___ 1:10 a.m. A couple of Chinese participants at a U. S. Embassy event in Beijing say they'd welcome a Trump presidency, while another says he thinks the Republican candidate projects a flawed image of the United States. Blogger Wang Yiming says he hopes Trump will win because the Republican Party has been typically more willing to demonstrate American leadership globally, and he hoped a Republican president would do more to encourage freedom of speech in China. Wang says: "I think America has stagnated and Trump represents justice, the rule of law and personal freedom. " Lou Bin, a 43-year-old academic at a university in Beijing, says he didn't support either candidate but Trump didn't come across as much of a "gentleman. " He says: "As president you want someone who represents the country's image. " ___ 1 a.m. Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop says at this stage, it would appear that Donald Trump is most likely to claim the presidency. Bishop told reporters in Canberra, Australia's capital, that her government is ready to work with whomever the American people, "in their wisdom," choose to be their president. She says a U. S. presidential election is always a momentous occasion, and in this instance, "it has been a particularly bruising, divisive and hard-fought campaign. " She also says the new administration will face a number of challenges, including in Asia-Pacific, and Australia wants to work constructively with the new administration to ensure the continued presence and leadership of the United States in the region. She calls the U. S. "our major security ally" and the largest foreign direct investor and the second-largest trading partner. She says: "The United States is also the guarantor and defender of the rules-based international order that has underpinned so much of our economic and security issues. And interests. " ___ 11:45 p.m. Watching the results of the U. S. election at a New Zealand bar, 22-year-old student Sarah Pereira says she is looking forward to working as an intern in the U. S. Congress, but dreads the prospect of Donald Trump winning the presidency. Pereira, a master's student in strategic studies, says she will leave for Washington this weekend after winning a scholarship to work for Democratic Congressman Gregory Meeks. She predicts the effects of a Trump on international relationships would be "catastrophic. " Pereira commented while attending an event hosted by the U. S. Embassy in Wellington. ___ 11:20 p.m. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has told an aide that "the competition is closer than expected" in the U. S. election. Aide Takeo Kawamura tells Japan's Kyodo News service that Abe is following the vote count in his office. The Japanese government has remained neutral in public statements, but analysts on both sides of the Pacific have talked about a possible change in U. S. policy toward Japan and the rest of Asia if Republican candidate Donald Trump should win. Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga is reaffirming his government's commitment to the U. S.-Japan security alliance. He tells reporters that whoever is the next president, the Japan-U. S. alliance will remain the cornerstone of Japan-U. S. diplomacy. - This item corrects spelling of Takeo. ___ 11 p.m. Chinese state media outlets are casting the U. S. election as the embodiment of America's democracy in crisis in contrast to China's perceived stability under authoritarian rule. The state-run Xinhua News Agency says the campaign has highlighted that, in its words, "the majority of Americans are rebelling against the U. S.'s political class and financial elites. " The official Communist Party newspaper People's Daily says in a commentary that the presidential election reveals an "ill democracy. " On Tuesday, the Chinese state broadcaster CCTV ran man-on-the-street interviews with unidentified American voters in which they expressed disgust with the system and dissatisfaction with both candidates. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. 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True to Form, Kaepernick Takes a Knee on Election Day (5.76/33)

According to Eric Branch of the San Francisco Chronicle , the media asked Kaepernick about his voting plans, and he answered, bluntly:
Of course, Kaepernick’s decision not to vote should come as a shock to no one. After all, the 49ers quarterback made his disdain for both presidential candidates well known after the first presidential debates: “It was embarrassing to watch that these are our two candidates. Both are proven liars and it almost seems like they’re trying to debate who’s less racist. And at this point…you have to pick the lesser of two evils. But in the end, it’s still evil.”
For Kaepernick to dedicate himself to “change,” then decline the opportunity to vote seems more than a little weird. So, he will protest for change but won’t vote for change? It appears Colin Kaepernick’s preferred method of political expression is to do nothing.
That said, do you think Kaepernick realizes that on Election Day you can vote for dozens of other initiatives that directly affect the communities you claim to love? You don’t just have to vote for president? Honestly, given what Kaepernick believes, maybe we should all count ourselves lucky that he doesn’t vote.
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Kamala Harris is elected California’s next US senator (5.76/33)

Associated Press called the race minutes after the polls closed, with no votes yet reported. Early returns showed Harris winning by more than 200,000 votes.
From the outset, the Senate race between Democrats Harris and Orange County Rep. Loretta Sanchez possessed an air of history in the making. California had never before elected a black or Latino politician to the United States Senate, and Harris will become only the second black woman in the nation’s history to serve in Congress’ upper chamber.
Even in a state often perceived as liberal outlier, Harris’ victory to succeed retiring Sen. Barbara Boxer provides another significant marker in the march for political equality during her lifetime. Her elementary school class in the 1970s was the second one to integrate Berkeley schools. Harris was the first woman elected as San Francisco’s district attorney and the first woman to be elected as California’s attorney general.
Before the polls closed, some Harris supporters looked nervous at her party at the Exchange LA night club in downtown Los Angeles, but not about the Senate campaign.
As Hillary Clinton trailed Donald Trump in the presidential race, Harris supporters were watching the giant TV screen looming over the dance floor.
“We’re a bit concerned about what’s happening nationally,” said Angelov Farooq, director of the University of California, Riverside’s Center for Economic Development & Innovation. “But I’m excited about Kamala Harris. I think she represents the future. She’s a very authentic leader.”
One sign of Harris’ confidence: Two giant nets filled with red, white and blue balloons were fashioned to the ceiling, at the ready. The liquor shelves at the two cash bars also were fully stocked.
Immersed as a child in the 1960s Berkeley civil rights movement, the 52-year-old California attorney general weaved populist themes of justice and redemption into her Senate campaign and leaned heavily on the old-school political tactics honed during her political rise in San Francisco, responding sharply and quickly to Sanchez’s political attacks and subtly launching a few of her own.
Harris’ background attracted Lee Lovingood, 34, to vote for her.
“Her victory is going to be pretty historical, right?” Lovingood said. “She’s going to be the first African American and Indian American senator from California.” He said Harris had a more positive message while Sanchez “says some wild things.”
In the campaign for the first open Senate seat California has seen in 24 years, Harris quickly cemented herself as the Democratic Party’s favored candidate, dissuading some of California’s big-name politicians from challenging her, including former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom.
“Sanchez had, in a sense, the personal qualities to make it a race. When you’re running against such an established candidate, being unpredictable is a great asset,” said Raphael J. Sonenshein, director of the Pat Brown Institute for Public Affairs at Cal State Los Angeles. “But as the front-runner, Harris had a really big advantage in terms of name recognition and, especially, endorsements.”
The Harris-Sanchez contest was the first major test of California’s top-two primary system, an experiment in democracy that state voters approved in 2010 in an effort to temper the highly partisan influence of the Democratic and Republican parties and give independents and moderates more clout in the political process.
In this go-around, the California Democratic Party support for Harris played a significant role in her victory, since the party endorsed her in February and provided close to $700,000 to the Harris campaign — and not a dime to Sanchez.
“I think for voters, this race was confusing,” Sonenshein added. “In a society that is extremely divided by party, where partisanship seems to color everything everyone does, it is certainly hard for voters to navigate when both candidates are in the same party.”
Harris and Sanchez topped the field of 34 candidates in the June 7 primary, sending the two Democrats to the November runoff and denying a Republican a spot on the fall ballot for the first time since the state began directly electing its U. S. senators in 1914. Harris won that race 40 percent to 18.6 percent for Sanchez.
The Senate race began just days after Boxer announced she was retiring at the end of her fourth term in the U. S. Senate.
Boxer’s departure dangled a coveted political gem in front of younger generations of California politicians who had been biding their time to run for one of the state’s most prestigious political offices. She and fellow Democrat Dianne Feinstein have held their posts since 1992, and Jerry Brown is serving a historic fourth term as California governor, albeit in two separate stints. All three were born before World War II.
Harris seized the opportunity and launched her Senate bid just days after Boxer’s announcement. The two-term attorney general immediately locked up the successful San Francisco political consulting team led by veteran Ace Smith, who has worked for Hillary Clinton and Brown, began raising money and snatched up endorsements from Democrats across the nation — including from big names such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Cory Booker of New Jersey.
Over the following weeks, a list of California’s Democratic heavyweights flirted with a run before taking a pass, including Newsom, Villaraigosa and billionaire environmental activist Tom Steyer.
Sanchez, who considered a run for governor in 2010, launched her Senate bid in May 2015, four months after Harris’ announcement.
The congresswoman first rose to national prominence two decades ago when, as a little-known financial analyst from Anaheim, she beat archconservative Rep. Robert Dornan for Congress in 1996. Sanchez’s victory provided hope that the long-waited political ascension of Latinos in Orange County, as well as California and the nation, was taking root outside the urban cores of America’s biggest cities.
But Sanchez, who already was known for her flamboyant personality and off-the-cuff political style, stumbled from the outset.
The launch of her campaign was flubbed when a “draft” announcement was leaked to reporters days before she was ready. Sanchez also was singed by criticism for imitating a Native American “war cry” and for saying 5 percent to 20 percent of Muslims supported the establishment of a strict Islamic state. When President Barack Obama endorsed Harris, his longtime political ally, in July, Sanchez implied on television that it was in part because both are black.
Either way, Sanchez’s campaign never caught fire. The congresswoman, not well known to many Californians outside of Orange County, struggled to raise money.
Perhaps because a Democrat was guaranteed to win no matter the outcome, the race also failed to attract the millions of dollars in spending by super PACs, unlike other Democrat-versus-Republican Senate contests across the nation.
Sanchez out of necessity tried to patch together support from Latinos, Republicans and independents. She campaigned as a fiscal moderate and expert on national defense, touting endorsements from Republicans such as former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan.
The candidates debated just once, with the most memorable moment coming when Sanchez performed a “dab” at the end of her closing statement.
Harris hewed her campaign to the Democratic Party’s liberal base, picking up the support of major labor unions, environmental organizations and pro-choice groups, especially after Democratic Party leaders began to coalesce behind her: the governor, the president and finally Boxer and Feinstein.
Throughout her carefully orchestrated campaign, Harris was careful to avoid blunders or give Sanchez a window to close the gap. Although at times accused of being overly cautious and scripted, Harris nevertheless led comfortably in every pre-election poll.
The Harris campaign worked feverishly to undercut Sanchez’s strongest political advantage, her strong support among Latino voters. Harris won the endorsement of the influential Spanish-language newspaper La Opinion in Los Angeles, the United Farm Workers and two of the most powerful politicians in the state: Senate President Pro Tem Kevin de Leon, a Democrat, and Assembly Speaker Anthony Rendon.
Harris avoided attacking Sanchez directly, at least until their Oct. 5 debate, allowing her surrogates and supporters to go after the congresswoman about her comments about Obama’s endorsement and Muslims.

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California voters pass Proposition 63 for tougher gun laws (5.75/33)

California voters approved Proposition 63 to expand some of the nation's toughest gun control measures by banning large-capacity ammunition magazines, requiring background checks for ammunition sales and speeding the seizure of firearms from owners who are no longer allowed to own them. Proposition 63's chief proponent, Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, said voters are motivated in Tuesday's election by mass shootings like the terrorist slayings in San Bernardino last year. The ammunition restrictions and California's unique firearm seizure program should serve as models for other states, he said. "Ammo is the next great debate, I think, in gun safety in this country," Newsom said. "Guns in and of themselves are not dangerous. ... It's a gun and the ammo that makes it deadly. "But opponents including state associations representing sheriffs and police chiefs say the restrictions are likely to just confuse law-abiding gun owners. The state already has a program to remove guns from those who are found guilty of a felony or a violent misdemeanor, found to be mentally unstable, or are the subject of a restraining order involving domestic violence. But the initiative sets up a new process requiring offenders to give up their weapons as soon as they are convicted. The ballot measure would also increase the penalty for stealing a gun, reversing part of another initiative approved by voters in 2014. And it would require gun owners to report the loss or theft of firearms to local law enforcement within five days. Lawmakers passed competing legislation on high-capacity magazines and ammunition sales this year, with language attempting to override part of the initiative, which Newsom is pushing as part of his Democratic campaign for governor in 2018. But there are differences:California has long banned new purchases of ammunition magazines holding more than 10 bullets, but previously allowed owners to keep the ones they have. Both the initiative and the new law require owners to surrender those magazines. The new law makes continued possession an infraction similar to a traffic ticket, while the initiative would let prosecutors charge the violation as either an infraction or a misdemeanor. Both the new law and the initiative require background checks for buying ammunition, but the initiative uses a different process with fewer exceptions. The ballot measure also would require background checks for ammunition dealers and require dealers to report lost or stolen bullets. Get all the latest Election Day 2016 stories from ABC7 and follow the action on the ABC News Live Election Day Blog

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Trump wins Nebraska’s final congressional district, sweeping the state’s 5 electoral votes (5.74/33)

WASHINGTON (AP) — Trump wins Nebraska’s final congressional district, sweeping the state’s 5 electoral votes.
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Joe Arpaio ousted from position in Maricopa County — RT America (5.49/33)

The self-proclaimed World’s Toughest Sheriff is going to have to find a new title after losing his position to Paul Penzone, whose campaign largely centered on being the antithesis of Arpaio, and disavowing his various racially-charged practices. Penzone, for example, specifically vowed to disband Arpaio’s “ posse ” which has conducted illegal raids on suspected undocumented immigrants.
This comes after a particularly tough patch for Arpaio. In October, Arpaio was charged with contempt of court by the Department of Justice after he was found to be in violation of a 2011 injunction to stop enforcing federal civil immigration law with his “posse.”
Arpaio’s policies of enforcing federal immigration law were only the tip of the iceberg in his spotty legacy. Arpaio was also responsible for the so-called Tent City, rows of 20-year-old tents where inmates were exposed to temperatures of up to 110 degrees Fahrenheit (43 C), the News Examiner reported.
Arpaio’s next moves are unclear, but will likely involve the DOJ, as he faces up to six months in jail on contempt charges.

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District 2: U. S. Rep. Huizenga wins 4th term (5.43/33)

U. S. Rep. Bill Huizenga has won fourth term representing Michigan’s 2nd Congressional District.
The Associated Press has called the race between the Zeeland Republican and Dennis Murphy, D-Grandville. Huizenga was leading by a margin of 63.9 to 31.4 percent with 85 percent of the vote in, according to the AP.
Huizenga initially withheld his support of Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump in May for his comments on monetary policy and broadening executive power, among other controversies.
But 47-year-old former state lawmaker eventually endorsed the nominee and spoke out for the New York businessman during the last two weeks of the campaign.
“We know that working with a Republican House and Senate and Donald Trump in the White House will be a formula for success,” Huizenga said at an Oct. 31 Trump rally in Walker outside of Grand Rapids. “We will be able to change things.”

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Miller declares victory over Marrocco in Macomb public works race (5.40/33)

The third time apparently is another charm for U. S. Rep. Candice Miller.
Two other times the Harrison Township Republican has beaten a 24-year incumbent to an office she was seeking.
And early Wednesday, Miller declared victory over a third political powerhouse. She told the Free Press that she feels confident that she is going to beat another 24-year incumbent – Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco – with nearly 99% of the precincts counted in unofficial totals.
"I'm just very, very excited the people of Macomb County have elected me," Miller said, adding that she plans to conduct a forensic audit of the public works office and will be working to find ways to elimate sewer overflows into Lake St. Clair during recent years.
With 98.8% of 337 precincts in Macomb County reporting, the congresswoman was leading 24-year incumbent Marrocco, a Democrat, after the two political powerhouses waged a bitter – and sometimes personal – election battle for the public works seat.
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Miller, 62, was leading with 54.6% of the vote compared to 45.4% of the vote for Marrocco, 68, of Ray Township.
Miller said that she believes Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump winning in the county helped her as did the support of Macomb County Executive Mark Hackel, a Democrat, who crossed party lines and backed her for the office. She said voters also are familiar with her and that despite extensive advertising Marrocco did in the campaign, "obviously, they didn't buy it. "
"I think this department can be a force for good for our county," she said of the public works office.
Marrocco's campaign could not be immediately reached early Wednesday for comment.
The race could prove to be the most expensive county race in Michigan history.
By the end of October, the two had spent $2.6 million in the nasty contest for a job that will pay $130,034 annually next year. By 2020, the public works commissioner's salary will be $137,993.
The two traded barbs in their quest to be politician who oversees water and sewer infrastructure, drains and wastewater in a growing county that has more residents than Detroit and is home to Reagan Democrats and part of Lake St. Clair.
The last Republican to hold countywide office was Miller, when she won the treasurer job in 1993 and became the first member of the GOP to hold a countywide office in Macomb County in more than 60 years, according to her biography.
Miller, who has been in Congress since 2003, has served as a Harrison Township trustee and supervisor, Macomb County treasurer and Michigan Secretary of State.
Accusations had been flying and campaign literature and television ads abounded in the fierce battle between Marrocco and Miller, who was a surprise candidate who many thought would run for other offices.
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Craig Mauger, executive director of the Michigan Campaign Finance Network, previously told the Free Press that the race rivaled a competitive Congressional race. The position, he had said, is one that businesses have an interest in.
The two sides sparred over everything from ethics to the environment to campaign contributions and personal jabs.
Both campaigns tapped into an ongoing federal investigation into alleged corruption in the county that so far has resulted in trustees in Clinton and Macomb townships being accused of taking bribes to help Rizzo Environmental Services with obtaining trash contracts. In the midst of the federal probe, a civil lawsuit was filed last month by a developer accusing another Macomb Township trustee of extortion.
Miller called on Marrocco to fire Dino Bucci, operational services manager at public works, who is accused in the lawsuit of extortion and asking for a kickback as a Macomb Township trustee. Marrocco said Bucci is a union employee at public works, that he is not permitted to comment on his personnel status and that Miller’s claims about Bucci involve his work as an elected Republican township trustee, not as a county worker.
Miller’s campaign did receive money from Rizzo and returned it days after a Clinton Township trustee was charged with bribery in the federal probe. Two PACs that have supported Marrocco sent money donated by Rizzo to Care House in Mt. Clemens, where he is a board member.
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For millions of women, this Election Day turned cold (5.40/33)

Millions of women had one goal Tuesday: To crack the country's highest glass ceiling once and for all.
But elation led to panic by evening, as GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump took key swing states from Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, including North Carolina, Florida and Ohio.
It was a far cry from when polls opened, when the possibility of ending the night with two words – Madam President – proved electric, and emotions ran the gamut from euphoria to tears.
As Clinton supporters hit the polls, some women (and men) voters wore white, a nod to the suffrage movement that afforded women the right to vote in 1920. In Rochester, N. Y., thousands of people, a large majority of them women and girls, queued up to visit the grave of women's rights crusader Susan B. Anthony, who famously cast a ballot in 1872 knowing it was illegal, and was subsequently arrested.
Born before she had the right to cast a ballot, “I’d like to vote twice but that’s not possible,” said 100-year old Florence Thaler, a resident of Pequannock Township, N. J.
At poll stations, women arrived with their mothers, daughters and sisters. Many wore pantsuits as a nod to Clinton's signature look.
"Just high fived a #pantsuit wearing wearing stranger. This is a weird day," tweeted Lucy Arnold, whose bio identifies her as a teacher and writer.
In Columbia, S. C., consultant Elizabeth Wilson set a soundtrack to her day, playing Beyoncé's Run the World (Girls) and Fleetwood Mac's Don't Stop  on her Instagram Story-documented morning walk to her polling station.. "The country has been ready, for a few decades, for a woman president," she said.
But by Tuesday night, Twitter became a current of worry due to the razor-thin voting margins. "I'm so anxious and stressed. My stomach is in knots," wrote user @MichelleF0918.
"This election and Trump's language has brought up so many traumas for women and this is half the nation telling us, "Oh well," tweeted user @AlySemigran.
In Iowa, Ruline Steininger, 103, began her night watching CNN's early return, offering a stern “Good!” after each state was  called for Clinton.
Steininger cast her first vote for Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1940. Starting with her annual Christmas letter last year, she willed herself to live, writing to her friends and family she "decided to stay alive to vote for Hillary.”
“I thought it was great that a black man got elected for president," she said Tuesday. "I didn’t think that would happen in my lifetime, but it did. Now, it is high time for a woman, and this time we have a woman who is really capable of being president of the United States.”
But when the network reported that Trump was leading  in Florida, she set  her tea down with emphasis.
“Don’t tell me that,” she all but yelled at the TV.
Earlier, at dawn in Rochester, the mood had been jubilant and reflective. Supporters continued the tradition of decorating suffragette Susan B. Anthony’s headstone at Mount Hope Cemetery with their 'I Voted' stickers.
"I never cried when I filled out my ballot before. But I realized my daughters — and I have three of them — have the right to vote for a woman. It made me cry," said Jodi Atkin of Irondequoit, N. Y., who trekked to the grave site with daughter Jessie. Both were clad in white.
In Greenville, S. C.,  Inez Tenenbaum maintained America was long overdue to have a woman at the helm. “Other women, such as Margaret Thatcher, Angela Merkel, Indira Gandhi, Golda Meir have led countries for decades,” said Tenenbaum, an attorney who was nominated by President Barack Obama in 2009 to chair the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission.
It's taken 96 years since the 19th Amendment was ratified for a woman's name to appear as a major party candidate on an general election ballot.
“The march for women’s equality has been a long and slow one, but ever since 1920 when women got the right to vote there always has been a back burner hope that we’d have a first female president. And Hillary Clinton has worked assiduously to be that person,” says Douglas Brinkley, a history professor at Rice University.
Jerry Emmett, a 102-year-old from Prescott, Ariz., whose political idol is Hillary Clinton, retired to her bed before the race for the presidency was decided.
For Emmett, who helped report Arizona’s delegates for Hillary Clinton at the Democratic National Convention, the night wasn’t all she had hoped it would be.
“She’s a little bit antsy about what’s going to happen,” her son Jim Emmett, 69, said. “She was pretty excited about this election going in, but then as it got closer and closer, she said, ‘I just didn’t believe it was going to be quite this close.’”
Contributing: USA TODAY Network, Angelia Davis, The Greenville News, Steve Orr, The Democrat & Chronicle,  Brenna Goth, The Arizona Republic, Patricia Alex, The Record, Courtney Crowder, The Des Moines Register,  Yvonne Wingett Sanchez, The Arizona Republic

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GOP wins 2 more years of House control, Dem gains minimal (5.36/33)

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republicans retained their lock on the House for two more years early Wednesday as GOP candidates triumphed in a checkerboard of districts in Florida, Virginia and Colorado that Democrats had hoped Donald Trump's divisive comments about women and Hispanics would make their own. Democrats who had envisioned potentially big gains in suburban and ethnically diverse districts instead were on track for disappointingly modest pickups. Republican contenders were buoyed by Trump's startlingly strong White House bid against Democrat Hillary Clinton and appeal to white working-class voters. Expectations were low that Democrats would win the 30 seats they had needed to capture House control. But both sides had anticipated they'd cut the historic GOP majority by perhaps a dozen seats, which seemed possible but unlikely. Republicans currently hold a 247-188 majority, including three vacant seats, the most the GOP has commanded since their 270 in 1931. By Wednesday morning, Republicans had at least 232 seats - guaranteeing control - and just five of their incumbents had lost. The GOP retained seats in Minnesota, New York, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Iowa and Wisconsin that Democrats sought to grab, and Republicans prepared to build on their current six-year run of House control. "This could be a really good night for America," House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who won a 10th term, told supporters back home in Janesville, Wisconsin. It was initially unclear what impact the marginally smaller size of the GOP majority would have on Ryan, who'd angered some Republican lawmakers by refusing to campaign for Trump. While one member of the hard-right House Freedom Caucus was defeated, several newly elected Republicans could bolster it. That would increase conservatives' leverage to demand their way on issues like curbing spending and government regulations. In Florida, freshman GOP Rep. Carlos Curbelo won a race that underscored how Trump's damage to Republicans would be limited. With around 7 in 10 of the Miami-area district's voters Hispanic, Democrats targeted it and the race became one of the country's most expensive with an $18 million price tag. But Curbelo distanced himself from his own party's nominee and held on. Virginia freshman Rep. Barbara Comstock kept her seat in the Washington, D. C., suburbs despite Democrats' attempts to lash her to Trump. The two sides spent more than $20 million in a district of highly educated, affluent voters that both sides had viewed as vulnerable to a Democratic takeover. Democrats defeated two Florida GOP incumbents, but that seemed due to local circumstances. Rep. John Mica, 73, a 12-term veteran from the Orlando area, was criticized by GOP strategists for a lackluster campaign and lost to Democrat Stephanie Murphy, a political neophyte. Democrat Charlie Crist, once the state's Republican governor, defeated Rep. David Jolly in a St Petersburg district redrawn to favor Democrats. Democrats spent $4 million and beat GOP Rep. Scott Garrett, a Freedom Caucus member from New Jersey's suburbs of New York City. Also defeated was Rep. Bob Dold, a GOP moderate from outside Chicago, and Republican Rep. Cresent Hardy from Nevada. No Democratic incumbent had lost by early Wednesday. Both parties' candidates and outside groups spent nearly $1.1 billion combined on House campaigns, shy of the $1.2 billion record in 2012, according to the Center for Responsive Politics, a nonpartisan research group. Republicans had only a slight financial edge. Even with the Ryan-led House GOP's current formidable advantage, work has stalled this year on spending bills after hitting objections from conservatives. Moving into 2017, Congress faces a fresh round of budget legislation plus the need to renew the government's borrowing authority or face an economy-jarring federal default. Those are never easy to pass. Ryan, 46, has said he wants to be speaker in the new Congress and has expressed confidence in doing so. But he is not immune to ire from the Freedom Caucus, which chased former Speaker John Boehner from Congress last year, and other Republicans upset over his frigid treatment of Trump. Just a handful of disgruntled conservatives could possibly block Ryan from the 218 votes he'd need to retain his post. That would be an embarrassing setback for the GOP's 2012 vice presidential candidate, who may harbor White House aspirations. ___ Associated Press writer Andrew Taylor contributed to this report. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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Mary Balkema wins re-election as Kalamazoo County treasurer (5.29/33)

KALAMAZOO, MI -- With three precincts remaining, Republican Mary Balkema is likely to retain her seat as Kalamazoo County treasurer.
According to results from 105 of the county's 108 precincts, Balkama earned 53.8 percent of the vote. The results are still unofficial from the Kalamazoo County Clerk's Office.
She will serve as treasurer for a four-year term.
Balkema defeated Democratic challenger Sunny Sahu, 47,074 to 40,333 with three precincts left to report. The 49-year-old has served as treasurer since 2007 and was also a Kalamazoo city commissioner from 2001-2007.
Sahu conceded to Balkema before midnight on Nov. 8.
Balkema graduated from Western Michigan University with a bachelor's degree in Accounting and lives in the city of Kalamazoo with her husband James and their three children.

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Catherine Cortez Masto Wins Nevada to Become First Latina Senator (5.27/33)

LAS VEGAS — After a close race fueled by record outside spending, Catherine Cortez Masto, a Democrat, won the Nevada Senate contest on Tuesday to become the first Latina senator. She defeated Representative Joe Heck to fill the seat of Senator Harry Reid , the Democratic minority leader, who is retiring after three decades in the Senate. Outside groups spent nearly $90 million on the tight race, but the biggest factor might have been Donald J. Trump.
Ms. Cortez Masto, 52, a former Nevada attorney general and the granddaughter of a Mexican immigrant, focused her campaign on immigration overhaul and future Supreme Court picks before the Senate. She capitalized on the extensive ground operation built by Hillary Clinton and energized Latinos by railing against Mr. Trump’s plan to build a border wall, while trying to pin Mr. Trump’s most controversial views on her opponent.
Mr. Heck, 55, a physician and Iraq war veteran, tried to emphasize a record of across-the-aisle compromise. But he was tripped up by Mr. Trump’s statements on immigration, veterans and women, observers said.
Mr. Heck started off critical of Mr. Trump during the primary contests, then threw his support behind him after his nomination, only to call in October for Mr. Trump to step down.
“He was doing a good job trying to thread the middle and not alienate the base until the whole Donald Trump thing,” said David Damore, a professor of political science at the University of Nevada. “Then it was like he couldn’t say anything right.”
Mr. Heck relied on the financial backing of groups outside the state — including money from the conservative activists Charles G. and David H. Koch.

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Trump’s win a repudiation of Obama and a huge victory for ‘forgotten Americans’ (4.99/33)

Donald Trump likely made history — winning the presidency only 17 months after entering politics, after being counted out time and again.
His win (assuming Clinton concedes today) is a decisive rejection of Hillary Clinton and a harsh repudiation of President Obama, who thought he could seize on the temporary lock on Congress (including a super-majority in the Senate) voters gave Democrats in the wake of the 2008 financial crisis to move the nation permanently to the left.
Instead, he opened the door to the mother of all populist push backs.
Trump’s victory is a punch in the face of the cultural elite, the Washington insiders and Wall Street, too.
And it’s all left Democrats muttering about a rigged election and trying to pretend it’s all Jim Comey’s fault.
Trump has a clear mandate to fight for “his” voters, who pushed him over the top in enough swing states to carry the day.
But now comes the hard part: delivering.
With Republicans in (narrow) control of both houses of Congress, he faces enormous expectations to deliver real change — though Democrats will likely offer scorched-earth resistance, especially in the Senate.
The winner owes it to the nation to start delivering concrete plans in the coming days — Cabinet picks, reassurances to US allies and the markets and so much more.
Yet pretty much everyone’s in shock right now: The woman who wound up making history in 2016 was Kellyanne Conway — as the first to run a winning presidential campaign.

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Shock and angst in Asia as Trump rises (4.99/33)

Donald Trump's stunning performance in the US presidential election triggered shock and angst in Asia, where observers fretted over the implications for everything from trade to human rights and climate change.
Although the race remained too close to call, Trump has won key states in the nail-biter against Hillary Clinton, building momentum as large numbers of American voters shrugged off concerns over the billionaire's temperament and lack of experience.
Trump's rise has been keenly watched abroad as he campaigned on a platform of trashing trade agreements, restricting immigration, dismissing climate change, and otherwise disengaging from the rest of the world.
In often hushed scenes, viewers at election-watching events around Asia stared at giant screens tallying the returns as they digested the impact of Trump possibly heading the world's most powerful nation.
Dianita Sugiyo, 34, a university lecturer in Indonesia -- the world's most populous Muslim country -- said she was particularly concerned by Trump's calls to temporarily ban Muslims from countries with a history of terror ties.
"As a Muslim I feel very uncomfortable if Trump wins. He has always been anti-Muslim and I am afraid he will discriminate against Muslims," said Sugiyo, a member of a leading Indonesian moderate Muslim organisation.
"The United States is a multicultural country and there are a lot of Muslims there, so this is very terrifying," she said at a US embassy event in Jakarta.
- 'Dangerous' for the planet -
Financial markets registered their concern, with Tokyo's main index tumbling 5.5 percent, leading regional stocks mostly downward.
Trump’s tirades against global free trade were a big concern, said Clarita Carlos, a political science professor at the University of the Philippines.
"The world is globalising and if the US, which is one of the economic powerhouses, is going to put up walls, I don't see that as good for the world economy,” she said.
"They can practically slow down economic growth for everybody. He is a businessman. He should know better. "
Greenpeace Southeast Asia’s Executive Director Yeb Sano said he was struggling to understand how Trump, who has threatened to “cancel” the historic UN pact struck last year to address climate change, could win.
“In the context of a lot of other things happening around the world right now, it would be fair to ask: “What have we become?” Sano said.
“On climate change, clearly this is a massive blow to our prospects of progress and hope that the Paris Agreement had given us.”
At election events around the region, American Democratic supporters gradually deflated throughout Wednesday morning, while Republicans were buoyed.
Bradley Jordan, a retired 59-year-old Californian in Bangkok, said a Trump win would "throw the whole world upside down. "
"It’s dangerous for the planet. If Trump wins, we will do nothing about climate change and the planet will be screwed. I just can’t believe this is happening right now," he said, adding that he may renounce his US citizenship.
Even some Republicans expressed surprise.
"To be honest we didn't really think he would win. The polls have all been quite clear," Kym Kettler-Paddock, a US Republican, said at an event hosted by the American Chamber of Commerce in Hong Kong.
She said Trump's outsider status was bound to increase uncertainty abroad in the short-term over what type of president he would be.
"I think after that transition period it would settle down," she added.
But Amanda Mohar, the vice chair of Democrats Abroad Hong Kong, said the overseas fears are justified given Trump's calls to tear up international agreements he doesn't like.
"His instability up to this point has made his administration very unpredictable. We have no idea if he says he's going to review all of our treaties, if he's actually going to do that," Gohar said, adding that he would be a "dangerous person" in office.

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AP News Guide: Trump's stunner (4.80/33)

WASHINGTON (AP) - The years-long, shock-a-minute quest for the presidency ended in a shockwave for the ages. Donald Trump scored a stunning upset over Hillary Clinton, clinching an electoral vote majority in the wee hours Wednesday. Meanwhile, the Republicans kept control of the House and were on track to do so in the Senate, meaning a unified government was likely after a head-spinning turn of events that devastated the hopes of Democrats - and fed their worst fears. This, in a nation of gaping division and a powerful sense of pessimism, laid bare in exit polls that found voters casting their ballots without much enthusiasm for their choices. ___ A NOVEMBER SURPRISE Underestimated from start to finish, Trump the provocateur, political neophyte and flinger of insults scored major victories in Florida, Ohio and North Carolina on Tuesday, building steam against all expectations in a contest that raged across battlegrounds and turned on hair's breadth margins. Clinton pocketed Virginia - a squeaker like Florida - and both candidates rolled up victories in their predictable strongholds. But nothing else was predictable as the man who faced a daunting climb to the presidency inched closer to it. Trump flipped Iowa, a state that twice voted for Democrat Barack Obama. He won Utah, a slam-dunk for most Republicans but a state where many die-hard Republicans were said to find him intolerable. And he carried Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn't voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. Both candidates left multitudes of Americans dissatisfied with their choices. The struggle over whom to support was voiced by two voters in Independence, Missouri, after casting their ballots. "I had such a hard time, harder than I've ever had," said Joyce Dayhill, 59, a school bus driver who "reluctantly" voted for Trump. "I just prayed on it as hard as I could and felt this was the right decision. " Said Clinton voter Richard Clevenger, 58: "I think Trump's not stable. But I can't say there was really anything Hillary's shown me that made me feel like voting for her. But Trump just doesn't know what the hell he's doing, and he's surrounded by the Mickey Mouse Club. " ___ VOTERS SAY... The nation's fractures were reflected in surveys of voters as they left polling stations. Women nationwide supported Clinton by a double-digit margin, while men were significantly more likely to back Trump. More than half of white voters backed the Republican, while nearly 9 in 10 blacks and two-thirds of Hispanics voted for the Democrat. And people were markedly unhappy with the choice in front of them, the exit polls found. More than half of voters for each candidate cast their ballots with reservations about the one they voted for or because they disliked the alternative. Only 4 in 10 voters strongly favored their candidate. In contrast, about two-thirds of voters in 2012 strongly favored the candidate they chose. ___ CLINTON vs. TRUMP The two New Yorkers pounded each other relentlessly in the campaign's final stage, each preaching that the other is wholly unqualified, as the race tightened in the final days after a persistent if elastic lead for Clinton in preference polling. The Obamas piled on. Many Republicans agreed with Democrats that Trump would be thumped. Some in Washington ran away from him. __ SENATE SUSPENSE The night's second big mystery was which party will control the Senate, now Republican-dominated. Democrats needed to gain five seats to take an outright majority. If they gained only four - and if Clinton were elected - her vice president would be able to break 50-50 Senate ties. Democrats blew two of their chances, as Republican Rep. Todd Young thwarted a comeback by Evan Bayh, a former Democratic senator and governor, in Indiana; and as Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida held his Florida seat against a challenge from Democratic Rep. Patrick Murphy. But Democrat Tammy Duckworth toppled Sen. Mark Kirk in Illinois, and with undecided races elsewhere, Senate control remained in play for hours. Republicans, though, held on to other key seats - Wisconsin and North Carolina - leaving Democrats with little chance for a turnover. ___ HOUSE HUNTING To no one's surprise, Republicans kept control of the House, if with thinned ranks. They came into the election populating that chamber in numbers not seen since the 1930s. The breakdown going into Tuesday: 247-188 for the GOP, with three vacancies. They won at least 218 House seats Tuesday night. ___ SHE-NANIGANS/HE-NANIGANS? Trump pronounced in advance that the election is rigged, in what sounded like a hedge should he lose. He warned without evidence that Clinton partisans would commit fraud and prodded his supporters to watch for misdeeds at polling stations. The prospect of vigilante election monitoring and the anger seething behind that impulse raised concerns about confrontations Tuesday, especially if the result was close. But there were no early reports of large-scale fraud, intimidation or hacking - just long lines, an assortment of voting-machine glitches and some frayed nerves. ___ BALLOT BONANZA California, the first state to approve medical marijuana two decades ago, gave a big boost to the campaign to end the drug's national prohibition when voters passed a ballot measure to legalize the recreational use of pot. Voters in Massachusetts did the same. Arizona, Maine and Nevada also weighed whether to take that step. Florida, one of three states deciding whether to permit marijuana for medical purposes, approved the idea. Montana voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Arizona, Colorado and Maine were deciding whether to raise the minimum wage to $12 by 2020; Washington state is considering $13.50. The federal minimum is $7.25. Voters in several states may tighten controls on guns and ammunition. ___ SOME POLITICS IS LOCAL Of a dozen races for governor, at least seven appeared competitive and most of those had Democrats on the hook. Republicans went into the campaign with 31 governorships, just one short of their historic high. And Republicans control more than two-thirds of statehouse chambers. In a key legislative battle, Republicans won control of the Kentucky House - the lone remaining Democratic-held chamber in the South. Copyright 2016 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

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California OKs recreational pot; executions back in Nebraska (4.79/33)

NEW YORK (AP) — California and Massachusetts voted to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, giving a huge boost to the campaign to allow pot nationwide. Seven more states also voted on marijuana measures, while others voted on gun control and capital punishment. In Nebraska, voters reinstated the death penalty, reversing the Legislature's decision last year to repeal capital punishment. Nebraska has not executed an inmate since 1997; 10 men currently sit on death row. Colorado voters approved a measure that will allow physicians to assist a terminally ill person in dying. That's already a practice in five other states. Coloradans defeated a proposal that would have set up the nation's first universal health care system. In all, there were more than 150 measures appearing on statewide ballots. California led the pack with 17 ballot questions, including one that would require actors in porn movies to wear condoms during filming of sexual intercourse. Another would ban single-use plastic grocery bags. Five states, including Arizona, Maine and Nevada, considered whether to legalize the recreational use of marijuana. The results were hailed as historic by legalization activists, given that California is the most populous state. Massachusetts became the first state east of the Rockies to join the movement. Voters in Arkansas, Florida and North Dakota approved measures allowing marijuana use for medical purposes. Montanans voted on whether to ease restrictions on an existing medical marijuana law. Florida, where the pot measure was backed by 71 percent of the voters, and Arkansas became the first states in the South with full-scale medical marijuana programs, which exist in 25 other states. Collectively, it was the closest the U. S. has ever come to a national referendum on marijuana, which remains prohibited under federal law. "These votes send a clear message to federal officials that it's time to stop arresting and incarcerating marijuana users," said Rob Kampia, executive director of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. If "yes" votes prevailed across the board, more than 23 percent of the U. S. population will live in states where recreational pot is legal. The jurisdictions where that's already the case — Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, Washington state and the District of Columbia — have less than 6 percent of the population. Another hot-button issue — gun control — was on the ballot in four states, including California, which already has some of the nation's toughest gun-related laws. Proposition 63 would outlaw possession of large-capacity ammunition magazines, require permits to buy ammunition and extend California's unique program that allows authorities to seize firearms from owners who bought guns legally but are no longer allowed to own them. Washington state approved a ballot measure that will allow judges to issue orders temporarily seizing guns from individuals who are deemed a threat. In Maine and Nevada, a group founded by former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg spent millions promoting ballot measures that would require background checks on nearly all gun sales and transfers. Supporters say the changes would close gaps in the federal system that allow felons, domestic abusers and the mentally ill to buy firearms from private sellers at gun shows and online without a background check. Nebraska was one of three states voting on capital punishment. California had two competing measures on its ballot, one repealing its rarely used death penalty and the other speeding up appeals so convicted murderers are actually executed. Oklahoma residents approved a measure to make it harder to abolish capital punishment. It seeks to ensure the state has a way to execute prisoners even if a given method is blocked. Among the other topics addressed by ballot measures: — MINIMUM WAGE: Arizona and Colorado voters approved measures phasing in a $12 minimum hourly wages by 2020. Maine voters appeared likely to approve a similar measure. In Washington state, where the minimum wage is $9.47 an hour, voters approved a measure raising that to $13.50 an hour by 2020. The federal minimum wage is $7.25 an hour. — GAMBLING: New Jersey voters rejected a measure that would have allowed casinos outside Atlantic City for the first time in the state's 38-year history of legalized gambling. Rhode Island voters approved a measure to build a new casino in Tiverton, on the Massachusetts border. — TAXES: Maine voters were deciding whether to approve a 3 percent tax on people earning more than $200,000 a year to support an education fund for teachers and students. An Oregon measure would impose a 2.5 percent tax on corporate sales that exceed $25 million — with revenue earmarked for education, health and senior services. An initiative in Washington state sought to promote cleaner energy by imposing a tax of $25 per metric ton on carbon emissions from fossil fuels such as gasoline, coal and natural gas. — TOBACCO TAXES: Votes in four states — California, Colorado, Missouri and North Dakota — were deciding whether to raise taxes on cigarettes and other tobacco products.

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Trump vows to unify a deeply divided nation (4.77/33)

President-elect Donald Trump vowed Wednesday to unify a deeply divided nation, having scored a stunning victory backed by extraordinary support from working-class America.
The tough-talking New York billionaire claimed victories in the nation's premier battleground states, but his appeal across the industrial Midwest — Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, in particular — sealed a victory that defied pre-election polls and every expectation of the political establishment.
"I say it is time for us to come together as one united people," Trump told supporters gathered in a Manhattan hotel near his Trump Tower campaign headquarters.
"For those who have chosen not to support me in the past, of which there were a few people, I'm reaching out to you for your guidance and your help so we can work together and unify our great country," he said, the stage crowded with family and his most loyal allies.
Trump addressed the nation after sweeping most of the nation's top battlegrounds — and created some new ones.
He won Ohio, Florida and North Carolina. He also took down the Democratic Party's "blue firewall" by scoring victories in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that haven't supported a Republican presidential candidate since 1988 and 1984 respectively.
Trump's win shocked political professionals and global financial markets alike. But it created pure joy inside the hotel ballroom where hundreds of Trump supporters waited for hours for his celebration speech. They hugged each other, chanted "USA! " and bellowed "God bless America" at the top of their lungs.
House Speaker Paul Ryan called Trump Tuesday night to congratulate him on his "incredible victory. "
"We are eager to work hand-in-hand with the new administration to advance an agenda to improve the lives of the American people," Ryan, who had a rocky relationship with Trump at times, said in a statement. "This has been a great night for our party, and now we must turn our focus to bringing the country together. "
While Democrat Hillary Clinton was trying to make history as the first female president, Trump made a different kind of history as one of the least experienced presidential candidates ever elected.
A businessman and former reality TV star, he is a true political outsider in a way that marks a sharp break from past presidents.
Some were branded resume lightweights: ex-governors George W. Bush of Texas, Bill Clinton of Arkansas and Ronald Reagan of California, among them. But they had served somewhere — whether in Congress, states or in a leadership post in an administration.
Trump's outsider status ultimately helped him politically far more than it hurt.
His political inexperience allowed him to cast himself as a change agent just as frustrated voters in both parties were hungry for change. The message was particularly effective against Clinton, a fixture in public service over the last three decades.
Ever the showman, his strategy relied almost exclusively on massive rallies to connect with voters, ignoring the grunt work that typically fuels successful campaigns.
Pre-election polls suggested he was the least popular presidential nominee in the modern era.
Yet there were signs that Republicans who previously vowed never to support Trump were willing to give him a chance moving forward.
"If Trump wins, he does deserve the benefit of the doubt because he was right on his chances and so many of us were wrong," tweeted conservative leader Erick Erickson.

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Britain's economy is rocked by Trump's shock victory as £37billion is wiped off stock markets in seconds but the pound RISES in value (4.70/33)

The FTSE100 took a dramatic nosedive opening down 2 per cent after Donald Trump was announced as the new president of the United States. It fell by 144 points while the FTSE 250 was down 300 points, wiping £37 billion of the stock markets in seconds. However, after Trump made his sober victory speech at around 8am the FTSE100 then rose slightly to stand about 100 points down. Trump's election is good news for the pound, which has risen more than 1.2 per cent in value up against the dollar. Gold prices have also soared as investors look for safe assets. The US stock markets are bracing for their biggest fall since 9/11 with Trump in the White House. After 9/11 the New York Stock Exchange and the Nasdaq remained closed until September 17, the longest shutdown since 1933. On the first day of NYSE trading after 9/11, the market fell 684 points, a 7.1 per cent decline, setting a record for the biggest loss in exchange history for one trading day. At the close of trading that Friday, ending a week that saw the biggest losses in NYSE history, the Dow Jones was down almost 1,370 points, representing a loss of over 14 per cent. The S&P lost 11.6 per cent. An estimated $1.4 trillion in value was lost in those five days of trading. Russian markets largely resisted a global tumble Wednesday as Trump emerged as the surprise winner, bolstered by hopes he may ease biting Western sanctions against Moscow. The dollar-denominated RTS index was down 0.6 percent at 0800 GMT, while ruble-denominated Micex dipped by 0.4 percent. The exchange's website was working intermittently. The Russian ruble was trading flat at 63.91 against the US dollar and slightly down at 71.55 against the euro. 'Russia is perhaps the most obvious perceived (emerging market) beneficiary of President Trump - with the hope that he might ease sanctions on Russia in 2017,' said analyst with RenCap's global chief economist Charles Robertson, who titled his morning comment 'President Trump -making Russia great again.' Trump has said emphatically during the campaign that he is willing to work with Russian President Vladimir Putin, even praising him as a superior leader to outgoing US President Barack Obama. Moscow is suffering from a protracted recession exacerbated by Western sanctions imposed for its meddling in Ukraine and a global decrease in price of oil, Russia's key commodity.

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Trump strength shocks markets; Dow futures plunge 700-plus (4.64/33)

As the votes roll in across the U. S. and Donald Trump's chances for an upset win in the tight presidential election increase, the Dow Jones industrial average plunged more than 700 points in volatile futures trading and investors moved their money into safe havens like gold as as traders reacted to the possiblility of a Trump presidency.
Global markets were wildly volatile, with stocks, currencies and bonds swinging wildly as investors reacted to the possibility that the Republican businessman could best Democrat Hillary Clinton in the 2016 U. S. presidential election.
Investors are closely watching how the vote tally plays out. Trump's strong showing is causing investors to reassess his chances of victory, causing so-called risk assets to fall, as Wall Street had been pricing in a Clinton win the past two sessions.
The Dow Jones industrial average was down about 800 points, or 4.4%, in futures trading. If the Dow's losses stick when regular trading resumes Thursday, the point loss would top the 610-point drop back on June 24, when Britain shocked the world and investors when it voted to exit the European Union, a crisis known as Brexit. The Dow's current would also challenge the record one-day plunge of 777.68 points back on Sept. 29, 2008, during the financial crisis.
The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index was off 5%.
Trump’s strong showing is causing massive angst in financial markets around the globe, as investors are forced to consider the prospect of a Trump surprise win. Wall Street had been pricing in a Clinton win in recent days, a stance many investors are now rethinking as the race for the White House continues to be too close to call.
“What the market is telling us is that all of a sudden the chance of a Trump win is very real,” says Brad McMillan, chief investment officer at Commonwealth Financial Network. “Trump winning introduces a lot of policy uncertainty,” on issues ranging from trade to immigration to tariffs.
Investors are rushing into perceived havens, such as gold, which is up nearly $55 an ounce, or 4.3%, to $1328.80.
In a similar sign of investor angst as the votes are counted, U. S. Treasury yields, which move opposite price, were moving lower in evening trading. The yield was lower at 1.727, after being as high as 1.889%.
The Trump strength in this election is similar to what happened during the surprise Brexit vote, which was characterized by untrustworthy polls, rising populism and an angry electorate.
Says Craig Erlam, senior market analyst at OANDA: " It’s been a bloodbath in the markets ... as Donald Trump edges ever closer to the White House. The way markets have traded over the last couple of days and positioned ahead of the vote, you would think the election was going to be a routine victory for Clinton despite her name being dragged through the mud during the FBIs email investigation and the anti-establishment protest vote becoming ever more prevalent around the globe. Brexit should have been a warning for the markets and instead, it appears four months is more than long enough for such a historic even to be forgotten. "
What really has Wall Street worried, McMillan adds, is the prospect of a so-called Republican "sweep," in which Trump wins the White House and the GOP retain control of both the Senate and House. “A Republican sweep gives Trump a lot more policy flexibility than a divided government would,” says McMillan.
A Trump win would likely result in a steep fall in stock prices when Wall Street opens for trading Wednesday, he says, adding that the market would likely enjoy a relief rally if Clinton can rally back later tonight and win the election.
In early trading in Japan, the benchmark Nikkei 225 stock index was on a wild rollercoaster ride, with shares opening higher, then darting lower than rebounding sharply, before slumping again; it is currently down 5.2%. Shares were also trending lower in Australia, where the S&P/ASX 200 index was down 2.2%. The up and down trading reflects investor reaction to the incoming results in the U. S., with stocks rising when Clinton's chances of winning rise and slumping lower when early results show Trump still in the race.
Clinton is viewed more favorably by Wall Street, as she is a well-known political entity who represents the status quo. In contrast, Trump is viewed more warily by investors due to his unpredictable behavior and his negative views on free trade.
Volatility is also evident in currency markets. The Mexican peso is down more than13% versus the U. S. dollar, which reflects Trump's solid showing so far in Florida, which remains too-close-to call. The peso has rallied in the four previous sessions as the chances of a Trump win started to wane. In another sign of concern that Trump still has a chance to pull off the upset, the Japanese yen, a perceived haven, is up 3.6% vs. the dollar.
Stocks in the U. S. are coming off a strong two-day rally, as investors began to price in a Clinton win ahead of the final vote tally, in large part due to the FBI saying Sunday that it would not press charges against her in an investigation related to her email use while secretary of State.
The Standard & Poor's 500 stock index, after closing lower for nine straight days on Wall Street heading into the week (its longest losing streak in 36 years), rebounded this week, rallying 2.6% and nearly erasing the 3.07% dive. Similarly, the Dow Jones industrial average has rallied more than 444 points the past two sessions, its best back-to-back gains since late June.
After Monday's big rally Wall Street was debating whether the stock surge Monday and Tuesday was the start of a longer relief rally or whether it was setting the market up for a vicious fall if Trump engineers a surprise win.

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Surprise and euphoria at Trump headquarters in NY (4.62/33)

Euphoric Donald Trump supporters transformed into a sea of “Make America Great Again” hats, shouting “USA” and partying late into the night as the billionaire appeared within reach of victory Wednesday.
“We are so excited,” said Aliza Romanoff, a well-dressed, articulate and educated mother of two from Long Island whose family has known Trump for years, out celebrating with her parents and husband.
The Republican nominee’s official “victory party” in a Manhattan hotel ballroom started slowly — initially quietly optimistic — but as Trump won state after state, increasingly pumped up and raucous.
The crowd swelled in number, flagging energy levels boosted by alcohol and the avalanche of results that some admitted were far better than they ever imagined with Hillary Clinton the strong favorite.
“It’s unbelievable. I didn’t know Trump was really going to pull it off,” said Glenn Ruti, a 54-year-old New Yorker who works in telecommunications, albeit with no winner yet declared in the race.
“I think he’s going to go all the way.”
As Fox News, the TV network of choice for most Trump supporters beamed across the party on giant screens, declared Ohio, North Carolina, Florida, Iowa and Wisconsin for Trump, they broke out into whoops and cheers, clapping their hands, fist-pumping and waving placards.
“He’s going to win and my life is forever changed,” one supporter yelled into his cell phone, seemingly unable to believe it.
Bar staff in black tie rushed around collecting empties or bringing out fresh bottles. There were spontaneous chants of “Drain the Swamp.” That is Trump’s battle cry for overhauling establishment Washington.
“We’re definitely taken aback. We were expecting it to be a very close race,” said Romanoff. “We’re overjoyed,” she added as her mother promised a month of partying all the way to the inauguration on January 20.
Theirs was not the only family in attendance. Other parents brought their children. One woman even cradled a new-born baby in a sling. All agreed one thing, that the country had voted for change and change was coming.
Supporters listed opposition to Obamacare, Trump’s promise to create jobs, defeat jihadists and fight corruption as reasons for his shock performance, together with years of struggle after the 2008 financial crash.
While the crowd was overwhelmingly white American, it was more diverse and smaller than often evident at Trump’s campaign rallies.
There were Asian Americans, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, and affluent couples alongside core blue-collar workers.
Supporters trashed the American media, which largely predicted a Clinton win, dismissing it as untrustworthy and biased in favor of the Democratic former secretary of state.
Accusations that Trump is racist were lies manufactured by Democrats, supporters said.
“We’re feeling ecstatic,” said Jesse Singh, 46, from Baltimore.
“Once it’s declared, once he reaches 270 we’re going to have a party like we’ve never seen before,” he promised, before breaking into USA chants with a young white man.
Women in plunging red gowns and delicate cocktail dresses pulled on red campaign trucker hats, turning the venue into a sea of red before a podium dressed in American flags, waiting for Trump to arrive.
It was a party for select supporters from across the country. There were long-time friends and associates, and a noticeable contingent from the Trump Organization or people working in Trump Tower.
Fifteen-year-old schoolboy Aidan Van Hoek from Bronxville New York may be too young to vote but said he was “loving every minute” as he celebrated with his mother and brother.
“Wild and that’s the way it should be!” he said.
It was a party for the so-called “silent majority” whom Trump supporters say felt ignored or misunderstood by the elite, and abandoned by the Obama administration and who distrusted Clinton.
“Fox News actually said it best, everyone knew they were going to vote for him, but were too scared to admit it,” said Van Hoek.
“The polls were wrong,” agreed James Davis, a 46-year-old African American pastor from Ohio wearing a suit and bow-tie.
“I think it’s primarily because of the stigma of being a Trump supporter and as a result there’s a huge underground that evolved out of nowhere,” he explained.
“This is a working class revolution in America,” said John Fredericks, a radio host and Virginia state chairman of the Trump campaign.
“The pundits don’t understand it, the mainstream media doesn’t understand it. They don’t talk to real voters,” he said.
“They’re simply talking to the same other elite people in their wine and cheese and champagne echo chamber,” he said.

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Bob Ferguson leads in race for attorney general in early results (4.57/33)

In early election results, Bob Ferguson is retaining his spot as Washington’s attorney general. Ferguson has received 69 percent of the vote, compared to Libertarian challenger Joshua Trumbull’s 30 percent.
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Ferguson and Trumbull were both unopposed in the Washington primary, with Ferguson receiving more than 72 percent of the vote. Ferguson was elected in 2012 after the seat became open when Rob McKenna decided to run for governor.
Ferguson, who served on the King County Council from 2003-12, announced in August that he is suing Comcast for $100 million , alleging that the television and internet provider engaged in a “pattern of illegally deceiving their customers to pad their bottom line by tens of millions of dollars.” He announced in September that he will submit legislation that would ban some assault weapons and limit the size of high-capacity magazines.
Trumbull, a private attorney who entered the race with no political experience, grew up in Snohomish and received his degrees in Washington.

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Dem Supporters Openly Bawl As Trump Exceeds All Expectations (4.47/33)

Although the 2016 presidential race is not over, that it has turned into a tight match-up between GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton has been enough to send occupants of the Clinton headquarters into tears.
For many in the Democratic Party, the outrageous rhetoric of Trump filled them with a certain amount of confidence that Clinton would win the presidential election with relative ease. Clinton herself at one point during the election cycle expressed shock she wasn’t up by 50 points.
Those expectations have been dashed on the rocks as Tuesday evening continues, and the votes keep rolling in, resulting in Clinton voters watching the results with abject horror with tears in their eyes.
“The scene here is so different than it was a few hours ago when people were happy and relaxed,” Brianna Keilar, CNN senior political correspondent, said Tuesday evening, describing Clinton HQ. “I have been  looking around the room at people who are stone-faced, some of them have been crying, we have seen people leaving the venue, including some who have been sitting on the risers behind the podium where Hillary Clinton is supposed to speak.”
“There are people who are just in shock,” she added. “I’ve seen mouths open as folks here in the audience are watching the results come in, many of them with their arms crossed  and a hand to their mouth. They are just stunned as they watch what is going on here.”
At the time of publishing, Trump has 244 electoral votes to Clinton’s 209, with 270 in total needed to secure the White House.
Trump headquarters, on the other hand, was full of jubilation..
The Daily Mail reports that Trump supporters at the New York Hilton are hugging each other and shouting, “Lock her up.” 
At the Clinton party in Manhattan, however, senior Clinton aides were completely out of sight, leaving supporters despondent.
At least on NBC News, the virtual consensus among anchors and analysts was that the white rural vote had been completely underestimated in the election.
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Trump - the world reacts: European governments express disbelief at The Donald's victory while right-wing populists – and Russia - celebrate a new political era (4.43/33)

World leaders have reacted with disbelief to the surprise election of Donald Trump as US president. A senior figure in the German government has described the result as a 'huge shock', and questioned whether it will mean an end to 'Pax Americana' - the state of relative peace overseen by Washington since the end of World War Two. And the current French ambassador to the United States wrote that the 'world is collapsing before our eyes' in an astonishing attack on the newly-elected President. In a now-deleted tweet, before Trump's victory was confirmed, Gerard Araud wrote: 'After Brexit and this election, everything is now possible. A world is collapsing before our eyes. Dizziness.' But the result has been welcomed in Moscow, where officials say they are optimistic of improved relations with the US under a Trump presidency. The election was also greeted with delight by far-right leaders in Europe, with French National Front president Marine Le Pen among the first to voice their congratulations. She tweeted:  'Congratulations to the new President of the United States Donald Trump and the American people, free!' German Defence Minister Ursula von der Leyen, an ally of Chancellor Angela Merkel, described the result as a 'huge shock' and questioned whether it meant the end of 'Pax Americana', the state of relative peace overseen by Washington that has governed international relations since World War Two. French Foreign Minister Jean-Marc Ayrault pledged to work with Trump, but said his personality 'raised questions'. He admitted to being unsure what a Trump presidency would mean for key foreign policy challenges, from climate change and the West's nuclear deal with Iran to the war in Syria. 'Looks like this will be the year of the double disaster of the West,' former Swedish foreign minister Carl Bildt said on Twitter, pointing to Britain's vote in June to leave the European Union. 'Fasten seat belts,' he said. Russian State Duma Speaker Vyacheslav Volodin voiced hopes for more constructive US-Russian dialogue when the newly-elected president takes office. He said: 'Current Russian-US relations cannot be called friendly. One would like to hope that a more constructive dialog between the two countries will be possible when the new president takes office.  'The Russian parliament will welcome and support any steps along these lines.' The result was also welcomed by controversial far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders, who has previously hit out at what he describes as the Islamification of the Netherlands. After results came in for Florida and Utah, he wrote: 'The people are taking their country back. So will we.' Mexican Finance Minister Jose Antonio Meade and central bank chief Agustin Carstens are due to address the media early Wednesday to outline actions the government will take in response to the peso's fall. Meade said last week he expected such market 'volatility' if Trump won, while Carstens said the government had an unspecified contingency plan in place to weather the storm. Foreign Minister Claudia Ruiz Massieu, meanwhile, cancelled a late night news conference. An official said she would speak after both Trump and Clinton have spoken. Turkey's justice minister said he is cautiously optimistic of improved relations with the US. Bekiz Bozdag told the state-run Anadolu Agency on Wednesday: "In essence our relations are relations between two states and we hope that under the new presidential term the Turkish-US relations will be much better.  'That is our expectation.' Bozdag noted that Trump's win came despite intense campaigning in favor of his rival Hillary Clinton. 'I saw an intense campaign for Hillary Clinton's victory. Artists, sportsmen, all personalities worked for Clinton's victory. But in elections, it is important to embrace the people,' Bozdag said.  'No one has won elections through newspaper headlines, opinion polls or television (campaigns).'

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UKIP leader and Brexit figurehead Farage congratulates Trump (4.41/33)

LONDON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Nigel Farage, the leader of the UK Independence Party who was a figurehead in the campaign to get Britain out of the European Union, congratulated Donald Trump on being elected the next U. S. president on Wednesday. Farage, who spoke at a Trump rally during the election campaign, had predicted the former reality TV host could harness the same dissatisfaction among voters that led to Brexit, something that Trump himself made repeated reference to. "I hand over the mantle to @RealDonaldTrump! Many congratulations. You have fought a brave campaign," Farage wrote on this Twitter website. (Reporting by Michael Holden; Editing by William Schomberg)

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Shock and tears at Clinton's college (4.33/33)

They thought they were coming to celebrate America's first female president and the breaking of the ultimate glass ceiling.
Wellesley -- which only admits women -- even handed out wooden mallets that said " Wellesley women shattering glass ceilings. " Many women also began the evening waving "history in the making" flags.
But the night ended in tears of disbelief.
"What? " students and alumnae shouted at the television screen as Donald Trump took the lead in several key swing states around midnight.
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Among the crowd, many women were wearing Clinton's trademark white pantsuits or t-shirts with Clinton's logo or image. One woman came in a full suffragette outfit. Her four-year-old daughter was dressed as Clinton. "Love Trumps Hate" shirts were also popular.
"Nothing comes easy for women. Everything that is worth doing takes work," said Madeleine Albright, former Secretary of State, via Skype to the Wellesley crowd. Albright is a 1959 Wellesley alum and was the first woman to become Secretary of State. Clinton graduated a decade later in 1969.
Women from different generations hugged and comforted each other as the party ended at 1:30 am. Some students talked about looking for jobs abroad when they graduate.
"I'm so sick right now and disappointed in this country," said one young alum.
"It's crazy we might have a president who validates being racist and being exclusive. And that being hateful is ok," said first year Meha Ahluwalia. Her family is Sikh and she worries for their safety, especially the men in her family who wear turbans.
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Clinton was college government president at Wellesley. Her graduation speech made headlines when she rebutted a sitting Republican senator who had spoken just before her.
We must strive to make "the art of what appears to be impossible...possible," Clinton said in 1969.
But it wasn't meant to be in 2016.
"The election may not turn out the way we had hoped," said Wellesley president Paula Johnson as the evening ended. But "whatever the result, we stand for justice. We stand for equity. "
Win or lose, Clinton's historic run has likely encouraged more young women to enter politics.
"Hillary has been an inspiration to me for my entire life," said Emily Moss, a sophomore who campaigned almost every weekend this fall for Clinton in New Hampshire. "Her resilience is incredibly inspiring. "

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Dick Cheney’s daughter wins dad’s old US House seat (4.29/33)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Liz Cheney has won the Wyoming U. S. House seat formerly held by her father.
Cheney beat Democrat Ryan Greene of Rock Springs. Greene is an employee in his family’s oilfield services business.
Neither Cheney nor Greene has held elected office, but Cheney prevailed with much wider name recognition. She is former Vice President Dick Cheney’s daughter and a former Fox News commentator.
Cheney’s campaign took a tough stance against the federal government. She says too much regulation is killing Wyoming’s coal industry.

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Ron Johnson Upsets Feingold In Wisconsin Senate Race (4.26/33)

JANESVILLE, Wis.- GOP Sen. Ron Johnson will serve a second term in the U. S. Senate after edging out his Democratic opponent former Sen. Russ Feingold, whom he unseated in 2010.
Despite once being considered a lost cause by several polling experts, Johnson managed to close what was once a 16-point lead, with numbers showing him within the margin of error in the days leading up to the election.
With 70 percent reporting, the Associated Press called the race, with Johnson taking in 52 percent of the vote to Feingold’s 45 percent.
“Ron Johnson – like he has his whole life – earned this  tonight. He is a work-horse who does not shy away from a fight because he is an effective conservative who gets things done. Ron is a man of integrity,” House Speaker Paul Ryan said in a statement. “I’ve seen that up close over the last six years, and I am just glad the rest of Wisconsin realized that tonight. He will be a great representative for our state, and I look forward to working with him in the next Congress.”
The campaign largely attributed his win to its strong ground game, positive messaging and solid fundraising numbers.
Despite Feingold’s early cash advantage, the Democratic Senatorial Campaign Committee dumped a whopping $2 million into his campaign as it became clearer Wisconsin was becoming a battleground state.
The chairman of the Senate Homeland Security Committee painted Feingold as a career politician who has broken a number of promises to constituents and advocated for higher spending and Obamacare throughout the election. Feingold attacked Johnson for being pro-life and doing to much to help corporations.
Johnson spent the final four days of the election crisscrossing the Badger State with Ryan in an attempt to get out the vote. Major names including vice presidential nominee Indiana Gov. Mike Pence,  Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and Republican Policy Committee Chairman Sen. John Barrasso came out to stump for the senator in his final push to win the state.
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Corey Lewandowski demands concession speech: 'Where is the outrage?' (4.13/33)

The exchange came on the heels of remarks from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta indicating she would not deliver remarks until at least later in the day Wednesday.
"We have heard for weeks that Donald Trump will call into question the legitimacy of this election," said Lewandowski. "'He will not concede. What will his people do? Will there be an outrage?'"
"Where is the outrage tonight that Hillary Clinton refuses to call and concede the election," he asked. "The race is over. "
Shortly after the exchange Clinton called Trump, but there was no indication there would be a concession speech.
Speaking from the Javitz Center in New York City, Podesta delivered defiant words to crowd of Clinton supporters telling them to go home.
"I can say we can wait a little longer, can't we? " said Podesta. "They're still counting votes and every vote should count. Several states are too close to call, so we're not going to have anything more to say tonight. "

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Twitter shocked at Trump's surprise victory react with tongue-in-cheek memes (3.99/33)

Web users shocked at Donald Trump's surprise victory have reacted with a string of tongue-in-cheek memes. The Republican has sensationally won the White House – taking Pennsylvania to secure 274 electoral college votes in a humiliating defeat for Hillary Clinton. But as the 70-year-old's supporters prepared to celebrate the victory, shocked Twitter users took the opportunity to poke fun at the situation. One showed a picture of the one-time Democrat hopeful Bernie Saunders along with the words 'Where are you now that I need you' - lyrics from a Justin Bieber hit. Another, showing an Air Canada jet taking off alongside two passports came along with the caption: 'Election night starter kit'. One tweet simply showed a US flag along with the words 'If I'm being honest, I'm terrified'. Another post suggested an election night drinking game, with the rules being: 'Drink. Then keep drinking'. Trump was elected America's 45th president in an astonishing victory for a celebrity businessman and political novice who capitalised on voters' economic anxieties, took advantage of racial tensions and overcame a string of sexual assault allegations on his way to the White House. His triumph over Hillary Clinton will end eight years of Democratic dominance of the White House and threatens to undo major achievements of President Barack Obama. He's pledged to act quickly to repeal Obama's landmark health care law, revoke the nuclear agreement with Iran and rewrite important trade deals with other countries, particularly Mexico and Canada. The Republican blasted through Democrats' longstanding firewall, carrying Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, states that hadn't voted for a GOP presidential candidate since the 1980s. He needed to win nearly all of the competitive battleground states, and he did just that, claiming Florida, Ohio, North Carolina and others. Global stock markets and U. S. stock futures plunged deeply, reflecting investor alarm over what a Trump presidency might mean for the economy and trade. Trump will take office with Congress expected to be fully under Republican control. GOP Senate candidates fended off Democratic challengers in key states and appeared poised to maintain the majority. Republicans also maintained their grip on the House. Senate control means Trump will have great leeway in appointing Supreme Court justices, which could mean a major change to the right that would last for decades. Trump upended years of political convention on his way to the White House, leveling harshly personal insults on his rivals, deeming Mexican immigrants rapists and murderers, and vowing to temporarily suspend Muslim immigration to the US.

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Clinton hopes to make history as first woman president (3.99/33)

Hillary Clinton has delivered her closing pitch, concluded her final rally and cast her own vote in the US election.
There is little left for the Democratic nominee to do but to await word on whether she has succeeded in her bid to become the first woman to serve as US president.
Her campaign picked a suitably symbolic location for her election night party - the Jacob K Javits convention centre in New York City, which, in a nod to the potentially historic outcome, offers a glass ceiling.
Casting her ballot at an elementary school near her home in suburban New York, Mrs Clinton acknowledged the weight of the day, saying: "So many people are counting on the outcome of this election. "
It was a relatively calm election day compared with Mrs Clinton's hectic final few days day on the campaign trail.
The former US secretary of state and New York senator dashed through battleground states and campaigned with a star-studded cast of celebrity supporters.
The eve of the election included an emotional rally in Philadelphia with her husband, Bill Clinton, as well as president Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama, featuring performances by Jon Bon Jovi and Bruce Springsteen.
Lady Gaga capped the day by serenading thousands of supporters before the Clintons took the stage for a 1am rally in Raleigh, North Carolina.
After the divisive rhetoric of the campaign against her Republican rival Donald Trump, Mrs Clinton sought to offer a positive closing message.
She told supporters in Pittsburgh they "can vote for a hopeful, inclusive, bighearted America".
In a buoyant mood, she also greeted voters who cried out "we love you," telling them: "I love you all, too ... absolutely. "
Some good news boosted Mrs Clinton's spirits in the final moments of the campaign. On Sunday, FBI director James Comey sent a letter to US congress, explaining that the bureau had found no evidence in its hurried review of newly discovered emails to warrant criminal charges against Mrs Clinton.
The late October announcement of a fresh email review rocked the race just as Mrs Clinton appeared to be pulling away from Donald Trump in several battleground states.
The update from the FBI may have come too late for some. In the nine days between Mr Comey's initial statement until his "all clear" announcement on Sunday, nearly 24 million people had cast early ballots - about 18% of the expected total votes for president.
Campaign aides projected confidence in the final moments. They said they felt good about Nevada, where they said support for Mrs Clinton in early voting was strong.
They were also encouraged by the strong Latino turnout in Florida and felt they took a strong lead in Michigan and Pennsylvania into election day, when the bulk of votes are cast in those states.
Leading up to election day, Mrs Clinton made stops in Pennsylvania, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio and New Hampshire - often flanked by star guests. Jay Z and Beyonce performed with pant-suited backing dancers in Cleveland, James Taylor serenaded New Hampshire voters and Katy Perry sang Roar in Philadelphia.
Mrs Clinton also campaigned with Khizr Khan, the father of a slain US army officer whose indictment of Mr Trump at the Democratic National Convention was an emotional high point for the party.
Her last two days on the campaign trail felt almost like a Clinton family reunion, with some of her closest confidants jumping on the campaign plane for her final hours.
Even Huma Abedin, her embattled personal aide caught up in the email controversy, jumped on the plane for the midnight rally in Raleigh.

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Wolf Blitzer Cannot Accept The Fact That Hillary Conceded (3.90/33)

Wolf Blitzer had a little trouble digesting Donald Trump’s Tuesday victory in the 2016 presidential election.
“If Hillary Clinton has conceded, that is dramatic,” Blitzer told fellow CNN hosts John King and Dana Bash. “That is a dramatic development, Dana, and to hear the words president elect, we haven’t yet projected that — but you’re saying Clinton made a formal call to Donald Trump to concede?”
“That’s correct,” Bash responded. “I’m talking to a source who was there for it and telling me that that conversation did happen. Hillary Clinton has made it very clear to her opponent that she believes that he will be the next president of the united states and not her.”
“And you’re also hearing she is still not going to speak tonight?” Blitzer added as a follow-up. “Donald Trump momentarily, we assume will be addressing that very enthusiastic crowd there, but she won’t.”
“We don’t have any word that the plans will change,” the CNN senior political correspondent responded. “It’s pretty clear that that phone call gave a green light to Donald Trump to make his speech.”
Blitzer then felt the need to reiterate the sentiment for the CNN audience.
“So if her aides are telling her it’s over and she makes that phone call to Donald Trump congratulating him on winning the presidency, they obviously have given up at this point and Hillary Clinton has done what she thinks is the right thing.”
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Pakistan deports National Geographic's famous 'Afghan Girl' (3.84/33)

Pakistan has deported National Geographic's famed green-eyed "Afghan Girl" to her native Afghanistan after a regional court convicted her of carrying a forged Pakistani ID and staying in the country illegally.
The case of Sharbat Gulla has drawn international attention and criticism of Pakistani authorities over their perceived harsh treatment of the famous refugee.
Ms Gulla and her four children were handed over to Afghan authorities at the Torkham border crossing, about 35 miles north west of the Pakistani city of Peshawar.
A visibly unhappy Ms Gulla, clad in a blue burka, and her children had been taken from Peshawar to the border in a convoy, which included several Afghan officials, said local government administrator Fayaz Khan.
At the crossing, Ms Gulla turned once to look back at Pakistani territory and softly murmured good wishes for the people of Pakistan - her home of many years, according to two customs officials at the scene.
She was arrested in late October on charges of carrying fake Pakistani ID papers and staying in Pakistan illegally. A Peshawar court later ordered her deported.
She gained international fame in 1984 as an Afghan refugee girl, after war photographer Steve McCurry's photograph of her, with piercing green eyes, was published on National Geographic's cover.
Mr McCurry found her again in 2002, then in 2014, she went into hiding after authorities accused her of buying fake Pakistani documents.
Mr Khan said she was being flown to the Afghan capital Kabul to attend a function in her honour hosted by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani.
Peshawar provincial authorities had reportedly tried to find a legal way for Ms Gulla to stay in the country on humanitarian grounds, but she declined the offer, according to Mr Khan.
After the Peshawar court sentenced her to 15 days in jail and a fine of 1,000 US dollars, she fell ill and was admitted to Peshawar's Lady Reading hospital.
On Wednesday, the hospital staff presented Ms Gulla a bouquet of red roses before bidding her farewell, said Dr Mukhtiar Zaman, adding that she was still weak from her illness.

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Mexican peso plunges 10% to record low vs. dollar Contact WND (3.56/33)

(CNBC) The Mexican peso plummeted against the U. S. dollar to record lows Tuesday night as Donald Trump won Ohio and took the lead in the electoral count.
“Shock and awe in the FX markets. We’re having painful flashbacks to Brexit — no one is entirely sure where the bottom is at the moment, so most participants are in a ‘sell first, ask questions later’ mood,” Karl Schamotta, director of FX research and strategy at Cambridge Global Payments, said in an email.
The peso was more than 10 percent lower against the greenback at an all-time low, with the dollar-peso near 20.33 versus the greenback as of 10:47 p.m., ET.

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Celebs who said they'd leave U. S. if Trump won Contact WND (3.54/33)

(THE HILL) — Dozens of celebrities vowed to leave the country if Donald Trump won the White House, saying they’d flee to everywhere from Canada to Jupiter.
The threat is a common one after any election outcome: Canada’s immigration website crashed from heavy traffic as it looked increasingly likely that Trump would win.
But after the real estate mogul clinched the presidency in a stunning victory early Wednesday morning, some of those stars will face questions about making good on their promise.
Here is a list of some of the celebs who claimed they would move out of the U. S. under a Trump administration.

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Beth Griffin wins tight race for 66th District Michigan House (3.50/33)

VAN BUREN COUNTY, MI -- Van Buren County Commissioner Beth Griffin won a contentious race against South Haven School Board trustee Annie Brown to be named representative of the 66 th District of the Michigan House of Representatives.
According to unofficial vote totals, with 37 of 41 precincts reported by 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, Griffin, a Mattawan Republican, had received 18,246 votes, approximately 54 percent of the votes. Brown had received 15,504 votes (46 percent).
Griffin is set to fill a seat being vacated by Rep. Aric Nesbitt, who is term-limited and could not run for the seat again in 2016.
"Thank you to the voters of the 66 th District tonight for their trust and confidence in me," Griffin said in a prepared statement Tuesday night. "It is an honor to be chosen to serve this community in the House of Representatives. I'd also like to thank everyone who supported my campaign for your support, your time and your commitment. It has made all the difference. "
She gathered with supporters and other members of the Van Buren County Republican Party at an election watch party at La Cantina restaurant in the Paw Paw.
The 66th District includes all of Van Buren County, and the city of Parchment and townships of Alamo and Cooper in Kalamazoo County.
Griffin, 49, has been a Van Buren County Commissioner since 2012. She has worked as a teacher in Parchment Middle School and is an owner of Premco Finance. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from Indiana-Purdue University at Fort Wayne, Ind., and a master's degree in education from Old Dominion University.
She thanked Nesbitt for his support and leadership during her campaign as well as her campaign manager Enriqueta Turanzas.
"I look forward to bringing our message of supporting our job creators, protecting taxpayers, and working together to Lansing," Griffin said in her statement.
During the campaign, the Michigan Democratic Party accused Griffin of improperly using government funds to further her campaign – specifically that she sent campaign-related emails using her Van Buren County Commission email address. Griffin's campaign denied the accusation.
The Democrats also accused her campaign manager of knocking a cell phone from of the hands of one of Brown's staffers and chasing him from a room where he was supposedly recording Griffin. Turanzas denied that those things happened.
Griffin has said she was running for State Representative "because I have passion for community service, and clearly see the need for continued focus on common sense solutions and working together for a better Michigan. By working together, we can keep taxes low, support our job creators, and improve collaboration between local and state government. "

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See who's leading Washtenaw County school board races (3.40/33)

WASHTENAW COUNTY, MI - Results of the Nov. 8 election are still rolling in, but here's a look at who's leading local school board races, as of 2:30 a.m. Wednesday, Nov. 9.
Ann Arbor Public Schools - three four-year terms
Gaynor, Lighfoot, Mitchell lead Ann Arbor school board race
13 of 13 precincts counted
Incumbent Dennis Valenti - 7,049 (39.28 percent) Michael McVey - 5,700 (31.76 percent) Incumbent Alan Brilliant - 5,098 (28.41 percent)
Scott Hummel ran unopposed for a partial term that will end in 2018. 
Ypsilanti Community Schools - two six-year terms
27 of 27 precincts counted 
Incumbent Sharon Lee - 8,700 (31.16 percent) Incumbent Meredith Schindler - 7,223 (25.87 percent) Steve Gray - 6,704 (24.01 percent) Mark Wilde - 5,024 (18 percent)
"I'm happy with the way the race has gone," Schindler said. "Everyone was in it for the right reasons. "
Schindler said she interprets the re-election of herself and Lee as a vote of confidence in the work the school board has been doing on behalf of Ypsilanti Community Schools.
"I think we've done a lot of hard work to help people understand what a special place this is and to really revitalize what had been going on in the district and to build some trust in the system," she said.
Lee, Gray and Wilde could not be reached for comment.
Live November 2016 election results for Ann Arbor and Washtenaw County
Dexter Community Schools - two six-year terms and one partial term 11 of 18 precincts counted
Incumbent Julie Schumaker - 5,101 (43.85 percent) Incumbent Daryl Kipke - 4,230 (36.37 percent) Tom Diab - 2,241 (19.27 percent)
For the partial term Incumbent Dick Lundy - 3,415 (52.64 percent) Marlo Rojeck - 1,602 (24.7 percent) Shawn Letwin - 1,429 (22.03 percent)
Chelsea School District - three six-year terms Eight of 11 precincts counted
Incumbent Laura Bush - 3,860 (21.12 percent) Kristin van Reesema - 3,439 (18.82 percent) Shawn Quilter - 3,228 (17.66 percent) Susan Catherman - 2,902 (15.88 percent) Incumbent Steve Olsen - 2,614 (14.3 percent) Incumbent Laurel McDevitt - 2,200 (12.04 percent)
Manchester Community Schools - four four-year terms Five of seven precincts counted
Thomas Mann - 2,033 (23.1 percent) Incumbent Christine Fegan - 1,843 (20.94 percent) Karen Rothfuss - 1,421 (16.15 percent) Michael Bossory - 1,205 (13.69 percent) Jeremy Koch - 1,260 (14.32 percent) David Bartley - 1,007 (11.44 percent)
Whitmore Lake - three six-year terms Four of six precincts counted
Incumbent Michelle Kritzman - 1,002 (29.05 percent) Incumbent Laura Schwennesen - 878 (25.46 percent) John Meadows Jr. - 828 (24.01 percent) Eliza Bivins-Fink - 706 (20.47 percent)
No one filed for partial term that will end in 2020, and Larry Cole was expected to run as a write-in candidate for that seat.
Lincoln Consolidated Schools and Milan Area Schools did not have contested school board races. Allison Sparks and Laura Van Zomeren were elected to the Lincoln school board. Incumbents Janice Kiger, Amy Landingham and Eric Peacock were re-elected to the Milan school board.

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Missouri elects Republican newcomer Eric Greitens governor (3.25/33)

ST. LOUIS, Nov. 9 (UPI) -- Coming into the day in a near tie with his opponent, political newcomer Eric Greitens, a former Navy SEAL and best-selling author, won the Missouri governorship Tuesday.
Greitens garnered 51 percent of the vote to beat Democratic nominee Chris Koster, Missouri's attorney general, and will take over for two-term Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon in January.
"Tonight begins a new generation of conservative leadership here in Missouri," Greitens told supporters after getting Koster's concession. "Tonight, we did more than win an election. We restored power to the people and we took our state back! "
Greitens, a former Democrat, ran on campaign promises to "clean up" the state's Legislature with ethics regulations, continue to resist expansions of the Affordable Care Act and promising to add Missouri to the list of states with "right to work" laws that some believe will help improve the job situation in the state.
Greitens is one of three Republican gubernatorial candidates to win their elections -- the others are in Indiana and Vermont -- giving the party 32 governor's offices, a modern record .

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Hillary Clinton won't be attending her Manhattan victory party and she won't make a concession speech tonight as it looks like the presidential race will be called for Donald Trump.
Clinton's campaign chairman John Podesta told reporters that he is heading to the Javits Center alone. When asked if Clinton was going over, he said no, according to CNN reporter Dan Merica.
See images of Podesta at Javits Center:
The Javits Center, which is hosting the victory party, was scheduled to close at 2 a.m. Clinton has been watching the election returns from a hotel in Manhattan.
Podesta addressed supporters at the Javits Center briefly.
"We can wait a little longer can't we? " he said. "They are still counting votes. And every vote should count. "
He told attendees to head home.
"We're not going to have anything more to say tonight," Podesta said. "Everyone should go home. "
The Democratic nominee was expected to win the presidency this week, but late-night returns put her Republican counterpart ahead. It's now clear that Clinton doesn't have any likely path to winning.
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What happens when the Electoral College is tied? (3.22/33)

It's extremely unlikely, but not impossible.
For a candidate for president of the United States to win the nomination, he or she must win at least 270 electoral votes. But if the stars align, it is possible for the final tally to end in a 269-269 tie.
For that to happen in the 2016 general election, Donald Trump would have to win New Hampshire and Arizona, and Hillary Clinton would have to win Michigan, Wisconsin, Minnesota and Pennsylvania. All these states are still in play as of early Wednesday morning with Trump leading 244-215.
So what happens next?
If everything checks out, then each state's representatives meet together and vote amongst themselves to decide on the state's one vote it will put forward. Then, each state will submit its one vote to decide the president, according to the 12th Amendment. The winner is the first to reach 26 votes, or a majority.
Then, each member of the Senate will submit one vote for vice-president and the nominee is the first with 51 votes. 
If there is still a tie in the House, then the vice-president elect will act as serving president until the House breaks its tie. If there is also a tie in the Senate for vice president, then the Speaker of the House will serve as acting president or vice-president until the Senate breaks its tie, according to the 20th Amendment.
The 12th Amendment gives the House until March 4 to select a President.
It was announced Wednesday morning that Republicans have maintained control of the House and Senate, which means a tie in the electoral college would almost certainly lead to a Trump presidency.
There have been two ties for President in American history.
It happened in the 1800 election when a tie between Thomas Jefferson and Aaron Burr. The House voted Jefferson as president, and the Senate voted his opponent as his vice president. In the 1984 election, none of the four candidates reached the majority of electoral college votes. The House made John Quincy Adams president.
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Five trapped, 40 injured as tram overturns in tunnel (3.15/33)

Five people are trapped and 40 people have been injured after a tram overturned. The incident, involving a two-car vehicle, happened in a tunnel in south London, a Transport for London spokesman said. Police confirmed they were called to the scene at Sandilands tram stop in Croydon at around 6.10am. A spokeswoman for London Fire Brigade said: "A two-car tram overturned. Five persons are confirmed trapped, and 40 persons injured. " A London Ambulance Service spokesman said: "We are attending an incident in the Croydon area and have multiple resources on way. " Images showed emergency services working at the scene of what police described as a "serious incident". Hannah Collier tweeted: " Heard a massive crash outside my window, now emergency services everywhere for the overturned tram, hope everyone is ok. " Tfl said the tram service has been suspended between Reeves Corner and Addington Village/Harrington Road.

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Voters support increasing police oversight (3.14/33)

San Francisco voters appear to have approved a measure that will give The City’s police oversight body more powers and make it completely independent from the Police Department.
Proposition G, which required more than 50 percent of the votes to pass, not only expands the powers of the Office of Citizen Complaints, but also changes the body’s name to the Department of Police Accountability.
As it stands, the nearly four-decade-old OCC investigates citizen complaints of police misconduct, and was given the mandate by voters last June to also investigate all fatal police shootings.
The measure also gives the agency auditing powers over the Police Department and removes it from the SFPD’s budget.
Earlier this year, the OCC was already given more responsibility when voters passed a measure in June tasking the body with investigating all fatal office shootings. The body was also given increased funding to pay for more staff and technical tools such as transcription aids to increase the speed of investigations.

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Chaffetz, Stewart, Bishop win another term in Congress (3.14/33)

SALT LAKE CITY — Three of Utah's Republican congressmen will return to the nation's capital.
The Associated Press called races for Reps. Jason Chaffetz, Chris Stewart and Rob Bishop about 10:30 p.m. Tuesday, even as long lines at polling places in Salt Lake and other counties delayed results late into the evening.
Chaffetz, who was first elected in 2008, had secured 75 percent of votes in the 3rd Congressional District race as of midnight. Democrat Stephen Tryon trailed with 26 percent.
Speaking to a group gathered for the GOP party in the Rice-Eccles Stadium tower, Chaffetz said Tuesday night he felt the weight of his office.
"It's an honor and a privilege to serve in the Congress. It's something you should never, ever take for granted," said Chaffetz, who spent the evening flanked by his wife and daughter.
As he was on stage, Chaffetz was interrupted by cheers as projections continued to roll in in favor of GOP presidential candidate Donald Trump around 9:30 p.m.
"I think we should practice calling him President Trump," he remarked. Chants of "Lock her up" broke out briefly as he left the stage.
Tryon clashed with Chaffetz, who heads the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, over his dogged pursuit of Democrat Hillary Clinton and government intrusion in the name of national and cybersecurity during a debate last month .
Tryon told supporters Tuesday night, "No matter what happens, we respect the results of our constitutional process.
"We will continue to fight," he said. "If need be, we'll come back in two years or in four years to take this thing back. "
Moving forward, Tryon said Democrats must "stay committed" to fighting for their principles: raising the minimum wage, fixing Social Security and "taking care of the everyday American. "
"This has been a terrific campaign, and I enjoyed being able to carry that Democratic message. I want you to remember we have the right answers. Stay true to that, no matter what happens," he said.
Stewart was on track to hold onto the seat he took after Democrat Jim Matheson vacated it in his 2012 race against Mia Love. He held 62 percent of votes at midnight.
In a debate last month, Stewart questioned how well his opponent, Charlene Albarran, really knows the 2nd Congressional District, which she recently moved into. The district includes Salt Lake City, where Albarran now lives, and covers much of western and southern Utah.
Albarran had 34 percent of the vote when she issued a concession statement shortly after midnight.
Stewart told the increasingly raucous crowd at the U. Tuesday night, "We've got a chance to start over. "
"We can save the American dream if we do this right, and tonight's the start of doing that," Stewart said.
In a prepared statement, Albarran said she had no regrets.
"The most difficult part over the last few weeks was the unknown," Albarran said. "As any wise person would do, I had plan A and plan B. My plan B is to continue to work for the issues that (matter to) many of my constituents because my concern in genuine. Therefore, I am starting (a nonprofit organization) to continue my work and sincere concern so that I can be a voice for the people. "
Rep. Rob Bishop was leading in the race for the District 1 seat that he has held since 2013.
It was Democratic challenger Peter Clemens' second congressional bid. He previously ran in 2014 but was eliminated in the primaries.
Bishop held 63 percent of the vote over Clemens' 29 percent at midnight.
Bishop and Clemens sparred over the fight for public lands at the proposed Bears Ears national monument during a debate last month, where Bishop argued the monument has no support from Native Americans in Utah, and Clemens called the congressman's compromise bill a grab at oil and gas land.
Bishop thanked those who re-elected him in a statement Tuesday, noting he is "still really just a schoolteacher. "
"I will work every day to take Utah's conservative values to Washington," he said. "I will keep fighting hard for Hill Air Force Base, to make sure Utah's voice is heard on public lands decisions, and to push federalism in order to bring governing decisions closer to people. This is the greatest nation in the world, and our best days are still ahead. "
Clemens conceded the race just before 10 p.m. He said he spent the day "chasing ballots" and taking hundreds of phone calls, including one from Ogden's Republican mayor, Mike Caldwell, who praised his campaign.
"While this outcome, of course, is not what we'd hoped, we nonetheless raised some key issues that Rob Bishop has finally been forced to acknowledge and address," Clemens said in his statement. "We ran a campaign that forced him to respond in ways people say he's never done before, and we definitely caught his attention. "
Though their enthusiasm fluctuated during the election, Chaffetz, Stewart and Bishop all pledged to support Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump.
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Sarah Palin at Trump HQ: ‘we’re going rogue…people are going to take back control’ - video (3.13/33)

Donald Trump supporters celebrate at the Republican candidate’s HQ on Wednesday morning as Trump takes swing states Florida, Ohio, Iowa and North Carolina in the 2016 US election. Meanwhile, the Clinton camp reacts with dismay. Former Alaskan governor and Trump supporter Sarah Palin compares the support for Trump with the UK’s EU referendum result, describing the move as ‘going rogue’

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Murray, five other incumbents keep jobs (3.13/33)

Patty Murray was elected to a fifth term in the U. S. Senate, making the Democrat one of the longest-serving senators in Washington history.
Murray, first elected in 1992, defeated Republican Chris Vance, who was seeking to become the first Republican elected to the Senate from the state since 1994.
Vance, a former Washington Republican Party chairman, had hoped his message of fiscal discipline and social moderation would resonate with state voters long turned off by the GOP.
In South Sound congressional races, all incumbents were easily winning re-election in early returns.
Rep. Dave Reichert, R-Auburn, was leading Democratic challenger Tony Ventrella in Washington’s 8th Congressional District, which encompasses Chelan and Kittitas counties and parts of King, Pierce and Douglas counties.
Ventrella, a former sportscaster, dropped out of the race this year, but restarted his campaign after unexpectedly advancing through Washington’s top-two primary in August.
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, was coasting to victory in Washington’s 9th Congressional District, which includes part of Tacoma as well as Federal Way, South Seattle and Bellevue. Smith was far ahead of Republican Doug Basler, who runs a small television advertising agency in Kent.
In the 6th Congressional District, which encompasses much of Tacoma as well as the Olympic and Kitsap peninsulas, the Associated Press declared Rep. Derek Kilmer, D-Gig Harbor, a winner over Republican challenger Todd Bloom, a certified public accountant and Navy veteran.
Rep. Denny Heck, D-Olympia, won in the 10th Congressional District, according to the AP, fending off a challenge from Republican Jim Postma, a retired engineer. The 10th District includes parts of Pierce, Thurston and Mason counties.
Farther south, Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, R-Battle Ground, was the projected winner over state Rep. Jim Moeller, D-Vancouver, in her bid for re-election. Herrera Beutler represents Washington’s 3rd Congressional District, which includes several counties in southwest Washington as well as the southern part of Thurston County.

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Colorado OKs primary, wage hike, medically assisted suicide (3.12/33)

DENVER (AP) - Coloradans voted Tuesday to restore a presidential primary, raise the minimum wage and allow terminally ill patients to end their own lives in an election that also will make it tougher to get constitutional initiatives onto future ballots.
Voters soundly rejected a $25 billion universal health care initiative, with several other measures outstanding late Tuesday, including a cigarette tax increase.
Coloradans approved replacing the current Republican and Democratic presidential caucuses with winner-take-all presidential primaries.
Colorado held presidential primaries from 1992 to 2000 before returning to caucuses to save money. Both major parties opposed this year’s initiative, and Republicans vow to challenge the new law.
Still pending was a decision on a second measure to allow independents to vote in major party midterm primaries without affiliating.
Other ballot initiatives:
-MINIMUM WAGE: Coloradans voted to hike the minimum wage to $12 an hour by 2020, up 44 percent from the current $8.31 per hour. More than 400,000 people earn the minimum wage.
Colorado last voted to hike the minimum wage in 2006, when it was indexed to inflation. Advocates for the working poor said the wage hasn’t kept up with costs, especially escalating housing prices in metro Denver. Business opponents warned the hike would cost jobs, especially in rural areas.
-HEALTH CARE: Voters rejected Amendment 69, a plan to create the nation’s first government-run health care system that covers everyone. ColoradoCare aimed to abandon President Barack Obama’s health care law and replace it with a universal coverage plan funded by a new payroll tax.
The $25 billion-a-year tax would have been taken out of paychecks, similar to how Medicare is funded. That money would then go to an elected board of trustees that would act as an enormous insurance company and reimburse doctors.
-MEDICAL AID IN DYING: Voters approved Proposition 106, allowing terminally ill people to end their own lives. The law requires that a mentally competent patient have a six-month prognosis and get two doctors to approve requests for life-ending medication.
Colorado becomes the fifth state to allow medically assisted suicide, joining Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California. Montana’s state Supreme Court has ruled that doctors can use a patient’s request for life-ending medication as a defense against any criminal charges linked to the death.
-CIGARETTE TAXES: Amendment 72, a proposal to raise cigarette taxes for a range of health-related needs, was trailing late Tuesday.
-CONSTITUTION: A proposal to make it tougher to amend the state’s malleable Constitution was leading.
Associated Press writer Kristen Wyatt contributed to this report.

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Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington Appear Set to Increase Minimum Wages (3.08/33)

Voters in Arizona, Colorado, Maine and Washington approved ballot measures to increase their state's minimum wage , ABC News has projected based on vote analysis.
• Arizona will incrementally increase its state minimum wage from $8.05 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, according to Proposition 206.
• Colorado will incrementally increase its state minimum wage from $8.31 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, according to Amendment 70.
• Maine will incrementally increase its state minimum wage from $7.50 an hour to $12 an hour by 2020, according to Question 4,
• Washington will incrementally increase its state minimum wage from $9.47 an hour to $13.50 by 2020, according to Initiative 1433.
The national minimum wage is currently $7.25 an hour. It has not changed since 2009, when it rose from $6.55 to $7.25 as the last of three wage increases mandated by The Fair Minimum Wage Act of 2007.
Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump and Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton have both supported a federal minimum wage hike.
Trump has advocated to increase the federal minimum wage to $10 per hour, while Clinton has suppoted a $12 per hour federal minimum wage and a $15 per hour minimum rate in larger cities.

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Washington Carbon Tax Measure Goes Down In Flames (3.08/33)

Washington state residents decisively rejected what could have been the first tax on carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions in the U. S.
The state’s carbon tax, dubbed Initiative 732,  was opposed by about 59 percent of voters , while only 41 percent supported it.
The measure was not endorsed by national environmental groups, like , the Union of Concerned Scientists, and The Sierra Club. In fact, some environmentalists have come out against the tax and promptly claimed credit for defeating the measure.
“We must combat climate change by transitioning from fossil fuels to clean energy,” Vien Truong, Director of Green For All, said in a statement emailed to the Daily Caller News Foundation.”Initiative 732 rightfully aimed to put a price on carbon, but unjustly favored tax cuts for corporations over investments in clean energy and green job creation for struggling families and displaced workers. This defeat shows that Washingtonians recognized that I-732 is a false solution.”
Carbon tax supporters have out-raised their opponents by three-to-one as they are backed by many environmentalists including actor Leonardo DiCaprio. Carbon tax opponents include the state’s Democratic Party, numerous trade groups and unions, and even Van Jones, President Barack Obama’s former green jobs czar.
If it had passed, Initiative 732 (I-732) would tax CO2 emissions at $15 per metric ton starting in July 2017. This tax would quickly rise to $25 by 2018, then increased rapidly until it hits $100 per metric ton. This tax will be offset by a 1 percent reduction in the state sales tax and increased tax credits to low-income families.
Washington’s proposed carbon tax is supposed to be revenue neutral, but economists are torn over what the real-world effects of the tax would be. The carbon tax is modeled after British Columbia’s, which was implemented in 2008.
Researchers at the libertarian Cato Institute found that carbon taxes cause considerably more economic damage than generic taxes do and disproportionately target the poor, so even a revenue-neutral carbon tax would probably reduce economic growth while doing little to fix global warming.
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Watch LIVE: Analyzing the race for the White House in the Free Press newsroom (2.62/33)

Happy Election Night!
We don't know what's going to happen on a wild, unpredictable night around America, but here's the good news: You've come to the right place for the latest and greatest analysis on the presidential race, plus the key races throughout the state of Michigan.
Starting at 7 p.m. and at various times throughout the night, Free Press reporter Jim Schaefer will chat with Michigan political analyst Tim Kiska and various experts from the Free Press newsroom, via Facebook Live, to keep you up to date on what's happening around the Great Lakes State and the nation.
Tune in with us!
11:44 p.m. -- Todd Spangler, columnist Brian Dickerson, Kathy Gray and host Jim Schaefer discuss the Presidential election.
9:45 p.m. -- We just called it: Hillary Clinton is the projected winner of Michigan, according to election data analyzed by the Free Press polling guru Tim Kiska and our team of analysts, reporters and editors. We announced it live on and Facebook. Stay with us all night as we call the rest of the races in Michigan. We'll be here for a while.
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How politicians, pollsters and media missed Trump's groundswell (2.48/33)

That is one of the most significant lessons of the 2016 presidential election, in which Donald Trump overcame the doubts of a majority of reporters, pollsters and political scientists who believed Hillary Clinton was headed for a decisive victory.
Instead, white rural voters turned out in numbers that few so-called political experts expected, delivering that decisive victory to Trump.
"It's a debacle on the order of Dewey defeats Truman," Larry Sabato, the University of Virginia political scientist, told CNNMoney, referring to the famously incorrect headline that followed the 1948 presidential election.
"The media are so, so far removed from their country," said Alec MacGillis, the veteran political journalist who writes for ProPublica. "The gaps have gotten so large. The media are all in Washington, D. C., and New York now thanks to the decline of local and metro papers. And the gaps between how those cities and the rest of the country are doing have gotten so much larger in recent years. "
Three days before the election, several media outlets and data journalists had put Trump's likelihood of winning between 2% (Huffington Post) and 15% (The New York Times).
There were some very notable outliers: The famed political statistician Nate Silver gave Trump a 35% chance of winning three days out, and the USC/Los Angeles Times tracking poll had predicted a wave of Trump support.
But the media drastically failed to recognize just how powerful white rural Trump supporters would be, and overestimated the turnout among Hispanics and African-Americans for Clinton.
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Across television news and social media on Tuesday night, there was a resounding admission of the establishment's failure to account for Tuesday night's outcome.
"This is a fundamental rewriting of the map," CNN's John King said late Tuesday night.
"The miss was far and wide," NBC News political director Chuck Todd tweeted.
"Even if Clinton pulls it off, I and so many others missed a lot," the conservative pundit Erick Erickson tweeted. "The data is no longer reliable. It really is staggering. "
Political operatives, too, admitted to wildly misinterpreting the results of the election.
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"I've believed in data for 30 years in politics and data died tonight," veteran Republican strategist Mike Murphy tweeted. "I could not have been more wrong about this election. "
"Never been as wrong on anything on my life," wrote David Plouffe, the Democratic political strategist and campaign manager for Barack Obama's 2008 campaign. "Sobriety about what happened tonight is essential. "
"I had no idea how deep the divisions are, how real the pain is," Democratic strategist Paul Begala said on CNN. "Donald Trump has given voice to some real spectacular pain on his side. "
In a country where faith in government and trust in the media are already at historic lows -- especially among Republicans -- the failure of so-called experts to adequately account for the extremely high turnout of Trump supporters is likely to only fuel Americans' opposition to the political-media establishment.

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Oil prices fall as panic-stricken speculators short over Trump win — RT Business (2.46/33)

North Sea benchmark Brent dropped by 1.3 percent, trading at $45.42 per barrel as of 9am GMT.
US benchmark West Texas Intermediate slid by 1.3 percent, as well, trading at $44.36 per barrel.
“This is deja vu of the Brexit moment, very worrying,” said Bob Takai, president at Sumitomo Corp Global Research in Tokyo, referring to the market bloodbath that took place on the day when the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union on June 23.
“Speculators are in a panic mode… Fears that Donald Trump was going to win the election saw risk-sensitive assets drop faster than Hillary Clinton’s hopes of becoming the next US president overnight,” said Fawad Razaqzada, market analyst at, quoted by Reuters.
“Trump’s victory is seen as a ‘shock,’ prompting (investors) to seek safe-haven assets and this has pushed oil prices down,” said Son Jae-hyun, Seoul-based analyst at Mirae Asset Daewoo. He added that Trump’s policy on energy and anti-Iran views could push prices in future.
Also on Wednesday, the American Petroleum Institute (API) showed US crude reserves growing by 4.4 million barrels, also dragging down oil prices.
Official storage data by the government’s US Energy Information Administration (EIA) is expected late on Wednesday.
Russian Deputy Energy Minister Kirill Molodtsov said the country may increase oil production to 555-560 million tonnes by 2020 to retain its market share of 12 percent.

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Watch live: Donald Trump speaks after historic upset (2.43/33)

Donald Trump took the stage early Wednesday morning to deliver his victory speech following a dramatically tight race.
Trump was declared the winner shortly before 3 a.m., sweeping up key battleground states such as Ohio and Florida. His speech from the New York Midtown Hilton in New York City concludes a divisive election.
Hillary Clinton’s campaign manager, John Podesta, said Hillary Clinton will not appear until later Wednesday.

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Macomb County: Countywide races, commissioners and judges (2.41/33)

Macomb County's rough and tumble politics just got a little crazier.
With nearly 99% of precincts reporting, it appears three of the five countywide offices up for grabs Tuesday will shift from Democrats to Republicans -- with victories possibly thanks to Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump winning in the home of the Reagan Democrats.
All of the countywide seats currently are held by Democrats. But that appears to have changed on Election Day.
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U. S. Rep. Candice Miller, a Republican, was leading Public Works Commissioner Anthony Marrocco, a Democrat, who has held the seat for 24 years.
Treasurer Derek Miller, a Democrat, appointed in January to fill the seat after the death of Treasurer Ted Wahby, was trailing perennial Republican candiate Larry Rocca, who was leading 50.2% to 49.8%.
And Republican Karen Spranger of Warren was leading by 660 votes over Democrat County Commissioner Fred Miller for clerk/register of deeds.
Democratic incumbents Prosector Eric Smith and Sheriff Anthony Wickersham were leading their GOP challengers for re-election.
Commission:  There will be a handful of new faces in the two-year county commission seats in several communities because current commissioners are not seeking re-election or are running for other offices. One of the seats is out of Sterling Heights since Democratic Board Chairman David Flynn is not seeking re-election. Sterling Heights City Councilman Joe Romano is vying for the seat against Democrat Liz Sierawski, wife of 41A District Judge Stephen Sierawski.
Two new judges will be on the Circuit Court bench, with Michael Servitto, a Macomb County assistant prosecutor, and Racheal Rancilio, an attorney, ahead in the four-person field over Teri Lynn Dennings and Armand Velardo for the six-year seats.
Michigan election results:
► Michigan Supreme Court
► U. S. House
► Michigan House
► Wayne County
► Oakland County
► Macomb County
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Judge, prosecutor in Ohio policeman's trial win elections (2.41/33)

CINCINNATI (AP) - The judge and lead prosecutor in a Cincinnati policeman’s ongoing murder trial have both won their elections.
With 535 of Hamilton County’s 556 precincts reporting unofficial returns Tuesday night, Common Pleas Judge Meghan Shanahan had 66 percent of the vote over Democrat Alvertis Bishop to clinch election. The Republican was appointed to the common pleas bench in 2015 and is a former municipal court judge and assistant prosecutor.
Republican county Prosecutor Joe Deters (DEE’-turs) won his fourth four-year term. He had 55 percent of the vote to 45 percent for Democrat Alan Triggs.
Shanahan and Deters will be back in court Wednesday as closing arguments are expected in the murder trial of Ray Tensing, a former University of Cincinnati officer charged for fatally shooting an unarmed black motorist, Sam DuBose.

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Amid tight race, mood of Clinton campaign darkens (2.41/33)

NEW YORK — Hillary Clinton began Tuesday hopefully, saying it was a "most humble feeling" to cast a ballot for herself. By the end of the day, however, the mood surrounding her campaign had changed markedly.
“I’ll do the very best I can if I’m fortunate enough to win today," Clinton told reporters after voting in Chappaqua, N. Y.
Later that night, at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York, where Clinton was scheduled to address supporters at an election night party, supporters were incredulous at the unexpected closeness of her race against Donald Trump.
Joseph Di Thomas, a real estate broker from Manhattan, said he was feeling “really disappointed.”
“I’m feeling let down by all the powers that be that this election was in the bag and it isn’t,” he said noting that modeling was “way off.”
“I was expecting quite a landslide, especially by this hour,” he said. “I thought we’d have it in the bag.”
In the final hours of Clinton’s historic bid to become the first female U. S. president, the Democratic nominee began the equivalent of a national therapy program to heal the nation, which may be needed after the nastiest and most divisive campaign in modern history, particularly after late Tuesday returns showed a much-closer-than-expected race.
In last-minute stops across Pennsylvania and Michigan on Monday, states her Republican challenger Donald Trump hoped would pave his path to victory, Clinton underscored the need for Americans to put aside anger — and even hate — that's defined an election dividing Americans along racial, class and gender lines.
Early Tuesday evening, Clinton's motorcade arrived at The Peninsula hotel in New York, where she, along with her family, including husband Bill Clinton, watched early returns, which would soon show a tight race. Among the family members in attendance was the Clintons' two-year-old granddaughter, Charlotte, who wore a dress sporting Clinton's logo, according to the campaign..
Later, Clinton was scheduled to head to the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, a steel and glass structure the campaign chose for its symbolism in anticipation that the Democratic nominee becomes the first woman to "shatter the highest, hardest glass ceiling," as she and her campaign surrogates often say.
As election returns rolled in, a group of speakers entertained the crowd, including New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio and the so-called Mothers of the Movement, a group of African-American women who’ve lost their children to gun violence. The campaign chose to give the most prominent slot, coming just before the main program, to Khizr Khan, the Gold Star father of a Muslim solider killed in Iraq in 2004.
With early returns showing a tight race, the campaign continued to express confidence, saying they still expected to carry the necessary battlegrounds needed to win..
Even so, the mood in the Javits Center was subdued. Singer Katy Perry, who performed at a recent Clinton rally, took to the stage for brief remarks. "If you’re in a state where the polls are still open you must vote for Hillary Clinton tonight," she said.
Others also tried to keep spirits high, including Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N. Y., who likened Clinton to other female pioneers and predicted she would “break through that final barrier” for women. Even as many supporters appeared surprised by the closeness of the race, the speakers worked to keep spirits high. Schumer led them in a chant: “I believe that she will win!”
In the campaign's closing days, Clinton sought to strike a more unifying note. "This election will end, but our work together will be just beginning,” Clinton told a gymnasium of about 6,000 at North Carolina State University in Raleigh early Tuesday morning.
In an interview with a New Hampshire radio station, Clinton was asked how she'd hope to be remembered if elected.
"I hope to be remembered as someone who began to help heal our country, to overcome the divide, the very unfortunate feeling that a lot of people have that this election was very much filled with nastiness and negativity," she said.
Clinton’s effort to deliver a more unifying message began far later than she’d originally intended. Her campaign has spent the past couple weeks aggressively highlighting Trump’s negatives rather than her own aspirations for the future of the country.
However, late Sunday, after FBI Director James Comey notified Congress that a recently announced review of new emails related to the investigation of Clinton's private server had not changed the bureau's recommendation that no criminal charges should be filed, her rhetoric shifted to a more optimistic note.
In her visit to the western side of Michigan on Monday, home to a higher concentration of registered Republicans, Clinton also attempted to highlight her crossover appeal. She told supporters that she did an internship with the House Republican Conference after her junior year in college, a line that is not part of her normal stump speech.
“So many Republicans have spoken out to endorse me and support me and have taken very courageous stands against the nominee of their own party because they believe that we must put country ahead of party when it comes to this election,” she said.
Prominent surrogates have also emphasized the history-making potential of Clinton's candidacy in recent days.
In Philadelphia on Monday night, first lady Michelle Obama told more than 30,000 supporters that their votes could help Clinton "break the highest, hardest glass ceiling and become our president. "
Among the supporters in a standing-room-only pen in front of the stage where Clinton was scheduled to speak Tuesday night was Roni Jacobson, who said she is a neighbor of the Clintons in Chappaqua, N. Y.
“I think she’s going to do this, but it’s a nail biter,” said Jacobson. She and her friend, Lori Levy, also from Chappaqua, lamented the fact that the campaign appeared to have underestimated the number of hidden Trump voters.
“People wouldn’t admit to voting for him in the polls, but they went ahead and did it,” said Levy.
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Donald Trump’s Victory Promises to Upend the International Order (2.38/33)

JERUSALEM — Donald J. Trump ’s stunning election victory on Tuesday night rippled way beyond the nation’s boundaries, upending an international order that prevailed for decades and raising profound questions about America’s place in the world.
For the first time since before World War II, Americans chose a president who promised to reverse the internationalism practiced by predecessors of both parties and to build walls both physical and metaphorical. Mr. Trump’s win foreshadowed an America more focused on its own affairs while leaving the world to take care of itself.
The outsider revolution that propelled him to power over the Washington establishment of both political parties also reflected a fundamental shift in international politics evidenced already this year by events like Britain ’s referendum vote to leave the European Union. Mr. Trump’s success could fuel the populist, nativist, nationalist, closed-border movements already so evident in Europe and spreading to other parts of the world.
Global markets fell after Tuesday’s election and many around the world scrambled to figure out what it might mean in parochial terms. For Mexico , it seemed to presage a new era of confrontation with its northern neighbor. For Europe and Asia, it could rewrite the rules of modern alliances, trade deals, and foreign aid. For the Middle East , it foreshadowed a possible alignment with Russia and fresh conflict with Iran.
“All bets are off,” said Agustín Barrios Gómez, a former congressman in Mexico and president of the Mexico Image Foundation, an organization dedicated to promoting its reputation abroad.
Crispin Blunt, chairman of the foreign affairs committee in Britain’s House of Commons, said, “We are plunged into uncertainty and the unknown.”
The election enthralled people around the world on Tuesday night: night owls watching television in a youth hostel in Tel Aviv; computer technicians monitoring results on their laptops in Hong Kong; and even onetime oil pipeline terrorists in Nigeria ’s remote Delta creeks, who expressed concern about how Mr. Trump’s election would affect their country.
It is hardly surprising that much of the world was rooting for Hillary Clinton over Mr. Trump, who characterized his foreign policy as “America First.”
He promised to build a wall along the Mexican border and temporarily bar Muslim immigrants from entering the United States. He questioned Washington’s longstanding commitment to NATO allies , called for cutting foreign aid, praised President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia , vowed to rip up international trade deals , assailed China and suggested Asian allies develop nuclear weapons.
Polls indicated that Mrs. Clinton was favored in many countries, with the exception of Russia and perhaps Israel , where surveys conflicted. Last summer , the Pew Research Center found that people in all 15 countries it surveyed trusted Mrs. Clinton to do the right thing in foreign affairs more than Mr. Trump by ratios as high as 10 to one.
Mr. Trump’s promise to pull back militarily and economically left many overseas contemplating a road ahead without an American ally.
“The question is whether you will continue to be involved in international affairs as a dependable ally to your friends and allies,” said Kunihiko Miyake, a former Japanese diplomat now teaching at Ritsumeikan University in Kyoto. “If you stop doing that, then all the European, Middle Eastern and Asian allies to the United States will reconsider how they secure themselves.”
In Germany , where American troops have been stationed for more than seven decades, the prospect of a pullback seemed bewildering. “It would be the end of an era,” Henrik Müller, a journalism professor at the Technical University of Dortmund, wrote in Der Spiegel. “The postwar era in which Americans’ atomic weapons and its military presence in Europe shielded first the west and later the central European states would be over. Europe would have to take care of its own security.”
Norbert Röttgen, chairman of the German parliamentary committee for foreign policy and a member of the ruling party, said Mr. Trump was “completely inadequate” to his office. “That Trump’s election could lead to the worst estrangement between America and Europe since the Vietnam War would be the least of the damage,” he said.
Perhaps nowhere was Mr. Trump’s win more alarming than in Mexico, which has objected to his promises to build a wall and bill America’s southern neighbor for it.
“I see a clear and present danger,” said Rossana Fuentes-Berain, director of the Mexico Media Lab, a think tank, and a founder of the Latin American edition of Foreign Affairs. “Every moment will be a challenge. Every move or declaration will be something that will not make us comfortable in the neighborhood — and that is to everyone’s detriment.”
With about $531 billion in trade in goods last year, Mexico is America’s third-largest partner after Canada and China. Supply chains in both countries are interdependent, with American goods and parts shipped to Mexican factories to build products that are shipped back into the United States for sale. Five million American jobs directly depend on trade with Mexico, according to the Mexico Institute.
The Mexican peso immediately fell 13 percent after the election, its biggest drop in decades. Mr. Barrios Gómez, the former congressman, predicted a short-term peso devaluation of 20 percent and a Mexican recession “as supply chains across the continent become sclerotic and investments dry up.” The business community, he said, was “freaking out.”
The economic fallout will probably reverberate farther. Izumi Kobayashi, vice chairman of Keizai Doyukai, a Japanese business group, predicted a drop in foreign investment in the United States as executives skeptical of Mr. Trump wait to see what he does.
“He has been focusing on the negative side of the global markets and globalization,” Mr. Kobayashi said. “But at the same time it is really difficult to go back to the old business world. So how will he explain to the people that benefit and also the fact that there is no option to go back to the old model of business?”
The uneasiness with Mr. Trump’s victory overseas ranged far beyond the country’s traditional partners. Abubakar Kari, a political-science professor at the University of Abuja, said most Nigerians believed a Trump administration would not bother with issues outside the United States.
“If Trump wins, God forbid,” Macharia Gaitho, one of Kenya ’s most popular columnists, wrote on Tuesday before the votes came in, “then we will have to reassess our relations with the United States.”
One of the few places where Mr. Trump’s victory was greeted enthusiastically was Russia, where state-controlled television has been feasting on the circuslike elements of the American election. Not since the Cold War has Russia played such a big role in a presidential election, with Mr. Trump praising Mr. Putin and American investigators concluding that Russians had hacked Democratic email messages.
“Trump’s presidency will make the U. S. sink into a full-blown crisis, including an economic one,” said Vladimir Frolov, a Russian columnist and international affairs analyst. “The U. S. will be occupied with its own issues and will not bother Putin with questions.”
“As a consequence,” he added, “Moscow will have a window of opportunity in geopolitical terms. For instance, it can claim control over the former Soviet Union and a part of the Middle East. What is there not to like?”
Others tried to find the upside. Mr. Blunt, the British lawmaker, said he was heartened by Mr. Trump’s selection of Gov. Mike Pence of Indiana as his running mate and thought that Britain might be the exception to the new president’s hostility toward trade deals.
Israel was another place where Mr. Trump enjoyed some support, mainly because of the perception that he would give the country a freer hand in its handling of the longstanding conflict with the Palestinians. But Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders and commentators worried about a broader disengagement from a Middle East awash in war, terrorism and upheaval.
“Decisions cannot be postponed,” said Yohanan Plesner, a former member of the Israeli Parliament now serving as president of the Israel Democracy Institute. “The situation in Syria is very chaotic. The unrest in the region is continuing. America has to decide whether it wants to play an active role in shaping the developments of the region.”
And even some countries that might expect to see some benefits from an American retreat worried about the implications. Counterintuitive as it might seem, China was concerned about Mr. Trump’s promise to pull American troops back from Asia.
“If he indeed withdraws the troops from Japan , the Japanese may develop their own nuclear weapons ,” said Shen Dingli, professor of international relations at Fudan University in Shanghai. “ South Korea may also go nuclear if Trump cancels the missile deployment and leaves the country alone facing the North’s threats. How is that good for China?”
For American voters, that was not the point. After decades of worrying about what was good for other countries, they decided it was time to worry about what was good for America. And Mr. Trump promised to do just that, even if the rest of the world might not like it.

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Canada's Immigration Site Crashes, Google Notes Uptick In Search Traffic : The Two-Way : NPR (2.36/33)

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Search traffic for "Canada," "Canada immigration" and "move to Canada" increased on election night, according to Google Trends.
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Search traffic for "Canada," "Canada immigration" and "move to Canada" increased on election night, according to Google Trends.
Canada's Immigration and Citizenship site has been down for hours — apparently due to a spike in searches by Americans watching the presidential election.
Search traffic for "Canada immigration," "Canada" and "move to Canada" has increased in the United States relative to the last seven days, according to Google Trends. Google reports that the search terms were particularly popular in Oregon, Washington, Vermont and California.
Meanwhile, Business Insider reports that a story called " How to move to Canada and become a Canadian citizen " has been the top story on the site on Tuesday night.
The Wayback Machine has an archive of the currently inaccessible site, if you're curious, including the page with information on "how you can immigrate to Canada. "
Will anyone actually do it?
NPR's Danielle Kurtzleben took a long look at that question earlier this year.
"Every election, there's that chorus of people who insist they are moving to Canada if candidate so-and-so wins. Everyone knows these people. They're tweeting and Googling about it as you read this," she wrote. (Which is undoubtedly true right now.)
Determining how many people actually follow through is surprisingly difficult, Dannielle found. The short answer is: a few, but probably for reasons more complicated than pure politics.

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Leading Jewish figures targeted with renewed online antisemitism (2.34/33)

As the US election results began to unfold on Tuesday night, liberal American journalist Peter Beinart tweeted "I've never felt more Jewish and less American. " He was commenting on the rhetoric of division between different segments of the US electorate during the turbulent campaign, and those feelings were compounded by a deluge of antisemitic abuse.
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A glut of mostly anonymous trolls set upon the Atlantic and Haaretz  contributer, with gratuitous references to forced expulsions and the Holocaust. Reactions to Peter Beinart Fellow journalists Ben Shapiro, Yair Rosenberg and Nate Cohn, among a number of others, were also sent or mentioned in antisemitic tweets; by now the phenomenon is de rigueur when prominent Jewish figures comment on social media. Antisemitism has found significant growth engines in the digital media age, with Twitter-based antisemites fueled by alt-right forums such as the Daily Stormer, which was predictably alight with new posts relating to "The Jewish Problem" as Trump's victories began to roll in. Alt-right Daily Stormer forum According to a previous study of online antisemitism, between August 2015 and July 2016 2.6 million antisemitic tweets were sent by users, with around 800 Jewish journalists receiving approximately 19,000 of the tweets. The rate of the abuse had turned up a gear significantly during 2016, with Trump supporters far more likely to be behind the abuse than supporters of other candidates.
Already the Twitter Nazi trolls are out.
— Avital Chizhik (@avitalrachel) November 9, 2016
was just tweeted by an "ethno-nationalist" whose banner is of Jews being marched into ovens. this might be his country, now.
— david ehrlich (@davidehrlich) November 9, 2016
@TikvahWiener @PeterBeinart I'm impressed you haven't mentioned Muh Holocaust and the 6 Gorillion yet. #LiterallyShaking #LiterallyHitler
— Michael Wittmann (@MWittmann88) November 9, 2016
@OttoTheTerrible @MayonnaiseMAGA >((( @PeterBeinart )))
— Brian Von Pirlo (@BrianVonPirlo) November 9, 2016
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Three Australians turn out to campaign for Donald Trump in New York (2.30/33)

It may be the American election - but it seems the whole world has an opinion on who should become the next President. And three Australians even went so far as to travel to New York in order to make their feelings known. Sporting 'Make America Great Again' caps and Donald Trump badges, the trio were spotted in Times Square stumping for the Republican candidate. Interviewed by 9 News' Tom Steinfort, the group said they had traveled to be part in a 'once in a lifetime event'. Asked why he is backing Trump, one man responded: 'Horror, repulsion, disgust - there's a lot more I could throw in there as well. '"Make America great again", absolutely. The ripples will make their way out to Australia.' Another man added: 'It is a once in a lifetime event. We are never going to see another Donald Trump again.' The trio may have traveled to the wrong state to for their last-minute push, however, as Clinton comfortably won her adopted home of New York. Overall though the night is turning out unexpectedly well for Donald Trump, with the Republican now being the favoruite to take the White House.

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CNN: Election Is 'Whitelash' Against Changing Country (2.27/33)

CNN commentator Van Jones claimed the 2016 presidential election was “whitelash” against the country Tuesday night.
Jones, a CNN commentator and President Barack Obama’s former green energy czar, maintained that the election was also a “whitelash” against a black president.
“This was a whitelash. This was a whitelash against a changing country. It was a whitelash against a black presidency, in part. And that’s where the pain comes,” Jones declared on CNN. “Donald Trump has a responsibility tonight to come out and reassure people. He is going to the president of all the people who he insulted and offended and brushed aside.”
. @VanJones68 on #ElectionNight : “This was a whitelash against a changing country”
— CNN (@CNN) November 9, 2016
Jones said that some of his Muslim friends had contacted him, asking if they needed to leave the country.
“This was many things. This was a rebellion against the elites, true. It was a complete reinvention of politics and polls. But it was also something else,” Jones said on CNN.
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Republicans holding lead for state education board (2.25/33)

Republican candidates held the lead early Wednesday morning for two open seats formerly held by democrats on the State Board of Education as results continued to role in.
GOP candidates former state Rep. Tom McMillin and Whitmore Lake GOP activist Nicolette Snyder were leading the polls at around 2 a.m. Wednesday with 38 of Michigan’s 83 counties reporting.
McMillin and Snyder had 30 percent and 29 percent of the vote respectively, with 1.1 million votes tallied Wednesday morning.
Democratic State Board President John Austin, who sought to hold his seat, had 16 percent of the vote.
Republicans and Democrats traditionally compete for the slots that carry eight-year terms. The board is responsible for educational leadership in Michigan, but the state Legislature sets most education policy for the state’s 1.5 million public school students through the passage of laws and the school budget.
While Austin ran as an incumbent, a vacancy was created when longtime Democratic board member and educator Kathleen Straus decided not to seek re-election.
Also running was Democrat Ishmael Ahmed of Novi, a senior adviser to the University of Michigan-Dearborn’s chancellor and a co-founder of the Arab Community Center for Economic and Social Services. Ahmed said he was running to oppose “those who want to end public education” and people hostile to minority groups, including immigrants, Muslims and gays.
Ahmed held 13 percent of the vote early Wednesday morning.
McMillin, who is from Rochester Hills, and Snyder, who is a registered nurse and lactation consultant, were the GOP’s only candidates.
McMillin and Snyder oppose the voluntary federal Common Core standards as an intrusion on the local control of education and detracting from learning.
The Green, Libertarian and US Taxpayers parties are each fielding two candidates, while the Working Class Party has one candidate in the field.
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L. Brooks Patterson elected to 7th term as Oakland County executive (2.24/33)

PONTIAC, Mich. (AP) - L. Brooks Patterson has been elected to his seventh term as executive of Michigan's second-largest county.
The Republican Patterson defeated Democrat Vicki Barnett in Tuesday's general election. He has been executive of the county north of Detroit since 1993.
Barnett is former mayor of Farmington Hills.
Patterson has boasted Oakland County's low unemployment rate of about 3.5 percent and a per capita personal income of about $60,000.
In 2012, he was in a car wreck that put him in a coma for 17 days. He wasn't wearing a seatbelt in the crash and was fined.
Patterson has said he was "stupid" for not wearing a seat belt. His driver was made a quadriplegic from the crash.

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Gartner-Symposium: Mit Cloud-basierten interaktiven Möglichkeiten verbindet Xiaoi Robot alles, was (2.24/33)

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'No' votes lead regional transit millage proposal (2.23/33)

The fate of regional transit in southeast Michigan hung in the balance early this morning.
With votes still being tabulated shortly before 2 a.m., support for the Regional Transit Authority of Southeast Michigan property tax millage trailed the opposition. The measure appeared to split the region, but the total vote determines the outcome, so a strong showing in Detroit could conceivably make a difference.
The no votes were in the lead in Macomb and Oakland counties, but yes votes were in the lead in Wayne and Washtenaw, with the measure trailing overall. With 99% of precincts reporting, the vote in Macomb was 222,176 against to 147,819 in favor; with 515 of 520 precincts reporting in Oakland County, the no votes were at 293,085 compared to 291,668 yes votes; in Wayne County with 882 of 1,171 of precincts reporting, yes votes led no votes 269,777 to 237,505, and in Washtenaw, with 92 of 157 precincts fully counted, the yes votes led with 81,350 to 63,057 against.
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If the voting trend holds, it would seriously endanger — at least for now — the dream of transit advocates who had hoped that southeast Michigan would overcome decades of failed attempts to create a viable regional public transportation system. If the 1.2-mill, 20-year property tax measure fails, the RTA will not be able to try again for a millage for another two years.
Supporters argued that the region needs a connected public transportation system to compete with other metropolitan areas, most of which spend significantly more per capita on transit than southeast Michigan does, and to help those who do not own a vehicle or are unable to drive get to work, education, health care or recreation. Opponents argued it was a massive tax hike for services residents already supported through fees and other taxes and that it would anchor the region to an outdated transportation network.
The heart of the RTA master plan was bus rapid transit, with lines on Woodward, Gratiot, Michigan and Washtenaw avenues. BRT, with its limited stops, fixed stations and buses running often in dedicated lines, designed to provide a faster trip and give a sense of permanence approaching that of light rail. But the master plan also added expanded local bus service, premium express service to Detroit Metro Airport from the various counties, commuter express routes as well as more paratransit and on-demand options and commuter rail connecting Detroit and Ann Arbor.
The plan was designed to address the kinds of structural problems inherent in the story of marathon commuter James Robertson, Detroit's walking man. The plan would not merge the Detroit Department of Transportation and Suburban Mobility Authority for Regional Transportation, but it would prevent communities from opting out as many do with SMART.
The measure was projected to cost the owner of a home with a taxable vale of $78,856 — the average in southeast Michigan, according to the RTA — about $95 per year. For homes with a taxable value of $100,000 (market value of $200,000), the cost would be about $120 per year. The millage was expected to raise $3 billion and allow the region to tap into $1.7 billion in state and federal funds. The millage would not replace the region's other transit millages, but would be a new tax for residents in all four counties served by SMART, DDOT and the Ann Arbor Area Transportation Authority.
At the Anchor Bar in downtown Detroit, supporters of the RTA millage gathered Tueaday night to watch election results — and a surprise visitor was Robertson, who walked 21 miles daily for years to get to his factory job amid metro Detroit's poor bus service.
Although he now has a car — the gift of a Sterling Heights Ford dealer — Robertson has been outspoken in his support of the RTA millage, "so other people don't have to struggle like I did," he has said.
On Tuesday night, he stared at the big-screen election results and added:
"This (ballot measure) goes beyond what I went through, I think. It's really about connecting the city and suburbs. "
He was welcomed at the gathering by Megan Owens, executive director of TRU — Transportation Riders United. The group has campaigned for the last decade to have metro Detroit improve bus service.
Referring to the neck-and-neck voting on the RTA millage, Owens said: "I'm really hoping we'll pull this off, but it's nerve-wracking. "
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Washtenaw County voters approve taxes for roads, bike paths, veterans (2.23/33)

ANN ARBOR, MI – It appears voters in Washtenaw County are willing to tax themselves to pay for better roads and pedestrian/bicycle paths.
With 48 precincts fully counted and 77 partially counted (out of 141 total), the 0.5-mill tax on the Tuesday, Nov. 8, ballot has 72 percent support.
The vote count is 89,265 to 34,394.
After levying a 0.5-mill countywide tax for road repairs for the past two years without a vote of the people, and being sued over it, the Washtenaw County Board of Commissioners asked voters whether to continue the tax at the same rate for another four years, but with some modifications.
Most of the money from the voter-approved tax will go toward continuing to repair and maintain roads, though some of it will go toward expansion of the county's non-motorized path network for pedestrians and cyclists.
The Washtenaw County Parks and Recreation Commission will receive 20 percent of the revenue (about $1.5 million per year), and that will go toward completing the remaining 11 miles of the 35-mile Border-to-Border Trail along the Huron River.
The Parks and Recreation Commission also will use some of the funds to reenergize the Connecting Communities Program, which has funded a number of pathways throughout the county.
The tax will continue to cost the owner of a home with a $200,000 market value and a $100,000 taxable value about $50 per year.
It's estimated it will generate more than $7.3 million in revenue in the first year, with $3.3 million going to the Washtenaw County Road Commission to fund road work in the county's 20 townships and $2.5 million going to cities and villages, including $2 million to the city of Ann Arbor.
The Road Commission has more information about the tax and how it will be used, including specific projects, at
County voters on Tuesday also supported a tax for veterans relief, another tax that was levied by the county board without a vote of the people in recent years. It has 73 percent support, with a vote count of 90,383 to 32,659.
It will be up to 0.1 mills for eight years, and it's estimated it could generate more than $1.5 million in the first year and cost the owner of a home with a $200,000 market value and a $100,000 taxable value about $10 per year.

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Louisiana Senate runoff pits John Kennedy against Foster Campbell (2.20/33)

Foster Campbell, cattle farmer and elected utility regulator from Elm Grove, rode a populist message to finish second in the Louisiana Senate primary Tuesday (Nov. 8), setting up a head-to-head contest against state Treasurer John Kennedy, R-Madisonville, on Dec. 10. 
Campbell narrowly beat Rep. Charles Boustany, R-Lafayette, to claim the second runoff spot. But he easily fended off fellow Democrat Caroline Fayard of New Orleans, with whom he waged a grinding battle to capture votes in left-leaning, predominantly black strongholds in and around New Orleans and Baton Rouge.
Kennedy was widely expected to sail into the runoff. The only statewide elected official in the race, he rode his high name recognition to an early lead that he never relinquished.
"Regardless of who I face in the runoff, my reason for running will remain the same," Kennedy said. "My message will remain the same. I want my country back. "
"We fought a hard race," Campbell said. "We had some stiff opposition that we won't have next time. "
Rep. John Fleming, R-Minden, couldn't wrangle his support among conservative voters to pass both Democrats.
Retired Air Force Col. Rob Maness, R-Madisonville, fell to the middle of the pack early in the campaign, despite finishing third in the 2014 Senate race.
White supremacist and former KKK leader David Duke was stuck in the low single digits.
Either Kennedy or Campbell will succeed retiring Sen. David Vitter, R-La., in January.
Kennedy said he planned to appeal to his losing opponents for support.
"At some point, I'm going to call everybody and tell them look, you ran a great race and I'd love to have you help me. And I mean that," he said. "You've seen enough races, I have respect for everyone who puts themselves out there. "
Save for a few jolting dustups, the Senate primary race was a languid affair easily overshadowed by the bombastic presidential race between Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump. 
The qualifying period in July attracted a record-setting 24 candidates — more than any race since at least 1982, according to the Secretary of State's office. Only a handful, however, mounted serious campaigns to raise money, secure endorsements and reach voters. 
With Kennedy in the lead, Boustany and Fleming had history working against them: two members of the same party haven't squared off in a Senate runoff race since Louisiana adopted its version of an "open" primary system in 1975.
When it came to advertising, Boustany was the first out of the gate in a serious way. He started spending heavily on advertising just before Labor Day, seeking to boost his appeal outside the strong support he enjoyed in Acadiana.
Then a bomb dropped in early September that threatened to undo him.
A chapter in a newly published book, "Murder on the Bayou," attempted to link Boustany to several prostitutes in Jefferson Davis Parish who were later killed. Boustany vehemently denied the allegations, calling them "scurrilous lies," and later sued the book's author, Ethan Brown, and its publisher, Simon & Schuster, for defamation. He also blasted Kennedy , accusing the front-runner of peddling scandalous details to the media. 
As voters cast ballots Tuesday, staffers with several rival campaigns said the six-term congressman just couldn't recover from damage done by those accusations.
Campbell, a former state senator and sitting public service commissioner, and Fayard, a lawyer, each sought to recapture Gov. John Bel Edwards' surprise success against Vitter in last fall's gubernatorial race, but they stood in the other's way. While Edwards slipped into his runoff against Vitter unscathed, Campbell and Fayard bludgeoned each other rather than focus on their Republican rivals. 
They sniped over their personal finances. Fayard accused Campbell of being too cozy with the energy companies regulated by the Public Service Commission. Campbell questioned Fayard's investments in video poker companies and her share of her wealthy family's financial legacy. 
Less than two weeks before Election Day, Fayard ran an ad in Baton Rouge and New Orleans trying to tie Campbell to Duke. The ad showed photos of Campbell speaking with Duke at a civic group's forum in New Orleans and included audio of Campbell answering a question by saying "I may be like Mr. Duke. " The ad was a distortion  of what happened at the forum, but Fayard refused to pull it. The group, the Alliance for Good Government, pulled its endorsement of her in response.
Fayard conceded the race shortly after 10 p.m., before the final results were reported. But she declined to immediately endorse Campbell in the runoff.
"I'm sure I'll have a conversation with Mr. Campbell and whoever else wants to talk with me," she said.
Staff writers Danielle Dreilinger, Kevin Litten and Julia O'Donoghue contributed to this report.

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Congresswoman wins race to become local drain commissioner (2.19/33)

U. S. Rep. Candice Miller, R-Harrison Township, a former Michigan Secretary of State, gave up another run for Congress to run for an obscure Macomb County office:
Public works commissioner.
With 333 of 337 Macomb County precincts reporting as of 1:55 a.m. Wednesday, Miller appears to have won the seat over Democratic challenger Anthony V. Marrocco.
Miller has 54.6 percent of the vote (215,619) to Marrocco's 45.4 percent (179,058).  
Paul Mitchell, a Republican, will replace her in Michigan's 10th District, which includes much of Macomb County and Thumb Region, after beating Democratic challenger Frank Accavitti. 
Miller knocked Marrocco out of a seat that he had held for 24 years, in what turned out to be one of the more unforeseen, intriguing races in Michigan's election season.
"Because of Flint, I think people are very receptive as to the impact underground infrastructure has on us," Miller told Bridge Magazine ahead of the election. "You have pipes that are out of date, crumbling, but nobody is doing anything about it. "

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Arlington voters approve public money for new Rangers park (2.19/33)

Proponents of Arlington taxpayer funding for a $1 billion retractable-roof Texas Rangers stadium have won approval.
With 98 percent of the vote counted, voters approved by a 60-to-40-percent margin Tuesday the extension of a half-cent sales tax, 2 percent hotel-occupancy tax and 5 percent car-rental tax for a new home for the Major League Baseball team. That revenue now goes to defraying Arlington's $155 million debt on its share of the cost of the NFL Dallas Cowboys' AT&T Stadium, which opened in 2009.
The vote also allows a 10 percent admission tax and a $3 parking tax for the Rangers' use, the same deal reached for the Cowboys.
Although the Rangers hadn't publicly threatened to leave, a team representative held preliminary talks with Dallas officials about a covered stadium there.

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Hungarian PM Orban hails Trump victory as 'great news' (2.16/33)

BUDAPEST, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban congratulated U. S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump on his election victory on Wednesday, with the words "What a great news. Democracy is still alive" posted on his Facebook page. Orban said in July that Trump's plans on migration and foreign policy were "vital" for Hungary, whereas those of rival Democrat Hillary Clinton were "deadly". Orban was then the first European head of state to express a clear preference for either of the two candidates. Orban has in the past upset fellow members of the European Union over policy, most recently with his tough stance on Europe's migrant crisis, objecting to EU resettlement plans and having a fence built along Hungary's southern border. "The migration and foreign policy advocated by the Republican candidate, Mr Trump, is good for Europe and vital for Hungary," Orban said in July. (Reporting by Krisztina Than; Editing by Toby Chopra)

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Blunt Narrowly Defeats Kander In Missouri Senate (2.16/33)

Republican Sen. Roy Blunt defeated former Democratic Secretary of State of Missouri Jason Kander in the Missouri Senate race Tuesday.
Blunt put up a solid fight. Kander was easily out-funded , raising a comparatively small $10,922,633 in the race. Blunt managed to raise $14,914,518 as of Nov. 6, outspending Kander by over $4 million.
Blunt carried a small lead into election day in the Real Clear polling average, earning a 1.3 percent lead in the average. Kander carried a lead in the last poll of the race, earning 46 percent to Blunt’s 45 percent in the Emerson University statewide poll.
Political statistician Nate Silver predicted a Blunt win, giving the Sen. a 59.3 percent chance of retaining his seat. The UVa Center for Politics also predicted a Blunt win, giving the race a “leans Republican” label in the latest Crystal Ball published Monday.
Blunt won the Republican primary with 72.6 percent of the vote, earning 481,444 individual votes. Kander won a similarly high 69.9 percent of the Democratic vote in his primary, but only garnered 223,492 individual votes.
The two squared off alongside Libertarian candidate Jonathan Dine in the only debate in the race. The three candidates battled over Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, as well as drug use, free college tuition, and gun rights.
Blunt attacked Kander for his strong leftist policies that support the expansion of Obamacare, higher income taxes, as well as additional energy taxes. Kander fought back with an epic ad that showed the Senate candidate putting together an assault-style rifle, and discussing his career in the military.
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How election recounts are triggered in Michigan (2.16/33)

A presidential candidate can automatically get a recount in Michigan depending on the margin of victory, but could still request a retallying of the votes if he or she believe “fraud or mistake” occurred.
Statewide elections decided by 2,000 or less votes trigger an automatic recount, said John Pirich, a Lansing-based elections attorney.
But candidates who lose by larger margins in unofficial results can still request recounts, Pirich said.
“A candidate for a federal, state, county, city, township, village or school office who believes that the canvass of the votes cast on the office may be incorrect because of possible ‘fraud or mistake’ in the precinct returns may petition for a recount of the votes cast in the precincts involved,” according to the Michigan Bureau of Elections.
A losing candidate can seek a recount in a whole district or in certain precincts, said Fred Woodhams, a spokesman for the Michigan Secretary of State’s Office.
The cost is $25 per precinct if the election is close, or $125 per precinct if it’s not, Woodhams said.
“The money is refunded if the recount changes the result of the election,” he said early Wednesday morning.
Candidates have to identify the precincts where they desire the recounts.
“If the challenger only selects certain precincts, the winner can add precincts,” Woodhams said.

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Wayne Co. school enhancement millage holds lead (2.14/33)

An $80 million millage to bolster funding for Wayne County public school districts was leading with about three-quarters of votes counted.
The Wayne County Regional Educational Service’s Agency proposed property tax was ahead, 55 percent for to 45 percent against, with roughly 75 percent of precincts reporting.
“I’d like to give a profound ‘thank you’ to the voters of Wayne County,” said Randy Liepa, Wayne RESA’s superintendent. The agency provides administrative, information technology and special education services to the county’s districts. “Voters realized that here is an opportunity to take matters into their own hands and they’ve done exactly that, recognizing that this money is needed and will go to good use.”
Two years ago, Wayne RESA put the millage on the ballot, but voters rejected it by 2 percentage points.
Under the proposal, property owners countywide would pay a 2-mill, six-year tax to support the county’s school districts.
Officials said since the state oversees the allotment of funding to school districts, the measure is the only way for the county’s school systems to get additional dollars for education programs.
If approved, the millage would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $96 per year, officials estimate.
It would generate $80 million in its first year, or an extra $385 for every student in a county school district.
“The extra funding for the schools is important," said Deborah Smith, 46, of Westland, who voted Tuesday. “I hope everybody looked at it, read it and voted on it. I hope we can get that done. They need it. These schools need it.”
Smith has a son who is a senior at Franklin High School in Livonia. “We’re talking about the kids and we’re talking about education,” she said.
Smith, who works in finance, said her mother and aunts worked as educators. She said Wayne County schools have long struggled. Her own family noticed the financial differences in the county after moving to the Livonia Public Schools District from Oakland County, where her daughter had attended school.
Ellen Nichols, 27 of Grosse Pointe Shores, also voted yes on the Wayne County school millage request.
“It was a no-brainer,” she said. “I teach special education.”
Elsewhere, Van Buren Public Schools has before voters the renewal of an eight-year, 18-mills operating millage. If approved, it will generate $9 million for the district.
In addition, voters in Van Buren Township appeared to support a seven-year, 6.5-mills public safety proposal. Homeowners in the community now pay 4 mills for police, fire, emergency dispatch and ordinance enforcement services, but the millage expires this year. It generates about $4 million.
If approved, the new millage would cost the owner of a $100,000 home an extra $125 per year, officials said, and generate more than $6 million.
Grosse Pointe Park also has a new public safety measure before voters. It's seeking approval of a 15-year, 2.75-mills tax to pay for police and fire services, and is favored by 60 percent.
Taylor Public Schools is asking voters to support a $5.9 million school improvement bond. The proposal calls for a six-year, 0.96-mill tax to pay for the bond, which will be used to pay for new technology, upgrading school buildings and buying school buses, officials said. It's passing 61 to 39 percent.
River Rouge Schools officials said the district needs 5 mills over 20 years for school repairs, but is being opposed 55 to 45 percent.
Grosse Ile Township has a 0.15-mill request to fund bike paths, Harper Woods is seeking 1 mill to pay for its library, Rockwood is asking for 2 mills for 10 years to fix roads and the Belleville District Library wants to borrow up to $14 million for upgrades.
Garden City, Inkster, Taylor and Wyandotte have city charter-related questions on the ballot.
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Taiwan's Ruling Party Urges China to Respect Hong Kong's Democratic Aspirations (2.13/33)

Taiwan's independence-leaning ruling party urged Beijing's leaders on Wednesday (09/11) to listen to the democratic aspirations of people in Hong Kong and to respect the rights of pro-independence representatives. ...

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Hamburg roads millage passing in early tallies (2.12/33)

Just before midnight, the roads millage was passing with about 55% yes votes.
Results from two township precincts were pending and the full count had not yet been updated on the county's election results webpage.
"It looks like the road millage has some good legs,"  township Supervisor Pat Hohl, said.
The 1 mill, five-year levy would raise about $967,000 a year for road repairs. It would cost the average homeowner  — home values in the township average about $225,000 — about $112.50 a year.
"I think people have come to the conclusion that the state roads funding is not adequate. ... The state road funding doesn't really kick in for five years. Even when it's fully implemented, it's not going to fund our local roads," Hohl said.
A question remains: which roads would be fixed?
The funds would be earmarked for repairing paved roads, chip sealing paved roads and related drainage work. Gravel road repairs are not a part of the millage.
Township officials have indicated public input would be collected and considered in one manner or another.
Residents and local officials suggested possible priority road repairs at a roads summit held earlier this year. Some would prioritize higher traffic, primary roads. Others pointed out the crumbling condition of the historic village area's roads.

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Walberg defeats Driskell to retain Michigan's 7th Congressional District seat (2.12/33)

Four years ago, Democrat Gretchen Driskell, then mayor of Saline, won election to the state House by defeating a Republican incumbent on GOP turf.
She set out on a similar task this year, challenging Republican incumbent Tim Walberg for Michigan's 7th Congressional District seat.
Walberg, R-Tipton, proved he was up to the challenge, defeating Driskell in the Nov. 8 election.
The first 66 of 312 precincts counted showed Walberg ahead with 58 percent of the vote. And as more votes were tallied, Driskell eventually called her opponent to concede at about 10:30 p.m., her campaign confirmed.
"We're very proud of the message that we communicated to the folks in the 7th. It resonated with many of our neighbors," said Driskell's campaign manager, Keenan Pontoni, speaking by phone from Chelsea. "And tonight was not the result we were hoping for, but we're really proud of the work we did. "
Walberg said he's humbled and honored to earn such strong support across the 7th District to serve for another term.
Speaking by phone from Jackson at about 11 p.m., he said, "Trump just won Florida, so it's even getting better. It's a great night for us. "
Walberg said he hopes to work in Washington with Republican Donald Trump as president, and he was feeling good about Tuesday night's results.
"That gives us a chance to do some things we should have for quite some time but didn't have a president to sign the bills," Walberg said, mentioning legislation he would like to restructure or repeal, including the Affordable Care Act and the Dodd-Frank Wall Street Reform and Consumer Protection Act.
Walberg said he also wants to work with Trump to get the United States military "back in line" and properly funded.
"We've seen our military, to a great degree, emasculated in its ability to use the training it has," he said, suggesting he would support more offensive military strategies. "There's a whole bunch of stuff I think we can do. "
Commenting on the prospect of a Trump presidency, he added, "I think we'll probably work together well, and we'll see how it goes. "
In a written statement, Walberg thanked his team of supporters, saying they spent countless hours volunteering and sharing his record of fighting for solutions to help Michigan families. He said he'll continue to advance policies to create good-paying jobs, improve education, and make health care more affordable.
"Working together, we can restore America's founding principles and build a more prosperous future for our children and grandchildren," he said.
Considered a top battleground district, the 7th Congressional District includes Jackson, Branch, Eaton, Hillsdale, Lenawee and Monroe counties, as well as much of Washtenaw County, but not Ann Arbor and Ypsilanti.
More than $4 million worth of campaign contributions were pumped into the race, one of the most closely watched congressional races in Michigan. Driskell and Walberg reach reported contributions totaling more than $2 million.
Driskell also released a written statement thanking her supporters for their work over the past two years. She said Tuesday night was a difficult night.
"Despite the disappointing results of this election, I have been heartened by the deep and broad support of our message: that everyone deserves equality of opportunity, and that working families deserve a strong voice to represent them," she said. "The immense network of grassroots support that we have all built together is a testament to the strength of our message.
"We should all be encouraged tonight to know that our values resonated with so many voters and supporters. Thousands of donors, like you, gave what money you could to support me and give working families a shot at having a strong voice in Washington. Hundreds of volunteers, like you, donated your time to listen and talk to your neighbors about our message and values. And all of you have personally supported me and our campaign team, allowing us to continue our hard work. "

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Legal marijuana is one thing many Americans agreed on Tuesday night (2.11/33)

American voters widely backed loosening marijuana laws across the country on Tuesday, permitting recreational use on both coasts, and dramatically expanding the number of people who can use pot as medicine or just for fun.
"This is the most important moment in the history of the marijuana legalization movement," said Tom Angell, a spokesman for the pro-legalization Marijuana Majority.
California, Massachusetts and Nevada voters approved recreational legalization, while the vote remained too close to call Maine, based on unofficial tallies. Arizona voters appeared to have rejected recreational legalization.
On the medical side, Florida, Arkansas, and North Dakota all voted in favor of medical cannabis, and Montana appeared likely to also approve it.
If those results hold, 29 states will now permit cannabis use for certain medical conditions, including cancer and HIV, and seven will permit recreational use, as does the District of Columbia.
“Most voters do not think otherwise law-abiding citizens should be criminalized for using a product that is much safer than alcohol," said Rob Kampia, the executive director of the pro-legalization Marijuana Policy Project. "There is a general consensus that law enforcement should be fighting serious crimes rather than enforcing failed and deeply unpopular policies.”
Legalization skeptics said they were "disappointed" in the results and planned to keep pushing for restrictions aimed at keeping pot out of the hands of kids.
The strong wins across the country on Tuesday will increase pressure on Congress to reconsider how the federal government treats this Schedule 1 illegal drug, including access to banking, legal pot advocates say.
In a statement, the co-founder of the country’s largest medical marijuana dispensary, Harborside, called the California vote a much-needed reset of laws that have disproportionally hurt minorities. The California law gives people convicted of marijuana crimes a chance to get their sentences reduced, and potentially remove such convictions from their records.
“For all Californians, it’s progress toward a more tolerant, inclusive and equitable way of life; and for prisoners of cannabis in other states and all around the globe, it’s a promise that change is coming,” Harborside’s Steve DeAngelo said. “I started working for legalization in 1974. It feels like I ran a 42-year marathon and won the race.”
Legalization advocates credit Colorado and Washington, the first two states to permit recreational marijuana sales, with helping lay the groundwork for what they expected to be a series of victories across the country. Nevada and California expect to use their positions as tourism destinations to direct a flow of marijuana taxes into state coffers. California alone is expected to have a marijuana marketplace worth $7.6 billion by 2020, according to prediction by industry analysists New Frontier Data and ArcView Market Research.
Elsewhere across the country, voters  also decided whether to mandate higher minimum wages and require performers in California's pornography industry to use condoms.
Ballot initiatives can give citizens the ability to bypass their elected officials and instead make their case directly to voters, or they can be placed on the ballot by lawmakers seeking to amend the state constitution. In many cases, they permit voters to directly set specific policy when lawmakers can't, or won't, act.
Nebraska and Oklahoma voters endorsed death-penalty measures, while voters in California were still considering whether to ban it entirely or just reform it, via a pair of measures that both appeared headed for approval. Nebraska's vote came after lawmakers repealed the state's death penalty in 2015; Tuesday's vote restored it.
Colorado, Maine and Arizona voters approved minimum-wage measures, raising the wage to $12 by 2020. Washington voters approved a plan raising the wage to $13.50 over the next four years. "
“Ballot initiative wins in 2016 mark a new moment in American politics where voters will no longer wait for politicians, who have failed them time and time again, to fix our broken economy,” said Jonathan Schleifer, the executive director of The Fairness Project, which backe the initiativies. “Tonight's resounding win for economic equality sends a strong message to all of Washington: If you’re not working to create a fair economy, we'll do it ourselves.”
Colorado's voters overwhelmingly endorsed a plan permitting residents to take their own lives, in consultation with two doctors. Colorado is now the sixth state with some form of assisted suicide.
In a uniquely California move, voters considered and then rejected a proposal requiring  actors wear condoms in adult films. The state's workplace safety enforcement agency, Cal-OSHA, is already charged with making sure actors wear condoms in adult films for their own protection. Los Angeles voters approved a measure requiring condom use in 2012. Proposition 60 was portrayed as a health and safety measure  — albeit an unusual one —that critics said could have chased the vast adult-film industry out of state.
Contributing: Chris Woodyard

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Six seats filled on Comstock Public Schools board (2.11/33)

COMSTOCK TOWNSHIP, MI -- Six of 10 candidates were elected to terms of varying length on the Comstock Public Schools Board.
Incumbents Pamela Dickinson and Brandy Brown, and newcomer Karen Howes earned four-year terms on the board, while Matthew Schreiner, Richard Hathaway and Jeff Van Goeye earned partial two-year terms, according to unofficial election day results from the Kalamazoo County Clerk's office.
All 13 precincts reported totals, however absentee ballots were still being counted into the early morning hours of Nov. 9.
Among the four-year term board members, Howes took 20 percent of the vote, followed by Dickinson, 18.6 percent, and Brown, 18.1 percent.
Incumbents Brown, Dickinson and Paul Lamphear ran against challengers Howes, Jason Knight and Gary Thomas for the four-year terms.
Brown, 35, lives in the city of Kalamazoo with her husband Tafari and three children who attend Comstock schools. She received a doctorate at Western Michigan University, and a master's degree in public administration at American University.
Howes, 50, lives in the city of Kalamazoo with her husband Bruce and three children attending Comstock schools. She is also a 1984 of Comstock High School.
Howes earned a bachelor's degree in finance at Western Michigan University. After attending the Chic University of Cosmetology, she became self-employed as a hairstylist.
Among the partial-term board members, Schreiner took 28 percent of the vote, followed by Hathaway, 27.4 percent, and Van Goeye, 24.3 percent.
Michael Moncel also ran for a partial-term position. Hathaway and VanGoeye both have experience on the board, while Schreiner has never held public office.
Hathaway, 69, lives in the city of Kalamazoo with his wife Barbara. He has three adult children.
He has a doctorate in systems engineering from Oakland University and has engineering degrees from WMU, where he is also an engineering professor with emeritus status.
Schreiner, 42, lives in the city of Kalamazoo with his wife Rebecca and four children. He earned a bachelor's degree from Central Michigan University and an associate's degree in nursing from Bellevue College.
He has experience as a registered nurse at the Western Michigan University School of Medicine and Borgess Medical Center.
VanGoeye previously served on the Comstock Public Schools Board of Education from 2008-12, and was board president for two years.
VanGoeye, 54, lives in the city of Kalamazoo with his wife Sandra. He has two adult daughters, who graduated from Comstock Public Schools. 
He is actively involved in Comstock athletics and is a Little League Umpire.
VanGoeye has an associate's degree in architecture from ITT Technical Institute.

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HANNITY: Paul Ryan won't be speaker in next Congress (2.11/33)

Fox News host Sean Hannity , a close ally of Donald Trump , said Wednesday night that Paul Ryan will not retain his position as House speaker when in the next Congress.

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2 incumbents reelected to Grand Rapids School Board with two newcomers (2.11/33)

A crowded field of nine candidates were fighting for four, four-year seats on the nine-member board.
Crowded field of nine vie for 4 Grand Rapids School Board seats
Ross, 47, associate dean of Student Success and Retention Service at Grand Rapids Community College, won a second term.
Schottke, 34, director of workforce development and external affairs for Associated Builders and Contractors Western Michigan Chapter, was appointed in March to fulfill the remaining term of David LaGrand, after his election to the Michigan House.
"It is humbling to see that many people come out and cast a vote for you," said Schottke, who received the most votes with 23,646. "It is really an honor to serve the 17,000 students in our district for the next four years. "
Here's how the votes broke down:
• Schottke - 26,646
• Grant - 25,774
• Lewis -23,970
• Ross - 18,153
• Alex Fernandez - 16,342
• Walter Burt - 15,392
• Ryan Davis - 13,343
• Michael Farage - 11,398
• Matthew Helak - 8,867
"I am very surprised and very happy because I was running against such qualified people," said Downes 73, who taught at Kenowa Hills. "I will work with the board to continue to improve the schools for my grandchildren and others. "
Grant, 29, is the owner of 12 Oakes, a co-work space for entrepreneurs.
The school board was guaranteed at least two new members with board members Monica Randles and Nathaniel Moody announcing in July that they wouldn't seek second terms.

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‘Watch parties’ fill with cheers and boos as supporters gather (2.11/33)

Over plates of chicken wings, mounds of pulled pork and $2 drafts, Republican and Democratic party supporters gathered to cheer and boo along with election results Tuesday night.
At Slate pool hall in South End, where the Democrats gathered, a handful of candidates showed up early in the evening. N. C. Senate incumbent Jeff Jackson chatted with supporters and played ping-pong with his stepson. U. S. Rep. Alma Adams sat in a chair as friends gathered around her.
The hundreds of partygoers represented a huge mix of Charlotte’s Democratic base: well-dressed young professionals as well as decades-long veteran party supporters and many weary from spending 12 hours or more at polling places encouraging voters to choose their candidate.
J. Alan Goddard ordered a mixed drink and celebrated the first election in which he was able to openly voice his political views, because until now he has been in active duty military. He campaigned for Jackson all day Tuesday.
As a gay man, Goddard said, “for me, in my day-to-day life, it’s what’s happening at the state and local level that affects me most.”
Goddard said one of his roles while serving in Afghanistan was ensuring a free democratic election.
“The fact that we can vote without fear of reprisal,” Goddard said, “that’s everything.”
The first bit of bad news rippled through the Mecklenburg County Republican Party’s “Victory Celebration” just before 8:30 on Tuesday night, as a local news station called the 12th Congressional District race in favor of Democrat Alma Adams.
But even though the results looked lopsided, her challenger, Leon Threatt, seemed to take a cue from his party’s top-of-the-ticket candidate a few minutes after the report.
“It’s still early,” he said, in spite of reports that Adams had 70 percent of the vote. “I don’t think the numbers are in sufficient for her to call the race, so we’ll see how it goes.”
A minute or two after that, the three flat-panel TVs on the walls and the giant projection screen on the stage inside SMS Catering’s event space in Plaza Midwood was switched to Fox News; and a minute or two after that, a cheer went up as a graphic showed Donald Trump with an ever-so-slight edge over Hillary Clinton in Florida.
“We’re gonna switch back and forth,” said SMS owner Rob Freeman, “because the local stations will tell us how the House and the Senate races are, and give a better update on the governor’s race. But in general, Fox News, that’s what they all want.”
Freeman co-founded the Mecklenburg County Young Republicans club, but he also co-founded the National Barbecue Association in 1988 – so what was on the menu for the party on Tuesday night?
Enough pulled pork (cooked over the course of almost 18 hours) to feed about 200 people, along with ketchup-based sauce for Western Carolina-style-loving folks and vinegar-based sauce for those who prefer the flavor of the right-hand side of the state.
Both choices, though, were red. Which, of course, was the color of choice for the night.
“We will see a great win for Mr. Trump,” Threatt said, “as well as Governor McCrory, and I’m quite encouraged that our nation, our state and I believe even the 12th is gonna come out on top of this thing. Like I said, I’m not ready to give up yet.”

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Libby Heiny-Cogswell elected to third term as Oshtemo supervisor (2.10/33)

OSHTEMO TOWNSHIP, MI -- Democratic incumbent Libby Heiny-Cogswell was elected to her third term as supervisor of Oshtemo Township.
She took 58 percent of the vote, beating Republican challenger John Nieuwenhuis 6,047 to 4,390. The incumbent took eight of 10 precincts, according to unofficial results from the Kalamazoo County clerk's office.
Heiny-Cogswell, 59, first elected supervisor in 2008, when she  beat Republican Bob Brink. Nieuwenhuis was also beaten in the last election cycle with  43 percent of the vote.
Heiny-Cogswell has a masters degree in geography from Western Michigan University and two bachelors degrees from Ball State University.
Nieuwenhuis, 67, owner of Little John's Excavating, had served two terms as Kalamazoo County commissioner from 2006 to 2010 and was also a sheriff's deputy.
The supervisor was one of several contested races in Oshtemo Township won by Democrats. 
Dusty Farmer defeated Republican Karen Solarek 5,875 to 4,448 to become the township clerk.
Nacy Culp became treasurer after beating Republican Scott Zondervan 6,254 to 4,144.
Democrats also swept four open positions on the township board of trustees. Deb Everett, Dave Bushouse, Zak Ford and Ken Hudok each beat out Republican opponents.

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L. A. measures to revise rules for utility and police pensions trail (2.09/33)

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A measure to revise the oversight and operations of Los Angeles' city-owned water and power utility slipped behind in returns late Tuesday night.
Also trailing was a measure that would allow airport police officers to join the pension plan of other city police officers and firefighters.
With 25% of precincts reporting, Measure RRR, to reform the Department of Water and Power, was opposed by 50.9% of voters. The total includes a partial count of mail-in ballots.
Measure RRR is a long and detailed, but not sweeping, set of changes to the utility. Supporters say it would give the DWP more independence in a way that would make the municipally owned utility "more accountable, transparent and responsive," as described in the city's official ballot argument. 
Backers were concerned about the possible impact of a disclosure days before the election. It came to light that the measure would allow Fred Pickel, the executive director of the city's Office of Public Accountability, to be appointed to a second five-year term in his $276,000-a-year job as watchdog over the DWP. It also would double the minimum budget of his small department.
Pickel was responsible for submitting the wording of the ballot summary for voters and did not include these details. 
Measure backers say it's important to boost Pickel's budget to ensure his independence and insulate him from political meddling.
The measure is endorsed by Mayor Eric Garcetti , the City Council and DWP management, who hope it will streamline operations at the roughly $4-billion-per-year department that keeps the lights on and faucets flowing for millions.
Opponents agree that the DWP, which has been plagued by controversy, needs reform. But they argue the ballot measure would be a step backward, allowing elected officials to avoid responsibility for missteps by the department and DWP managers.
Measure SSS sought to consolidate the pension systems of two police forces serving Los Angeles, and it, too, was trailing narrowly.
It would move new hires at the L. A. Airport Police Division into the same pension plan as other police and fire department employees in the city. It also would allow current airport officers, about 500 in all, to buy their way into this pension fund. Currently, airport police are part of the city's general pension system for municipal workers.
With 25% of precincts reporting, 50.2% of voters cast ballots against the measure. The total also included a partial count of mail-in ballots.

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Unofficial results: Alpine, Jordan district voters approve $630M in school bonds (2.09/33)

WEST JORDAN — Early election night results indicate voters in Jordan and Alpine school districts have approved more than $630 million in school funding.
In Jordan School District, 57 percent of voters had approved the proposed $245 million bond, meant to build five new schools and rebuild West Jordan Middle.
"The Jordan Board of Education is thrilled with the passage of this bond," said Susan Pulsipher, president of the Jordan School Board. "Jordan District is committed to providing the best education possible. This bond will help us build schools to keep up with growth and enhance the quality of education for our students. "
In Alpine School District, 67 percent of voters gave a thumbs up to the $386 million bond proposal for nine new schools, four rebuilds and 10 renovation projects.
The Alpine School District Board of Education released a joint prepared statement Tuesday night, expressing gratitude "for the trust and support shown by so many citizens with this bond election. "
"This speaks to the value we place on education, which is one of our greatest rights and privileges to ensure our children's future," the board said. "Our stewardship of this bond will continue to be held in the greatest of care and focused on the need to provide a safe and quality education for all students across the district.
While district officials are restricted by law from campaigning for or against the bonds, they urged voters to understand the growth both districts will experience in coming years before deciding how to vote on the bond proposals.
Projections put Jordan School District enrollment on track to skyrocket by more than 9,000 students over the next five years. Alpine School District is projected to increase by up to 6,000 in the next five years.
Alpine Superintendent Sam Jarman expressed appreciation to voters who passed the bond to address "our greatest facility needs. "
"We are anxious to begin breaking ground on a new high school in Eagle Mountain, along with other projects that are desperately needed," he said.
Jordan School District spokeswoman Sandy Riesgraf has said without the 2016 bond proposal funding, the district would be placed in a "very difficult position. " Voters in 2013 rejected the district's last bond proposal, which had a price tag that was more than double the 2016 bond: $495 million.
If the Jordan bond is enacted, an owner of a $300,000 home would pay $16.80 in property taxes more per year.
In Alpine School District, district officials say the bond won't raise property taxes because it will only be continuing the last bond voters approved in 2011.
The Utah Taxpayers Association did not oppose either bond proposal.

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G. O. P. Keeps Control of Indiana as Eric Holcomb Wins Mike Pence’s Seat (2.09/33)

Eric Holcomb, who was the Republicans’ replacement to run for governor of Indiana instead of Mike Pence, was elected to that post on Tuesday, overcoming his late arrival to the race, his relative obscurity statewide and a significant challenge from a Democrat.
A victory for Mr. Holcomb helps seal Republicans’ continued control of Indianapolis, where in recent years the state’s political leaders have approved a series of conservative measures, including provisions that restricted abortion and lessened union power.
Mr. Holcomb, a former state party chairman who had been appointed Indiana’s lieutenant governor only this year, defeated John Gregg, a Democrat who lost the job once before, to Mr. Pence in 2012.
Donald J. Trump’s selection of Mr. Pence as his vice-presidential running mate in July threw Indiana’s race for governor into chaos, and state Republican leaders scrambled to pick Mr. Holcomb even as Democrats grew increasingly hopeful about their chances.
In Indiana and 11 other races for governor’s offices and in more than 5,900 for state legislative seats, Democrats had hoped to take back some of the vast ground they have lost to Republicans over the last half dozen years. But in the governor’s races, that hope was complicated by the fact that eight of those 12 seats already were held by Democrats, and the Republicans actually made at least some gains on Tuesday.
Democrats held on to at least one governor’s seat that had been seen as up for grabs. West Virginia voters, looking past their state’s diminished economy and their gradual embrace of the Republican Party , elected a Democrat, Jim Justice, as governor on Tuesday, allowing that party to remain in the governor’s mansion that it has held since 2001.
Mr. Justice, a mining executive and the owner of the Greenbrier resort, defeated Bill Cole, the president of the State Senate, and will inherit a state with a 5.8 percent unemployment rate, one of the country’s highest.
But the Democrats lost at least one governor’s office they had held, in Vermont, where Phil Scott, the Republican lieutenant governor, won a race that Republicans had seen as their best chance for expanding their reach. He beat Sue Minter, a Democrat and a former state transportation secretary, in a tight contest to succeed Peter Shumlin, a Democrat who did not seek re-election.
“We’re going to make the economy and affordability Montpelier’s top priorities,” Mr. Scott said, declaring victory late on Tuesday. “We’re also going to have a government that is by your side, ensures safe communities, continues to combat the opiate epidemic.”
President Obama, who has seen 800 Democratic state lawmakers voted out during his time in office, stepped in this time with his largest effort yet to help local Democrats, directly assisting more than 150 state legislative candidates. Democratic leaders were hopeful that a strong showing at the presidential level might translate into gains all the way down the ballot, even in state congressional races. But Democrats had a steep climb given Republican successes in recent years.
From 2010 on, Republicans have swept into statehouses across the nation. By this year, Republicans effectively controlled 68 state legislative chambers — more than the party has ever held. By Election Day, the Republicans held 31 of 50 governorships, and full dominance over chambers as well as governor’s offices in at least 22 state capitals. Before 2010, they had full control of only nine state capitals and 36 legislative chambers.
The fate of the statehouses has huge stakes because so much has taken place in them in recent years. The dominance of Republicans has freed many states to take a significant turn to the right on several issues, even as a divided federal government in Washington finds itself gnarled in gridlock. Republican-led states passed hundreds of laws restricting abortion, while others worked to tighten voter identification laws. Republicans have also controlled the redrawing of political maps in some states, making it more difficult for Democrats to win elections.
In North Dakota, voters opted to continue the state’s streak of Republican governors, electing Doug Burgum to succeed Gov. Jack Dalrymple, who did not seek another term. Republicans have controlled the governor’s office in North Dakota since 1992.
And in Utah, voters backed a second full term for Gov. Gary R. Herbert, who became the state’s top elected official after the resignation of Jon Huntsman. Mr. Herbert’s victory was never in much doubt in Utah, a reliably conservative state where he won 68 percent of the vote four years ago.
In Democratic-leaning Delaware, John Carney, a Democratic member of the United States House, won the race for governor, as was widely expected there. Colin Bonini, a Republican and longtime state senator, lost. Jack Markell, the current governor, also a Democrat, was barred by term limits from seeking re-election.
In Oregon, Gov. Kate Brown won a special election and will finish a term that will end in 2019. Ms. Brown, a Democrat, became governor last year after an ethics scandal prompted the resignation of Gov. John Kitzhaber, and she easily defeated four other candidates, including Bud Pierce, the Republican nominee.
Republicans have acknowledged that having control of so many chambers made gaining much new ground all the more challenging this year. All the uncertainties of this year’s election have made it nearly impossible to predict much about local races, which are often decided on local issues and can hinge on fewer than a hundred votes. As in congressional races, local Democrats have tried to press their Republican opponents for state legislative jobs into taking stands for or against Mr. Trump, leaving Republicans at risk of alienating people on either side.
While the number of governors’ races on Tuesday was relatively small, the number of contests seen as up for grabs was unusually large. Many were open seats where incumbents did not seek re-election because of term limits or quests for other offices. Several of the governors’ races could alter partisan control of state capitals, either turning over full control to a single party or breaking up that control.
But the state legislative contests had a potential to have a still wider effect on policy across the country. At least 20 chambers were seen as highly competitive in the election, and a majority of those are now controlled by Republicans.
Republicans hoped to hold control and extend their reach in places like Iowa and Washington. By late Tuesday, Republicans had seized control of Kentucky’s House of Representatives, which Democrats have held since 1922. The chamber was the last in the South that Democrats led, and it had been a firewall for the party in Kentucky, where Republicans have won significant victories in recent years.
The scale of the devastation for Democrats in that state became clear as Greg Stumbo, the Democratic speaker of the State House and a lawmaker from eastern Kentucky, was himself defeated.

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NEWSMAKER-In bid for history, Clinton fails to reach the mountaintop (2.08/33)

By Will Dunham WASHINGTON, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Hillary Clinton came closer than any other woman to winning the White House on Tuesday but fell short for a second time, a bitter disappointment for a pioneering but polarizing American political figure. Seeking to win election to the office her husband Bill Clinton held from 1993 to 2001, Clinton, 69, lost her battle for the Democratic presidential nomination to Barack Obama in 2008 and lost on Tuesday to Republican Donald Trump, 70. Trump told supporters at a rally early on Wednesday that Clinton had phoned to congratulate him on his victory. A Clinton campaign aide confirmed the phone call. In 2000, Clinton became the only first lady to win elected office, as a U. S. senator from New York. In 2009, she became the third female secretary of state. In July, she became the first woman to claim a major U. S. party's presidential nomination. The presidency turned out to be a bridge too far. Accepting her party's nomination in July, she embraced the historic nature of her candidacy, saying that "when any barrier falls in America it clears the way for everyone. After all, when there are no ceilings, the sky's the limit. So let's keep going. Let's keep going until every one of the 161 million women and girls across America has the opportunity she deserves to have. " During four decades in public life, Clinton withstood such controversies as an FBI investigation of her use of a private email server as secretary of state, probes into past business dealings, her husband's infidelity and an unsuccessful Republican effort to remove him from office. Two American women, Geraldine Ferraro in 1984 and Sarah Palin in 2008, were nominated by major parties as their vice presidential nominees, but fell short in the general election. After losing to Obama in the 2008 race, Clinton deferred her White House ambitions, and served as his secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. 'BETWEEN YOU AND THE APOCALYPSE' Clinton's admirers consider her a tough, capable and sometimes inspirational leader who endured unrelenting efforts by political enemies to chop her down. Campaigning for her on Monday in Michigan, Obama called Clinton "a candidate who is smart, a candidate who's steady, a candidate who's tested - probably the most qualified person ever to run for this office. " Her detractors consider her an unscrupulous and power-hungry opportunist. She was detested by many Republicans and conservatives, and in 1998 during her husband's presidency bemoaned a "vast right-wing conspiracy. " Against Trump, she portrayed herself as guarding the country from the threat she said he posed to American democracy. "As I've told people, I'm the last thing standing between you and the apocalypse," Clinton told The New York Times in October. When she entered the race last year for the Democratic presidential nomination, she was considered such a prohibitive favorite that others in her party shied away from challenging her. But she was an establishment figure and a Washington insider at a time when voters were smitten with outsiders. She secured the Democratic nomination in July only after beating back a surprisingly stout challenge from U. S. Senator Bernie Sanders, who appealed to young voters and mustered the kind of excitement that Clinton sometimes failed to generate. As secretary of state, she dealt with civil wars in Syria and Libya, Iran's nuclear program, China's growing clout, Russian assertiveness, ending the Iraq war, winding down the Afghanistan war, and an unsuccessful bid to settle the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. EMAIL CONTROVERSY Congressional Republicans spent years investigating allegations of State Department security lapses related to a 2012 attack by militants in the Libyan city of Benghazi that killed the U. S. ambassador. She testified during marathon congressional hearings in January 2013 at the end of her tenure at the State Department and in October 2015, while already a candidate for president, facing Republican criticism of her handling of the incident. Another politically damaging issue came to light during the lengthy congressional investigation into the Benghazi attack: accusations that she broke the law in her handling of classified information while corresponding through the private email server for her government work as secretary of state. The U. S. Justice Department in July accepted FBI Director James Comey's recommendation not to bring criminal charges against her, although he faulted her "extremely careless" handling of classified information. Comey announced 11 days before the election that the FBI was investigating a new collection of emails as part of its probe, but said two days before the election that a review of those emails produced nothing that would change the decision not to bring charges. Trump called her "Crooked Hillary," said he would seek to put her behind bars if elected and encouraged his supporters to chant "lock her up. " Clinton called Trump as a racist hate-monger, a sexist and a tax-dodger enamored with Russian President Vladimir Putin. She defended her lengthy service in government, dismissing Trump's contention that she had produced no real accomplishments. CONSERVATIVE UPBRINGING Born in Chicago on Oct. 26, 1947, Hillary Rodham Clinton was the eldest of three children of a small-business owner father she called a "rock-ribbed, up-by-your-bootstraps, conservative Republican" and a mother who was a closet Democrat. She attended public schools, then enrolled in 1965 at all-female Wellesley College in Massachusetts, where she headed the Young Republicans Club. Her political views changed during the 1960s civil rights struggles and Vietnam War escalation and she switched parties. At Yale Law School, she met a similarly ambitious fellow student from Arkansas, Bill Clinton, and they became a couple. She moved to Washington to work for a congressional panel in the impeachment drive against Nixon, who resigned as president in 1974 during the Watergate scandal. She moved to Arkansas to be with Bill, married him in 1975, and was hired by a top law firm. He jumped into politics, eventually being elected governor, at age 32, in 1978. She gave birth to the couple's only child, daughter Chelsea, in 1980. As Arkansas' first lady, she was a high-powered lawyer in the capital Little Rock and a Wal-Mart corporate board member. Most Americans were introduced to her during her husband's bid for the 1992 Democratic presidential nomination. Bill Clinton said voters would get "two for the price of one" if they elected him. She unapologetically said she was not a woman who "stayed home and baked cookies. " After a woman named Gennifer Flowers accused Bill Clinton during the campaign of a sexual affair, Hillary Clinton appeared on TV with her husband and referred to singer Tammy Wynette's song, "Stand by Your Man. " "You know, I'm not sitting here, some little woman standing by my man like Tammy Wynette," she said, adding that she loved and respected her husband. "And you know, if that's not enough for people, then heck, don't vote for him," she added. Conservative critics painted her as a radical feminist and a threat to traditional family values. Bill Clinton defeated incumbent Republican President George H. W. Bush in November 1992. As first lady from 1993 to 2001, unlike many of her predecessors, she was an active part of policymaking. 'HILLARYCARE' Critics assailed her unsuccessful effort to win congressional passage of healthcare reform, deriding it as "Hillarycare. " She and her husband faced a long investigation into past business dealings but ultimately no criminal charges were brought. A real estate venture known as Whitewater faced scrutiny, spawning an independent counsel investigation that later encompassed Bill Clinton's sexual relationship with a White House intern named Monica Lewinsky. Deputy White House Counsel Vince Foster, a figure in the Whitewater controversy and a close friend of the Clintons from Arkansas, was found dead of a gunshot in 1993. His death was ruled a suicide. In a 2003 memoir, Hillary Clinton blasted "conspiracy theorists and investigators trying to prove that Vince was murdered to cover up what he 'knew about Whitewater.'" In 2000, the independent counsel investigation concluded there was insufficient evidence to show the Clintons had been involved in any criminal behavior related to Whitewater. In December 1998, the Republican-led House of Representatives voted to impeach a president for only the second time in U. S. history, charging Bill Clinton with "high crimes and misdemeanors" for allegedly lying under oath and obstructing justice to cover up his relationship with Lewinsky. The Republican-led Senate acquitted Clinton in February 1999. Hillary Clinton called the impeachment an abuse of power by Republicans with a "Soviet-style show trial" and condemned what she called "an attempted congressional coup d'etat. " She also said she "wanted to wring Bill's neck" for the affair and upbraided him privately. Ultimately, she said, she decided she still loved him and remained after they went through counseling. She launched her own bid for elected office and won election in 2000 as a U. S. senator. The 2008 race for the Democratic presidential nomination pitted America's foremost woman politician against the son of a black Kenyan father and a white Kansan mother. After vanquishing Clinton, Obama made history when he defeated Republican John McCain to become the first black U. S. president. (Writing and reporting by Will Dunham in Washington; Editing by Howard Goller)

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UPI Almanac for Wednesday, Nov. 9, 2016 (2.07/33)

Today is Wednesday, Nov. 9, the 314th day of 2016 with 52 to follow.
The moon is waxing. The morning star is Jupiter. The evening stars are Mercury, Saturn, Venus, Mars, Neptune and Uranus.
Those born on this date are under the sign of Scorpio. They include astronomer Benjamin Banneker in 1731; Russian author Ivan Turgenev in 1818; architect Stanford White in 1853; actor-comedian Ed Wynn in 1886; actors Marie Dressler in 1868 and Hedy Lamarr in 1913; Sargent Shriver, first director of the Peace Corps, in 1915; former Vice President Spiro T. Agnew in 1918; actor Dorothy Dandridge in 1922; astronomer Carl Sagan in 1934; baseball Hall of Fame members Whitey Herzog in 1931 (age 85) and Bob Gibson in 1935 (age 81); folk singer Mary Travers (of Peter, Paul and Mary) in 1936; Rock and Roll Hall of fame member Tom Fogerty (Creedence Clearwater Revival), in 1941; bodybuilder/actor Lou Ferrigno (TV's "Incredible Hulk") in 1951 (age 65); musician Susan Tedeschi in 1970 (age 46); singer Nick Lachey in 1973 (age 43) and wife Vanessa Lachey in 1980 (age 36); and actress Analeigh Tipton in 1988 (age 28).
On this date in history:
In 1872, a fire which began in the basement of a warehouse in downtown Boston raged for 12 hours, consuming 65 acres of leaving 776 buildings in ruins, and killing at least 30 people, during the Great Boston Fire of 1872.
In 1906, Theodore Roosevelt travels to Panama to observe the progress being made on the construction of the canal. He was the first sitting President of the United States to embark on an official trip outside the country.
In 1918, Germany's Kaiser Wilhelm II abdicated as World War I drew to a close.
In 1938, mobs of Germans attacked Jewish businesses and homes throughout Germany in what became known as Kristallnacht, or Crystal Night.
In 1953, the U. S. Supreme Court ruled Major League Baseball isn't within the scope of federal antitrust laws.
In 1965, a massive power failure left more than 30 million people in the dark in the northeastern United States and eastern Canada.
In 1985, Gary Kasparov, 22, became the youngest world chess champion , ending the 10-year reign of Anatoly Karpov in Moscow.
In 1989, East Germany announced free passage for its citizens through border checkpoints. The announcement rendered the Berlin Wall, the most reviled symbol of the Cold War, virtually irrelevant 28 years after its construction.
In 1995, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat visited Israel for the first time to offer personal condolences to the wife of slain Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin.
In 2007, Germany's Bundestag passes a heavily criticized data retention bill, mandating the collection of its citizen's telecom data for six months without probably cause.
In 2008, three men were executed by firing squad for 2002 bombings in Bali that killed 202 people, mostly tourists.
In 2011, a burgeoning child sexual-abuse scandal at Penn State University involving former defensive coordinator Jerry Sandusky claimed its legendary football coach when the school's board of trustees fired Joe Paterno .
In 2012, CIA Director David Petraeus resigned, citing an extramarital affair .
In 2013, the USS Gerald R. Ford was christened at Newport News, Va., by the late president's daughter, Susan Ford Bales. The ship is the first of a new class of technologically advanced U. S. nuclear aircraft carriers.
A thought for the day: "We are products of our past, but we don't have to be prisoners of it. " -- Rick Warren

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Michigan woman gets wish; loses school board election bid (2.07/33)

FRANKENMUTH, Mich. (AP) - Bridget Smith wanted voters not to elect her to Frankenmuth ’s school board — and they didn’t.
Smith filed earlier this year to run for one of three four-year terms on the school board, but afterward was hired to serve as Frankenmuth ’s city manager.
When she was being hired by the Bavarian-themed community about 75 miles northwest of Detroit, Smith indicated that she would drop her school board bid. But the deadline to withdraw had passed and her name remained on Tuesday’s ballot.
She encouraged voters not to cast ballots for her and Smith placed last among the four candidates.

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Israel ‘thwarts’ Palestinian bid to join Interpol — RT News (2.07/33)

“The Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs together with the Israeli Police, under the guidance of the Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, together with the National Security Council and others, carried out an intensive global effort to thwart the Palestinian initiative over the last few weeks,” the Foreign Ministry said in a statement .
Israel has been relentlessly working the diplomatic arena as part of its fierce battle with the Palestinians, who seek de-facto recognition of statehood in as many international bodies as possible. In order to become an Interpol member, an applicant must secure two-thirds of the votes of 190 member states.
Palestinian membership of Interpol was denied during the organization’s annual general assembly where the State of Palestine applied for membership alongside the Republic of Kosovo and the Solomon Islands. Sixty-two delegates at the meeting in Bali, Indonesia, voted against the Palestinian request and 56 in favor, while 37 abstained.
Israel dedicated time and effort in voicing fears that sensitive information could be leaked to terrorists if the Palestinians were to join Interpol. Speaking in the town of Afula, Netanyahu credited “very intensive work” by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and the National Security Council for their role in influencing the vote.
“It was a difficult effort, but it produced results. It reflects what I have been telling you is happening, which is a change in Israel's international standing and an expansion of our ties with different countries,” Netanyahu said.
“I think we have to accept the fact that this effort to ensure that international organizations take into account our interests, and those of many other countries, will continue... Israel is bursting on to the global scene, and this will ultimately be reflected in all UN and international bodies,” the PM added.
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The Palestinian Authority made a formal request to join Interpol in August 2015, but the petition was rejected on the grounds that it was submitted too late to be taken up at that year’s annual gathering.
In June, instead of accepting a repeated Palestinian request for membership, Interpol established an independent panel of experts to draw up criteria for the acceptance of new members. But in October, Turkey helped push the issue of Palestinian membership on to the agenda of the 85th Interpol conference, where the topic was brought to a vote.
Unable to garnish enough votes, the Interpol’s Executive Committee released a statement saying that it has appointed an adviser to recommend “a clear and transparent process with a defined set of criteria for membership.” The statement added that no new applicants would be considered until a meeting in Beijing in 2017.
“While the study is being carried out, all current and future applications for membership including those from the Republic of Kosovo, the State of Palestine and the Solomon Islands have been suspended,” Interpol said .
Palestine, which obtained an observer status in Interpol in 2011, and applied for full membership in 2015, might now seek a resubmission of its application next year.
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“They [Israel] are trying to score fake and unreal victories, they are selling their people illusions,” Ammar Hejazi, a Palestinian delegate at the congress, told Palestine Radio. “[Our request] was not achieved in this session because the Interpol Executive Committee said it would study new membership requests next year.”

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Police in standoff with gunman after cop is fatally shot in Arizona (2.06/33)

SHOW LOW, Ariz. — A police officer was fatally shot Tuesday outside a fast-food restaurant in eastern Arizona, and authorities were negotiating with a barricaded suspect.
Police identified the suspect as Daniel Erickson, 36, of Huachuca City.
Erickson is a convicted felon who has served two prison sentences in Arizona — a four-year term for a drug conviction in 2009 and five months for an endangerment conviction in 2007.
The shooting occurred in Show Low, and Erickson reportedly was holed up in cabin Tuesday night in the nearby Pinetop-Lakeside area.
Highway 260 was closed in the area of the standoff, which is about 10 miles south of Show Low.
Officer Darrin Reed was taken to a hospital in critical condition after the 1:30 p.m. shooting and later died from his injuries, police said.
The police department didn’t immediately release Reed’s age or number of years on the force or a list of his survivors.
Details of how the shooting occurred or if Erickson was being sought by authorities prior to the incident weren’t immediately released by police.
Police said Erickson was seen leaving a Show Low hotel near the scene of the shooting in a vehicle and was dressed in a black leather trench coat and reportedly armed with a silver handgun.
The car Erickson drove from the scene was found abandoned Tuesday evening and he was believed to be driving another vehicle with an Arizona license plate, according to authorities.

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Eastern Michigan becomes bowl eligible with last-minute win over Ball State (2.06/33)

MUNCIE, Ind. -- Eastern Michigan University is bowl eligible for the first time since 1995, thanks to a game-winning touchdown in the final minute against Ball State University on Tuesday.
Eagles running back Ian Eriksen scored from 1 yard out with 32 seconds remaining, and senior defensive back DaQuan Pace, celebrating his 21 st birthday, intercepted BSU quarterback Riley Neal's pass at the EMU 8-yardline on the final play of the game to secure a 48-41 victory at Scheuman Stadium.
"That might be my best birthday present in my 21 years," said Pace, a Cass Tech High School graduate. "It is just a great feeling right now. I am really lost for words. But it is great to see the senior group of guys and the younger guys come together and make this happen. "
The Eagles haven't played in a bowl game since 1987 – the second longest drought in the country behind New Mexico State, which hasn't been to a bowl game since 1960.
Since its last bowl appearance, EMU has had just two winning seasons (1989, 1995) and has reached the six-win mark three times (1989, 1995, 2011). The Eagles were not bowl eligible in 2011, though, because two of their wins were against Football Championship Subdivision opponents.
"We've been saying for four years now that we want to be the class that changes it," said redshirt junior quarterback Brogan Roback, who had a career-high in completions (37), pass attempts (71) and passing yards (468) Tuesday. "People have said that before us, and now that it's finally happening, it's an unbelievable feeling that I can't put it into words at the moment.
"But we are not done yet. We still have goals we want to obtain. "
EMU third-year head coach Chris Creighton said his team took a major step forward Tuesday. The Eagles had lost their previous two games.
"I don't know if I have ever been in a better locker room," Creighton said. "I am just so proud of our guys. I know we are bowl-eligible, but that does not mean we are bowl-guaranteed. We still have lots of work to do and much to improve on. "
Coming off a bye week, Tuesday's start for EMU was not ideal. It fell behind 21-0 in the first quarter and trailed 28-19 at halftime.
"The first quarter was not pretty, but in the second quarter we started getting our stuff together and moving forward," Creighton said. "We worked hard and just continued on through that. Crazy was definitely the word I would use to explain this game for us tonight. "
Three straight touchdowns by Roback gave the Eagles a 40-28 lead at the 14:54 mark of the fourth quarter.
The lead was short-lived, however, as a 62-yard pass from Neal to Cywettnie Brown 62 seconds later pulled the Cardinals within five. Neal put them back ahead with a 1-yard touchdown run with 1:35 left.
It took just 57 seconds for EMU to go 86 yards to retake the lead for good.
Eriksen rushed for 109 yards and two scores, while Roback completed passes to 11 different receivers, with Dieuly Aristilde leading the way with six catches for 107 yards.
EMU finished with 622 yards of offense compared to 542 for BSU.
The Eagles host Northern Illinois on Wednesday, Nov. 16, before ending the regular season at home Nov. 22 against Central Michigan.

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Jeff Sessions: 'These Are Votes From Real American People' (2.06/33)

NEW YORK — An upbeat Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, one of the Republican nominee’s closest advisers, said of Donald Trump’s sweep of battleground states: “These are votes from real American people.”
Speaking to The Daily Caller early Wednesday morning here at Trump’s election night party, Sessions said of Trump’s performance in the election: “You know, it’s just one of the most thrilling things I’ve seen. I thought this could happen, but the evening started off pretty negative with Florida in bad numbers. Ohio in bad numbers. You say oh no, it’s going to happen again. But the American people moved these numbers.”
“These are votes from real American people,” Sessions said. “They stood up to intense negative media against Donald Trump, they stood up against biased media, stood up against negative ads.”
Added Sessions: “I think it’s a tribute to the American people. Washington has not been listening to them. They are right about that. They’ve asked for a lawful system of immigration that protects America’s interests, they’re right about that, there’s nothing wrong about that. Washington wouldn’t give it to them. They believed the trade policies weren’t working for them, and Washington just slammed the door on it, wouldn’t even discuss it, passed a new TPP on top of these old trade deals. They slammed the door on that.”
Sessions, who said he spoke with Trump earlier Tuesday, said he was optimistic about how the outcome.
“I’d rather be in his shoes than hers at this moment,” Sessions said. “But it’s not over. We’ll have to see. No matter what the final outcome is, against the host of forces, he stood strong, he didn’t back down, and the people rewarded him with their loyalty.”
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German engineering association warns of Trump protectionism (2.05/33)

FRANKFURT, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Germany's engineering industry association warned Donald Trump on Wednesday not to enforce protectionist trade measures he promised during his presidential election campaign, saying it would hurt the U. S. economy as well as German exports. "If the world's biggest economy follows a protectionist course, its effects will be felt around the world. We can only hope that his words are not followed by corresponding deeds," VDMA association head Thilo Brodtmann said in a statement. The United States overtook China last year as Germany's biggest export market for capital goods, with exports worth almost 17 billion euros ($19 billion). ($1 = 0.8985 euros) (Reporting by Georgina Prodhan; Editing by Maria Sheahan)

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Soda taxes approved in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany (2.04/33)

Measures to tax soda and other sugary drinks have been approved by wide margins in the Northern California cities of San Francisco, Oakland and Albany. The measures in San Francisco, Oakland and Albany would levy a penny-per-ounce tax on sugary drinks, including energy, sweetened tea and sports drinks. The money would go into the general fund for city officials to use as they want, although backers say the funds will go toward health programs. Proponents hope that election success in the San Francisco Bay Area will prompt other places to tax the drinks they say contribute to obesity, diabetes and other health problems. They say it's a small price to ensure children's health. Opponents, however, say the tax is regressive and will hurt lower-income families the most. They're also saying grocers will be forced to raise prices on other items to cover the cost. The tax is on distributors and not paid by customers who buy the drinks. Campaign advertising has been expensive with total reported spending by the two sides surpassing $42 million. Opponents, backed largely by the American Beverage Association, have spent at least $26 million. Proponents, with strong support from former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg, have spent more than $16 million. The ballot measure is by far the costliest in San Francisco history, where tax proponents are trying for a second time to win passage of the measure. In 2014, a similar proposal failed to get enough votes for a dedicated tax, which requires two-thirds approval. This year, backers went for a general tax, which requires a simple majority and doesn't stipulate how the revenue is spent. In October, U. S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told tax opponents to quit using his name in ads fighting the measures. The Vermont Democrat said he opposed a soda tax proposal in Philadelphia that was three times higher than the ones being considered in the Bay Area. Voters in Berkeley approved a penny-per-ounce soda tax in 2014. And Philadelphia approved one in June, taxing diet drinks as well. Voters in three Northern California cities were deciding Tuesday whether to tax sugary-sweetened drinks after high-profile campaigns that were fueled by heavy contributions from national interests. In October, U. S. Sen. Bernie Sanders told tax opponents to quit using his name in ads fighting the measures. The Vermont Democrat said he opposed a soda tax proposal in Philadelphia that was three times higher than the ones being considered in the Bay Area. Get all the latest Election Day 2016 stories from ABC7 and follow the action on the ABC News Live Election Day Blog

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Election coverage an unexpected thrill ride on TV (2.04/33)

NEW YORK (AP) — Donald Trump's stunning victory against Hillary Clinton in the presidential election Tuesday was a final twist in a made-for TV thrill ride — and a stern lesson to journalists to avoid leaping to conclusions. Relying on polls and group think, television networks began covering election night with a barely concealed assumption that Clinton would win, only to see the actual results suggest something quite different. Tens of millions of Americans followed the drama on all manner of screens as the drama stretched into the early morning. The Associated Press declared that Trump had won the presidency at 2:30 a.m. EST. Within 10 minutes, CNN reported that Clinton had called Trump to concede. Except for the AP, the politicians beat media organizations: CNN called the race for Trump as the Republican took the stage at his Manhattan headquarters, and CBS, ABC and NBC did the same as he spoke. "Donald Trump is the first person to be elected president without previously holding office since Dwight Eisenhower," said CBS' Scott Pelley. "And he did it without the advantage of having won World War II. Less than an hour earlier, Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta had announced that the Democrat would not be addressing her supporters that night. That triggered a bitter argument on CNN that spoke to the challenge in healing the nation after a rough campaign. Former Trump campaign chairman Corey Lewandowski, now a CNN analyst, was angered by Clinton's decision not to come out and said Trump would be criticized for making the same decision. "Corey, you're a horrible person right now," said analyst and Clinton supporter Van Jones. The election results offered a stern rebuke to pollsters — few of whom predicted a Trump victory — newspaper editorial boards and the Hollywood establishment, which lined up almost unanimously behind Clinton. The post-election period will include soul-searching for those institutions as well as politicians. "I am sitting here surprised by the fact that we were surprised by this, in a campaign full of surprises," said ABC News' Cecilia Vega. The much-followed Upshot blog on The New York Times website had a meter predicting the chances of each candidate winning. It began Tuesday with an 85 percent certainty that Clinton would win, and flipped as the evening went on to a near certainty of a Trump win. Television networks, concentrating on the electoral college and paths to victory for each of the candidates, also spent virtually no time discussing the possibility that Clinton could win the popular vote and lose the election. Analysts spoke of Trump's unexpected strength in rural areas, with CNN's David Axelrod calling it a "primal scream on behalf of voters who are disenfranchised with the status quo. " MSNBC's Brian Williams called it a failure of prognosticators to take into account how many lawn signs Trump inspired as opposed to Clinton. "This is a revolt of the unprotected class against the protected elite class," said Fox News Channel's Monica Crowley. A chorus of I-told-you-so's is also likely in coming days. NBC News' Kasie Hunt noted as she traveled with Clinton during the last week of the campaign that it went from small staged events to other small staged events. She said it did not feel like she was covering a winning campaign. "And I took some criticism for that from some sources," she said. CNN's Jones grew emotional when talking about how many Americans are going to struggle waking up on Wednesday and telling their children what happened. "This was a whitelash against a changing country," Jones said, and many newer Americans will feel threatened by it. It was a far different mood while the polls were still open. Vice Media and Slate collaborated on a system that combined exit polling with early voting profiles to project candidate vote totals in seven battleground states and posted the material throughout the day on Tuesday. Clinton was leading Tuesday afternoon in all seven of the states, according to the VoteCastr model. Television networks vowed to stick with tradition and not reveal that information. But it was hard to miss some foreshadowing. Trump called in to Fox News Channel shortly after 2 p.m. EST, where he talked about a rigged electoral system and passed up the chance to exhort supporters to vote. Fox interviewer Martha MacCallum asked him four questions about what he might do if he lost. Shortly thereafter, Republican National Committee aide Sean Spicer on Fox offered a very specific prediction — that Trump's electoral vote total would exceed those of President Barack Obama's two opponents — without predicting victory. Republican pollster Ed Rollins told Fox's Shepard Smith at 3 p.m. EST that it would take a miracle for Trump to win. CNN correspondent Brianna Keilar, covering the Clinton campaign, told Wolf Blitzer shortly after 5 p.m. EST that the Clinton camp was confident heading into the evening. "I hear they're confident," Blitzer said. "Are they very, very confident or are they nervous? " Responded Keilar: "I'm not picking up any nerves. " Five hours later, Keilar noted the stunned faces on people at Clinton headquarters on Manhattan's West Side. They came expecting a party — maybe even an early night — and left contemplating the prospect of a President Trump. Even before the polls closed, there were warnings not to jump to conclusions too early. "Please keep in mind, exit polls can shift faster than a feather in a tornado," tweeted former CBS News anchor Dan Rather, in his familiar folksy style. ___ AP Television Writer Lynn Elber in Los Angeles contributed to this report.

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Millions scramble after India scrapped its largest banknotes (2.04/33)

Indians awoke to confusion Wednesday after the government withdrew the highest-denomination currency notes overnight to halt money laundering in a country where many in the poor and middle-class still make day-to-day transactions in cash.
Roadside vegetable sellers, kiosks selling biscuits and tea, small mom-and-pop stores selling groceries, all saw a sharp drop in customers as banks and ATMs were closed the morning after Prime Minister Narendra Modi's surprise televised announcement.
As of midnight Tuesday, all 500- and 1,000-rupee notes had no cash value. People holding the discontinued notes would be able to deposit them in banks and post office savings accounts before the end of the year. But anyone making large bank deposits could find themselves the target of Indian tax authorities.
Banks and ATMs are likely to stay closed Thursday as well to help prepare for the swarms of people who will descend as soon as they open to deposit their 500- and 1000-rupee bills and withdraw money to spend.
For a few days, the old bills would still be accepted at hospitals, petrol stations, crematoria and for other businesses and services deemed essential.
But many, like student Ankit Saini, woke up Wednesday morning with money in their wallet. Just in the wrong denomination.
"I have three 500-rupee notes and only about 40 rupees (about 60 cents) in small change. I can either buy lunch or a bus ticket home," he said as he chose food over transport at a roadside food stall in central Delhi. "But what will I do tomorrow? "
"Maybe what Modi has done is good for the country in the long run, but what about ordinary people like us today? " asked Om Prakash Singh, an office manager. "I have 200 rupees to get through the next two days and even after that who knows how long the lines at the bank will be. "
The move is expected to bring billions of dollars into the economy. The economy — and its tax base — has long been hobbled by rampant money laundering. Businesses use what is known as "black money," with people using cash to avoid paying taxes. Raids on corrupt politicians and businesses regularly turn up people holding millions of dollars' worth of rupees, with cash sometimes filling dozens of boxes.
Modi said authorities have discovered 1.25 trillion rupees, or about $18.8 billion, in illegal cash over the last two and a half years. Counterfeiting was also a major concern, he said, and, in an indirect reference to rival Pakistan, accused a neighboring country of circulating fake Indian currency to damage the Indian economy.
"We as a nation remain a cash-based economy, hence the circulation of fake rupees continues to be a menace," India's central bank said in a statement late Tuesday night.
Much of India's illicit money stores are believed to be used in land purchases, or secreted away to accounts overseas. The move is expected to send real estate prices crashing, an expectation reflected in the slump in the stock prices of major real estate companies on the Bombay Stock Exchange by early afternoon.
Shares of real estate giants DLF Ltd, Housing Development & Infrastructure Ltd. and India Bulls Real Estate Ltd. had all dropped more than 20 percent from their closing Tuesday.
But the move will also hurt the poor, many of whom do not have bank accounts and keep their savings in cash.
"We are not the ones with the black money and if we don't earn for two days we don't eat," said Bachchu Lal, as he stood next to his hand pushed wooden cart. He had only one customer in the first few hours of Wednesday morning, usually a busy time.

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EXCLUSIVE: Dick Cheney Voted For Donald Trump (1.99/33)

Former Vice President Dick Cheney voted for Donald Trump, breaking with much of the Republican establishment and the Bushes, The Daily Caller can exclusively report.
Cheney confirmed to TheDC that he voted for Trump. The former vice president said  he would support Trump back in May. Cheney also provided TheDC with the following photo showing him wearing a Trump sticker.
Dick Cheney (photo credit: Kara Ahern)
Former President George W. Bush, who Cheney served with, voted for neither Hillary Clinton or Trump. Cheney also served as secretary of defense under President George H. W. Bush and he reportedly supports Clinton.

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Election results 2016: Donald Trump wins crucial Florida vote by a tiny margin confounding early... (1.46/33)

At a hotel on the edge of Miami airport , a dense crowd of Hispanic supporters of Hillary Clinton watched the returns dribble in from their own state with contained terror. It was a hundred people or so. Outside , the whole country was

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How Hillary Clinton's mid-west firewall collapsed (1.36/33)

Hillary Clinton’s Midwest firewall collapsed into ashes on Tuesday evening, with Ohio, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania and Iowa going to Trump, as he successfully clenched the presidency. Trump soared to victory with 288 electoral votes, as the former first lady was only able to get 215. A prediction made by progressive activist and filmmaker Michael Moore, a Michigan native, came to fruition: ‘Donald J. Trump is going to win.’ ‘Who’s the candidate with the most rabid supporters? Whose crazed fans are going to be up at 5 AM on Election Day, kicking ass all day long, all the way until the last polling place has closed, making sure every Tom, Dick and Harry (and Bob and Joe and Billy Bob and Billy Joe and Billy Bob Joe) has cast his ballot?’ Moore said in a late October post to his website.  ‘That’s right. That’s the high level of danger we’re in.’ Scroll down for video   Moore accurately calculated that Trump would do well in the Midwest. ‘Welcome to Our Rust Belt Brexit,’ a heading in the article said. Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin are traditionally Democratic states, he observed, but they have Republican governors, indicating a rightward trend. ‘How can the race be this close after everything Trump has said and done? Well maybe it’s because he’s said (correctly) that the Clintons’ support of NAFTA helped to destroy the industrial states of the Upper Midwest,’ he said, referring to the trade deal her husband instituted as president. The trade policies that Clinton has backed – NAFTA, President Barack Obama’s Trans-Pacific Trade Partnership - have ‘royally screwed the people of these four states,’ Moore said. Trump’s threat to Ford to hit the automobile company with a 35 per cent tariff on cars it built in Mexico after the company said it was building a plant there ‘was sweet, sweet music to the ears of the working class of Michigan,’ Moore said. ‘And when he tossed in his threat to Apple that he would force them to stop making their iPhones in China and build them here in America, well, hearts swooned and Trump walked away with a big victory that should have gone to the governor next-door, John Kasich.’ Clinton’s campaign acknowledged in the final weeks of the campaign that Trump could seize Ohio. But aides insisted that they had other paths to victory that did not include the state – namely Pennsylvania. ‘Pennsylvania is a state that, if were able to win it, it pretty well blocks his path,' Clinton’s national spokesman, Brian Fallon, told at rally two weeks before the election.  'If you look at the states that are likeliest to support Hillary Clinton based on where the races stands today, if you add Pennsylvania to that, it basically puts us at the doorstop of 270 all by itself.' No politician has won the presidency without Ohio since 1968. The truism stuck on Tuesday night when Trump conquered The Buckeye State as well as the neighboring battleground of Pennsylvania. The Republican was on top in Michigan as well, as the clock struck three. Minnesota was the sole Clinton hold-out, favoring the Democratic candidate by fewer than two percentage points. Clinton visited Michigan twice in three days at the end of the campaign. Senior staff insisted that it was business as usual. Yet it sent President Obama, Bill Clinton and Chelsea Clinton to campaign in the state, too – a red flag. Trump finished his campaign in Grand Rapids, Michigan, on Monday. 'Today is our independence day,' he stated.

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FOREX-Dollar turns tail as Trump pulls ahead in fiercely contested US election (1.32/33)

By Shinichi Saoshiro TOKYO, Nov 9 (Reuters) - The dollar sank more than three percent versus the yen and turned tail against other major peers on Wednesday in extremely volatile trade in global markets, as a fiercely contested U. S. presidential election showed the outcome was too close to call. Republican Donald Trump won the key battleground state of Ohio on Tuesday, was the projected winner in Florida and led Democrat Hillary Clinton in a series of other states like North Carolina, in a surprisingly close race for the White House. The dollar slumped 3.1 percent at 101.890 yen in a volatile day that saw it rise to 105.480 earlier, when last-minute projections from the previous day put Clinton in favour. The dollar fell 1.8 percent against the Swiss franc, another safe-haven, to 0.9606 franc. "The catalyst behind the dollar's slide was reports that put Trump ahead of Clinton in the battleground state of Florida," said Junichi Ishikawa, senior forex strategist at IG Securities in Tokyo. "Risk aversion is in the air with equities tumbling. " The scene was reminiscent of the turmoil that engulfed global financial markets after the June Brexit vote, when British voters opted to leave the European Union in a decision that wrongfooted investors and bookmakers. "No one in the market expected the results that we're seeing so far," said Kaneo Ogino, director at foreign exchange research firm Global-info Co in Tokyo. "Even if in the case there is a Clinton comeback and she wins, the market already has reacted to the point where the dollar would have trouble climbing back. It's mostly algo dealing in the market now, with dealers staying out. It's system trading, and it's hard for anyone to catch up. " The Mexican peso handed back earlier gains and fell to a record low versus the dollar, with U. S. currency moving up more than 11 percent to 20.44 pesos. The peso had suffered deep losses recently when the likelihood of a Trump victory appeared high. Trump has pledged to renegotiate the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with Mexico and Canada, a move that could damage the economies of the export-heavy nations. The Canadian dollar fell to an eight-month low against the greenback. Investor anxiety has deepened in recent weeks on the prospect of a Trump victory as the controversial businessman, an anti-establishment political novice, is seen as a risk to global growth as he has pledged to renegotiate trade deals, impose high import tariffs and stirred fears of a currency war with China. The Republican candidate has also stoked uncertainty over his stance in foreign policy and immigration, while Clinton is seen by markets as a safe pair of hands and likely to ensure political and financial stability. Graphic of live election results: Graphic of live market reaction: Live Coverage: Both candidates scored victories in states where they were expected to win. Trump captured conservative states in the South and Midwest, while Clinton swept several states on the East Coast and Illinois in the Midwest. But Trump's slight edge in Florida, Virginia and North Carolina gave him an advantage in the state-by-state fight for 270 Electoral College votes needed to win. The euro rallied 1.8 percent to $1.1218. The Australian dollar, sensitive to shifts in risk appetite, fell 1.8 percent to $0.7624. The Aussie sank more than 5 percent to 77.50 yen, suffering its deepest intraday loss since the June Brexit referendum. Sterling was up 0.9 percent at $1.2390. (Additional reporting by Lisa Twaronite in Tokyo; Editing by Richard Pullin & Shri Navaratnam)

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No matter who wins, it's a historic day for women (1.30/33)

They went to the polls Tuesday because of Susan B. Anthony and Sojourner Truth, Ida B. Wells and Elizabeth Cady Stanton — trailblazers who nearly 100 years ago fought for their right to be there.
Some wore pantsuits, a staple of Hillary Clinton's wardrobe. Others wore white, a nod to women's suffrage movement. Many put their "I voted" stickers on the graves of the crusaders who didn't live to see the day when a woman could be a major-party candidate for the highest office in the land.
And many of these women cast their votes for Hillary Rodham Clinton, the first female candidate for president of the United States.
As America waits to learn whether the nation has elected its first woman president, these Michigan women shared the stories of their own historic votes:
An historic day
Marsha Philpot of Detroit was awash in white, sporting a crochet top, shawl and hat Tuesday, knowing that what she was about to do was historic.
"I felt like it was a monumental election," said Philpot, who lives in the Lafayette Park neighborhood of Detroit. "I wore white in response to the call that had gone out among many women to honor the memory of the suffragettes a century ago, and also to recognize the significance of electing a woman president.
"I did not wear a pantsuit. I don’t do the pantsuit thing. "
She said she always knew this day would come; she just didn't know when. "One hopes that it would be inevitable, and that sooner or later there would be a viable woman candidate. "
Clinton, she said, overcame so many obstacles to get to the top of the ballot, name-calling from her opponent among them.
"For every women who’s been disrespected, treated as less-than, I had a feeling of casting a vote as a statement against this type of treatment. I come from a tradition of African-American women who have recognized the power of voting and take that very seriously.
A long legacy 
These days, it's hard for Rachel Fox of West Bloomfield to make it to her local polling place.
Born five years before the 19th Amendment granted American women the right to vote, the 101-year-old made her ballot choices in advance of Tuesday's election.
The great-grandmother of four chuckled and answered no when she was asked if she ever thought she'd live to see a female president.
"I always expected a man to be in office," she said. "I think a woman should have just as much right as a man if she has the inclination. I liked a lot of presidents before, but I think it’s time now we do have a woman. I think she’ll do a very good job. "
Fox  said the experience of filling out her ballot for a woman was special.
"I wasn't afraid to vote for a woman," she said.
Neither was Kathy McCurdy of Okemos.
The 71-year-old former teacher is the great-great-granddaughter of suffragette Eliza Seaman Leggett, who lived, ironically, in Clintonville, which falls within Oakland County's Waterford Township.
"I think she’d be overwhelmed. She would be so excited and she would definitely think this is the right thing for the country," McCurdy said, reflecting on how her ancestor would react to the 2016 presidential ballot. "I often think of Eliza when I do things. She thought women were more than capable of doing jobs that men thought only they could do. ... I don’t think she'd be shocked at all. She'd think it's more than past time for a woman to be president. "
Qualified to run  
April Anderson is a 43-year-old Detroit business owner who refused to vote for Clinton simply because she is a woman.
"I’m voting for her because she’s the most qualified for the job," said Anderson, who co-owns Good Cakes and Bakes with her wife, Michelle Anderson. "I really get upset with people who try to make it like that. She has a track record of doing things. "
What won Anderson's vote were Clinton's initiatives to support women in business, her poise during the debates, and her evolution and changing views over the years on criminal justice issues.
Anderson waited 45 minutes in line at the polls Tuesday, but she said she would have waited hours to get the chance to vote.
"There were so many feelings. For one thing, I realized that this is making history. This is actually making history," Anderson said.
Knocking on ceilings 
Florine Mark, the owner of the Farmington Hills-based Weight Watchers franchise, recalled how difficult it was for her to start her business.
"Thirty-five-plus years ago when I started my business, I couldn’t get a loan for $5,000. I had a business plan, I had collateral. They said, 'Your husband has to sign.' I said, 'No way.'"
Her franchise went on to employ as many as 10,000 women.
Before she became an entrepreneur, she did admin work. "I remained as an office manager. I could never go forward. Maybe I didn't even try. "
She described voting on Tuesday as a thrilling experience, but doubts the country will change by Wednesday morning — or soon after that.
"If a woman became president, have we broken the glass ceiling? Absolutely not," she said. "Look how many women there are sitting on boards. We have (GM chairman and CEO) Mary Barra who’s really up there, but at what other big companies have women climbed that high? "
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Tina Kowalczyk, 49, of Trenton knocked on doors campaigning for Clinton, but it wasn’t easy in this bitter race for the White House.
“All you hear is crooked Hillary, and this and that,” she said. “Heck, you can’t even post anything on Facebook. There’s so much anger and nastiness.”
She wishes her mother and her grandmother were alive to witness the historic election.
"Everyone is like, 'Oh, I took my 90-some-year-old grandmother to the polls," she said. "Being Mexican, I know my mom would have supported Clinton, too, especially for all she’s done for minorities, for everybody.
"My grandma would probably be like, 'Oh, my!' They’d be proud. They’d be excited. You know, probably because in their lifetime, they never thought they would see it. And now, it’s happening, and they’re not here. It would be something great to share with them. But now, I’ve got my four daughters. "
Kowalczyk took her girls to Detroit's Eastern Market to hear Clinton speak last week, and filling in the circle on the ballot for a woman Tuesday was: "Amazing. I’ve got to say, anything is possible. It’s going to be normal to be able to vote for a woman. It’ll be like normal. "
Arlene Frank said she’s been a feminist since she was 14 years old.
The 61-year-old Detroiter voted for Clinton Tuesday because, she said, the candidate has fought long and hard for women’s rights around the world.
Yet, as the daughter of Holocaust survivors, she noted that she could never have voted for Trump.
“Hearing the anti-Semitic and xenophobic statements Trump was making and emboldening others to make was horrifyingly similar to if not the same as the actual words my parents heard in Europe,” she said. They had to escape direct persecution based on those types of statements.
“I cannot imagine having someone as president who believes those things. … It’s really unnerving. …The things he has said about women are outrageous.”
Though the rhetoric was ugly during campaign season, Frank, who wore a suffragette sash to the polls, said it did bring women’s issues to the fore.
“This campaign — both by having a woman running for president and based on the statements Trump has made — has helped women talk about the sexism that exists and what that means for our lives, how we think of ourselves, how we raise our daughters, but also how do our voices get heard so the appropriate legislation gets passed.
“When we feel threatened, we realize the gains we’ve made can be taken back, and we really haven’t made as many gains as we need to.”
Contact Zlati Meyer: 313-223-4439 or Follow her on Twitter @ZlatiMeyer. Contact Kristen Jordan Shamus: 313-222-5997 or Follow her on Twitter @kristenshamus

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The so-called faithless elector could decide presidential election for the first time (1.28/33)

A so-called faithless elector has never decided the result of a presidential election, but it could happen this year.
Mrs. Clinton’s chances to hit 270 electoral votes could be foiled by Robert Satiacum, a Washington state Democratic elector who said last week that he would not cast his Electoral College vote for her no matter what.
“No, no, no on Hillary. Absolutely not. No way,” Mr. Satiacum, a member of Washington’s Puyallup Tribe who had supported Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders in the Democratic primary, told the Seattle Times.
Another Washington state elector, Bret Chiafalo, also said he was considering exercising his right as a “conscientious elector” to withhold his vote for Mrs. Clinton.
He has a website, Conscientious Electors Project, which called on President Obama and the Democratic National Committee to adhere to several demands, including a halt to the Dakota Access pipeline.
“I have no specific plans, but I have not ruled out that possibility,” Mr. Chialalo told the Seattle Times.
If either one of the Washington state electors withheld their support at the Electoral College vote in December, Mrs. Clinton would fail to reach the 270-vote threshold and send the election to the House of Representatives.
The Conscientious Electors Projects includes “verified electors from multiple states,” according to the website.
Electors are expected to honor the outcome of the popular vote. In Washington, the penalty for refusing to do so is a fine of $1,000.

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It's all coming down to Michigan, Wisconsin and Pennsylvania (1.20/33)

As the clock strikes midnight, the 2016 presidential election looks like it's all going to be coming down to three states: Michigan (16 electoral votes), Wisconsin (10) and Pennsylvania (20).
As the final votes come in, Donald Trump holds the lead in all three states.
With about 80% of Michigan reporting as of 12:45 a.m. ET Trump is ahead, but heavily-Democratic Wayne County (Detroit) still has plenty of votes to come in.
In Pennsylvania, Trump has opened up his lead with 98% of the state reporting.
With about 90% of Wisconsin reporting, Trump leads by nearly 100,000 votes.
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GOP locks up Oakland Co.’s 39th District (1.20/33)

Michigan’s 39th House District seat — considered a key race in the battle for control of the legislative body — will remain in the hands of Republicans.
The three-way contest for the district went to incumbent Rep. Klint Kesto, R-Commerce Township, who had been in the driver’s seat all evening as results trickled in.
Kesto sought a final term in the House against Democrat Michael Stack of Commerce Township and Libertarian Beth McGrath of Commerce Township. Republicans had targeted the race as a necessary win in order to maintain their majority.
Just before 1 a.m. Wednesday, Oakland County released the final results from the race, showing Kesto with more than 50 percent of the vote, Stack with 42 percent and McGrath with 7 percent.
After the final results were posted, Kesto could not be reached for comment.
Just before midnight, Stack released a statement conceding the race.
“I am disappointed the people of Oakland County did not choose me to represent them in Lansing,” Stack wrote in an email statement. “However, I am very grateful to my campaign staff and volunteers for all of their hard work over the past few months.
“Although I will not be the state representative, I will continue to fight locally for more good-paying jobs, for high quality public education and for our government to be transparent and accountable to us, the people it is meant to serve.”
Earlier in the evening Tuesday, Kesto expressed guarded optimism for a win.
“I feel comfortable based on the history of the remaining unreported precincts and where we’re at right now,” he said. “But I’m a guy who does not like to do anything until the fat lady sings. So until (more results come in), I’m on pins and needles.”
Kesto, a former Wayne County prosecutor, is the first Chaldean-American to hold a seat in the the legislative body. His campaign focused on issues of juvenile justice reform. He is calling for increased support for job skills training for inmates as well as a certificate of employability program.
“We’ve done a lot of punitive stuff, but what about the rehabilitation part?” he asked in an interview with The Detroit News during the campaign. “Our low-level offenders come out of jail and can’t work because they don’t have the necessary skill sets.”
Commerce Township’s McGrath has no prior political experience and works as a specialty health representative.
The House’s 41st District race is another that drew attention ahead of Tuesday’s election. It featured incumbent Rep. Martin Howrylak, R-Troy, and retired teacher and Democrat Cynthia Peltonen of Clawson.
With all precincts reporting, Howrylak retained her seat with over 56 percent of votes cast, to Peltonen’s with just over 43 percent.

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‘Mute masses’ carry Donald Trump to cusp of presidency (1.18/33)

Political historian and journalist Theodore H. White described the 1968 presidential election of Richard Nixon as a rebellion of the “mute masses” against America’s cultural leaders.
“Never have America's leading cultural media, its university thinkers, its influence makers been more intrigued by experiment and change; but in no election have the mute masses more completely separated themselves from such leadership and thinking,” White wrote.
Nixon defeated Hubert Humphrey and George Wallace in the race. A year later, Nixon called those Americans — the ones who were not protesting the Vietnam War or joining into the late 1960s counterculture — a “silent majority.”
On Election Day 2016, as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump moved closer to the White House, did a another coalition of silent Americans carry him? Trump trailed Democrat Hillary Clinton in nearly every poll conducted in the run-up to the election, including some that gave him just a 1 percent chance of winning.
The Los Angeles Times/USC poll was a notable exception, showing Trump winning the popular vote.
While Clinton rolled up big wins in coastal areas and major urban cities, Trump rolled up large victories in smaller counties across the country throughout the South, the Midwest and the Plains.
The popular vote remained tight late into Wednesday morning with a chance that Clinton, buoyed by a strong showing in California, could still carry the popular vote and lose the electoral college.
Like in 2000, third-party candidates won more votes in Florida than the difference between Trump and Clinton. Trump carried the state by less than 140,000 votes. Libertarian Gary Johnson won more than 204,000 votes and Green Party nominee Jill Stein took more than 63,000 votes.
Nixon followed a similar path as Trump seems to be, earning a narrow popular vote win but a decisive electoral college victory.
Nixon carried 32 states despite taking just 43.4 percent of the popular vote. Humphrey won 13 states plus Washington, D. C. with 42.7 percent of the vote. Wallace carried five states, all in the South, taking 13.5 percent of the popular vote.
White laid out Nixon’s post-election challenge in 1968.
“Mr. Nixon’s problem is to interpret what the silent people think, and govern the country against the grain of what its more important thinkers think,” he wrote.
Trump, who railed against not only Democrats but the Republican establishment, will face a similar challenge.

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Their faces tell the story (1.17/33)

And for one group of supporters, it was always going to end in tears.
As election night neared to a close, the distraught faces were all Hillary supporters. Images from watch parties across the US showed the contrast between triumphant Trumpists and harrowed Hillary fans.
As results trickled in, the mood at Clinton HQ in Brooklyn turned from optimism, to cautious optimism, to disbelief and, finally, grief.
"The scene here is so different than a few hours ago, when people were happy and relaxed" CNN's Brianna Keilar told Wolf Blitzer. "I have been looking around the room at people who are stoned faced. Some of them have been crying. "
And even before the final states were called, Keilar added that some supporters had already left the venue.
"They are just stunned at the idea that they were completely sure they were coming to this event for what they thought would be even an early night to celebrate Hillary Clinton becoming the first female president," she said.
"And now they are confronting the reality that they could be walking out of here either not knowing but perhaps expecting that Donald Trump is going to become president," Keiler added.
Contrast that with the scene at Trump HQ, just a few miles away. His supporters were thrilled as their nominee knocked out win after win, each one chipping away at Clinton's chances of making it to the required 270 electoral college votes.
"Make America Great Again" hats were out in full force, turning Trump's election night event at the New York Hilton Midtown hotel into a sea of red.
Here are some more images that paint starkly different pictures:
As Clinton's Presidential path to 270 got tougher and tougher, the air went out of many of her supporters at the Democrat's election night event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.
Trump fans had plenty to celebrate -- as the night wore on, battleground state after battleground state turned red as Trump added them to his win column.
Democrats and other Clinton supporters wept as the opportunity to put the first-ever woman in the White House slipped beyond their grasp.
Trump fans could scarcely believe their luck as pre-election polls giving Clinton a narrow lead were swept away.
The atmosphere of Clinton's planned victory party turned to that of a wake as the night wore on and key states slipped from her grasp.
Anticipating victory, Trump supporters get into full celebratory mode.
Scarcely believing the way their night had turned out, Clinton fans face the prospect of four years of a President they see as divisive, intolerant and damaging to the country.

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San Francisco candidates, supporters watch as poll numbers roll in (1.16/33)

Photos from various senate, supervisor and ballot measure election parties across San Francisco as poll numbers begin to flow in Tuesday, November 8, 2016. Photos by Aleah Fajardo, Wesaam Al-Badry and Dan Chambers/ Special to S. F. Examiner.
Daly City Mayor Sal Torres wears a pin supporting Jane Kim for State Senate during an election party at Slim’s in San Francisco, Calif. on November 8, 2016.

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Voters narrowly approve doubled term lengths for York County Council (1.14/33)

York County voters narrowly approved a measure that will double the length of county council member terms from two to four years.
The measure was approved by just a 50.62 percent majority. As of late Tuesday night, with all 95 precincts reporting, the measure had received 51,642 “Yes” votes.
Business leaders, local leaders and most of the county council members themselves were in favor of the move.
Many felt it was the best way for new council members to get up to speed, engage in long-term projects and make decisions without having to worry about a new election every two years.
Anderson County is now the only South Carolina county in which County Council members serve two-year terms rather than four-year terms.
Anderson County voters opposed the referendum on their ballot Tuesday, with 57 percent (39,206 votes) voting against the question.
If voters approve , York County Council members would begin serving staggered four-year terms.
Half plus one of the council members who receive the highest vote in the next election would serve four-year terms. Those remaining would serve two years and then all members would serve four years after that.
Two-year terms are a holdover from the days when York County was governed by a board of directors.
This was the first time since the late 1980s that York County voters had the chance to decide the council’s term lengths. Similar proposals were on the ballot in 1984 and 1988, and a draft ballot with a referendum was found for the 1980 election.
Although the county entertained discussion of the matter six years ago, it never reached the 2010 ballot.
Opponents had been wary to give elected officials more leeway, said council member Chad Williams. He said he “gladly signed up” for the two-year term limit, and he’d be happy to live with whatever choice the voters make.
A “yes” vote would make for well-needed continuity between elected officials and incoming economic development projects, said Rob Youngblood, president of the York County Chamber of Commerce.
He said it takes at least a full year for a new council member to understand procedures, make connections and learn the ropes, not including making relationships with staff leadership and other councilmembers.

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The cafeteria underneath Clinton's watch party is so sad (1.13/33)

NEW YORK — There’s a dimly lit cafeteria underneath Hillary Clinton’s watch party in New York City and it may be one of the saddest places in the country right now.
As the results rolled in so did the people, seeking a place away from the giant TV screens that kept predicting red states in the crowded event space. Some, in search of booze, a quiet place to cry and, in possibly a few cases, vomit.
“I was feeling a little bit sick earlier and I went to the bathroom and I’m pretty sure that I was not the only one who was in there to potentially vomit,” Steven Peterson, a 35-year-old software engineer said. “I’ve seen all over Twitter that a lot of people are saying that they’re physically sick and I think that’s kind of been going on down here.”
“I went to hide in the stall for 15 or 20 minutes because I needed to breathe. It’s been pretty bad,” Peterson continued.
Two tables away there’s a group of five people, some discarded American flags and lots of beer. They’re staring at their phones and doing math about which states Clinton can still win. Tears start to stream down a woman’s face as the number narrow.
“I am moving tomorrow, out of this country. I just moved a year ago and there’s no f------ way I’m raising my 2-year-old boy here,” Ursula Martinez, 40, a World Bank employee said. “I have citizenship in [Peru] … I don’t need to live here.”
“I thought I was probably bringing my boy to a better society but it’s disgusting,” she said.
Daniyal Nadel, 25, a wealth manager and Alexandra Barand, a 32-year-old entrepreneur are sitting alone at a table drinking wine.
“I don’t know how all of these people think he can do anything for them,” Barand said as her eyes filled with tears. “The polling agencies, they should be discredited. Total waste of time and effort.”
“I thought that it would be a landslide. I didn’t think that it would be close but I thought that goodness and humanity would prevail,” Lani Brandon, a 38-year-old attorney, said
But there’s still hope — no matter how dim.
Brandon said she was “scared and nervous” but “absolutely” holding out hope that Clinton could still win.
“Go Hillary, I will support her always,” Brandon continued.
And as people stood in line to buy potato chips and alcohol there was a bright spot. The women stocking the fridge with beer kept repeating “optimism, optimism, optimism.”
"We have to remember no matter who wins, we are still one nation, under God with liberty and justice for all," one said.
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Arizona voters oust "America's toughest sheriff" amid legal woes (1.11/33)

PHOENIX -   An Arizona sheriff who became a national political figure by cracking down on illegal immigration and jailing inmates in tents lost Tuesday after 24 years in office, eliminating the last vestige of the state’s decade-old movement of local police confronting people in the country illegally. Voters booted Sheriff Joe Arpaio in favor of Democrat Paul Penzone, a retired Phoenix police sergeant who criticized the 84-year-old lawman for focusing too much on promoting himself as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” and too little on improving public safety.
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His loss came as mounting legal problems in a years-old racial profiling case led to a criminal charge two weeks before Election Day. Arpaio was charged with contempt of court for ignoring a judge’s order to stop traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. He could face jail time if convicted. Critics have slammed Arpaio for racking up $130 million in taxpayer-funded legal costs to defend him in lawsuits, including $48 million that has been spent so far on the profiling case. The sheriff earned high marks from voters early in his tenure by jailing prisoners in tents in the desert heat and dressing them in pink underwear. His popularity has waned over the past few elections, but a devoted base of supporters and impressive campaign fundraising have helped him pull out wins. The sheriff raised $12.3 million, most of it from people living in other states who supported his past immigration crackdowns. The movement lost steam after immigrant-smuggling traffic into Arizona declined and several state immigration laws were thrown out by the courts.
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Other major politicians who anchored the movement have either been ousted or decided not to run for public office again. But anti-immigration rhetoric from Donald Trump energized the state’s conservative base and gave the Republican sheriff an ally. Arpaio introduced the GOP nominee at rallies and gave a speech at the national convention. Over the last four years, the courts have stripped Arpaio of his power to conduct immigration crackdowns. His officers were found to have profiled Latinos in traffic patrols that targeted immigrants. The sheriff, who acknowledged the contempt violations but insists they were unintentional, has pleaded not guilty to the charge. If convicted, he would face up to six months in jail. His plan of attack against Penzone, who lost to the sheriff in 2012, consisted mostly of TV ads that claimed Penzone assaulted his wife in a 2003 dispute. The Democrat denies the claim and sued Arpaio, alleging defamation. 
Penzone has raised $1 million and gotten a boost from $2.9 million in campaign mailers and commercials from an anti-Arpaio group funded largely by liberal hedge-fund tycoon George Soros. Like Penzone, the Soros-funded group has attacked Arpaio for botching investigations into hundreds of sex-crime cases. Karen Cooney, a retiree in Phoenix who described herself as a conservative-leaning Democrat, said she voted for Penzone. She said she disliked signs that Arpaio posted on sheriff’s vehicles asking people to report immigrants to the authorities. “The sheriff’s race was a no-brainer because I have only been here a few short years and I just do not agree with Arpaio’s means and methods,” Cooney said. Crystal Burge, a homemaker from Phoenix, said she voted for Arpaio because of his tough jail policies, including his complex of jail tents. “I really like his philosophy on the outdoor jails,” Burge said.

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Sterling Heights approves parks millage (1.11/33)

Some Sterling Heights residents are pretty chummy with their neighbors in Warren. They will become chummier still based on a millage vote Tuesday.
The 0.97 mill, which was approved Tuesday night, will raise $45 million for improvement of parks and recreation in Sterling Heights.
The chummy part is an interlocal agreement between the two cities that will let Sterling Heights residents use the aquatics and fitness center in Warren.
The agreement was contingent on passage of the Sterling Heights property tax hike.
“We’re getting two for the price of one,” resident Amber Mitchell said after voting Tuesday. “It’s a win-win for everybody.”
The centerpiece of the improvements is a 120,000-square-foot community center with multipurpose gyms and a walking/jogging track. It will replace the current center, which is 13,000 square feet.
The money also will be used for a splash pad, ice rink, skate park, dog park and disc golf course. It also will fund improvements to the city’s five major parks and 20 of its 26 neighborhood parks.
The millage, which will last 20 years, will cost the owner of a home assessed at $100,000 nearly $78 annual for 20 years.
But resident Kim Giordano said there were more important things to spend the money on, like improvements to roads.
“Parks aren’t our main issues, the streets are,” she said after voting Tuesday. “Let’s focus on the important stuff.”
With the property tax hike approved, the interlocal agreement will allow Sterling Heights residents to use the Warren Community Center’s parks and recreation facilities at a reduced rate, which is the same rate Warren residents pay.
Some 1,600 Sterling Heights residents already use the Warren aquatic center as members or guests paying the higher rate.
In return, Sterling Heights will pay $100,000 annually to Warren. Also, Warren residents will be allowed to use the recreational facilities in Sterling Heights.
The interlocal agreement will last five years with an option to renew it another five years.
Sterling Heights city officials said their residents’ use of the aquatic center in Warren will fill a gap in its recreational activities. It would have been too expensive for Sterling Heights to build its own aquatic center, they said.

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Banks earns victory; GOP leads in key races (1.11/33)

GOP candidates were prevailing in two key Wayne County battles for state House, and a Democratic incumbent facing trial on felony charges held on to his seat.
State Rep. Brian Banks earned 66 percent of vote in the battle to retain his seat in Michigan’s District 1 amid claims he falsified documents to obtain a loan.
With 100 percent of unofficial results reported, Banks defeated his Republican challenger, William Broman of Grosse Pointe Woods.
Banks, D-Harper Woods, is running for re-election for his final two-year term in the heavily Democratic district, which includes a portion of Detroit, Harper Woods and Grosse Pointe Woods.
The state Attorney General’s office filed new felony charges against Banks in late June over allegations he submitted phony pay stubs to get a personal loan from the Metropolitan Credit Union on June 29, 2010. Banks was charged with two felony counts of uttering and publishing, according to a court filing.
Late Tuesday, Banks said he was glad constituents in the 1st District voted to return and continue on with the work he’s done.
“I’m grateful for all who have supported me,” said Banks, who declined to speak about his legal case. “I look forward to working with my colleagues to ensure we continue to make our state a better place to live, work and play.”
In Michigan’s District 23, Republican Trenton Councilman Bob Howey maintained a narrow lead over Democratic 24-year-old high school teacher Darrin Camilleri with 53 percent of the vote with 71 percent of precincts reporting. One of the two will replace term-limited Republican Rep. Pat Somerville of New Boston in what is considered a swing district.
In 2010, Sommerville won the seat — spanning Brownstown Township, Gibraltar, Grosse Ile Township, Huron Township, Trenton, and Woodhaven — as part of a GOP wave.
Howey, 53, a second-term councilman, has said voters want to continue on its path with “a fiscal conservative.” The architect and licensed builder is concerned most with maintaining high-quality services, creating jobs, education and road infrastructure.
Meanwhile Camilleri of Brownstown Township, a social studies teacher at Voyageur Consortium College Prep High School in Detroit, touts a different set of qualifications. The political newcomer is pushing for more state funding in the classrooms and resources for students and teachers, while seeking increased regulation of charter schools and elimination of for-profit operations.
Neither could be immediately reached late Tuesday.
In western Wayne County, Praise Baptist Church Senior Pastor Jeff Noble, the Republican, defeated longtime Plymouth City Commissioner, Democrat Colleen Pobur, in his first run for office.
Noble earned 54 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results. The district covers Northville and Northville Township, Plymouth and Plymouth Township, and eastern Canton Township.
Noble, 55, of Plymouth said his candidacy was a grassroots effort fueled by residents who are tired of hearing one thing in Lansing and seeing another. Pobur, 57, who has served eight years on the city commission, had said she was ready to hit the ground running in Lansing, tackling equitable funding for public education and road fixes.
Before the final tallies were in late Tuesday, Noble said his campaign was feeling good and closely monitoring the results.
“We’re just wanting to hear from all the voters first and then we’ll see where we’re at,” he said.
The winner will replace term-limited Republican Rep. Kurt Heise of Plymouth in the GOP-leaning district. Pobur couldn’t be immediately reached.
Meanwhile, Ian Conyers, a Detroit Democrat and great-nephew of U. S. Rep. John Conyers Jr., D-Detroit, was expected to prevail over Keith Franklin, R-Detroit, in a special race for an open seat in Michgan’s 4th Senate District. Ian Conyers had 76 percent of the vote with 96 percent of precincts in.
Conyers, a Georgetown University graduate, worked in constituents relations for former Washington, D. C., Mayor Adrian Fenty and was a regional field director for President Barack Obama’s 2012 re-election campaign.
The district seat, which covers a portion of northwest Detroit and Downriver communities of Allen Park, Lincoln Park and Southgate, was left vacant in April after Smith was jailed for 10 months for shooting up his ex-wife’s car.
“I’m quite prepared to get to work on the first day,” Conyers, 28, told The News Tuesday evening. Constituents, he said, are concerned with job creation, protecting neighborhoods and developing communities.
“I’m excited to be given the opportunity and look forward to being a public servant.”
Others races include:
District 11: Inkster City Councilman Jewell Jones was trailing Republican Robert Pope of Garden City for the seat of former state Rep. Lauren Plawecki, the Dearborn Heights Democrat who died this summer during a trip to Oregon.
District 15: Democrat Abdullah Hammoud of Dearborn, defeated pro wrestler Terrance “Rhino” Gerin of Dearborn, earning 64 percent of the vote, according to unofficial results.

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One killed near California polling sites, shooter found dead (1.11/33)

A gunman went on a shooting spree near California polling stations, killing one man and wounding two women before dying following a shootout with police, authorities said. The shooting took place in early afternoon in the city of Azusa, 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Los Angeles, Vanessa Lozano, spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Fire Department, told AFP. The incident prompted a lockdown at nearby schools and at two polling stations, one of which was later reopened. Officers arriving at the scene in a residential neighborhood found three shooting victims and came under fire, Azusa police chief Steve Hunt told reporters. He said officers returned fire and the gunman was later pronounced dead at the scene. It was unclear if the gunman was killed by police or took his own life, authorities said. "One male victim was transported to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead and two female adults were also transported to a local hospital where they are listed both in critical condition," the Los Angeles Sheriff's Department said in a statement. It was unclear what prompted the attack. Azusa police advised residents to stay clear of the area and shelter in place as officers combed the neighborhood looking for possible other suspects. Local government official Dean Logan called on voters to find other polling sites to cast their ballots. "Voters should avoid the area and, if necessary, cast a ballot at an alternate polling location," he tweeted. A woman inside one of the affected polling stations said she heard shots ring out before officials placed the area on lockdown. Some 30 people were inside when the incident unfolded, she said. "At first, I thought it was construction but people came running into the room saying they see a guy with a bulletproof vest and a white shirt," she told CNN. "As of right now, they just have us in the voting room and are trying to keep us calm. "

California shooting leaves Azusa polling stations closed with one dead and 3 injured
Two dead, 2 wounded by gunfire near California polling place
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Exit poll: Colorado Hispanic voters favored Clinton 2-to-1 (1.11/33)

DENVER (AP) - Hillary Clinton won the nine electoral votes in Colorado on Tuesday. Here’s a look at some preliminary results of exit polling conducted for The Associated Press and television networks in Colorado.
Colorado Hispanic voters who responded to the poll favored Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump by more than 2-to-1, while whites were closely split. The numbers of blacks and Asians surveyed were too small to draw conclusions about their preferences.
Neither candidate impressed the voters as trustworthy - only about one-third of the people surveyed described Clinton or Trump as “honest and trustworthy.”
More than half the Colorado voters surveyed said Clinton has the temperament to be president, while only about a third said Trump does. The split was nearly identical when voters were asked whether the candidates are qualified to hold the office: Half said Clinton is, a third said Trump is.
The economy was by far the most important issue facing the country among the voters surveyed - about half listed it as No. 1, while foreign policy was second. Terrorism and immigration were roughly tied for third.
More than half rated the condition of the economy as not so good or poor. The rest rated it as excellent or good.
Roughly a third said they expect life for the next generation to be about the same as it is now. The others were about evenly divided among those who said it would be better and those who said worse, although the pessimists had a slight edge.
Nearly eight in 10 voters surveyed said immigrants working in the U. S. illegally should be offered a chance to apply for legal status, while the others said they should be deported. Well over half said they opposed building a wall along the U. S.-Mexico border.
About two-thirds said immigrants help the country; about a quarter said they hurt.
Hispanics and voters with college degrees came out strongly for incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, who defeated Republican challenger Darryl Glenn.
The number of black voters in the survey was too small to draw conclusions about their support. White voters were nearly evenly split between Glenn, who is black, and Bennet.
Nearly six in 10 women backed Bennet, while about half of male voters did.
Voters across a broad demographic range supported Proposition 106, which legalizes medically assisted suicide, according to the poll.
Both men and women, Hispanics and whites and people with and without college degrees said they backed the proposal.
The survey of 1,383 Colorado voters was conducted for AP and the television networks by Edison Research. This includes preliminary results from a survey of 1,383 voters who voted early or absentee and were interviewed by landline or cellular telephone from Oct. 28 through Nov. 6. Results for the full sample were subject to a sampling error of plus or minus 3 percentage points; it is higher for subgroups.

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Joe Morrisey concedes defeat in Richmond mayor race (1.10/33)

A controversial mayoral candidate who was once jailed for sleeping with his 17-year-old receptionist before she eventually became his wife has conceded in his bid to become mayor. Joe Morrisey was long considered a front runner to become the next mayor of Richmond, Virginia but bowed out of the race on Tuesday night. The 59-year-old, who is plagued by personal scandals, was lagging in third place behind Levar Stoney and Jack Berry with about 70 per cent of the votes counted when he conceded. His mayoral bid comes after Morrissey served a three-month jail sentence after prosecutors accused him in 2014 of sleeping with Myrna Pride - a 17-year-old receptionist who has since become his wife and advocate. He was also accused of sexual harassment, disbarred from practicing law in Virginia in 2003, and sued by the Richmond City Democratic Committee. Despite his controversial history, polls leading up to the Richmond mayoral election showed Morrissey leading a crowded field.  'Myrna said she's not quite sure (about conceding), but I am,' he said at his Richmond campaign headquarters on Tuesday, according to the Richmond Times . 'I was pleased to run with some really tough candidates, and I want to congratulate Levar Stoney and Jack Berry, both of them are heading for a runoff. 'Both are very talented gentlemen who ran a very rough race. It looks like we won at least three wards, they appear to be the working-class wards in the city of Richmond, and I have always championed myself as someone who fights for the little guy.' The city of Richmond chooses its mayor when a candidate wins at least five of nine voter districts. Morrissey married Pride, now 20, this June and the couple have two children. Both Morrissey and his wife, who now goes by Myrna Morrissey, have been open about their relationship.

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Palestinian stabs Israeli soldier, shot: army (1.08/33)

A Palestinian stabbed an Israeli soldier with a screwdriver before being shot and wounded at a checkpoint in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, the Israeli army said. The incident took place at the entrance to Huwwara, south of the city of Nablus, a military statement said. "In response to the immediate threat, soldiers fired towards the assailant who was detained and is being treated at the scene," the army said, without providing further details on his condition. The soldier was stabbed in his protective vest and was not injured, the army said. Since October 2015, violence has claimed the lives of 238 Palestinians, 36 Israelis, two Americans, a Jordanian, an Eritrean and a Sudanese, according to an AFP count. Most of the Palestinians killed were carrying out attacks, according to Israeli authorities. Others were shot dead during protests and clashes, while some were killed in air strikes in the Gaza Strip. Most of the attacks were by lone-wolf assailants, many of them young people, including teenagers. Many analysts say Palestinian frustration with the Israeli occupation and settlement construction in the West Bank, comatose peace efforts and their own fractured leadership have helped feed the unrest. Israel says incitement by Palestinian leaders and media is a leading cause.

Israel: Troops shoot, wound Palestinian who attacked soldier
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California Democrats seek to expand presence in Congress (1.08/33)

Trump figured large in California's 10th District, where two-term Republican Jeff Denham faced a rematch against Democrat Michael Eggman, an almond grower. Denham defeated Eggman by 20 points in the June primary and by 12 points in 2014. Still, the district voted twice for President Barack Obama and was considered one of the tightest races in the country. National Democratic leaders made it a top priority. In the Silicon Valley's 17th District, Mike Honda faced a rematch against fellow Democrat Ro Khanna, a former U. S. Commerce Department official under Obama. Honda, the only California incumbent who didn't finish first in the primary, has long been under scrutiny by the House Ethics Committee for allegations he had congressional aides perform campaign work on government time. Khanna's campaign manager resigned in September after Honda sued, alleging the challenger's aide took fundraising information from the eight-term incumbentIn Los Angeles' 44th District, Nanette Barragan, a former Hermosa Beach councilwoman and state Sen. Isadore Hall III sought to fill the seat of Janice Hahn, who ran for county supervisor. Both are Democrats.

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Nicaraguan officials say president wins 3rd consecutive term (1.07/33)

MANAGUA, Nicaragua (AP) — President Daniel Ortega overwhelmingly won re-election to a third consecutive term as Nicaragua’s leader, according to results early Monday, even as the opposition called the voting a farce.
With about two-thirds of ballots counted in Sunday’s six-candidate presidential race, Ortega had more than 71 percent of the votes, according to the Supreme Electoral Council.
Ortega ran with his wife, Rosario Murillo, as his vice presidential candidate in a race that pitted him against five lesser-known candidates after court rulings weakened the opposition.
Critics of the government said the election was unfairly tilted against the opposition, but Murillo praised the process. Emerging with her husband after casting their ballots shortly before the polls closed, she called the vote “an exemplary, historic election.”
There were no vote counts yet for 92 congressional seats that were also contested Sunday.
Electoral Council head Roberto Rivas also said 65 percent of Nicaragua’s 3.8 million registered voters participated in the election. The opposition, which had urged people to boycott the vote, disputed that, contending turnout was low. The main opposition movement, the Broad Front for Democracy, estimated “more than 70 percent” of voters did not cast ballots.
Ortega and his leftist Sandinista National Liberation Front have benefited from the Central American country’s steady economic growth and low levels of violence compared to neighboring Honduras and El Salvador. Many Nicaraguans also cite the first lady’s social programs as a major reason for the governing party’s popularity.
But critics accused Ortega and his allies of manipulating the political system to guarantee he stayed in power for a new five-year term by dominating all branches of government, allowing indefinite presidential re-election and delegitimizing the only opposition force seen as capable of challenging him. They said he wants to form a political dynasty together with his wife.
“I don’t think it’s worth voting and wasting time, because it’s already fixed,” Glenda Bendana, an appliance sales executive in a Managua shopping mall, said. “Here they have taken away not our right to vote, but to choose. Ortega wants to die in power and leave his wife to take his place.”
In July, the Electoral Council effectively decimated the opposition by ousting almost all its members from congress — 28 active and alternate legislators from the Liberal Independent Party and the allied Sandinista Renovation Movement — for refusing to recognize Pedro Reyes as their leader. Reyes was named head of the opposition by the Supreme Court but is seen by many as a tool of Ortega.
After helping topple the dictatorship of Anastasio Somoza as a Sandinista guerrilla leader, Ortega ruled Nicaragua in 1979-1990, then lost power in an unexpected electoral defeat. He returned to the presidency through the ballot box in 2007.
Ortega will be facing an increasingly difficult regional landscape in his new term. Leftist ally Venezuela is overwhelmed by an economic crisis and Cuba is normalizing relations with the U. S. The U. S. Congress is working on legislation to require the U. S. government to oppose loans to Nicaragua from international lending institutions.
“The lack of Venezuelan support, the international price of oil, the price of our exports and the possibility that (U. S. legislation passes) makes it a more complicated outlook for the Ortega in the next term,” said Oscar Rene Vargas, a sociologist and economist at Central American University.
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Wayne County roundup: Dearborn's Gene Hunt wins judgeship (1.07/33)

With returns trickling in at presstime Tuesday, it was too close to call many key Wayne County races, but Dearborn attorney Gene Hunt won his race to become a 19th District Court judge.
Hunt got 17,403 votes (50%) to 16,982  (49%) for Dearborn City Council President Susan Dabaja.
The race to replace Judge William Hultgren, who is stepping down from the Dearborn court at the end of this year after serving  since 1992, sparked an intense contest.
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In the other contests, among the biggest questions was whether Robert Ficano would secure one of four spots on the Wayne County Circuit Court bench.
But with just over 12% of the precincts counted in Wayne County late Tuesday night, Ficano trailed the other candidates
, Melissa Anne Cox, Matthew Evans, Wanda Evans, Thomas John Hathaway, Brian Morrow, Kelly Ann Ramsey and Regina Thomas. Cox, Ramsey, Morrow and Hathaway were leading.
The position pays $140,000 per year, and the terms are for six years.
Ficano, who was rated, according to a previous Free Press report, as unqualified for judicial office by the Detroit Metropolitan Bar Association, appeared to have limited appeal for many county voters when he received only 6% of the vote in a losing primary election battle in 2014 that led to Warren Evans’ victory for the county executive spot that November.
Beyond the circuit court race, voters were weighing whether to return all 15 members of the Wayne County Commission to their seats. Four commissioners faced challengers. In District 1, Commissioner Tim Killeen, D-Detroit, battled Republican John Steininger of Grosse Pointe Farms. In District 9, Commissioner Terry Marecki, R-Livonia, faced Democrat Patrick Crandell of Livonia. In District 10, Commissioner Joe Barone, R-Plymouth Township, battled Democrat Nate Smith-Tyge of Plymouth Township. In District 15, Commissioner Joseph Palamara, D-Grosse Ile Township, faced Republican Patrick O’Connell of Ecorse.
Commission seats are for two years. The base pay for commissioners is $61,800 per year.
Wayne County Prosecutor Kym Worthy was leading in the race against her challenger, Libertarian David Afton of Dearborn.
There were also several issues on the ballot:
Grosse Pointe Park
Voters in Grosse Pointe Park were weighing a 15-year Headlee Amendment override for public safety.
The property tax measure is not to exceed 2.75 mills.
Voters in the Belleville area were deciding whether to build a new library for the Belleville Area District Library.
The City of Belleville and the townships of Van Buren and Sumpter had asked voters to approve borrowing up to $14 million to build a library and fund its operations.
Van Buren Township
Voters in Van Buren Township were considering a 6.5-mill property tax measure for public safety to replace a police and fire services millage expiring in December.
Staff writer Niraj Warikoo contributed to this report. Contact Eric D. Lawrence: Follow him on Twitter: @_ericdlawrence.

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US election: GOPs retain Indiana, Democrats keep West Virginia governor (1.06/33)

Seven states have all stuck to their party lines in the gubernatorial races, with Vermont and Missouri turning red. In Vermont, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott won over Democrat Sue Minter, in one of two party-line flips in the governors' contests. Firstcomer and Republican Eric Greitens won Missouri, capitalizing on his military service to triumph over Attorney General Chris Koster after Democratic Governor Jay Nixon, who is leaving after two terms. The GOP retained the governorship in Indiana, with Lt. Gov. Eric Holcomb taking control of the office vacated by GOP vice presidential nominee Mike Pence. He beat out Democrat John Gregg. Heading into Tuesday, Republicans controlled more than two-thirds of the nation's legislative chambers, as well as 31 of the 50 governors' offices. In Vermont, Republican Lt. Gov. Phil Scott won over Democrat Sue Minter, fulfilling what Republicans viewed as their best pick-up opportunity. Scott is currently the only Republican statewide officeholder in a liberal-leaning state but has tacked to the left by embracing abortion rights and gay marriage. Minter is a former transportation secretary for Shumlin. In Missouri, Former Navy SEAL officer Eric Greitens won after a close contest against Democratic Attorney General Chris Koster, succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jay Nixon. Greitens cast himself as an outsider going up against a career politician, emphasizing his military service and his work as founder of the veterans' charity known as The Mission Continues. In Indiana, Holcomb's election will continue a 12-year run of Republican governors in Indiana. Holcomb, a former state Republican Party chairman, had had been appointed to the state's No. 2 spot by Pence and later was nominated as his replacement when Pence dropped his re-election bid in July. Gregg had tried to cast Holcomb as a "rubber stamp" for Pence, pointing out Holcomb's support for a religious-objections law that Pence signed. Opponents said the law, which was later revised, sanctioned discrimination against same-sex couples by allowing businesses to refuse to serve them. Republican Gov. Gary Herbert won re-election in Utah, while Republican businessman Doug Burgum will succeed Republican Gov. Jack Dalrymple in North Dakota after he did not seek re-election. Democrats, on the other hand, won in West Virginia, Delaware and Oregon. Jim Justice's victory in West Virginia will continue a 16-year stint of Democratic governors in a state that has otherwise been tilting toward Republicans. Justice's opponent, Republican candidate Bill Cole, the state Senate president, had hoped to ride Trump's coattails. But Cole's pledge to revive the coal industry was offset by Justice, himself a coal billionaire. In Delaware, Democratic U. S. Rep. John Carney Jr. was elected to succeed term-limited Democratic Gov. Jack Markell. Incumbent Governor Kate Brown won in Oregon, while Jay Inslee, won his re-election as governor of Washington state. The governors' contests were part of a battle for statehouse supremacy that also included nearly 6,000 state legislative elections. In the nation's highest-profile race, Republican Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina faces a strong challenge from Democratic Attorney General Roy Cooper. The race has become a referendum on North Carolina's rightward shift under McCrory, highlighted by a law that limits anti-discrimination protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and directs transgender people to use public restrooms matching the gender on their birth certificates. Cooper has vowed to try to repeal the law as governor. Recent flooding from Hurricane Matthew has also played into the race, as McCrory has been at the public forefront of response and recovery efforts. In New Hampshire, the governor's office is open because Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan is trying to oust Republican U. S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte. The race to replace her features two members of the governor's Executive Council — Democrat Colin Van Ostern and Republican Chris Sununu, the son of former Gov. John H. Sununu and the brother of former U. S. Sen. John E. Sununu. Democrats have controlled the governor's office for 18 of the past 20 years. In Montana, Democratic Gov. Steve Bullock faces a challenge from Republican Greg Gianforte, a businessman who struck it rich when he sold his cloud-based software firm to Oracle five years ago. Gianforte has poured millions of his own money into the race, airing more TV ads than all other statewide executive candidates in the nation, according to an analysis by the Center for Public Integrity of data from the tracking firm Kantar Media/CMAG. Bullock has been heavily aided by the Democratic Governors Association.

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India's spinners finally strike after decent start from England (1.06/33)

England needed some early fortune to scramble a foothold in the first Test before India's spinners Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin set to work against them. After Alastair Cook had won an important toss in Rajkot, England reached lunch on 102 for three. Cook and 19-year-old debutant Haseeb Hameed - the captain's 10th new opening partner since the retirement of Andrew Strauss four years ago - each benefited from early dropped chances. Cook soon found he was struggling to attune himself on a pitch surprisingly dappled with green and providing some carry for India's new-ball seamers. His start was alarmingly scratchy, dropped on nought and one - at gully by Ajinkya Rahane when Mohammad Shami went round the wicket to him in the first over and then at second slip by Virat Kohli off Umesh Yadav. Hameed too had a significant moment of fortune, when he was put down by Murali Vijay at slip off Yadav on 13. After five overs of pace from each end, India cut to the chase with the introduction of the two spinners who did so much damage in the recent whitewash series win over New Zealand - and they duly began making inroads. To the first delivery after morning drinks, Cook tried to use the turn from Jadeja into the leg-side, but missed the ball - and then after umpire Chris Gaffaney had given him out lbw, he unaccountably did not call for a review. India have adopted the decision review system for the first time in this series, and simulation demonstrated the ball was going on to miss leg-stump. By then, though, Cook had walked off. Hameed helped Joe Root add another 29, before he too went lbw. Ashwin snaked one past the forward-defensive edge and into the back pad from round the wicket, but turned it enough too to be hitting off-stump. Hameed did review Kumar Dharmasena's decision this time, to no avail. India's fielding remained slipshod, however, and Root - driving well through the off-side against all the spinners - appeared at ease alongside Ben Duckett, who counted two sweeps among three fours in one over off Ashwin. It was only when the left-hander was caught low at slip by Rahane off Ashwin, from what was therefore the final ball of the session, that the advantage was with India.

Ashwin strikes as England lose three before lunch
Indian spinners deal early blows to England
England 102-3 against India at lunch
Test Series India v England scoreboard
England choose to bat in first India Test
England opt to bat in opening India test at Rajkot
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Hong Kong lawyers, politicians fear slippery slope after Beijing intervention (1.06/33)

By Greg Torode and Venus Wu HONG KONG, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Lawyers and politicians in Hong Kong are bracing for a broader crackdown after China's move to effectively ban two independence-minded lawmakers, fears reinforced by senior Chinese parliamentarian Li Fei, who insisted on Beijing's duty to assert its authority. Before the intervention by China's parliament on Monday, a Hong Kong court was already considering whether to bar newly elected lawmakers Baggio Leung and Yau Wai-hing, whose swearing-in ceremony was aborted after they mispronounced the oath in a way regarded as insulting to China. Li's justification of Beijing's move to interpret Hong Kong's Basic Law constitution has raised fears of further action by both the city's own government and China's Communist Party leadership to destroy the fledgling independence movement in the former British colony. Li said on Monday that Beijing would not "interfere" in the autonomy guaranteed under the Basic Law and the "one country, two systems" model but he did not rule out future legal action. "Some people say the parliament should restrain itself and should not exercise its authority to the utmost," said Li, who heads the Basic Law committee of China's National People's Congress. "We say we must exercise our authority. It is our duty. " Leung and Yau were among a group of six radical lawmakers advocating various forms of autonomy for Hong Kong, which China sees as a threat to national security. Localists secured one in five votes in legislative elections in September - figures that shocked the mainland and Hong Kong governments alike. Hong Kong's jealously guarded legal independence and freedom of speech could also be casualties of any broader campaign against the movement. "I really do fear we are seeing the start of an era of the rule of Hong Kong by decree from Beijing," said Alan Leong, a prominent barrister and former democratic legislator, pointing to Li's remarks. "What will be next under the Basic Law to be challenged?... I really feel we are now trying to hold on to words written on water. " WORRYING PRECEDENT While Beijing has invoked its right to intervene via the Basic Law four times since the handover from Britain in 1997, this is the first time it has pre-empted local court action over local laws. That precedent appears to have emboldened pro-Beijing lawmakers to demand that other radical activists be barred from Hong Kong's legislature, while the city's leader has re-floated the idea of passing long-delayed laws to toughen the city's existing national security laws. The legislative assistants of Leung and Yau, some of them pro-independence activists, were barred from the legislature after Monday's ruling. Anson Chan, the retired chief of Hong Kong's civil service who served under both British and Chinese rule, said Monday's move was "a first step down an extremely slippery slope". "There's no end to it... This is the worst blow yet to the whole independence of the judicial system. " In public and private comments this week, Chinese officials have made clear their frustrations go beyond Monday's ruling, and insist that those advocating self-determination for the territory can also be seen as separatists. One Foreign Ministry official insisted the move would strengthen Hong Kong's rule of law, with the Basic Law at its core. Regina Ip, a former local government security chief turned pro-establishment lawmaker, said people must not underestimate the depth of concern in Beijing. She said the local government would be under intense pressure to follow through on Monday's action. "I think there is a sense among Chinese officials that the authority of the Central Government has been kept at bay by Hong Kong all these years," Ip said. "Some feel they have been oppressed by the Hong Kong people and haven't been able to assert their authority as outlined in the Basic Law. That is changing. " (Additional reporting by James Pomfret; Editing by Will Waterman)

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Subban, Neal lead Predators to 3-1 win over Senators (1.06/33)

James Neal and P. K. Subban each had a goal and an assist to lead the Nashville Predators over the Ottawa Senators 3-1 on Tuesday night.
Ryan Ellis also scored for Nashville, and Pekka Rinne made 33 saves. The Predators had lost their previous two games in shootouts.
Kyle Turris scored and Craig Anderson made 27 saves for Ottawa, which has lost consecutive games.
Nashville has defeated the Senators in five of the last six matchups.
Neal scored the game's first goal 46 seconds into the second period. On a delayed penalty to the Senators, Subban carried the puck around the Ottawa zone. He passed to Roman Josi, who found Neal in the slot, where he fired a shot past Anderson.
Subban doubled the Nashville lead at 3:52 of the second on a slap shot from the right point through traffic. Subban had been held without a goal in his last seven games.
Both of Subban's points came at even strength. Entering the game, five of his six points had come on the power play.
Ellis made it 3-0 at 2:23 of the third with a slap shot from the top of the right circle. The goal was Ellis' first of the season.
Turris ruined Rinne's shutout bid at 5:20 of the third with his team-leading sixth goal.
Rinne's best save came at 5:59 of the first period. After Predators defenseman Mattias Ekholm turned the puck over inside the Nashville zone, Ottawa's Bobby Ryan had an unchallenged shot from the slot that Rinne was able to glove down to keep the game scoreless.
NOTES: Nashville C Mike Fisher missed his third consecutive game with an upper-body injury.. Predators LW Pontus Aberg made his NHL regular-season debut. He appeared in two playoff games for Nashville last season.. The Senators successfully killed off all three Nashville power plays. Ottawa has not allowed a power-play goal in its last seven games.
Senators: Travel to Buffalo on Wednesday.
Predators: Host the Blues on Thursday.

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Voters decide rare challenge to sitting Pierce County Superior Court judge (1.06/33)

The only sitting Pierce County Superior Court judge to be challenged this election was losing her spot on the bench after early returns Tuesday night, and clear frontrunners emerged in several other races to replace retiring judges.
Civil litigation attorney Tim Ashcraft had a small lead over Judge Katherine Stolz, who has held the seat for 16 years.
The court’s other 18 judges who were up for re-election won’t appear on the ballot, because their seats were secured when they ran unopposed.
Also from the civil bar, attorney Shelly Speir seemed poised to take over for retiring Judge Vicki Hogan, as Industrial Appeals Judge Dominique Jinhong trailed considerably.
Municipal court judge and former prosecutor Grant Blinn appeared set to make the move to Superior Court to replace retired Judge Brian Tollefson. Meanwhile, attorney Dwayne Christopher , Blinn’s opponent and Tollefson’s former judicial assistant, fell behind.
In one of the closer races, Superior Court Commissioner Karena Kirkendoll was slightly ahead of attorney Tom Quinlan to take over for retiring Judge Ronald Culpepper.

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Disbelief, hope and a plan for California's secession: How the tech industry is reacting to Trump’s win (1.04/33)

It was an industry that united against Donald Trump , with dozens of executives penning open letters against the Republican candidate, dozens more publicly disavowing  a longtime colleague and Trump supporter, and business leaders  digging deep into their coffers in support of the Hillary Clinton campaign.
To the optimistic eye of Silicon Valley, Trump’s platform of fear-mongering, xenophobia and sexism went against everything the tech sector believes it stands for.
Where Trump took a hard-line stance on immigration, the tech industry had long lobbied for immigration reform that would make it easier for foreign workers — who play vital roles at many firms —  to obtain work permits in the U. S.
Where Trump disparaged women and people from under-represented groups, Silicon Valley leaders saw a candidate out of line with the industry’s newfound commitment to diversity and inclusiveness.
When influential venture capital and PayPal co-founder Peter Thiel endorsed Trump, some in the industry sought to distance themselves from him. 
The tech world’s anti-Trump stance resonated among Los Angeles companies too, where not a single dollar went to Trump’s campaign from workers at 13 notable start-ups.
So when Trump took the lead on Tuesday night, Silicon Valley’s executives, venture capitalists and workers, understandably, didn’t take it well.
There was disbelief:
Anger, frustration and mourning:
Explanations for how it happened:
But also hope:
There were emoji tears:
And a plan for secession:
The tech industry was at its most politically vocal before this election. Between monetary donations and the launch of election-focused start-ups , it felt its collective power could help shape the race. But Trump’s lead on Tuesday night deflated much of the Valley’s optimism and threw into question how powerful the tech industry really is, at least, when it comes to the ballot box.
For now, though, techies have bigger things to worry about, such as what a Trump presidency will mean for their industry.
His statements on tech have done little to ease nerves in Silicon Valley. In his campaign, Trump called for a boycott on Apple unless the company provided the FBI a method to hack an iPhone. During a presidential debate, he highlighted his lack of familiarity with the industry by referring to the Internet, or depending on your interpretation cyber warfare, as “the cyber. "
Equity analyst Ross MacMillan predicted a Trump victory could bring software stocks "down more than the market. "
"A Trump win could signal more of an exclusionist policy, which could be positive for US-centric companies... [but] could be negative for geographically diversified companies such as Microsoft, Oracle and SAP,” he said.

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Huckabee: GOP Incumbents Who Ran With Trump Are Winning, Those Who Ran From Him Are Getting Hurt (1.04/33)

HUCKABEE: We are all hanging by a chad. It may that way all night long. The Panhandle vote is going to be over 80% for Donald Trump. It will be overwhelming. One of the things I take note of is that the people who ran with Trump are doing well and winning. The people who ran from Trump, the Republicans are getting hurt tonight. I think that says a whole lot about where this election is going to go.

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Kim Wyman gains early votes to maintain Republicans' grip on secretary of state (1.04/33)

Republicans kept their lone reign in Washington state public office, with a potential re-election of Kim Wyman as secretary of state over Democratic challenger Tina Podlodowski.
Wyman had about 53 percent of the vote in election results Tuesday night. Podlodowski had 47 percent.
Election results for all of Washington’s key races
Secretary of State has been one of the few positions in Washington that have consistently been held by the Right, with Republicans overseeing state elections for more than 50 years.
Wyman, who narrowly defeated Democrat Kathleen Drew for the role in 2012, came into the election as the lone statewide elected Republican in Washington state and the entire U. S. continental West Coast. Podlodowski, a former Microsoft manager who served on the Seattle City Council for one four-year term in the 1990s, was also an adviser in 2014 to Seattle Mayor Ed Murray. The two candidates were neck-and-neck in the primaries, with Wyman topping Podlodowski by less than 24,000 votes.
In October, the Washington state Attorney General’s Office accused Wyman’s campaign of violating the state’s campaign finance laws by failing to file disclosure reports on time. In a written statement, Wyman called the errors minor and said she was looking forward to getting this “resolved quickly and fairly.”
The Associated Press contributed to this story.

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The Latest: Gunman in deadly rampage was high on cocaine (1.03/33)

AZUSA, Calif. (AP) — The Latest on a California shooting that prompted the lockdown of two polling sites (all times local): 12:20 a.m. Authorities say a gunman was high on cocaine when he opened fire randomly in a Los Angeles suburb, killing a 77-year-old neighbor and wounding two other people before police shot him. The Tuesday afternoon attack in Azusa shut down two nearby polling places but police say it wasn't related to the election. Los Angeles County sheriff's Lt. John Corina says the 45-year-old shooter had a military background and was a gun fanatic. He had been binging on cocaine when he armed himself with various guns, went outside and opened fire, Corina said. Corina says a 77-year-old neighbor who went outside to see what was happening was shot dead, and two women who happened to be driving or walking by were critically wounded. When police arrived to help the victims, authorities say, the man opened fire with an assault rifle. Officers returned fire, fatally wounding the man, who was found dead hours later in a home. The names of the gunman and the victims haven't been released. ___ 5:20 p.m. Police say a person with an assault rifle killed one person and wounded two others near two Southern California polling sites that were locked down. Azusa police Chief Steve Hunt says the suspect began firing Tuesday at arriving officers who returned fire before they took cover near a park. Hunt says a person is down at the front door of a home but couldn't immediately say whether that person was the shooter. Elections officials say one of the polling sites has reopened. Voters were being urged to seek nearby polling places. The motive of the shooting was unknown and it was unclear if it had anything to do with the election. No officers were hurt. ___ 4:15 p.m. A shooting in Southern California has killed one person and wounded three others near a polling site. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina says one person was dead on arrival in the city of Azusa on Tuesday. He says two people were airlifted to hospitals and a fourth was being treated. An elementary school that's also a polling place was on lockdown. Elections officials say one other polling site was affected, urging voters to cast their ballots in other locations. The motivation is unknown and it's unclear whether the shooting has anything to do with the election. Azusa police say arriving officers found multiple victims, came under fire and returned fire themselves. No officers were injured, and no arrests have been made. ___ 3:55 p.m. Authorities say one person is dead and three are injured following reports of a shooting near a Los Angeles-area polling site. Los Angeles County Fire Inspector Gustavo Medina says one person was dead on arrival Tuesday, two people were airlifted to hospitals and a fourth was being treated. He was unable to say whether the four people had been shot. An elementary school that's also a polling place was on lockdown. Azusa police Officer Jerry Willison says someone fired on officers at the scene, but none of them were hurt. He says the officers had to seek cover. He also was unable to say whether those injured had been shot. He says no arrests have been made.

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Slovak Republic - Factors To Watch on Nov 9 (1.03/33)

BRATISLAVA, Nov 9 (Reuters) - Here are news stories, press reports and events to watch which may affect Slovak financial markets on Wednesday. ALL TIMES GMT (Slovak Republic: GMT + 2 hours) =========================ECONOMIC DATA======================== Real-time economic data releases.................. Summary of economic data and forecasts......... Recently released economic data................ Previous stories on Slovak data.......... **For a schedule of corporate and economic events: ====================NEWS====================================== GAS TRANSIT: Slovak gas pipeline operator Eustream said it had applied together with Poland's Gaz System for EU grant to co-finance construction works of Poland-Slovakia interconnection. Story: Related stories: CRIMEA SANCTIONS: European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday new targeted sanctions against Crimean officials, adding to restrictive measures adopted after Russia's annexation of Crimea in 2014. Story: Related stories: TAXATION: European Union finance ministers agreed on Tuesday how to screen countries for a blacklist of tax havens across the world, officials said, and said applying zero-rate taxes was not necessarily a factor, prompting an outcry. Story: Related stories: For real-time stock market index quotes click in brackets: Warsaw WIG20 Budapest BUX Prague PX Main currency report TOP NEWS -- Emerging markets News editor of the day: Jason Hovet on +420 224 190 476 E-mail: (Reporting by Prague Newsroom)

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Ineligible candidate wins Howell Township trustee vote (1.03/33)

An ineligible candidate for Howell Township trustee won more votes than the other four eligible candidates on the ballot, according to unofficial Livingston County election results.
Elizabeth Dean, a Republican who withdrew from the race because she moved out of the township  before the election, still appeared on the Nov. 8 ballot.
If an ineligible township candidate is chosen by voters, the township’s board has to choose a replacement.
Dean received 2,423 voters, according to unofficial results, followed by Republicans Carolyn Eaton, 2,420 votes, incumbent trustee Matthew Counts, 2,401 votes, and Harold Melton, 2,224 votes. Incumbent Trustee Lois Kanniainen, a Democrat, finished with 1,276 votes.

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Clinton Twp. trustee indicted in corruption probe loses supervisor race (1.03/33)

A Clinton Township trustee indicted for bribery in a widespread federal corruption probe in Macomb County lost a bid to become township supervisor over longtime Supervisor Bob Cannon.
Trustee Dean Reynolds is one of two politicians charged in U. S. District Court witih taking bribes from a company --  identified by sources as Rizzo Environmental Services – for help in securing trash contracts in their communities.
Reynolds, a Democrat, lost to Cannon, a Republican, in a vote of 41.9% to 58.1% for the four-year term, according to unofficial results with 100% of precincts reporting.
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Oklahoma and Nebraska overwhelmingly voted in favor of the death penalty (1.03/33)

Oklahoma overwhelmingly passed its death penalty ballot measure on Tuesday, local media reported.
It was one of the three states along with Nebraska and California that put death sentences to a vote.
With 1,666 of 1,965 precincts reporting Tuesday night, 67% of voters cast ballots in favor of creating a section in the Oklahoma's constitution that declares the death penalty "shall not be deemed to be or constitute the infliction of cruel or unusual punishment. "
Controversial Death Penalty Cases:
The measure will make Oklahoma the first state to include explicit protections for capital punishment in its constitution.
In Nebraska, early results Tuesday night showed a 57% - 43% vote in favor of the death penalty. Voters there had to choose to "retain" or "repeal" legislation that eliminated the death penalty.
The ballot question, however, was criticized by some for its use of a double negative in its wording, which could well have confused voters — the vote to "repeal" would reinstate the death penalty, while a vote to "retain" would have eliminated it.
Voters in California, meanwhile, had two opposing death penalty proposals on their ballots — one to eliminate the death penalty, and the other to speed up the process.
Although California hasn't executed an inmate since 2006, the state accounts for a disproportionately high amount of death sentences imposed — accounting for a quarter of all death-row inmates in the United States, according to the Washington Post .
Notable death penalty executions and people on death row:
Despite the ballot measures, use of the death penalty has been declining throughout the country since the mid-1990s, propelled by just a handful of outlier counties that impose a disproportionate amount of death sentences.
Many of the states that do retain the death penalty are often hampered in their attempts to use it — partly due to logistical barriers such as widespread lethal injection shortages.
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Chuck Warpehoski wins 5th Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council (1.03/33)

ANN ARBOR, MI – Democratic incumbent Chuck Warpehoski has won the 5th Ward race for Ann Arbor City Council.
With all precincts partially counted and absentee ballots still out, Warpehoski has 74 percent of the vote against independent David Silkworth.
The vote count is 7,277 to 2,563.
Warpehoski said he's happy about his race, but still nervous about what's happening on the national level.
In general, he said, he thinks the results in Ann Arbor show voters here support Democrats up and down the ballot, as well as funding roads and regional transit and the things he considers to be the pillars of good government.
He said he's feeling positive about the community and grateful to have a chance to serve another two years on City Council.
"Being outspent five or six to one, I feel gratified by having come out with such a strong lead," he said of his race.
"I think it shows that the community supports the direction the city is going in," he added, noting voters also chose incumbents over challengers in the Democratic primary earlier this year.
"There was a solid return of existing voices, so I think it shows in general where the city is going is the direction people are comfortable with. "
Silkworth, a political newcomer making his first run for off