With Black Friday just hours away, here is a look at some of the best deals of the 2018 holiday shopping season.
Apple iPad 2018, 128GB: $329 – Best Buy
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch 2018 for $1,150 – Best Buy
Dell G3 15.6-inch gaming laptop for $899 - Office Depot
Dell Inspiron 15.6-inch laptop for $319 – Office Depot
Dell XPS 13 for $1,500 – Costco
Google Pixelbook laptop for $699 – Google Store
HP 15.6-inch laptop for $349 – Office Depot
HP 1.6-inch Chromebook for $119.99 - Target
HP Pavilion 15 for $499 - Staples
Samsung Chromebook 3 for $99 – Walmart
Surface Go base model for $399 – Microsoft Store
Amazon Echo for $69 - Kohl’s
Fire HD 10 for $99.99 - Amazon
Fire TV Cube 4K for $59.99 - Amazon
Google Home Hub for $99 – Jet
60 percent off select office chairs – Office Depot
KitchenAid Artisan 5-quart stand mixer for $279.99 - J.C. Penney
Twin sheet sets for $5.99 - Macy’s
Bath towels for $2.99 each - J.C. Penney
Element 55-inch smart UHD TV for $199.99 - Target
65-inch TCL 65S4 4K Roku TV for $398 - Walmart
Samsung 75-inch 4K UHD TV and Xbox One S for $1,279 – Sam’s Club
LG 65-inch 4K UHD Smart TV for $599 - Sam’s Club
Apple Watch Series 3 (32mm) for $229 – Best Buy
Fitbit Versa smartwatch for $149 - Target
Canon T6 DSLR Camera Bundle for $399 – Sam’s Club
Potensic GPS FPV RC Drone, D80 with 1080P Camera Live Video and GPS Return Home for $199.99 – Amazon
Get select doorbusters free after mail-in rebate - Macy’s
Want to check out the Black Friday ads? Here are some links:
If putting together a Thanksgiving feast isn’t in the cards for you this year, don’t worry, there are plenty of restaurants that will be happy to help with your holiday meals.
Several restaurant chains across the country will be open on Thursday, offering dine-in Thanksgiving dinners or meal packages you can take with you to share at home.
Below are a few restaurants that will be open on Thanksgiving.
(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Some offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices and times may vary with location.)
Even the best of cooks can end up missing an ingredient on Thanksgiving morning.
If you find yourself short on nutmeg or minus a few potatoes, there is a good chance a grocery store near you will be open on Thanksgiving for at least for part of the day.
Here is a list of Thanksgiving Day openings, closings and store hours for national grocery store chains. Reminder: Some stores do not follow national opening/closing hours. Some state laws prohibit stores being open on a holiday. Be sure to check with your local stores for times.
If you are simply abandoning the idea of that Martha Stewart Thanksgiving in favor of a good buffet down the street, here is a link to a list of restaurants open on Thanksgiving.
Restaurants across the country will be honoring veterans and active duty military members this weekend with free and discounted meals.
Most restaurants require a military identification for the deals. Offers may not be available at all locations. Some locations do not participate in the promotions. Check with your local restaurants before you go.
Here are some deals for veterans and active duty military members.
54th Street Grill & Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree up to $12 on Sunday. Dine-in only.
Acapulco: Veterans and active duty military members can get a three-item combo complimentary meal from 3 p.m. to closing.
Applebee’s: Veterans and active duty military can select a free meal from a menu of seven items on Sunday with proof of service.
Arooga’s Grille House & Sports Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary item from a fixed menu.
Aspen Creek Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary menu from 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Monday.
Black Angus Steakhouse: Participating restaurants will offer veterans and active military personnel a $9.99 top sirloin steak, mashed potatoes, broccoli and a non-alcoholic beverage.
Back Yard Burgers: Veterans and active duty military with a valid ID can get a free ‘Classic Burger’ on Sunday.
Bagger Dave’s: Veterans, active duty military and first responders with proof of military ID can get one Great American Cheeseburger and fries Sunday.
Bandana’s Bar-B-Q: Veterans and active duty eat free on Sunday.
Bar Louie: Veterans and active duty military can get a free flatbread or burger on Sunday.
Ben’s Soft Pretzels: Veterans and active duty military can get a free pretzel on Monday.
BJ’s Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary entree up to $12.95. They also get a free Dr. Pepper by presenting a military ID or proof of service.
Bob Evans: Veterans and active duty military can get a free select menu item on Sunday.
Bubba’s 33: Free lunch until 4 p.m. for veterans on Sunday.
Buffalo Wild Wings:Veterans and active duty who dine-in can receive a free order of traditional or boneless wings and a side of fries.
Biggby Coffee: Veterans and active duty military can get a free coffee on Sunday and Monday.
California Pizza Kitchen: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree from a special Veterans Day menu on Sunday. Come in uniform or bring your military ID or other proof of service.
Calhoun’s: All veterans and active duty military members can get a free meal on Monday.
Cantina Laredo: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal on Monday.
Cattlemen's Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary 8 oz. sirloin steak dinner.
Chevys Fresh Mex: Veterans and active duty military can get a free three-item combo from 3 p.m. to closing on Sunday.
Chili’s Grill & Bar: Veterans and active duty military personnel can choose a complimentary meal from a select menu on Sunday.
Chipotle: Buy one, get one free burrito, bowl, salad and taco orders on Sunday. Active duty, Guard and Reserve members, military spouses and retirees are eligible. Must have a valid ID. Limit one free menu item per military ID.
City Barbeque: Veterans and active duty military can get a free sandwich, two sides and a regular beverage, applicable on either dine-in or carryout orders on Sunday.
Claim Jumper: Veterans and active duty military who show a valid ID can receive a free entree from a special menu on Monday.
Coco’s Bakery & Restaurant: Receive a free slice of pie for all veterans and active duty military with proof of service on Sunday.
Cotton Patch Cafe: Veterans and active duty military can get a free chicken fried steak or fried chicken on Sunday.
Coffee Beanery: Veterans and active duty military can get a free tall coffee on Sunday and Monday.
Connors Steak & Seafood: Get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree on Sunday and Monday.
Chicken Salad Chick: Veterans who present proof of service will get a Free Chick Meal and a drink on Monday.
Cracker Barrel Old Country Store: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Double Chocolate Fudge Coca-Cola Cake dessert or Crafted Coffee beverage on Sunday.
Denny’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Build Your Own Grand Slam breakfast on Monday from 5 a.m. to noon. Diners must show ID to receive this offer.
Dunkin: Active Duty and veterans get one free doughnut at participating restaurants, on Sunday.
Eat’nPark: Active duty and veterans will receive a 10 percent discount for the entire month of November.
East Coast Wings + Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal Sunday. Dine in only.
El Torito & El Torito Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary three-item combo meal Sunday from 3 p.m. to closing.
Famous Dave’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free two-meat combo on Sunday and Monday.
Farmer Boys: Veterans and active duty military can get a free big cheese cheeseburger on Monday.
Fatz Southern Kitchen: Free Calabash Chicken basket on Monday, plus 25 percent off the entrée on each visit to Fatz through Nov. 30.
Firebirds Wood Fired Grill: Dine with a veteran or active duty service member and their lunch or dinner is free on Monday.
Friendly’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free dine-in breakfast, lunch or dinner from select menus on Sunday.
Fogo de Chão: Active duty and veterans get a 50 percent discount from Friday through Sunday.
Glory Days Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free appetizer or a regular order of boneless or grilled boneless wings on Sunday and Monday.
Golden Corral: Veterans and active duty military can get a free dine-in “thank you” dinner on Monday from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Green Mill Restaurant and Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a free lunch or dinner dine-in meal at participating locations on Sunday.
Grub Burger Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary entree on Sunday.
Hamburger Stand: Veterans and active duty military can get a free hamburger, regular fries and a small Pepsi on Sunday.
Handel’s Homemade Ice Cream: Veterans and active duty military can get a free single cone on Sunday.
Hickory Tavern: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Tavern Burger with the purchase of a beverage on Sunday.
Hooters Free Meal: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a select Veterans Day menu on Sunday.
Hoss’s Family Steak & Sea House: Veterans and active duty military can get a free soup, salad and dessert bar entry for free on Monday.
Huddle House: Active duty and veterans get a free order of Sweet Cakes with military identification from Friday until Monday.
Houlihan’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entree from a select menu on Sunday.
Human Bean: Veterans and active duty military can get a free 16 oz. drink of their choice on Sunday.
Hy-Vee Free Breakfast: Veterans and active duty military can get a free breakfast buffet during regular breakfast hours on Monday.
Iron Hill Brewery and Restaurant: On both Sunday and Monday, veterans and active duty service members can get a free burger or sandwich and non-alcoholic beverage.
Joe’s Crab Shack: Veterans and active duty military get 20 percent off their meal.
Jon Smith Subs: On Sunday, veterans and active duty military can get a free 6-inch Steak Bomb sub.
King’s Family Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal on Monday.
Kolache Factory: Veterans and active duty military can get a free kolache and a free coffee on Sunday.
K&W Cafeteria: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal that includes a choice of entrée, two vegetables, bread and a refillable beverage, with the presentation of their military ID on Monday.
Lamar’s Donuts: Veterans and active duty military can get a free doughnut and a 12-oz. coffee on Sunday.
Little Caesars: Get a free $5 Hot-N-Ready Lunch combo, which includes four slices of pizza, with a 20-oz. drink, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Logan’s Roadhouse: On Sunday, veterans and active duty military can get a free American Roadhouse Meal with proof of service.
Luna Grill: Active duty and veterans will receive their choice of a free signature wrap, plate or gourmet salad when they purchase a meal from Saturday through Monday.
Lucille’s Smokehouse Bar-B-Que: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary dessert, and a 20 percent discount with proof of service.
Macaroni Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Mom’s Ricotta Meatballs & Spaghetti entrée on Sunday.
MacKenzie River Pizza: Veterans receive 25 percent off their entire check on Veterans Day.
Main Event Bowling: Veterans and active duty military members can get a free entree plus a $10 FUNcard on Sunday.
Margaritas Mexican Restaurant: Veterans and active duty military and their significant others can get a free entree on Sunday.
Max & Erma’s: On Veterans Day, participating Max & Erma’s are offering veterans and active military personnel a free cheeseburger, endless fries and a fountain drink.
McCormick and Schmick’s:Veterans and Gold Star families (parents and spouse) can get a free lunch or dinner on Sunday.
Menchie’s Free Frozen Yogurt: Veterans and active duty military can get a free 6-oz. frozen yogurt on Sunday.
Mission BBQ: Veterans and active duty military can get a free sandwich and slice of cake on Sunday.
Native Grill & Wings: Veterans will receive one free menu item (up to $11.99 in value) on Sunday.
Nekter Juice Bar: Veterans and active duty military can get a free, 16-oz. fresh juice or Superfood smoothie on Sunday.
Ninety Nine Restaurant & Pub: On Sunday from 11 a.m.– 4 p.m., veterans and active military can receive a free lunch from their 9 Real Size Entrées for $9.99 menu with the purchase of any entrée.
NYC Bagel & Sandwich Shop: Veterans are getting a free bagel and cup of coffee on Sunday from 6 a.m. to 4 p.m.On The Border: Veterans and active duty military can get a free create-your-own combo meal on Sunday.
Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt: Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will be offering free frozen yogurt for all active and retired military at participating locations on Sunday.
Pilot Flying J: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Pilot Coffee of any size with their choice of a PJ Fresh breakfast sandwich, packaged pastry item or a Cinnabon Center of the Roll from Saturday through Monday.Rapid Fire Pizza: Veterans and active duty military get a free single topping 9- or 11-inch pizza on Sunday.
Red Robin: Veterans and active duty military can get a free dine-in Red’s Tavern Double Burger and Bottomless Steak Fries on Sunday.
Rib Crib: Veterans and active military service members can choose a free meal from RibCrib’s Menu of Honor that includes a choice of two meats and two sides, including their slow-smoked meats and award-winning St. Louis spare ribs.
Rock Bottom Restaurant & Brewery: Veterans get a free entrée Saturday through Nov. 17.
Ruby Tuesday: On Sunday, all former and active duty military can enjoy a free appetizer.
Ruby’s Diner: Veterans and active duty members of the military can get a Ruby’s adult entrée on the house on Monday.
Sagebrush Steakhouse: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal from a select menu on Sunday.
Shane’s Rib Shack: Active duty and veterans can get a free sandwich, regular side, and 20-oz. beverage at participating Shane’s Rib Shack locations through Saturday.
Scooter’s Coffee: Active duty and veterans with proof of service get a free drink on Sunday.
Sheetz: Active duty and veterans get a free 6-inch turkey sub and a regular fountain drink on Sunday.
Shoney’s: Veterans and active duty military can get a free All You Care To Eat breakfast, until 11 a.m. on Monday.
Sizzler: Veterans and active duty military can get a free lunch and beverage before 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Starbucks: On Sunday, active duty service members, reservists, veterans and military spouses can get a free Tall Brewed Coffee.
Sweet Frog Premium Frozen Yogurt: Active duty and veterans get a free 12-oz. frozen yogurt Sunday.
Taco Mac: Veterans and active military get a free six-pack of wings with a purchase of a beverage on Monday.
Tap House Grill: Veterans and active duty military can get a free meal (dine-in only) plus discounts on beer and cocktails.
Texas Steakhouse & Saloon: All veterans and active duty military personnel can get a free meal from a select menu on Monday.
Texas de Brazil: Two veterans or active duty service personnel dine free plus get 20 percent off for up to six additional guests on Sunday and Monday. Must have proof of service.
Texas Roadhouse: On Sunday, Veterans and active duty military can select from a free special veterans lunch menu.
The Chop House: Veterans with military ID or in uniform get 50 percent off any dine-in lunch or dinner entree.
Thornton’s: Get a free cup of coffee with a military ID Friday through Sunday.
TooJay’s: Active duty personnel and veterans get a free entree from a special menu featuring 13 different items on Sunday.
Tucanos: Veterans and active duty military can get a free Churassco meal with the purchase of another adult Churassco meal through Monday.
Twin Peaks: Veterans and active duty military can get a free entrée from a select menu on Monday.
White Castle: Military veterans and active duty military receive a free breakfast combo or Castle Combo meal (numbers 1-6) Sunday and Monday.
Wienerschnitzel: On Sunday, Wienerschnitzel is offering a free chili dog with a small fry and a small Pepsi to veterans and active duty military.
Wild Wing Cafe: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary meal from a select menu on Sunday.
Yard House: Veterans and active duty military can get a complimentary appetizer on Sunday.
White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders has been accused of sharing a doctored video of a confrontation between CNN reporter Jim Acosta and a White House intern that took place Wednesday.
Several members of the media have called out Huckabee for using a version of the video they say speeds up Acosta’s arm motion, making it appear his actions were more aggressive than they were.
Acosta was asking President Donald Trump questions about a group of migrants who are making their way through Mexico when the conversation became heated and Trump told the intern to get the microphone Acosta was using.
The intern reached for the microphone and Acosta’s arm came down to block her from getting the microphone.
After the press conference, where Trump told Acosta he was “rude,” Acosta’s press credentials were suspended.
Later, Sanders shared a version of the video of the exchange in which she said the White House would “not tolerate the inappropriate behavior clearly documented in this video.”
By late Wednesday and early Thursday, members of the media and CNN executives were questioning whether the video had been doctored.
According to The Washington Post, the video that Sanders shared and some claimed was edited was first shared by Paul Joseph Watson, known for his conspiracy-theory videos on the far-right website Infowars.
Watson told the website BuzzFeed that he created the video by downloading an animated image from conservative news site Daily Wire. He said he zoomed in on it and saved it as a video and that that may have made it “look a tiny bit different.”Here are the videos from both Sanders and from the C-SPAN broadcast of the incident.
A man opened fire inside a crowded California bar on “College Country Night” late Wednesday, killing at least 12 people and injuring at least a dozen more.
Law enforcement authorities say David Ian Long began shooting in the Borderline Bar & Grill in Thousand Oaks, Calif., around 11:20 p.m. The bar is about 40 miles northwest of Los Angeles.
Among the dead is a sheriff’s deputy who rushed into the bar at the sound of gunfire, and Long, according to law enforcement authorities. “It’s a horrific scene in there,” Ventura County Sheriff Geoff Dean told reporters. “There’s blood everywhere. The suspect is part of that.”
Sgt. Ron Helus, a 29-year veteran of the Ventura County Sheriff’s department, confronted Long who was later found dead in the bar. Long had been shot, authorities said, but it was unclear if he had shot himself or had been shot by police.
Here is what we know about Long:
Walmart, like other retailers this year, isn’t waiting for Black Friday to launch its holiday shopping deals.
Early Thursday, Walmart unveiled not only the deals it will be offering on Black Friday but also some “doorbusters” that are available beginning today.
In the run-up to Black Friday, in addition to the doorbusters, Select deals will be available online starting at 10 p.m. ET, Nov. 21, the day before Thanksgiving.
The retailer’s Black Friday sales begin at 6 p.m. local time on Thanksgiving and will be preceded by a “Light Up Black Friday” party for customers that will be held from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. local time and feature free coffee and cookies.
Here are a few deals you can get in advance of Black Friday, available starting today.
Deals that will be available for Black Friday (starting at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving) include:
Phones, TVs, laptops
Altec Smart Home Security System: $69
iPhone 6 on Straight Talk or Total Wireless: $99
iPhone 6S Plus on Straight Talk: $299
Google Home Mini Aqua – Walmart Exclusive: $25
Google Home Hub: $99
Hover-1 Liberty Hoverboard: $99
Bose SoundSport Wireless Headphones: $99
Hisense 40” Class 1080p TV: $99
Hisense 55” Class 4K Roku Smart TV: $248
Samsung GS7 on Straight Talk: $199
Samsung J7 Crown on Straight Talk: $79
HP 15” Touch Notebook: $259
HP Pavilion Gaming Laptop: $599
HP Pavilion x360 Notebook: $499
HP Stream 11 Notebook: $159
iPad 6th Generation: $249
LG 37’’ 2.1 300W Sound Bar: $99
RCA Projector: $49
Sharp / TCL 65” Class 4K Roku Smart TV: $398
Sony PS4 1TB Slim Spider-Man Bundle: $199
Vivitar Aero-View Video Drone: $69
Xbox ONE X 1TB Console: $399
Xbox ONE S 1TB Minecraft Creators Bundle: $199
Select Board Games: $5 or $10
Select Disney Princess Dolls: $5
Select Fisher-Price Toys: $5
Select Huffy Kid’s Bikes: $36
Baby Alive Better Now Baby: $10
Giant Plush Dino, Sloth or Unicorn: $20
Hatchimals HatchiBabies Foxfin: $34.88
Hot Wheels Die-Cast Vehicles 50 Pack: $25
Equip 1-Person Travel Hammock: $10
Football, Basketball or Soccer Ball: $9
Ryan’s World Giant Golden Egg – Walmart Exclusive: $34.82
Sharper Image Streaming Drone: $38
Farberware K Cup Brewer, Griddle, or Copper Waffle Maker: $9.96
Shark Ion RV700 Vacuum: $179
Dyson V6 Origin Cordless Vacuum: $159
Instant Pot 8-Quart Pressure Cooker: $59
8-Pc. Comforter Set: $34
Bath Towel or Washcloth 6 Pack: $1.60
Hotel Style 1,100 Thread Count Sheet Set: $24
Hotel Style Bath Towel or Bundle 4 Pack: $5
Tasty 30-Pc. Cookware Set: $99 (Special Buy; Includes Google Home Mini)
Blackstone 28” Griddle Cooking Station: $118
A day after the midterm elections, President Donald Trump has asked Attorney General Jeff Sessions to resign.
According to The Associated Press, Sessions' letter of resignation was delivered on Wednesday to White House chief of staff John Kelly.
Kelly called Sessions to ask for his resignation on Trump's behalf, a White House source reportedly told CNN.
Trump says Sessions' chief of staff Matthew Whitaker, who was once a commentator on CNN, will become acting attorney general.
As acting attorney general, Whitaker may take over the supervision of special counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 presidential election.
Below is Sessions’ letter:
Thirty-five Senate seats, 435 House seats, 36 gubernatorial races and more than 6,000 state and local races were decided Tuesday in a high-stakes election that will reshape Congress and heavily influence President Donald Trump’s next two years in office.
Below is the latest on the races.
Note: Some results are still being tabulated.
Live updates continue below:
Tester wins Montana Senate race
2:39 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Democratic Sen. Jon Tester of Montana is re-elected to a third term, defeating Republican Matt Rosendale.
Nancy Pelosi holds press conference
2 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Democratic leader Pelosi says Democrats running the House next year “must stand our ground” but will seek compromise with Trump. She also says she is the 'best person' for House speaker job and is confident of winning enough support.
Lucy McBath delares victory in Georgia 6
1:50 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018:
CNN responds to Trump’s exchange with Acosta
1:34 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018:
In closing, on the press
1:25 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump says he wants to get along with the press, but that the problem with their relationship is the press. “I have the right to fight back. ... I’m fighting back for the people of this country.”
Trump on his immigration policies
1:23 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: “The people of the United States are very happy with the job I am doing. ... We have to get strong immigration laws.”
He again offers support for Pelosi
1:08 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump, for at least the third time this afternoon, says he admires Nancy Pelosi.
A racist question
1:05 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump says a question he is asked about using the term “nationalist” is “such a racist question.” Nationalist, he explains, means he loves his country.
Trump says again he is happy with the election
12:59 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: “If I weren’t happy, you’d know it.”
What role does God play?
12:57 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump is asked what role God plays in his life. “God plays a big factor in my life and He plays a very big factor in the lives of people in this room.
Trump bemoans treatment by press
12:54 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Trump goes back to his treatment by the press and says President Barack Obama would not have been treated that way. “I would love to see unity – even with the media.”
Lindsey Graham weighs in on Trump’s exchange with CNN
12:48 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018:
Trump asks Pence if he will be his running mate
12:39 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Pence said yes.
What Trump said about the midterm election
12:35 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018 p.m.: In a press conference on Wednesday, Trump said:
Trump gets into confrontation with CNN reporter
12:32 p.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Trump got into a verbal confrontation with CNN reporter Jim Acosta after Acosta continued to question the president over the “migrant caravan.”
Trump grew angry and backed away from the podium as a White House aide tried to get the microphone from Acosta’s hand.
“CNN shouldn’t have you working for them, you are a rude person,” Trump said. “They should be ashamed.” Trump went on to repeat a charge he has leveled at journalists before, saying, “When you report fake new, you are the enemy of the people.”
He later told reporter April Ryan to sit down because she had not been called on.
Trump to speak about election
11:43 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Trump wil be speaking any moment now about the results of the midterm elections.
McConnell: It's a ‘good morning’ for Republicans
11:22 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Kentucky, said a day after the GOP held control of the U.S. Senate in the midterm elections that it was a “good morning” and that President Donald Trump was ‘very helpful’ in the campaign.
Offering a suggestion
10:45 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Trump is suggesting to Democrats that they select Nancy Pelosi, D-California, as the next speaker of the House.
Nelson calls for a recount
10:07 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Sen. Bill Nelson (D) says he wants a recount in Florida’s Senate race. Nelson's campaign called for the recount Wednesday morning. Scott, the state’s governor, claimed victory late Tuesday.
9:30 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The Florida Senate race between incumbent Sen. Bill Nelson and Florida Gov. Rick Scott has yet to be called. Scott is leading Nelson by more than 34,000 votes. A vote recount would take place if Scott does not win by more than one-half of one percentage points.
One more message from Trump
8:18 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: And the president is tweeting again.
Still too close to call
8:08 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The race between Democratic incumbent Jon Tester and Republican Matt Rosendale for the U.S. Senate seat in Montana remains too close to call.
7:59 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The president has tweeted again this morning.
Trump to hold press conference
7:15 a.m EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Donald Trump will hold a press conference at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday to talk about the results of the midterm elections.
Trump reacts on Twitter
6:30 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: President Donald Trump took to Twitter early Wednesday to react to the midterm election results.
“Received so many Congratulations from so many on our Big Victory last night, including from foreign nations (friends) that were waiting me out, and hoping, on Trade Deals,” Trump tweeted. “Now we can all get back to work and get things done!”
He has not yet tweeted about Democrats regaining control of the House.
Latest races that have been called
5:44 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:
AP: Democrats have won House majority
3:40 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: The Associated Press has joined other outlets in reporting that Democrats have secured at least 218 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, winning majority control. Democrats gained at least two dozen House seats Tuesday.
Latest races that have been called
3:16 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:
Republican Brian Kemp ‘confident’ of victory in Georgia governor’s race
3:03 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: From The Atlanta Journal Constitution:
Georgia Secretary of State Brian Kemp, the Republican candidate for governor, didn’t outright declare victory during a short speech to a crowd of hundreds of supporters early Wednesday, but he came close.
Declaring he was “confident” that victory is near, he told the crowd his lead was insurmountable.
"There are votes left to be counted, but we have a very strong lead," he said. "And folks, make no mistake: The math is on our side to win this election."
With 99 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp has a lead of about 95,000 votes over Democrat Stacey Abrams. But her campaign said tens of thousands of absentee ballots from metro Atlanta still need to be counted.
"If I wasn’t your choice or if you made no choice at all: You’re going to have a chance to do a do over,” said Abrams, predicting a Dec. 4 runoff.
Latest races that have been called
2:51 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:
Democrat Stacey Abrams refuses to concede Georgia governor’s race
1:51 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Stacey Abrams, the Democratic candidate for Georgia governor, is refusing to concede the race to Republican Secretary of State Brian Kemp and appears to believe the race is headed to a runoff.
“We’re going to make sure that every vote is counted,” she told supporters early Wednesday.
With 97 percent of precincts reporting, Kemp leads Abrams by about 115,000 votes, WSB-TV is reporting. Kemp had 51 percent of the vote; Abrams, 48 percent; and Libertarian Ted Metz, 1 percent.
There were roughly 284,000 mail-in ballots cast statewide, including about 110,000 in DeKalb, Cobb, Fulton and Gwinnett counties. It’s unclear how many have been counted, but Lauren Groh-Wargo, Abrams’ campaign manager, said tens of thousands were from her supporters.
In Georgia, a race goes to a runoff if no candidate wins more than 50 percent of the vote.
Latest races that have been called
12:51 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Here are some of the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press:
Democrats win 23 seats
12:14 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: As of just after midnight Eastern time, the Democratic Party has won 23 seats and taken control of the U.S. House of Representatives.
Rick Scott gives victory speech
12:11 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Florida Gov. Rick Scott claimed victory in the tight Florida Senate race. Scott teared up when he spoke of his late mother.
Newsom elected governor of California
12:08 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Democratic Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom of California elected governor, defeating Republican John Cox.
Josh Hawley beats McCaskill
12:06 a.m. EST Nov. 7, 2018: Republican Josh Hawley wins the Missouri Senate race, ousting Democratic incumbent Sen. Claire McCaskill.
Nancy Pelosi vows ‘tomorrow will be a new day’
11:52 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-California, said in a speech to supporters late Tuesday that 'tomorrow will be a new day in America' as Democrats closed in on control of the U.S. House of Representatives. Pelosi has indicated that she will run for speaker of the House should Democrats wind control of the House.
Rep. Pete Sessions defeated
11:42 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democratic ex-NFL linebacker Colin Allred defeated Republican House Rules Committee Chairman Pete Sessions in Texas race.
Latest races that have been called
11:31 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Here are the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press.
The president weighs in
Cindy Hyde-Smith and Espy in Mississippi Senate race
11:14 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican Sen. Cindy Hyde-Smith and Democrat Mike Espy advance to a Nov. 27 runoff in a Mississippi Senate race.
Ron Desantis wins Florida governor’s race
11 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Ron DeSantis won the Florida governor’s race, one that took several hours to count.
Democrats are half way to taking the House
10:59 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrats have won half of the seats they need to claim the House majority, according to the count by The Associated Press.
Bob Menendez keeps New Jersey Senate seat
10:51 p.m. EST Nov. 6 2018: New Jersey Sen. Bob Menendez won re-election to the Senate despite being admonished by the Senate Ethics Committee this year.
With Cruz win, Republicans will retain control of the U.S. Senate
10:31 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Ted Cruz defeats Democrat Beto O’Rourke to keep his Texas Senate seat. The race went back and forth throughout the night, but Cruz pulled away late in the evening as Republican-leaning counties began to report vote tallies. With Cruz’s win, it looks like the Republicans will keep control of the U.S. Senate.
Heidi Heitkamp loses Senate seat
10:27 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Heidi Heitkamp lost her North Dakota Senate seat to U.S. Rep. Kevin Cramer.
Dems need only 11 more seats
10:08 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrats now need to flip 11 seats to take the U.S. House.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez wins seat
10:04 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeats Republican Anthony Pappas in New York City House race.
Mitt Romney wins Utah Senate race
10 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Mitt Romeny, a former Republican presidential candidate, has won the Senate seat from Utah.
Democrats leading in House race
9:49 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With the wins by Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell in Florida and Democrat Mary Scanlon in Penslyvania, Democrats need 17 more seat flips to take the House. They are leading in 31 hours.
Barrasso, Gillibrand win re-election
9:39 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican John Barrasso of Wyoming and Democrat Kirsten Gillibrand of New York have been re-elected to the Senate.
Fox News calls House for Democrats
9:34 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Fox News has called the U.S. House for the Democrats even before polls have closed in the far west.
Wicker re-elected in Mississippi
9:33 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican Sen. Roger Wicker of Mississippi wins re-election, defeating Democrat David Baria.
Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf re-elected
9:29 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democratic Gov. Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania has been re-elected, defeating Republican Scott Wagner.
Marsha Blackburn wins in Tennessee
9:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Republican Marsha Blackburn wins Tennessee Senate seat of retiring Sen. Bob Corker.
Joe Manchin wins re-elction
9:17 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Sen. Joe Manchin wins re-election in West Virginia Senate race.
Bob Casey re-elected in Pennsylvania
9:15 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democrat Bob Casey of Pennsylvania wins third Senate term, beating Republican Rep. Lou Barletta.
Florida votes to give felons their voting rights back
9:12 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Florida voters approve constitutional amendment restoring voting rights to most felons.
Beto O’Rourke is still ahead of Ted Cruz
9 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: In Texas, Democrat Beto O’Rourke is ahead of incumbent Sen. Ted Cruz (R) 50.1 percent to 48.3 percent.
Andy Barr wins Kentucky District 6
8:49 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Incumbent Republican Andy Barr defeats ex-fighter pilot Amy McGrath in a widely-watched House race.
Latest races that have been called
8:41 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018:
Latest races that have been called
8:34 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Here are the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press.
Shalala wins in Florida
8:25 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Donna Shalala, ex-cabinet secretary for President Bill Clinton, wins a U.S. House seat in Florida, turns it Democratic. The Democrats need 21 more seats to take control in the U.S. House.
Voting hours extended in Georgia
8:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Voting hours have been extended at three polling places in Georgia’s Fulton County, home to much of Atlanta.
Races that have been called
8:13 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Here are the latest races that have been called by The Associated Press.
Democratic senators re-elected
8:06 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Democratic senators Sherrod Brown of Ohio, Ben Cardin of Maryland, Chris Murphy of Connecticut, Tom Carper of Delaware and Seldon Whitehouse of Rhode Island have been re-elected.
First Democrat House pickup
7:50 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Jennifer Wexton (D) defeats incumbent Barbara Comstock (R) for the Virginia District 10 seat. The Democrats now need 22 seats to take control of the U.S. House.
Florida Senate race
7:32 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With a third of the vote reported, Nelson has 51.4 percent; Scott has 48.7 percent.
Florida Senate race
7:18 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With 15 percent reporting: Nelson - 52.8 percent; Scott - 47.2 percent.
Florida governor race
7:08 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: With 3 percent reporting: Ron DeSantis (R) - 49.1; Andrew Gillum (D) - 52.4 percent.
Florida Senate numbers
7:04 p.m.EST Nov. 6, 2018: With 3 percent reporting: Florida Gov. Rick Scott (R) - 47.2 percent; Sen. Bill Nelson (D) - 52.8 percent.
7:02 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: CNN is projecting that Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vermont) and Sen. Tim Kaine (D-Virginia) have been re-elected to the Senate.
Kentucky Dist. 6 update
6:47 p.m. Nov. 6, 2018: With 1 percent reporting, a switch: McGrath (D) - 49.8; Barr (R) - 49.4
Indiana Senate update
6:42 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Mike Braun (R) - 59.5 percent; Joe Donnelly (D) - 36.3 percent. This is with 2 percent of the vote reporting.
Kentucky Dist. 6 update
6:34 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Still early results: Barr (R) - 59 percent; McGrath (D) - 40 percent.
Indiana Senate update
6:30 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Still in early returns, Mike Braun has 58 percent; Joe Donnelly has 37 percent.
Voting issues seen
6:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: The AP is reporting: “By Tuesday afternoon, the nonpartisan Election Protection hotline had received some 17,500 calls from voters experiencing problems at their polling places.”
Indiana’s Senator race
6:11 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Very early results: Republican Mike Braun - 63.6 percent; Democrat Joe Donnelly - 32.2 percent.
Election results are coming in now
6:05 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Kentucky’s District 6 U.S. House race early results: Andy Barr (R) - 58 percent Amy McGrath (D) - 40.9 with 1,000 votes counted.
5:19 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Sixteen percent of those surveyed in exit polls said that this election is the first one they have ever participated in. Sixty-eight percent of those surveyed said the economy is good.
First exit polls are out
5 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Some voters were asked as they left polling places how they felt about President Donald Trump’s job performance. Forty-four percent approve of his handling of the country and 55 percent disapprove, according to early polling.
Sixty-five percent of those polled say they made up their mind as to how they would vote in the midterm election more than a month ago.
Pelosi says she's confident Democrats will win the House
4:39 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi told reporters Tuesday that she is "100 percent" sure Democrats will take the U.S. House in the midterm election.
"I'm confident we will win," she told reporters. "When we win, on the opening day, our Democratic Congress will be transparent," Pelosi said.
Democratic PAC translate ads into Spanish
4:24 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: A Democratic super PAC, Priorities USA Action, translated digital ads to Spanish in real time on election day once they saw “Dónde votar,” or “where to vote,” was the top Google search Tuesday morning.
According to the group, the ads were translated after seeing the tweet, specifically for voters in Arizona and Florida Josh Schwerin of Priorities USA Action told The Washington Post.
President, first lady vote absentee
4:04 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: President Trump and first lady Melania Trump voted by absentee ballot in New York.
Father of Parkland victim urges people to vote
3:29 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Fred Guttenberg, whose daughter Jamie was one of 17 people killed during a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida on Feb. 14, is urging people to vote. He says he wants candidates who favor gun control measures to be elected to office.
Problems with voting machines not abnormal
3:11 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Officials at the Department of Homeland Security say reports of voting machine issues are likely not out of the norm.
"They (state officials) did not share any widespread issues or trends with specific machines," a Department of Homeland Security official who has been working with vendors who sell and service election machine told reporters on Tuesday afternoon.
There are "typical machine issues," he said.
Wil this be the year of the female candidate?
2:10 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018:
Taylor says you need to go vote
Turnout is reported to be heavy nationwide
1:39 p.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: Turnout at polling places across the country has been heavy today, according to reports. This comes on the heels of early voter turnout that looks to have set a record.
“This is not a normal election,” University of Florida professor Michael McDonald told Politico. “The best guess is that we’re looking at some sort of hybrid midterm/presidential election” in terms of turnout.
McDonald tracks voter turnout.
Where do I vote?
8 a.m. EST Nov. 6, 2018: If you are unsure where to vote or how long your polling place is open, check out this story:
It will tell you how to find out the specifics for your polling place.
It’s Election Day and Americans are already lining up at polling places to cast their votes.
Voters will elect a new House of Representatives – all 435 seats are in play – and will vote in 35 U.S. Senate elections. In 36 states, governors will be elected.
What is at stake in this election, when will we know the results, who will win? Here’s a look at how the day will shape up and the races you should watch if you want to handicap the races this evening.
What is at stake?
All 435 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives are up for election on Tuesday, and a little more than one-third of the U.S. Senate seats (35) are on ballots across the country.
Currently, Republicans have the majority in both the House and the Senate. In the House, Republicans hold a 235-to-193 majority (seven seats are vacant), and in the Senate, the GOP has a 51-to-49 edge.
Which races should I watch Tuesday?
Will you be able to see a nationwide trend by the outcome of a few races? Some political pundits think there are bellwether races that would signal a good night for Democrats or Republicans, depending on how they break.
Here, from The Associated Press, are a few races that may give you a hint as to how the night will go.
In the House:
Kentucky – District 6
The ruby-red state, known for the Kentucky Derby and sweet bourbon, is hosting one of the most competitive and expensive races in the country. The Lexington-area battle pits third-term Republican Rep. Andy Barr against Democrat Amy McGrath, a retired Marine fighter pilot. Trump won the 6th District by more than 15 percentage points in 2016. But with the help of carefully shaped campaign ads that went viral, McGrath holds the edge on campaign fundraising.
Polls in the district close at 6 p.m. EST
Georgia – District 6
Red-hot Georgia is home to a House race that turns on issues of race and gun laws. Republican Rep. Karen Handel narrowly won her seat in a special election last year that set a record for spending. Now her Democratic challenger is Lucy McBath. The district north of Atlanta leans Republican, but Trump won it by only 1 percentage point.
Polls close at 7 p.m. EST.
Virginia – District 7
Rep. Dave Brat won his seat after upsetting House Majority Leader Eric Cantor in the 2014 Republican primary. Now, it's Brat's turn to fight for re-election to the Richmond-area district against Democrat Abigail Spanberger, a former CIA officer who is one of a record number of women running for Congress this year.
Polls close at 7 p.m. EST
North Carolina – District 9
North Carolina's 9th District became a key election bellwether when the Rev. Mark Harris narrowly ousted three-term Rep. Robert Pittenger in the GOP primary, giving Democrats a wider opening in solidly red territory. Democrats answered with Dan McCready, an Iraq War veteran, solar energy company founder and Harvard Business School graduate. Trump won the district by 12 points and a Democrat hasn't been elected to represent it since John F. Kennedy was president.
Polls close at 7:30 p.m. EST
Ohio – District 12
It's a rematch in central Ohio's 12th District between Republican Troy Balderson and Democrat Danny O'Connor. Balderson won short-term control of the seat in August during a special election after Republican Pat Tiberi retired. Republicans in the district appear divided over the president, making the seat vulnerable to a Democrat who, like O'Connor, has supported some Republican ideas. He's engaged to a Republican who calls herself a "Dannycrat."
Polls close at 7:30 p.m. EST
Florida – District 27
National Republicans and Democrats are pouring major resources into the Miami-area 27th District seat, held since 1989 by retiring Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen. The Democratic nominee, former Health and Human Services Secretary Donna Shalala, has ramped up her Spanish-language advertising and Hillary Clinton campaigned for her. But she's facing a stiff challenge from her Republican opponent, Maria Elvira Salazar, a Cuban-American and former broadcast journalist who, unlike Shalala, speaks Spanish. Though Trump won Florida in 2016, Clinton won this congressional district by nearly 20 points.
Polls close at 8 p.m. EST
New Jersey – District 3
Along with California and Pennsylvania, suburb-filled New Jersey is a key battleground for House control. Keep a close eye on the 3rd District south of Trenton, which twice voted for President Barack Obama but went for Trump by about 6 percentage points. Fighting for re-election is Republican Rep. Tom MacArthur. His Democratic opponent is political newcomer Andy Kim, a National Security Council staffer under Obama who has worked in Afghanistan.
Polls close 8 p.m. EST
Pennsylvania – Districts
Democrats have particular reason to believe they can flip as many as six seats in the Keystone state.
One key race is playing out in the Philadelphia suburbs. Freshman Republican Rep. Brian Fitzpatrick, a former FBI agent, has a centrist voting record and has explicitly tried to put distance between himself and Trump. He's facing Scott Wallace, a longtime Democratic Party donor who was co-chairman of the Wallace Global Fund, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that supports liberal social movements. He's heavily funding his campaign and outspent Fitzpatrick nearly 5-to-1 in the July-September quarter.
Polls close at 8 p.m. EST.
Kansas – District 2
Trump and House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi loom large over a race in Northeastern Kansas. That's where Democrat Paul Davis, the former state House minority leader, and Republican Steve Watkins, an Army veteran and engineer, are battling for the seat vacated by retiring Democratic Rep. Lynn Jenkins.
Polls close 9 p.m. EST
Minnesota – District 3
Four House seats could flip from one party to the other in this traditionally Democratic stronghold.
For evidence of Democratic gains, look to the state's booming suburbs. Clinton won Minnesota's 3rd District west of Minneapolis by 9 percentage points. GOP Rep. Erik Paulsen is under heavy pressure from Democrat Dean Phillips there. Paulsen avoided Trump's recent rally in Rochester and his rally this summer in Duluth, and he has said he wrote in Marco Rubio's name in the 2016 election. Still, Trump endorsed Paulsen last month.
Polls close 9 p.m. EST
New Mexico – District 2
The open 2nd District seat left open by Republican Rep. Steve Pearce, who is running for governor, offers a look at how the parties fare along the border with Mexico, where registered Democrats outnumber Republicans. The race between Democrat Xochitl Torres Small and GOP opponent Yvette Herrell has focused on hot-button issues such as immigration and guns. Torres Small has raised more than five times the campaign cash drawn by Herrell.
Polls close 9 p.m. EST.
New York – Districts 19, 22
This deep-blue state offers a look at how race and Trump's clout are playing out in the president's home state.
North of New York City in the 19th District, an ad released last month by the Republican National Congressional Committee showed clips of Democrat Antonio Delgado performing songs from his 2006 rap album under his stage name, A.D. The Voice. Delgado, a Rhodes scholar and Harvard Law School graduate, said his opponent, Rep. John Faso, was using racial attacks to alienate him, a black first-time candidate in a district that is more than 90 percent white.
And in the Buffalo area's 22nd District, first-term Rep. Claudia Tenney, an early Trump supporter, is drawing comparisons to the president by brashly suggesting some people who commit mass murders are Democrats and promoting a petition to lock up Clinton. But in a close race against Democrat Anthony Brindisi, she's shifted to a softer tone of bipartisanship. Brindisi, a state assemblyman, argues that Tenney's hyper-partisan approach undermines her claim of working across the aisle. Trump beat Clinton by nearly 16 percentage points here.
Polls close 9 p.m. EST.
Iowa – District 4
One Iowa race offers a test of whether a Trump-style advocate for immigration limits can win.
Republican Rep. Steve King is keeping a low profile in his bid for a ninth House term, his success suddenly in question after he was engulfed in controversy for his support of white nationalists. But Democrats, already hoping to flip two other seats among Iowa's four-person delegation, have a tough road to success in the 4th District that voted for Trump by 27 percentage points.
In an unusual move, the GOP's campaign chief condemned King the week before the election, but it's unclear whether the criticism will boost his Democratic opponent, J.D. Scholten.
Polls close 10 p.m. EST.
California – Districts 10, 48
Democrats have targeted a string of Republican-held districts in California that carried Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.
One such battleground in the nation's fruit-and-nut basket, the Central Valley, is where Republican Jeff Denham is trying to keep Democrat Josh Harder from taking his job. The fallout from Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh's confirmation hearings and fights over health care and immigration have produced a tossup race where Democrats count a slender registration edge. Denham, a centrist who voted to repeal the Affordable Care Act, won re-election by 3 percentage points in 2016, while Clinton won the district with about 49 percent of the vote.
Polls close at 11 p.m. EST.
Washington State – District 3
Southwest Washington's 3rd District offers a test of whether the tea party-driven GOP House takeover in 2010 survives. Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler, first elected that year and twice re-elected with more than 60 percent of the vote, has been out-raised in campaign funding by Democrat Carolyn Long. Herrera Beutler has broken with her party on such issues as health care. But Long has emphasized her credentials as an outsider. The district stretching east along the Oregon border voted for Trump by 7 percentage points.
Polls close at 11 p.m. EST.
In the Senate
Democratic Sen. Joe Donnelly is trying to fend off Republican businessman Mike Braun in a state that Trump won by 19 percentage points. Donnelly is Indiana's lone Democrat elected statewide and has sought to align himself with Trump on the hot-button issue of expanding the border wall with Mexico. He has portrayed himself as a moderate who works with both parties to pass legislation. "I go against my party all the time," he said recently.
Braun has sought to question Donnelly's independence and describes him as a career politician. He notes that Donnelly supported Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency and sided with the vast majority of Democratic senators in voting against the confirmation of Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh.
Polls close at 7 p.m. EST
Democratic Sen. Joe Manchin is a former governor in search of a second full Senate term representing a state that supported Trump by a whopping 42 percentage points in 2016. His opponent is Patrick Morrisey, a two-term state attorney general and staunch Trump supporter.
Manchin has made maintaining health care protections for pre-existing conditions a major focus of his campaign and has hit Morrisey for joining a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act. On major issues, Manchin did join Democrats in voting against the tax cuts, but he broke with his caucus and supported both of Trump's Supreme Court nominees, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh.
Morrisey calls Manchin a liberal who only acts bipartisan around Election Day.
Polls close at 7:30 p.m. EST
Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson is seeking a fourth term in the race against Republican Gov. Rick Scott. Scott has spent millions of dollars out of his own personal fortune to help fund his campaign. He has said that he would work to cut taxes and regulation if sent to Washington.
The two have clashed sharply on gun violence, a big issue in Florida following the February shootings at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School.
The two have also differed on health care, with Nelson calling for strengthening the Affordable Care Act, but Scott calling the law deeply flawed and costly.
Polls close at 8 p.m. EST
Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill is running for a third term against state Attorney General Josh Hawley. Trump won Missouri by nearly 19 percentage points, and the state has shifted from a battleground to strongly Republican in recent elections. McCaskill is touting herself as a moderate: "Claire's not one of those crazy Democrats. She works right in the middle and finds compromise," says one of her recent radio ads.
Hawley says of McCaskill that on any issue important to Missourians, "she's with her party down the line."
Trump has traveled several times to Missouri to campaign for Hawley, repeatedly describing the state's 38-year-old attorney general as a "star."
Polls close at 8 p.m. EST
Democratic Sen. Robert Menendez is facing a tough re-election fight, and it has nothing to do with Trump. Rather, allegations of corruption have alienated some New Jersey voters. His bribery trial ended last year with a hung jury. Prosecutors decided not to retry the case, but the Senate Ethics Committee followed up with a report that said his actions advancing the personal and business interests of a top donor "reflected discredit upon the Senate."
Democrats have more than 900,000 additional registered voters than Republicans in New Jersey, and Trump's low ratings in the Garden State could give Menendez a boost.
Polls close at 8 p.m. EST
Republican Rep. Marsha Blackburn is running against former two-term Democratic Gov. Phil Bredesen in a state Trump won by 26 percentage points. Blackburn would be the state's first female senator if elected. She has served eight terms in the House and is viewed as one of the more conservative members of that chamber.
Bredesen is trying to brandish his credentials as a centrist. He has said he will support or oppose Trump based on his specific ideas and how they affect Tennessee. The two are running to replace retiring Sen. Bob Corker, a Republican who has frequently clashed with Trump.
Polls close at 8 p.m. EST
Democrats have high hopes for flipping this seat in Arizona, where Democratic Rep. Kyrsten Sinema is running against Republican Rep. Martha McSally. They are running for the seat left open when Sen. Jeff Flake, a sharp critic of Trump, opted to retire, acknowledging that he could not win a GOP primary in the current political climate.
McSally is a former Air Force fighter pilot who represents a moderate district based in Tucson. Sinema represents a district based in the Phoenix suburb of Tempe and is a former Green Party activist who transformed herself into a centrist Democrat.
Polls close at 9 p.m. EST
Democratic Sen. Heidi Heitkamp is trying to fend off a strong challenge from Republican Rep. Kevin Cramer in a state Trump won by 36 percentage points. Heitkamp has sought to draw differences with Cramer on health care and trade. She says she is working to improve the Affordable Care Act while he's been working to eliminate it. Cramer has argued that President Donald Trump's approach to trade must be given time to work.
Polls close at 9 p.m. EST
Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is seeking a second term against Democratic Rep. Beto O'Rourke, a rising star in the Democratic Party who has shattered Senate campaign fundraising records despite shunning donations from outside political groups.
O'Rourke is trying to become Texas' first Democrat to win statewide office since 1994 but faces long odds given the advantage that GOP candidates have in statewide elections.
Cruz has made nice with Trump despite the ugly words they exchanged during the presidential campaign in 2016. Trump held a campaign rally for Cruz in Houston, calling the candidate "Beautiful Ted."
Polls close at 9 p.m. EST
Democratic Sen. Jon Tester is seeking a third term against Republican Matt Rosendale, Montana's auditor.
Trump has invested heavily in the race with four trips to a state he won by more than 20 percentage points. Rosendale has returned the admiration, describing himself as a Trump conservative.
Trump has blamed Tester for derailing the nomination of White House doctor Ronny Jackson to head the Veterans Affairs Department.
Facing all the GOP's firepower, Tester has stuck with the populist approach that worked for him in his 2006 and 2012 elections, highlighting his life as a grain farmer and even the three fingers he lost as a child in a meat grinder.
Polls close at 10 p.m. EST
Republican Sen. Dean Heller is seeking a second full term against Democratic Rep. Jacky Rosen in the one true battleground state that features a Republican incumbent.
Heller and Trump have embraced each other after a rocky start, with both highlighting their desire to get more of the president's judicial nominees confirmed, a top priority for many social conservatives.
Heller is the only Republican running for re-election in a state Hillary Clinton carried in 2016. Rosen is a first-term congresswoman who could benefit from a wave of Democratic and female activism fueled by opposition to Trump.
Polls close at 10 p.m. EST
What about the early vote?
A very large number of Americans have already voted. According to the AP, 36.4 million votes have been cast in advance of Election Day. Thirty states report that their early vote totals exceed the number of votes cast in advance of the 2014 midterm election.
University of Florida professor Michael McDonald, who studies voting patterns, told the AP that about 45 percent of eligible voters could cast ballots this year, well above the usual 40 percent turnout level.
What’s the weather like?
If the forecast holds, every state east of the Mississippi River will likely see rain today. In the West, skies should be clear, and temperatures cool.
Tornadoes have been reported in Louisiana and Mississippi, and severe weather has been seen in Tennessee with power outages reported.
Voter turnout could be affected. According to Mike Bender of the University of North Florida, voters affected by weather are those who vote only occasionally, and they tend to be more liberal. If that is the case, the weather may tend to help the Republicans today.
When will we know the results?
That is always the question on Election Day. Many of the contested House seats are in the Eastern part of the country where polls close by around 8 p.m. EST. For a list of the times when polls close, see this story: Election Day 2018: What time do the polls close?
Who will win tonight?
We won’t know until Wednesday is the answer most pollsters will give you. Nate Silver of fivethirtyeight.com predicts that Democrats are more likely to win the House and Republicans are lined up to keep the Senate.
But, he warns, that is just what research based on polls tells you. Click here for a good explanation as to why one party or the other is not certain to win an election, but may be more likely to.
What does it mean for Trump if the Democrats take the House?
What will happen to Trump’s presidency if the Democrats win the House? It will make his next two years in office more difficult.
The House is the place where bills that raise revenue must originate. It is also the place where investigations can spring anew over just about anything Democrats would want to investigate.
Trump’s tax returns would likely be subpoenaed.
How can I follow along?
We will begin continual live updates at 4 p.m. ET and continue all night and throughout Wednesday with up-to-the-minute results. Join us here then.
It could be a long night of counting ballots across the United States on Tuesday, but rest assured, there is a system.
County and state election officials begin counting ballots and tallying the results soon as the polls officially close. The closing time for polls vary and are set by state election laws. Below is a state-by-state list of poll closings times.
Polls close in most of Indiana and part of Kentucky.
Polls close in most of Florida, Georgia, the rest of Indiana, the rest of Kentucky, most of New Hampshire, South Carolina, Vermont and Virginia.
Polls close in North Carolina, Ohio and West Virginia.
Polls close in Alabama, Connecticut, Delaware, the rest of Florida – the northwestern part, Illinois, most of Kansas, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, most of Michigan, Mississippi, Missouri, the rest of New Hampshire, New Jersey, part of North Dakota, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, part of South Dakota, most of Texas and Tennessee.
Polls close in Arkansas.
Polls close in Arizona, Colorado, Louisiana, the rest of Kansas, the rest of Michigan, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Mexico, New York, the rest of North Dakota, the rest of South Dakota, the rest of Texas, Wisconsin and Wyoming.
Polls close in parts of Idaho, Iowa, Montana, Nevada and Utah.
Polls close in California, Hawaii, the rest of Idaho, Oregon and Washington.
Polls close in Alaska.
On the eve of the 2018 midterm election, as Democrats, Republicans and President Donald Trump make their final pitches for support, people in the United States are looking for information on where candidates stand on bedrock issues important to them.
surprisingly, health care and immigration top the list of topics that people in the United States have been searching the internet for in the run up to Tuesday’s election, according to Google Trends.
The searches were likely spurred by a Democratic message touting the need for a health care plan that addresses those with pre-existing conditions, and Trump’s hammering of the country’s immigration system – one he says is lacking and puts the country at risk.
What other issues are people looking at with the election just hours away?
Here is the list of the top five most searched topics in relation to the midterm election:
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Here is a state-by-state guide that tells you everything you need to know about voting in the 2018 midterm elections, including how to check your voter registration, how to find your polling place and the hours polls will be open in your state.
What is the deadline to register to vote in the midterm election?
The deadline to register to vote in Tuesday’s election has passed in most states; however, in 16 states, voters may register up to and including on Election Day.
One state, North Dakota, does not require voters register to vote, but they must bring identification when they show up at the polls.
These states allow you to register to vote up to and including on Election Day:
District of Columbia
North Carolina - new voters may register and vote in early voting up through Saturday.
You may register online to vote in all of those states except Maine, Montana, New Hampshire, North Carolina and Wyoming.
The deadline to register to vote in every other state has passed.
How to find out if you are registered to vote?
You can find out if you are registered to vote in your state by clicking on the state where you live and entering some information.
How do I find out where to vote -- where is my polling place?
Use the links below and fill in your street address to find your polling place.
When do I vote?
Here are the poll times for Tuesday’s elections by state.
Alabama: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Alaska: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Arizona: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Arkansas: 7:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
California: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Colorado: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Connecticut: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Delaware: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
District of Columbia: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Florida: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Georgia: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Hawaii: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Idaho: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Illinois: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Indiana: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Iowa: 7 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Kansas: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Kentucky: 6 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Louisiana: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Maine: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Maryland: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Massachusetts: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Michigan: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Minnesota: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Mississippi: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Missouri: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Montana: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Nebraska: 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (CT); 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. (MT)
Nevada: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New Hampshire: In general, 6 a.m. and 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. – can vary by municipality
New Jersey: 6 a.m. to 8 p.m.
New Mexico: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
New York: 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
North Carolina: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
North Dakota: Open between 7 a.m. to 9 a.m.; close between 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ohio: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Oklahoma: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Oregon: No polling hours (vote-by-mail)
Pennsylvania: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Rhode Island: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
South Carolina: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
South Dakota: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Tennessee: Varies by county
Texas: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Utah: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Vermont: Open between 5 a.m. to 10 a.m.; close at 7 p.m.
Virginia: 6 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Washington: No polling hours (vote-by-mail)
West Virginia: 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
Wisconsin: 7 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Wyoming: 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Donations from the National Rifle Association for the 2018 midterm election are down sharply this election cycle following a year that saw several high-profile mass shootings, one of which led to a call for companies and candidates to cut ties with the gun owner advocacy group.
According to filings from the Federal Election Commissions, the NRA has spent around $11 million on contributions in the 2018 midterm elections. The final tally will be released after Tuesday’s elections.
The drop in spending comes in a year that has seen an investigation into what federal authorities say were Russian agents seeking to influence the 2016 election by trying to funnel money through the group, in addition to mass shootings and a drop in individual and corporate support.
Others say the decline in campaign funding is due to a decline in membership and fundraising in the wake of mass shootings in Las Vegas and Parkland, Florida.
In the 2014 midterm election, the NRA’s political action committee and political nonprofit arm spent more than $14 million on independent expenditures and around a million on direct campaign contributions to candidates and groups. At this point for the 2018 election, the NRA has spent $9,114,585 in independent expenditures and just over $800,000 in direct contributions to candidates.
In the 2016 presidential election, the group spent a whopping $54 million in support of the presidential and congressional races. Of that amount, $11 million went in support of Donald Trump’s campaign and nearly $20 million went out in expenditures attacking Hillary Clinton’s campaign.
Organizations such as the NRA may support (or oppose) candidates by making independent expenditures. Independent expenditures are generally in the form of advertisements for a candidate – or against that candidate’s opponent. Independent expenditures can also include items like paying for flyers to be printed or paying the postage to mail them out.
Independent expenditures are not considered contributions to candidates and are not subject to contribution limits. The donor may not coordinate with candidates in spending the money.
In contrast, the gun safety political action committee created by Gabrielle Giffords, the former Arizona congresswoman who was shot in the head at a 2011 constituent meeting in a Tucson suburb parking lot, has spent $15 million this election cycle.
Here are the candidates whose campaigns have received the most direct contributions from the NRA in this election cycle. The numbers below are from Open Secrets, a nonpartisan website that “tracks money in U.S. politics and its effect on elections and public policy,” and they are based on contributions from PACs and individuals giving $200 or more.
All donations were made during the 2018 election cycle and were released by the Federal Election Commission. Figures for the current election cycle are based on data released on Oct. 26, 2018.
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Macy’s has released its Black Friday sales circular and in addition to hundreds of deals, there are a handful of items that customers can get for free.
The retailer released a look at its 40-page Black Friday circular early Monday morning revealing 12 items that will end up being free after mail-in rebates.
According to the flyer, Macy’s stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving and stay open until 2 a.m. Friday. Stores will close then and reopen four hours later at 6 a.m. Friday. “Doorbuster” sales will take place until 1 p.m. Friday.
Online specials will be available all day on Thanksgiving and will continue through Saturday.
Doorbuster deals will once again be available in the store on Saturday from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m.
Here’s a look at some of the deals Macy’s will be offering:
Black Friday is still a few weeks away, but as has become tradition with holiday shopping, the leaking of advertisements has begun.
Retail ads featuring this year’s holiday deals are beginning to make their way onto websites that follow the trends and publicize the day-after-Thanksgiving deals.
Black Friday falls on Nov. 23 this year.
So far, three major retail chains have leaked flyers listing deals for the holiday season, according to BestBlackFriday.com. Ads for Costco, Kohl’s and Target, featuring deals available at the end of the month and before, have already dropped.
Here’s a look at some of the deals each retailer is offering.
Costco, whose eight-page ad was posted by BestBlackFriday last week, features deals on Fitbits, Google Home Minis, laptops and a pressure cooker, among other bargains.
BestBlackFriday said that deals on page 1 of the ad are valid on Nov. 22, and they are available online only. Deals on pages 2-8 are valid Nov. 23 through Nov. 26.
Costco will be closed on Thanksgiving Day and will open at 9 a.m. on Black Friday. Here are some highlights from the eight-page ad:
The Kohl’s 66-page circular was posted on the company’s website and features deals on clothing, jewelry, kitchen products and other items.
According to the circular, stores will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving. BestBlackFriday says the retailer’s holiday sale will officially start at 12:01 a.m. Central Time on Nov. 19 online, and in-store at 5 p.m. CT on Nov. 22.
Some limited doorbusters will be available starting 12:01 a.m. CT Thanksgiving online, ahead of the in-store sale.
Here are some of the deals you can find at Kohl’s:
Target is offering free two-day shipping on thousands of items on its website in addition to in-store deals.
Doors will open at 5 p.m. on Thanksgiving, close at 1 a.m. Friday and reopen at 7 a.m. on Friday.
Here are some deals Target will be offering:
Sure, it’s all about the kids, the candy and the spooky effects, but Halloween can be about so much more.
So much more free stuff.
Restaurants and retailers are in the holiday spirit, so to speak, and offering deals, discounts and freebies to patrons on Halloween. Here’s a look at some of the deals you can nab on All Hallows Eve.
(Note: Not every restaurant in a chain may be honoring the deals, so be sure to check with local restaurants to confirm which deals are available before you go. Most offers are dine-in only and can’t be used with any other discount or coupons. Prices may vary with location.)
Applebee's: Kids eat free on Halloween at participating locations across the country.
Baskin-Robbins: Get any regular or kid-sized scoop of ice cream for $1.50 on Halloween.
Bass Pro Shops: At most Bass Pro Shops, the annual Great Pumpkin Celebration takes place from 5-7 p.m. on Halloween. Look for free kids' activities and photos. Trick-or-treating starts at 5 p.m. with a costume parade at 6 p.m. Costume parade participants get a gift while supplies last.
Beef 'O' Brady's: Kids in costume eat free on Halloween with the purchase of an adult meal at participating locations. One free kid's meal per adult entrée purchase.
BurgerFi: Wear a costume to BurgerFi on Halloween and get a free small custard or small fries. One freebie per guest.
DavidsTea: Get a free tea of the day when you wear a costume into a participating Davids Tea on Halloween.
Jeremiah's Ice: Wear a costume to Jeremiah’s Ice on Halloween from 6 p.m. until closing and get a free small menu item.
Krispy Kreme: Wear a costume on Halloween and get a free doughnut of your choice.
Main Event Entertainment: Wear a costume and get a free $10 arcade game play card.
Bubba Gump Shrimp Co.: Kids can eat free on Halloween with the purchase of an adult entrée. One free kid’s meal per table.
Cicis: Kids in costume get a free kid’s buffet meal with the purchase of an adult buffet and drink on Halloween. One child meal per adult purchase.
Country Buffet and Old Country Buffet: Kids in costume who are 11 and younger eat free from 4 p.m. to closing on Halloween with the purchase of a regular-priced adult or senior meal. You can get up to two kids meals per regular adult or senior meal.
HomeTown Buffet: Kids 11 years old and younger in costume eat free all day on Halloween. One free kid’s meal per adult or senior meal.
IHOP: From 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. on Halloween, children 12 and younger get a free Scary Face Pancake.
Logan’s Roadhouse: Kids eat free all day on Halloween at participating locations.
McAlister’s Deli: Kids who come in in costume on Halloween get a free meal with the purchase of a full-price adult meal. The deal allows for up to two kids meals with the purchase of an adult meal.
Mimi’s Cafe: Kids eat free on Halloween with the purchase of an adult entrée.
Ryan's: Kids 11 years old and younger in costume eat free from 4 p.m. to closing on Halloween with the purchase of a regular-priced adult or senior meal. Up to two kids meals per regular adult or senior meal.
Sizzler: Kids dressed in their Halloween costume get a free kid’s meal with the purchase of an adult entrée and beverage. One free kid’s meal per adult purchase.
Sonny's BBQ: Get one free kid's meal per adult entrée purchase on Halloween. Dine-in only.
Texas Steakhouse & Saloon: Kids in costume on Halloween eat free from the kid's menu with an adult entree purchase.
President Donald Trump says he plans to use an executive order to end "birthright citizenship," or the practice of extending citizenship to children born in the United States even if their parents are not citizens.
In an interview published Tuesday by Axios, Trump claimed that the Citizenship Clause found in the 14th Amendment to the Constitution can be terminated by executive order, a notion legal scholars and others immediately attacked.
"It was always told to me that you needed a constitutional amendment. Guess what? You don't," Trump said. …"You can definitely do it with an act of Congress. But now they're saying I can do it just with an executive order."
"It's in the process. It'll happen ... with an executive order," he said.
What is the Citizenship Clause and can Trump terminate it? Here’s a look what it means and the legal fight that would ensue.
What is the Citizenship Clause?
The Citizenship Clause is found in the 14th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution, written in 1866. The clause confers U.S. citizenship on children of foreigners who are born in this country.
The part of the amendment pertaining to birthright citizenship reads: “All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."
Can an executive order, like the one Trump is talking about, be used to override the 14th Amendment?
The president can issue such an order – his power to do so rests in Article II of the Constitution – but whether such an order would survive the legal challenge to it becomes the question.
While presidents have broad and sometimes undefined powers, the Constitution can only be changed by amending it.
How do you amend the Constitution?
The amendment process can be a long, involved one.
An amendment may be proposed either by a two-thirds majority vote in both the House of Representatives and the Senate or by a constitutional convention called for by two-thirds of the state legislatures.
All of the 27 amendments to the Constitution have come as amendments proposed by Congress.
If an amendment to the Constitution is proposed, the Archivist of the United States, who heads the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA), is charged with responsibility for administering the ratification process, according to the website for the National Archives.
The amendment is proposed by Congress as a joint resolution. The proposed amendment is sent to NARA’s Office of the Federal Register. It is then sent to the governor of each state, who presents it to his or her state’s legislature.
Once the state legislature decides to either vote for or against it, state officials notify the Archivist of the results.
The Constitution is amended when three-fourths of the states (38 of the 50) vote to ratify the amendment.
What other laws protect birthright citizenship?
The Immigration and Naturalization Act (INA) of 1952 states that a "person born in the United States who is subject to the jurisdiction of the United States is a U.S. citizen at birth."
Are there any other ways for Trump to terminate birthright citizenship?
Trump mentioned a legislative route for terminating birthright citizenship. Under Section 5 of the 14th Amendment, Congress has certain powers to “enforce, by appropriate legislation, the Amendment’s provisions.”
If Congress was to narrow the focus of the clause, it would likely involve passing a law that says any person born in the United States would not be considered “subject to the jurisdiction” of the country (meaning not a citizen of the U.S.) unless one of his or her parents is a citizen or legal resident of the United States.
Just because Congress passes a bill does not mean it could not and would not be challenged in court. Such a bill would be challenged on the Amendment’s definition of who is eligible for birthright citizenship.
In other words, are people whose parents are in the country illegally entitled to birthright citizenship.
Michael Anton, a former national security official in the Trump administration, wrote in an opinion piece for The Washington Post that Trump could "specify to federal agencies that the children of noncitizens are not citizens" even if they were born on U.S. soil, and he could do that using only an executive order.
“The problem can be fixed easily. Congress could clarify legislatively that the children of noncitizens are not subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, and thus not citizens under the 14th Amendment. But given the open-borders enthusiasm of congressional leaders of both parties, that’s unlikely.
It falls, then, to Trump. An executive order could specify to federal agencies that the children of noncitizens are not citizens. Such an order would, of course, immediately be challenged in the courts.”
The full interview with Trump will air on "Axios on HBO" Sunday at 6:30 p.m. ET.
Could you be seeing “Hillary 2020” campaign signs soon?
Some think former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have hinted at her intention to run for a third time for president of the United States when she told Kara Swisher, of Recode, last week, “I'd like to be president.”
To be sure, in the exchange with Swisher, Clinton did not say she planned to run, but she did say “the work would be work that I feel very well prepared for, having been at the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department, and it’s just going to be a lot of heavy lifting.”
Clinton told Swisher that she was “not even going to think about it till we get through this Nov. 6 election.”
Here is part of the transcript of the interview:
Swisher: We’re going to talk about 2020 in a minute. Do you want to run again?
Clinton: (slight pause) No. No.
Swisher: That was a pause.
Clinton: Well, I’d like to be president. I think, hopefully, when we have a Democrat in the Oval Office in January of 2021, there’s going to be so much work to be done. I mean, we have confused everybody in the world, including ourselves. We have confused our friends and our enemies. They have no idea what the United States stands for, what we’re likely to do, what we think is important. So the work would be work that I feel very well prepared for, having been at the Senate for eight years, having been a diplomat in the State Department, and it’s just going to be a lot of heavy lifting.
Swisher: So are you going to be doing any of that lifting? Do you feel like --
Clinton: Oh, I have no idea, Kara, but I’m going to -- I’m not even going to even think about it till we get through this Nov. 6 election about what’s going to happen after that, but I’m going to do everything in my power to make sure we have a Democrat in the White House come January of 2021.
Clinton’s spokesman, Nick Merrill, said Clinton’s answer to Swisher’s questions was referring to supporting another Democrat and asked Swisher to clear up the confusion.
Swisher tweeted Monday morning that her take was that Clinton “was basically implying she wishes she were president but doesn’t relish running again.”
In a Politico story earlier this month, Clinton aide Philippe Reines said there is a "not zero" chance that Clinton will run in 2020.
"It’s curious why Hillary Clinton’s name isn’t in the mix — either conversationally or in formal polling — as a 2020 candidate," Reines said. "She’s younger than Donald Trump by a year. She's younger than Joe Biden by four years. Is it that she’s run before? This would be Bernie Sanders' second time and Biden’s third time. Is it lack of support? She had 65 million people vote for her."
Reines went on to give the odds that Clinton could appear on the ballot.
"It’s somewhere between highly unlikely and zero, but it’s not zero."
If you are still irked about losing that hour of sleep last March when most of the country went on Daylight saving time, here’s some good news – you get it back this Sunday.
Daylight saving time (DST) ends at 2 a.m. local time on Sunday (Nov. 4). You’ll need to set your clocks back (“fall back”) one hour before going to bed on Saturday.
Why do we do this? Here’s a look at why we started using DST and why we continue to do it.
How it started
We can blame New Zealand entomologist George Hudson for daylight saving time. He wanted extra hours after work to go bug hunting, according to National Geographic, so he came up with the idea of just moving the hands on the clock. William Willett, who is the great-great grandfather of Coldplay’s Chris Martin, according to the BBC, arrived at the same idea a few years later and proposed moving the clock forward in the spring and back in the fall in his work, “British Summer Time.”
Willett’s idea was picked up a few years later by the Germans who used it during World War I as a way to save on coal use. Other countries would soon follow suit.
In the U.S., DST was signed into law by President Woodrow Wilson in 1918.
Why did the U.S. do it?
The idea of setting clocks ahead in the spring was pitched as a way to help farmers with crops and harvesting. In reality, it was department stores behind the push for adjusting clocks, looking for another hour of shopping time in the afternoon and evenings.
Others have argued that DST saves energy. A 1975 study by the U.S. Department of Transportation showed that DST accounted for a savings of about one percent a day in electricity use.
While most of the country and about 40 percent of the world use DST, there are some exceptions. Two states – Arizona and Hawaii – and several territories don’t fall back or spring forward with DST.
Will we keep it?
It’s likely that most U.S. states will continue the practice of changing the clock twice a year, though some state legislatures have discussed ending the practice.
Californians will vote Nov. 6 on a proposition to keep Daylight Saving Time year-round. Florida Gov. Rick Scott signed a bill passed overwhelmingly by the Florida Legislature that would keep the Sunshine State on DST year-round.
However, keeping DST year-round requires a vote of Congress, and that has not happened.
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