Weekly News November 12-18, 2018
Election 2018 is still not over. There are 11 House seats still not officially called, 3 Senate seats and 2 Governor mansions. Georgia and Florida are already headed to a recount - Georgia for Governor, Florida for Governor and Senator and Mike Epsy is in a runoff election in Mississippi later this month.
The Democrats got their tsunami, and in a big way. Of the open House seats, they predict that 8 will go to the Dems, and that would bring the gain in the house to 39 seats. 3 blue Senate seats in red states turned red this cycle (maybe 4 depending on how Florida turns out), but red seats also turned blue - Nevada and Arizona. The biggest story of election night is the governor's mansions that turned blue. 7 states were flipped. That is a huge deal. It changes the election map, making 2020 and exciting possibility.
Trump also told senior officials last month that he would like to claw back some of the federal money Congress has already set aside for Puerto Rico's disaster recovery, claiming mismanagement.
Longtime ABC News White House correspondent Sam Donaldson said Sunday that CNN and its chief White House correspondent, Jim Acosta, are suing the Trump administration over Acosta’s revoked press credentials.
Donaldson, speaking on CNN’s “Reliable Sources,” said that he has been asked to submit an affidavit in the lawsuit in preparation for a court hearing this week.
"[There are] 228 individuals who have been determined to be unaccounted for," Honea said at the briefing. "As of this briefing, my office has located 107 people after receiving [around] 550 calls from people looking for loved ones."
Without the GI Bill's housing stipend, Roundtree was kicked out of his apartment and is now living on his sister's couch, miles from school, where he feels like a burden on his family. The new living situation required him to move all his belongings into a storage container, which he can no longer afford. Now all of his possessions are in danger of being auctioned off by the storage facility.
"While the suit is specific to CNN and Acosta, this could have happened to anyone," CNN said in announcing the lawsuit, which asks for a restraining order requiring that the press pass be returned. "If left unchallenged, the actions of the White House would create a dangerous chilling effect for any journalist who covers our elected officials."
As the GOP will likely expand its majority when all the 2018 ballots are counted and most of the senators running in 2020 appear safe, Democrats still have a difficult path to a majority. Both parties have a few good opportunities to unseat incumbents in the next congressional elections.
“How are we going to live without power?” Bolster asked. “I’ve heard it could be out for a year.”
Long said that while the government will do everything it can to help, the logistics are daunting and recovery will take a long time.
“Bottom line is, this is a very complex disaster, probably one of the most complex the nation has ever seen when it comes to Paradise,” Long said. “First of all, there are sensitivities around debris. You can’t just remove the debris because we’re still looking for missing persons, and it takes time to be able to go through.”
Trump administration officials last month asked federal law enforcement agencies to examine legal ways of removing exiled Turkish cleric Fethullah Gulen in an attempt to persuade Erdogan to ease pressure on the Saudi government, the four sources said.
The effort includes directives to the Justice Department and FBI that officials reopen Turkey's case for his extradition, as well as a request to the Homeland Security Department for information about his legal status, the four people said.