What's at stake in the USA mid-term elections?

Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Any move to fire Sessions or his deputy, Rod Rosenstein, would light a fire of controversy in Washington over the president's efforts to control or interfere in Special Counsel Robert Mueller III's investigation into Russian meddling in the 2016 election and its coordination with USA persons toward that end.

The entire 435-member House of Representatives and a third of the 100-seat Senate are up for grabs. Of the last six presidents to win re-election since the Second World War, only one had complete control of Congress - George W. Bush in 2004.

Voters across America are going to the polls today for the midterm elections.

Republicans are expected to retain their slight majority in the US Senate, now at two seats, which would let them retain the power to approve US Supreme Court and other judicial nominations on straight party-line votes.

Midterm elections are often seen as a referendum on the president and there is no shortage of opinions this time around about the current occupant of the White House.

North Dakota, Missouri and Nevada are all potentially decisive senate races to watch too.

While the economy continues to thrive, Trump has spent much of the campaign's final days railing against a caravan of Latin American immigrants seeking asylum at the U.S. border. Republicans voted to confirm Justice Kavanaugh, and Mr. Trump at one point mocked the accuser during a rally.

Democrats have telegraphed they will open up investigations of his administration if they take over, and even try to force the release of his tax returns, something previous presidents did voluntarily for decades. In a White House speech, the president said he would sign an order preventing border-crossers from claiming asylum, a legally questionable proposition, and said he'd told military troops he's mobilising to the border to respond to thrown rocks like they were "rifles". And how will Democrats, if they fall short, sustain the energy from young people and women who have marched in protest of Trump, registered to vote and volunteered for the first time this election season.

"No, he will have lost the House", Wallace said. "We are the Democratic Party", he said.

"When you vote, Illinois, you can reject that kind of politics". How we conduct ourselves in public life is on the ballot.




"The stock market tends to like gridlock better because it takes away the extremes and does not disrupt the status quo", John Lynch, the chief investment strategist at LPL Financial, said in a note. "I believe his cover has led to much of the degradation in our political discourse".

"A lot of things are offensive", he added in response to a follow-up question.

President Donald Trump has been very unapologetic about his tough talk for years, but now he claimed in an interview with WJLA that he has regrets about his tone as President. I don't care what they say.

He suggested he could change after the midterm. "In a wave election, two things seem to happen: Independents break heavily for one party, and that party's voters are much more enthused about turning out than the other party's", wrote Kristen Soltis Anderson a few days ago.

"They're telling us that the single most, grave threat to America is a bunch of poor, broke, impoverished, refugees".

"If trade frictions reduce, that allows the market focus to shift back on strong USA growth; and also ease pressure on global growth and in our view would lead to a stronger eventual rally".

Laurel Smith, 58, who has a son with a rare genetic disorder, voted for MacArthur in 2014 and 2016 before he authored a last-minute amendment that resuscitated the repeal effort in the House in May 2017. "Anyone caught will be subject to the Maximum Criminal Penalties allowed by law". What 6 November will tell us is this: Do more people wooed by Trump's fiery rhetoric on immigration turn up to vote or has he also succeeded in angering more immigration moderates to vote against him?

"Our base case of the Democrats taking over the House holds the potential to reduce downside risks from trade policy friction", according to a team of Deutsche Bank strategists led by Parag Thatte.

As you can imagine, more people are reading The Jerusalem Post than ever before.

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