Democratic control of Washington brings unity but also new demands.
But they fall short of the 60 Senate seats needed to overcome filibusters and end gridlock.
Voters in Florida and Arizona also approved similar bans in a setback for the gay rights movement.
His victory means many things to many people. Here's how a cluster of Americans – black and white, liberal and conservative – experienced the historic 2008 election.
Americans elect their first black president and deal a blow to an era of Republican ascendancy.
Known for fishing and handmade chopsticks, a Japanese village celebrates sharing a name with the next US president.
The Democrat's qualifications, not race, sealed his victory, African-Americans say.