The size of the GOP freshman class in both the House and Senate means that Republican leadership will have to take it seriously. The earmark ban in the Senate, adopted by Republicans Tuesday, represents an early victory.
Republicans plan an all-out assault on the new health-care reform law, which they see as the biggest symbol of over-reach by Democrats. President Obama's veto pen is the first defense.
In both chambers of Congress, the postelection intrigue about leadership posts is mostly on the Republican side of the aisle, as the GOP establishment confronts the tea party insurgency.
Foreign policy is typically the executive branch’s domain because that is the branch that decides who the US negotiates with and what gets offered in those negotiations. However, Tuesday’s Republican victory, particularly the GOP takeover of the House and leadership of some key committees, has the ability to affect the US's dialogue, and in some cases policy, on a few key US relationships with other countries.
After a House Republican landslide, presumptive Speaker John Boehner will have to handle a wounded President Obama and tea party lawmakers emboldened by their success. In a Monitor interview, Boehner suggests ways that he might be able to bridge the gap between the two.
Americans weren't the only ones watching the midterm election returns Tuesday night as Republicans took back the US House of Representatives and Democrats clung to a slight majority in the Senate. We take a look at a few examples of media coverage (and in some cases, a lack of media coverage) beyond the US.
Emboldened by their massive success in the House Tuesday, Republicans are crowing about repealing 'Obamacare.' Democrats fear the GOP will now try to impeach Obama. Take all this with a grain of salt, one expert says.
In their radio addresses Saturday, President Obama and Rep. Kevin McCarthy focused on the Republican 'Pledge to America.' It sets the scene for the next month’s campaign rhetoric.