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  • Midterm elections: 12 House races to watch to judge size of a GOP 'wave'

    Midterm elections: 12 House races to watch to judge size of a GOP 'wave'

    Midterm elections upon us, most observers expect Republicans to take over the House of Representatives, though projections vary widely as to how many seats they’ll gain, and a massive number of races – more than 100 – are close enough to go either way. The magic number Republicans need to gain to take control: 39. So how can an Election Night observer get a sense of the big picture amid the many returns coming in? Rather than zeroing in on any individual race, look for trends in those expected to be closest. Here are a handful of races to keep an eye on in the states with early-closing polls.

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  • Republican women gain in Congress, but women overall may lose ground

    Republican women gain in Congress, but women overall may lose ground

    At least eight Republican women are newly elected to the House, and one to the Senate. Four GOP women won their governor's races. But the overall picture for women in Congress is less rosy.

  • Midterm elections: 12 House races to watch to judge size of a GOP 'wave'

    Midterm elections: 12 House races to watch to judge size of a GOP 'wave'

    Midterm elections upon us, most observers expect Republicans to take over the House of Representatives, though projections vary widely as to how many seats they’ll gain, and a massive number of races – more than 100 – are close enough to go either way. The magic number Republicans need to gain to take control: 39. So how can an Election Night observer get a sense of the big picture amid the many returns coming in? Rather than zeroing in on any individual race, look for trends in those expected to be closest. Here are a handful of races to keep an eye on in the states with early-closing polls.

  • Want real financial reform for Wall Street? Do this.

    Robert Reich Want real financial reform for Wall Street? Do this.

    Senator Lincoln wants to stop big banks' risky derivative trades from being subsidized by taxpayers. Here's how to keep her measure in the financial reform bill.

  • Wall Street’s fingerprints evident on financial reform bill

    Congress pledged to tighten regulations on Wall Street after its role in the recession. The industry is reaching into its deep pockets to shape the financial reform legislation to its liking.

  • House poised to vote on overhaul of financial regulation

    House poised to vote on overhaul of financial regulation

    The bill gives government new powers to rein in 'too big to fail' companies and to protect consumers. The House is set to vote on the financial-regulation measures Friday.