Rep.-elect Ilhan Omar of Minnesota. Photo: Kerem Yucel/AFP/Getty Images

Women were the driving force behind Democrats taking back the House, winning over 60% of the House seats that the party flipped in the 2018 midterms, according to the New York Times.

Why it matters: This year's midterm election was dubbed the "Year of the Woman," and it turned out to be true — for Democrats. The incoming freshman class is "the most racially diverse and most female group of representatives ever elected to the House," as NYT notes, but that diversity isn't reflected much among the newly elected Republicans.

By the numbers, from NYT: There are 42 new women joining Congress in January, but only four of them are Republicans.

  • 23 people of color were elected to the House, and only one of them is a Republican.
  • 19 new House Democrats represent districts Donald Trump won in 2016, including four of the 25 newly elected progressive Democrats.
  • 22 of the incoming members of Congress have either been in the military or worked at the CIA (12 Republicans and 10 Democrats).
  • Of the 10 new senators, half are women.

The bottom line: Congress is starting to look more like the country it represents, and the "Class of 2019" is setting records for its racial, ideological and gender diversity.

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  1. Politics: Americans feel Trump's sickness makes him harder to trustFlorida breaks record for in-person early voting — McConnell urges White House not to strike stimulus deal before election — Republican senators defend Fauci as Trump escalates attacks.
  2. Health: The next wave is gaining steam.
  3. Education: Schools haven't become hotspots — University of Michigan students ordered to shelter-in-place.
  4. World: Ireland moving back into lockdown — Argentina becomes 5th country to report 1 million infections.

Report: Goldman to settle DOJ probe into Malaysia's 1MDB for over $2B

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Goldman Sachs has agreed with the Department of Justice to pay over $2 billion for the bank's role in Malaysia's multi-billion dollar scandal at state fund 1MDB, Bloomberg first reported.

Why it matters: The settlement, expected to be announced within days, would allow Goldman Sachs to avoid a criminal conviction in the U.S. over the bribery and money laundering scandal that saw three of its former bankers banned for life from the banking industry by the Federal Reserve Board.

Trump threatens to post "60 Minutes" interview early after reportedly walking out

Trump speaks to reporters aboard Air Force One, Oct. 19. Photo: Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images

President Trump tweeted on Tuesday that he was considering posting his interview with CBS' "60 Minutes" prior to airtime in order to show "what a FAKE and BIASED interview" it was, following reports that he abruptly ended the interview after 45 minutes of taping.

Why it matters: Trump has escalated his war on the media in the final stretch of his re-election campaign, calling a Reuters reporter a "criminal" this week for not reporting on corruption allegations about Hunter Biden and disparaging CNN as "dumb b*stards" for the network's ongoing coronavirus coverage.