Nov 29, 2018

Women won more than 60% of the House seats flipped by Dems in midterms

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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Clyburn: Sanders' "socialist" label will be "extra burden" in House races

Clyburn with Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Photo: Mario Tama/Getty Images

House Majority Whip Jim Clyburn (D-S.C.) said on ABC's "This Week" Sunday that Sen. Bernie Sanders' identification as a democratic socialist may be an "extra burden" in down-ballot House races if he were to win the Democratic nomination.

Why it matters: Clyburn's comments echo fears from many establishment Democrats, who worry the House majority they won in 2018 by taking moderate seats carried by President Trump could be at risk with Sanders at the top of the ticket.

O'Brien rejects intelligence report of Russia effort to re-elect Trump

National Security Adviser Robert O'Brien. Photo: Chris Usher/CBS via Getty Images

White House national security adviser Robert O'Brien repeatedly rejected on ABC's "This Week" an assessment from a congressional briefing led by the Office of the Director of National Intelligence that Russia is interfering in the 2020 election to help President Trump get re-elected.

Why it matters: The report put the Trump administration under fresh scrutiny in regard to steps it has been taking to combat the kind of interference that the U.S. encountered in 2016.

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Italy becomes site of largest coronavirus outbreak outside of Asia

Data: The Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins, the CDC, and China's Health Ministry. Note: China numbers are for the mainland only and U.S. numbers include repatriated citizens.

The novel coronavirus has spread to more nations as South Korea and Italy step up emergency measures in their countries amid rising case numbers on Sunday.

The big picture: COVID-19 has killed at least 2,462 people and infected almost 79,000 others, mostly in mainland China. South Korea increased the infectious disease alert to red, the highest possible, as its case numbers jumped to 602 and the death toll to five. Italy's government announced emergency measures as it confirmed a spike from three to 132 cases in matter of days, making it the largest outbreak outside of Asia.

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