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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Will ‘Relish’ Time in New York Before DC Move
Mark Pocan to incoming members with DC housing concerns: ‘She and everyone is welcome to crash at my place’

In recent days conservative media’s criticism of New York Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has centered on a more parochial subject than most political dustups: her rent. (Mario Tama/Getty Images)

Incoming New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez became the youngest woman ever elected to Congress last week, but she is in no hurry to move to the nation’s capital. 

“I don’t need to move to DC until work starts anyway, and I am really taking this time to relish the last couple of months that I have full time with my communities in the Bronx and Queens,” Ocasio-Cortez said Monday at a news conference held by the Congressional Progressive Caucus, Reuters reported.

Did the Politics of Division Work? Yes and No
Though America has always seen progress and pushback, this election threatened to push us back a century or two

When we look back at this election, we’ll remember all the “firsts.” But we’ll also remember that time the president called Andrew Gillum, vying to become Florida’s first African-American governor, “not equipped” and a “stone-cold thief,” Curtis writes. (Tom Williams/CQ Roll Call)

OPINION — Donald Trump is a celebrity president, more interested in declaring a “great victory” after the 2018 midterms than in vowing to bring the country together. As he sparred with the media Wednesday and bragged about outdoing Barack Obama, Oprah Winfrey and famous folks who stumped for the other side, he did his best Rodney Dangerfield routine, playing the aggrieved president who has all the power but gets no respect.

When asked about the violent episodes that shook America in the weeks before Nov. 6 and whether he should soften his tone, he boasted about the economy, said he was “sad” to see the violence, and then talked about his great relationship with Israel.

Polis Makes Another Bit of History With Governor Win
Colorado congressman becomes first elected openly gay chief executive of a state

Rep. Jared Polis has only been able to ski once since coming to Congress. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file)

Democratic Rep. Jared Polis of Colorado made history Tuesday when he was elected the nation’s first openly gay governor.

The five-term congressman announced in June 11 2017 that he would be retiring from the House to run for governor. He beat Republican Walker Stapelton to replace term-limited Democratic Gov. John Hickenlooper.

A Definitive Ranking of Midterm Celebrity Stumpers
Actors, singers and sports legends got involved in 2018. But how much did they really do?

Democratic candidate for U.S. Senate from Texas Rep. Beto O'Rourke joins Willie Nelson on stage during his Turn out For Texas Rally, featuring a concert by Wille Nelson, in Austin, Texas on Saturday, Sept. 29, 2018. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

If an Instagram post falls in the middle of election, does it make a sound?

Celebrities got a lot of credit for their political moonlighting this campaign cycle, from Beto-mania to … well, Beto-mania. But let’s be honest: How much did they really do?

Millennials Are TOTV. (That’s Texting Out the Vote)
With people hunched over their screens, it looked like any other day at WeWork

Dozens of volunteers filtered through the Chinatown WeWork on Monday night. (Alex Gangitano/CQ Roll Call)

Pizza and cold brew fueled volunteers at the Chinatown WeWork on Monday night as they shot out appeals to people thousands of miles away. They were for one reason: to TOTV.

That’s text out the vote, in case you didn’t know. Dozens of millennials hunched over their phones and computers, pinging people in Louisiana and Georgia. Their message was simple: Get to the polls.

GOP Candidates Are Hearing It From Constituents With Pre-Existing Conditions
Outspoken patients feel like they’re collateral damage in the battle over ‘repeal and replace’

A couple dozen members of the New Jersey Citizen Action group protest outside the Capitol as the Senate holds a second day of voting on health care legislation in July 2017. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call file photo)

As Republicans on the campaign trail have contorted the truth about their monthslong campaign to undo the 2010 health care law, they’ve provoked a tricky opponent: cancer survivors.

Republicans have tried to contain the damage of their “repeal and replace” push as they defend their majorities in the midterm elections. In order to pull that off, the campaigns have had to find ways to discredit the sympathetic voices of people with complex medical needs who opposed their votes.

The Devil on Trump’s Shoulder and in the Country’s Ear
What I learned from sitting through Trump’s midterm blitz: his better angels must be pretty discouraged

President Donald Trump’s zigzagging feels a lot like the angel-devil gag in those old cartoons — except not everyone is laughing, Curtis writes. (Al Drago/CQ Roll Call file photo)

OPINION — CHARLOTTE, N.C. — It’s a setup in many cartoons and films of days past: The protagonist is presented with a moral dilemma, and gets conflicting advice from a devil perched on one shoulder and an angel on the other. The behavior of Donald Trump in a presidency filled with choices reminds me of those scenes, though his angel must be downright depressed by now.

The latest appeal to the president’s “better angels” worked for a little while as he reacted to the massacre at a Pittsburgh synagogue, the apparently race-based fatal shootings of two black shoppers in Kentucky and a series of bombs sent to people on his enemies list.

Texas Senate Race Tightens, But Few Undecideds Left
New Quinnipiac poll shows Sen. Ted Cruz with a 5-point lead over Democratic challenger Rep. Beto O’Rourke

Democratic Texas Senate candidate Rep. Beto O’Rourke speaks during his campaign rally at the Gaslight Baker Theatre in Lockhart, Texas, on Oct. 1. (Bill Clark/CQ Roll Call)

The race in Texas is tightening. A new Quinnipiac University poll shows incumbent Republican Sen. Ted Cruz maintains a 5-point edge over Rep. Beto O’Rourke.

The race has become unusually close for a Republican stronghold as Election Day approaches. A Quinnipiac poll earlier this month showed O’Rourke stalled at 9 points behind Cruz. 

Cory Gardner Has a Really Good Mitch McConnell Impression
Take Five: Gardner’s staff wants him to act cool in front of celebrities

Sen. Cory Gardner, R-Colo., never got to tell Powers Boothe that he loves “Red Dawn.” (Sarah Silbiger/CQ Roll Call file photo)

Sen. Cory Gardner’s impression of Mitch McConnell was spot-on as he described that time during the tax debate when the pair talked marijuana.

The Colorado Republican has embraced the cannabis industry. But some of his colleagues aren’t so sure.

Arizona Congressional Candidate Greg Stanton Was Victim of Armed Robbery
Attacker wielded hatchet-like weapon

Arizona Democratic congressional candidate Greg Stanton was robbed Saturday. (Isaac Brekken/Getty Images file photo)

Arizona Democratic congressional candidate Greg Stanton was robbed Saturday outside a Thai restaurant in Phoenix by a man brandishing a hatchet-like weapon but has said he is fine, according to The Arizona Republic.

Police do not have a suspect, but Stanton believes the robbery was “a random act,” the newspaper reported.