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President Obama has already conceded that last week's midterm elections put an end for now to his "cap-and-trade" plan to cut U.S. greenhouse gas emissions, but European officials fear the GOP gains mark the death knell for the broader campaign for a binding worldwide agreement this year to address climate change.
Hampered by heavy election losses at home, President Obama promised from India on Sunday to make "midcourse corrections" to reinvigorate his embattled domestic agenda in the face of a testier American public and more combative Congress.
It was the economy that drove the Democrats out and a Republican majority in. Specifically, it was the failure of President Obama's "stimulus" package to stimulate the economy enough to bring the unemployment rate down. Now a lame-duck 111th Congress is going to have to decide what to do. The Republican-led 112th Congress will confront the same questions when it convenes in January. Before making more decisions about economic stimulus, we should be absolutely clear why the huge stimulus program failed.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, forced out of her leadership position as a result of Tuesday's midterm election, said Friday that she will run for House minority leader.
While we shouldn't expect our left-wing elitist president to understand Tuesday's electoral rejection of his "progressive" prescriptions for America, we should expect Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, to get it.
So much for cooperation. Two days after voters split control of Congress, Republicans and Democrats already were fighting over the direction they'll take when they come back to Washington.
The white Southern Democrat endangered since the 1960s civil rights era is sliding nearer to extinction.
The midterm hubbub is over and President Obama has left town for 10 days, reportedly accompanied by one personal chef, 3,000 assorted officials, 200 business leaders, 40 aircraft, 34 warships and six armored cars.
The midterm elections are over, and both winners and losers are saying they are taking the messages of the voters to heart. But now what? Where are we going, and how will we get there?