Vilified by Republicans on the campaign trail, Nancy Pelosi emerged Wednesday as President Donald Trump's preferred choice to become speaker of the House, arriving on Capitol Hill with an air of inevitability after leading her party back to the majority.
"Now, listen, I know for a fact none of us ran to make history, we ran to make change".
As a candidate, she said, "we weren't trying to fit into a specific mold".
He suggested they could co-operate on issues such as infrastructure, trade and health. The question is, will these leaders go there?
Trump briefly sought to strike a statesmanlike tone in his first public remarks after the loss, praising House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi for her hard work and envisioning "a attractive, bipartisan type of situation" on infrastructure investments and healthcare. The first is the power of partisanship, and the second is the power of whiteness. She wants to get things done.
"In the House, Republicans dramatically outperformed historical precedents".
The Republican president said he would "like to see bipartisanship" and offered Pelosi "a lot of credit for what she has done and accomplished".
Sanders, who plans to meet with House allies next week, will push for Democrats there to advance the first step of his "Medicare for all" bill's four-year phase-in plan, which would lower the eligibility age for Medicare to 55 from 65 and cover everyone under 18-years-old. There was the primary victory of Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in NY, who is now headed to the House, and the avowed opposition to Pelosi as speaker from candidates trying to wrest control from Republicans in swing districts. That margin is very similar to the Republican advantage in 2010, which was seen as a huge wave election.
Despite the far left's groundswell for women to rebuke the Republican "patriarchy", this demographic had a strong turnout in red states for the GOP. Ben Ray Lujan of New Mexico, the chairman of the campaign committee who helped lead his colleagues to the majority.
The Democrats gained more than the 23 seats they needed for a majority in the 435-seat House of Representatives.
"We took a thumping in the rural areas and I understand that", Heitkamp said.
One of the Democrats who worked to elect new leaders to the House was Rep. Seth Moulton (D) of MA, an Iraq war veteran who has called for Pelosi to step aside.
"We'd like to work together so our legislation will be bipartisan", she said. On legislative prospects, Trump said he could potentially work with Democrats on issues such as taxes, infrastructure and health care, saying it "really could be a lovely, bipartisan type of situation". Just who that Democrat will be though, is not exactly clear.
Acosta then tried to ask about the status of the investigation into Russia's involvement in the 2016 presidential election. Various federal agencies and cabinet members could become targets, and the administration could face subpoenas.
The top Democrat on the judiciary committee, Mr Jerry Nadler, told MSNBC's Ari Melber immediately after the election that "we'll use subpoena power if we have to, when we have to". He also said he'd consider any Democratic proposal for a middle-class tax cut "even if it means some adjustment", including raising corporate taxes.
More women than men voted for Democrats, according to exit polls, particularly white suburban women, and the new House will feature a record number of women lawmakers.
The president also warned of a "warlike posture" in Washington if Democrats investigated him. But will Pelosi and her peers be able to resist the enormous pressure that will come from their base? Republican Jim Hagedorn broke through on his fourth try in Minnesota's 1st Congressional District, defeating Democrat Dan Feehan by a razor-thin margin.
Shortly thereafter, however, it was announced that Attorney General Jeff Sessions had been forced out. And she said Mr. Whitaker "should recuse himself from any involvement in Mueller's investigations", given his "threats" to weaken the probe.
And by combining this policy agenda with rigorous oversight of Trump and his administration by progressive Democrats like incoming Judiciary Committee chair Jerry Nadler of NY and incoming Oversight and Government Reform Committee chair Elijah Cummings of Maryland-both of whom are prepared to navigate an accountability moment that could see Robert Mueller's inquiry open up a serious debate about impeachment-Democrats can outmaneuver Trump and Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell.
In the Senate, Republicans held control while ousting moderate Democrats in North Dakota, Indiana, and Missouri - even as they lost their Republican incumbent in Nevada. A 2017 Harvard Kennedy School study conducted by the Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics, and Public Policy found overwhelmingly negative media coverage of President Trump during his first 100 days in office in 2017, which is normally the honeymoon period.