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November 5th, 2014
05:45 PM ET

Red wave sweeps Republicans into Congress, governor mansions

(CNN) – Sen. Mitch McConnell was all smiles Wednesday, celebrating the grand old thumpin' Republicans delivered to Democrats last night.

Some voters were angry, others frustrated by what they perceived as incompetence from the Obama administration. So they gave control of the U.S. Senate to the Republicans in convincing fashion, putting McConnell in position to be the next Senate majority leader.

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November 5th, 2014
05:37 PM ET

Gingrich: Obama's immigration comments a declaration of war

(CNN) – Reacting to huge midterm election losses for his party, President Barack Obama Wednesday said he would – if he had to – go ahead with executive orders, including on immigration reform.

Former Speaker of the House and CNN political commentator Newt Gingrich called Obama's comments a declaration of war.

It was "a very conflicted press conference. He's saying I'm going to talk with Republicans, but by the way,
I'm going to punch them in the face as soon as I can," Gingrich said.

Check out more analysis from Gingrich, alongside CNN political commentators Jay Carney, Stephanie Cutter, and Kevin Madden, in the video above.

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November 5th, 2014
05:26 PM ET

What did Obama take from midterm losses?

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama said he hears the frustration of voters who handed control of the Senate to Republicans in an election that is being viewed as a repudiation of the White House.

"To those of you who voted, I hear you," Obama said Wednesday in his first public remarks since the election. To those who didn't vote, "I hear you too."

Obama said every election offers a "moment for reflection," but declined to use language like "shellacking" as he has in the past to characterize the scale of the defeat.

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November 5th, 2014
03:19 PM ET

Cantor: GOP has a chance to show it can govern, but shouldn't overreach

(CNN) – Now that Republicans control both chambers of Congress, former Majority Leader Eric Cantor said the party now has to to get things done.

The GOP needs to "put forward an agenda and a platform that can appeal to working middle class of this country, that has been so, in a way, felt that they've been left out of what's going on in terms of upper mobility. And I think that should be the ultimate focus," said Cantor.

In other words, do not force a government shutdown, or focus on repealing Obamacare. The Republican-led House has voted to undo all or parts of the Affordable Care Act at least 50 times.

"Sort of been there, done that," said Cantor. "There are other things that need to take place, but I do think Republicans can do a lot of things whether it's in the area of energy production, pipeline construction, whether it is in medical device tax repeal in Obamacare, these kinds of things, that may not be the big items, but certainly can begin to build the confidence that the Republican Party can actually govern."

For more of our interview with former congressman Eric Cantor, check out the video above.

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