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Democrats have a chance to rise above, and reunite the US

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The US Capitol is reflected in a puddle of water a day after Americans voted in the midterm elections, on November 7, 2018 in Washington, DC. Democrats have won control of the House of Representatives while the U.S. Senate remains in Republican control. Photo: Getty Images

With the House in their pocket. Democrats need to ignore the Trump noise machine and get things done, writes Scott Martelle of the Los Angeles Times.

In the end, Wednesday's election results went about as expected, though not nearly as well for the Democrats as they had hoped. They took back control of the House by a slim margin and lost a couple more seats in the Senate. As waves go, it wasn't exactly good for surfing.

So what now? Well, the Democrats are in a position to effect change, but not necessarily in the manner they had hoped. With a split Congress, voters can expect little to get accomplished on significant issues. Immigration reform? Stalled. Repealing or adding tax cuts? Nothing doing. Changes to the Affordable Care? No prescriptions available.

So what can the House........

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