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Divided America votes for division

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It wasn’t a blue wave, it wasn’t a red wave, but America is different today after its midterm elections saw the Democrats win a comfortable majority in the House of Representatives — returning the nation to divided government after two years of unified Republican control under a polarising president.

The result puts an end to Donald Trump’s hopes of enacting further conservative legislation this term, and sets the scene for Congressional investigations into his business dealings, the management of federal agencies by his Cabinet, and alleged collusion between his presidential-campaign staff and Russian operatives.

The Democrats would be best to leave the latter to special counsel Robert Mueller, if his efforts are not interfered with. However, the sacking today of attorney general Jeff Sessions appears to be a first move on that front.

The House was expected to turn Democrat, and the Senate to remain under Republican control — which the GOP has actually extended by probably two seats, making it easier for Trump to win confirmation of nominees, and........

© The Gisborne Herald