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Trump, Under Scrutiny and Unleashed

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Well, that was bittersweet.

I’m not sure I would call Tuesday’s election results the blue wave many expected, but liberals absolutely made progress — and history — as Democrats assumed control of the House of Representatives, in part by electing a historic number of women to the body.

Furthermore, the incredible diversity of the newly elected Democratic class offers a more comprehensive reflection of the current contours of the nation.

But there was also heartbreak, as Republicans increased their margin in the Senate and some acclaimed liberal hopefuls in the South came close but fell short.

That may temper excitement, but it shouldn’t erase it. Whenever a chamber of Congress changes hands, it is a big deal. This is an even bigger deal, because it represents the first real legislative check on Donald Trump’s power as president since he took office.

Under Republicans, the House of Representatives made a mockery of its oversight responsibility, if not abandoned it altogether.

Trump grew bolder and more brazen as he realized that there would be no political price to pay for his rhetoric and his actions. The Republican representatives were cowed before the pig.

Democrats will now investigate and subpoena, which is a necessary and powerful function of the legislature.

But it is also true that Trump sees part of the election outcome as a validation and an endorsement. The remaining........

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