Today in Trump's America

This newsletter looks at the current state of play in America's political landscape — served fresh every weekday morning.

Today in Trump’s America: Dems continue to pick up House seats, Florida Senate goes to hand recount

Democrats picked up two more House seats on Thursday, bringing the total number of House seats Democrats gained in the 2018 midterm elections to 36 — with a handful of races that remain to be called.

Today in Trump’s America: Judge set to rule on CNN lawsuit against Trump

A federal judge presided over a hearing on CNN’s lawsuit against the White House, claiming the Trump administration infringed on Jim Acosta’s First Amendment rights when it revoked his press pass.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrats continue to flip House seats as more ballots are counted

Democrats netted their 33rd House seat Tuesday night, when the Associated Press called California’s 10th District for Democrat Josh Harder, who ousted GOP Rep. Jeff Denham.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrat Kyrsten Sinema becomes Arizona’s first female, LGBTQ senator

More ballots remain to be counted, but Sinema defeated Republican Martha McSally, 49.7% to 48%, when the 'Associated Press' called the race.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrats making more midterm gains as ballots are counted

Late-arriving mail-in ballots, as well as provisional ballots cast on Election Day, continue to be counted in states across the country, and Democrats are making gains — especially in Western states.

Today in Trump’s America: Recount roils Florida Senate race as Democrats show optimism

In Florida, the Senate race between Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson and GOP Gov. Rick Scott is now in hand recount territory, as ballots continue to be counted.

Today in Trump’s America: White House cooks up fake excuse to revoke Jim Acosta’s press pass

The move appears to be yet another distraction from Trump’s behavior — this time the firing of Attorney General Jeff Sessions, which came Wednesday afternoon.

Today in Trump’s America: Democrats win the House, Republicans expand their Senate majority

It was a split decision in Tuesday’s midterms, as Democrats won the House majority for the first time since 2010 and picked up a number of key governor mansions, but lost seats in the Senate.

Today in Trump’s America: The midterms are here. These are the seats we predict will flip.

I’m laying bare my thoughts of what will happen tonight, putting it in writing so I will look like either a genius or a dunce come Wednesday morning.

Today in Trump’s America: Brian Kemp faces abuse of power allegations after “hack” accusation

“This political stunt from Kemp just days before the election is yet another example of why he cannot be trusted and should not be overseeing an election in which he is also a candidate for governor."

Today in Trump’s America: Trump goes full racist in news conference on immigration

Trump said a migrant caravan filled with “strong men” were planning an “invasion” of the U.S., and border patrol agents and military may shoot if caravan members throw rocks at them.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump reportedly wants to send 15,000 troops to the border

Trump’s reaction to the migrant caravan is growing even more absurd as he pledged to send up to 15,000 troops to defend against a dwindling group of migrants that is still hundreds of miles away.

Today in Trump’s America: Smear attempt against Robert Mueller continues to unravel

Thousands of protesters lined the streets of the Squirrel Hill neighborhood where the shooting took place, with many holding signs reading “words matter” and “president hate leave our state.”

Today in Trump’s America: Trump claims he can revoke a constitutional amendment by executive order

In an interview with 'Axios,' Trump claimed he will sign an executive order to ban birthright citizenship — a right granted by the 14th Amendment to the United States Constitution.

Today in Trump’s America: Nation once again thrust into gun control debate after Pittsburgh shooting

The gun control debate ramps up after almost every mass shooting, as Democrats call for “commonsense” gun reforms and Republicans insist more guns are needed to solve the scourge of gun violence

Today in Trump’s America: Trump considering travel ban-like order against asylum seekers in caravan

The order would limit people’s ability to claim asylum by banning Central Americans from the list of people who can legally claim asylum at the border.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump’s bipartisan tone after attempted bombings didn’t last long

Trump has already reverted back to his attacks on the media in a Thursday morning tweet.

Today in Trump’s America: Lies and falsehoods from Trump grow as election nears

As Trump hits the campaign trail to boost Republicans’ fate in the midterms, he’s lying about a number of easily verifiable things.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump appeals to fear, racism by pushing migrant caravan story

Trump on Monday night admitted in an interview with USA Today that he’s using the migrant caravan headed toward the U.S. as a way to motivate Republicans and hurt Democrats ahead of the midterms.

Today in Trump’s America: Protests erupt as Trump seeks to “define transgender out of existence”

The report sparked an outcry from Democrats and civil rights groups, who vowed to fight back against the policy with legal action and protests.

Today in Trump’s America: McConnell says Republicans may try to repeal Obamacare, again, in 2019

It’s almost Halloween, and in true spooky fashion, the ghost of Obamacare repeal might be making a comeback.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump says he won’t take responsibility if Republicans lose the House

“No, I think I’m helping people,” Trump said in response to a question about whether he bears any responsibility for potential Republican losses.

Today in Trump’s America: Judge dismisses Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against Trump

A federal judge in Los Angeles dismissed pornographic film actress Stormy Daniels’ defamation suit against President Donald Trump and ordered her to pay Trump’s legal fees, 'Politico' reported.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump says it’s OK he mocked Christine Blasey Ford because “we won”

"I’m not gonna get into it because we won," Trump said of his mocking of Christine Blasey Ford. "It doesn’t matter. We won."

Today in Trump’s America: Stacey Abrams calls on opponent Brian Kemp to resign for voter suppression

Abrams’ campaign says Kemp — who as Georgia's secretary of state controls the very election laws that could impact his own candidacy — is abusing the power of his office and should resign.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump mocks the #MeToo movement at Pennsylvania rally

Trump did his usual shtick of bragging about his 2016 presidential win. But this time, he tweaked it a bit to mock the #MeToo movement.

Today in Trump’s America: Kavanaugh confirmation boosts Democrats, not Republicans

Two national polls demolish the GOP's narrative that Kavanaugh's confirmation helped their electoral changes, with both showing that it’s Democrats who are energized over the fight.

Today in Trump’s America: Trump says Kavanaugh was “proven innocent” at ceremonial swearing-in

Trump claimed Kavanaugh was “proven innocent” of the sexual assault allegations levied against him. (Of course, Kavanaugh was not proven innocent of the charges.)

Today in Trump’s America: How will Kavanaugh’s confirmation impact the midterms?

Experts seem to think the Republican excitement — which is now fueled by elation that their party notched a win — is momentary and will fade as the election draws near.