4:34pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Presidential Race

'Midwest Firewall' Helps Secure Obama Victory

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:50 pm

We report on the morning after the election in Ohio, a pivotal swing state in the presidential election.

4:34pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Politics

Reid: Congress Faces 'Enormous Challenges' Ahead

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:50 pm

With most of the elections settled, the winners must now determine how they will deal with the impending "fiscal cliff" of spending cuts and tax increases that happen in two months. David Welna reports.

4:34pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Election 2012

GOP Must Regroup, Redefine Itself After Election

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:50 pm

Melissa Block talks to Mara Liasson for an overview of what Tuesday's election means.

4:34pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Economy

Obama Must Hit Ground Running As Fiscal Cliff Nears

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:50 pm

Transcript

MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

From NPR News, this is ALL THINGS CONSIDERED. I'm Melissa Block.

ROBERT SIEGEL, HOST:

And Robert Siegel. The confetti has fallen in Chicago, where President Obama celebrated a decisive reelection win early this morning. Now comes the hard work of preparing for a second term. Before flying back to Washington this evening, Mr. Obama acknowledged some of the big issues ahead.

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4:32pm

Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Egypt Moves To Ban Online Pornography

With Islamist groups growing more influential, Egypt's state prosecutor on Wednesday ordered a ban on Internet pornography, citing an earlier ruling that hadn't been implemented.

Throughout the Arab Muslim world, pornography is not permitted, though in Egypt and some other places the government has not actively tried to prevent access to online sites.

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4:27pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Senate Democrats Add To Majority: Caucus Now 54 Plus One

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:33 pm

Sen. Jon Tester, D-Mont., receives a kiss from his grandson Wednesday in Great Falls, Mont. Tester won re-election in a tight contest with Republican Rep. Denny Rehberg.
Michael Albans AP

A very good general election for Democrats got even better on Wednesday when they retained U.S. Senate seats in Montana and North Dakota, both of which had looked ripe for Republicans throughout much of the campaign.

Victories by Sen. Jon Tester of Montana and Heidi Heitkamp of North Dakota, in contests so close that concessions from the losing Republican candidates didn't occur until Wednesday, helped Senate Democrats reach 54 seats in the next Congress. That was a net increase of one seat from their current majority.

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3:49pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

Controversial Members Of Congress Come And Go

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 5:02 pm

OUT: California Democratic Rep. Pete Stark arrives at an Alameda County Democratic Lawyers Club endorsement meeting in Oakland, Calif., on Sept. 7. He lost his race Tuesday to a fellow Democrat.
Jeff Chiu AP

Is civility about to stage a comeback in Washington? Some of the most controversial members of Congress have lost their seats.

Still, there appears to be little danger that vitriol is about to go out of style. A number of outspoken members are coming back, including at least one who had previously lost his seat.

Also, while there may be a net loss in the number of members who have attracted a great deal of media attention by making testy statements or ending up in ethics investigations, some who have been more moderate in temperament won't be coming back, either.

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3:42pm

Wed November 7, 2012
It's All Politics

How Obama Took The Battleground States

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:16 pm

Obama supporters react as President Barack Obama was declared the winner Tuesday, during the Nevada State Democratic Party gathering at the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas.
John Gurzinski AP

The much-hyped battle for the battleground states turned into more of a rout on Election Day, as President Obama swept through eight key states and looked on course to capture Florida.

Swing states — Ohio, Virginia, Michigan, Iowa, Wisconsin, Nevada, Colorado, New Hampshire — viewed as tossups a day before the voting fell without much fight into the blue column. Only North Carolina went for Romney.

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3:14pm

Wed November 7, 2012
The Two-Way

Shake A Leg Or Throw A Fist? Which Will It Be On Capitol Hill?

Originally published on Wed November 7, 2012 4:44 pm

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky (left) and Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid of Nevada during their recent interview with CBS News' 60 Minutes.
CBSNews.com

Shall we dance?

That's the key question for Congress now that another budget crisis is near. Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev, today said he's ready to do a little two-stepping with Republicans to twirl away from the edge of the so-called fiscal cliff.

"It's better to dance than to fight," the former amateur boxer told reporters at a press conference. "Everything doesn't have to be a fight."

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3:04pm

Wed November 7, 2012
Author Interviews

Ornstein: Could A Second Term Mean More Gridlock?

Originally published on Thu November 8, 2012 1:00 pm

Basic Books

President Obama has been re-elected. Democrats and Republicans have maintained their respective majorities in the Senate and in the House. So does this mean there will be more partisan gridlock?

Norm Ornstein, a writer for Roll Call and a resident scholar at the conservative American Enterprise Institute, tells Fresh Air's Terry Gross that it's a mixed message.

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