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U.S. presidential election 2016

Coverage of the much awaited elections and results, syndicated from ScribbleLive's US-Elections Polling Widgets and the Minnesota Public Radio.

  • Trump can kill Obamacare with or without help from Congress

    The president-elect has said he will ask lawmakers to repeal the Affordable Care Act. Or he can use regulations and the budget to dismantle the federal health law he calls "a disaster."
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 1:31:51 PM
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    Nolan wins third straight term representing 8th district

     

    Democratic U.S. Rep Rick Nolan has won his third straight term representing northeast Minnesota.

    Nolan held on Tuesday to survive a rematch against Republican Stewart Mills.

    Republicans had eyed Nolan's seat for a potential upset. They believed GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump's platform would appeal to the area's mining towns reeling from a steel industry downturn.

    Once a reliable Democratic stronghold, the 8th Congressional District has become competitive by growing to include more conservative areas. The race was one of the most expensive congressional elections in the country.

    Mills is a wealthy scion of a Minnesota chain of retail stores. Nolan narrowly defeated him in 2014.

    Nolan's victory prolongs his second stint in Congress that began in 2012. Nolan also served in Congress in the late 1970s and early '80s.

    — Associated Press

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  • Republican Jason Lewis defeats DFLer Angie Craig in 2nd district

    Conservative former radio host Jason Lewis has beaten Democrat Angie Craig to keep retiring U.S. Rep. John Kline's southern Minnesota seat in Republican hands.

    Lewis weathered a barrage of attack ads airing controversial comments he made on his radio show to win in Minnesota's 2nd Congressional District in Tuesday's election.

    The race for one of the nation's few swing districts was regarded as a toss-up. Kline opted to retire after seven terms.

    During the campaign, Craig contrasted her private business experience as a former St. Jude Medical executive with Lewis' long career on talk radio. Voters were hammered with ads that played back comments of Lewis calling women "non-thinking" for their views on contraception and other clips. Lewis had called the ads unfair and wrong.

    — Associated Press

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  • Walz outlasts Hagedorn to keep House seat

    Democrat Tim Walz has survived a GOP wave to hang on to his southern Minnesota seat in Congress.

    Walz squeaked past Republican Jim Hagedorn in a race that was a rematch of 2014.

    The race hadn't been expected to be close. Outside groups spent little for Hagedorn, who carried some baggage from the race two years ago.

    A former member of the Army National Guard, Walz ousted a six-term incumbent in 2006 to win his congressional seat and had regularly cruised to re-election for each of his five terms.

    Hagedorn is the son of a former Minnesota congressman.

    — Associated Press

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  • Taliban: Trump must pull troops from Afghanistan

    The Taliban have called on Donald Trump to withdraw all U.S. forces from Afghanistan once he takes office as president.

    In a statement sent to The Associated Press, Taliban spokesman Zabihullah Mujahid said Wednesday that a Trump administration "should allow Afghans to become a free nation and have relationships with other countries based on non-interference in each other's affairs."

    The Afghan conflict is in its 16th year. The Taliban have spread their footprint across Afghanistan in the two years since most international combat troops withdrew.

    President Barack Obama expanded U.S. troops' mandate to enable them to work more closely on the battlefield with their Afghan counterparts, and to conduct counter-terrorism operations against Al-Qaeda, the Islamic State group and the Taliban.

    — Associated Press

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  • Shades of 2000? Clinton surpasses Trump in popular vote tally

    illary Clinton finds herself on the wrong end of an electoral split: She's poised to become the fifth presidential candidate to win the popular vote but lose the election.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 12:33:47 PM
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  • Shocked by Trump win, Brits see Brexit parallels and commiserate

    "It's overwhelming for me to see the huge amount of disenfranchised people who feel the government has failed them," said one government worker who watched results roll in at the U.S. Embassy.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 11:30:46 AM
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  • Trump wins. Now what?

    After a presidential election that defied expectations, here's what to expect from the new president-elect.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 11:20:48 AM
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  • Na-na-na-na No-no: A guide to post-election etiquette

    It's finally over. Election 2016 is in the books. Now comes the hard part: How to behave around each other now that there are winners and losers.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 10:46:30 AM
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  • Photos: Minnesotans cheer and mourn election results

    MPR News sent photojournalists across the state to capture the scenes from election result parties. This is what they saw.
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 8:48:21 AM
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  • Donald Trump clinches the Presidency in major upset

    The rise of a candidate with no experience in the military or elected office confounded nearly everyone in politics. But Trump won over white voters with his promise to "Make America Great Again."
    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 8:28:24 AM
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  • Trump rides chutzpah to victory in presidential race

     

    He felt it in the breeze.

    Nearing the end of his long, improbable journey to victory in the presidential race, Donald Trump, the candidate of so much tumult and bluster, waxed nostalgic about how he got there.

    "I had great parents, great parents," Trump told the crowd at a rally in steamy Orlando, Florida. "I just felt that nice breeze, so they're helping us out."

    The candidate who for more than a year had unapologetically demonstrated he would say anything sensed it was time to rein it in.

    "Stay on point, Donald, stay on point," he publicly admonished himself just days before the election. "No sidetracks, Donald. Nice and easy."

    It was a rare glimpse of internal dialogue in the man whose whole life has been one long battle to prove himself bigger, louder, richer, smarter, brassier than the next guy.

    Trump's unbounded confidence — and obsession with winning — have been a lifelong constant, evident in ways large and small.

    Growing up as one of five children in a well-to-do Queens real estate family, Donald was the brash one, a fighter from the start.

    "We gotta calm him down," his father would say, as Trump recalls it. "Son, take the lumps out."

    For good or ill, it's advice Trump rarely embraced.

    Military school helped channel his energy, but Trump's rebellious streak remained.

    Trump followed his father into real estate but chafed within the confines of Fred Trump's realm in New York's outer boroughs.

    He crossed the East River to Manhattan and never looked back.

    "He's gone way beyond me, absolutely," an admiring Fred marveled. His son had hit it big well before he hit 40.

    So successful at such a young age, Trump never did have to smooth out those lumps his father had warned about.

    "He was at the top of his own pyramid," says Stanley Renshon, a political psychologist at the City University of New York who is writing a book about Trump. "Nobody was going to say, 'Donald, tone it down.'"

    Trump admitted as much in a 2005 "Access Hollywood" hot-mic video when he talked about making predatory moves on women and declared, "When you're a star, they let you do it. You can do anything."

    Trump stresses his Ivy League education, yet revels in juvenile jabs, labeling his adversaries "stupid," ''dumb," ''bad" and "sad."

    "I have the best words," he declared at a December campaign rally. "But there's no better word than 'stupid,' right?"

    With no one to shush or second-guess him, Trump made brashness his way, along with his trademark glitz and flash. (Flash, in Trump's lexicon, registers a level below glitz.)

    Through years of boom, bust and more than a decade of reality-TV celebrity on "The Apprentice," the deals kept coming and the price tags (and, often, the debt) kept growing — as did the hype. Always the hype.

    Trump, visiting Scotland in 2012 to fight the government's proposed wind farm off the shore of his new golf resort there, was asked during a parliamentary inquiry to provide evidence for his claim that the "monstrous turbines" would hurt tourism.

    "I am the evidence," Trump answered in all seriousness, drawing laughter from the galleries. "I am a world-class expert in tourism."

    He's not all chutzpah, though.

    Ivanka Trump tells of her "incredibly empathetic" father reaching out to help strangers he sees mentioned in the news whose stories of adversity touch him.

    A Mississippi man remembers Trump picking up the phone to call when the man's father wrote to ask for a loan to build a hotel back in 1988. Trump didn't offer a loan to the Indian-American small businessman but did give him a pep talk and some advice.

    "Trump inspired my father to the fullest when he told him that Dad's immigrant story was wonderful," Suresh Chawla wrote in a 2015 letter to The Clarksdale (Mississippi) Press Register.

    For all the protesters who roil his rallies, Trump himself has been the heckler of our time. No one is immune. Not senator and war hero John McCain, not the disabled, not Mexicans, not Muslims, not even those people who make up a majority of the country (and the electorate): women.

    Vanquished rivals learned to their peril that to criticize Trump was to set off the nuclear option in response.

    Trump calls it having a little fun.

    Aubrey Immelman, a political psychologist at Saint John's University in Minnesota who has developed a personality index to assess presidential candidates, puts Trump's level of narcissism in the "exploitative" range, surpassing any presidential nominee's score in the past two decades.

    "His personality is his best friend, but it's also his worst enemy," says Immelman.

    Still, the loudmouth from Queens has a vulnerable side. He revealed it in a movie review, of all things, with filmmaker Errol Morris in 2002.

    Talking about "Citizen Kane," his favorite movie, Trump spoke with unusual introspection about the accumulation of wealth.

    "You learn in Kane that maybe wealth isn't everything, because he had the wealth but he didn't have the happiness," said Trump, who once wanted to become a filmmaker himself.

    "In real life, I believe that wealth does in fact isolate you from other people," he said. "It's a protective mechanism — you have your guard up much more so than you would if you didn't have wealth."

    There's a wariness to the say-anything Trump that was long in the making.

    Trump, in a 1990 Playboy interview, said the loss of his older brother Fred Jr., an alcoholic who died at 42, "affected everything."

    "He was the first Trump boy out there, and I subconsciously watched his moves," Trump said. "I saw people really taking advantage of Fred, and the lesson I learned was always to keep up my guard 100 percent." He said he's a "very untrusting guy."

    The man who has married three times lives large and offers the opulence of his real estate developments as a metaphor for what he can do for America. But in fact he has relatively simple tastes, if you are to believe him and his family.

    He's never had a drink, smoked or done drugs, he says. He's a self-proclaimed "germ freak" who'd really rather not shake your hand.

    Give him spaghetti and meatballs over pate any day, his sister says.

    Or even meatloaf, a Trump favorite when he's at his Mar-a-Lago resort in Palm Beach, Florida.

    In the end, Trump stood before voters and offered himself as the unadorned solution to what ails a nation he paints in dark, troubled hues, mocking the gimmicks and celebrity endorsements of his opponent.

    "I am here all by myself," he told a crowd in Pennsylvania. "Just me. No guitar, no piano, no nothing."

    — Nancy Benac, Associated Press

    by Michael Olson, MPR News via MPR News 11/9/2016 7:59:20 AM
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