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November 5th, 2014
09:57 PM ET

Tim Scott first black senator elected in South since Reconstruction

Republicans made history on election night, beyond taking control of the Senate. Voters elected a slate of younger, more diverse Republican candidates that include some major historic firsts.

Among midterm winners many historic firsts

Tim Scott became the first African-American elected to the South from the South since Reconstruction. Mia Love is the first black Republican woman ever elected to Congress from any state.

Thirty-year-old Elise Stefanik is the youngest woman ever elected to Congress from either party. Tom Cotton is the first Iraq War and the first Afghanistan war veteran to be elected to the Senate.

This new tidal wave of Republicans will also include several presidential contenders who bring their own agendas to the Hill.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Republican Senator Tim Scott of South Carolina says his election was "one of the most remarkable experiences of my life."


Filed under: Midterms 2014 • News • Politics
November 5th, 2014
09:40 PM ET

News anchor dances to Taylor Swift, co-anchor not amused

Ever ask someone to dance and they say no? Well, CNN's Jeanne Moos has the story of a dancing TV news anchorman whose co-anchor won't dance.


Filed under: Jeanne Moos • Media
November 5th, 2014
09:09 PM ET

RNC Chairman Reince Priebus: Pres. Obama is not trustworthy on immigration

One day after Republicans scored huge gains in the U.S. Senate and the House, President Obama gave a lengthy press conference and signaled he wants to work with the new Congress, but he also made it clear that if Congress didn't act quickly, he will and without their approval.

"I am eager to see what they have to offer but what I am not going to do is wait," Obama said in his first public remarks since the election. "Let's see what we can do lawfully through executive actions."

Senator Mitch McConnell, the presumptive majority leader promised cooperation, but he had a stern lecture for the president.

"Because of the strength of the veto pen, he could probably stay on the course he's on," McConnell said Wednesday.

With gridlock looking as locked in place as ever, what do Republicans need to do to make sure they don't lose their momentum and their chances for the White House in 2016.

In an interview with CNN's Erin Burnett, Chairman for the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus says his party's election victory wasn't just based on a repudiation of the President's policies, but also an "acceptance of Republican policies and governance."


Filed under: GOP • Midterms 2014 • News • Politics
November 5th, 2014
08:44 PM ET

Abducted Philadelphia woman found alive in Maryland; suspect arrested

Philadelphia police say, Carlesha Freeland-Gaither, the woman whose abduction was captured on surveillance video, has been found alive in Maryland.

FBI: Abducted Philadelphia woman found alive in Maryland; suspect arrested

Police say she had minor injuries, but is in good shape. A 37-year-old former Philadelphia resident has been arrested in connection with her abduction.

CNN's Jean Casarez has the latest.


Filed under: Crime • Justice • News
November 5th, 2014
04:12 PM ET

Scientists use robots to spy on penguins

Why would researchers in Antarctica use fake penguin robots to fool real penguins?

It's to save the real ones from the stress of being exposed to humans. And when we say they fell for the fakes, we mean they fell to the point of trying to form a couple - though CNN's Jeanne Moos reports the robots still have to work on their waddle.


Filed under: Animals • Jeanne Moos