A racial taunt turned a California classroom into the site of a brawl between two unlikely participants last week: a 64-year-old music teacher and a 14-year-old student. Days later, thousands of supporters have flooded a GoFundMe account, raising more than $135,000.
The midterm election results pouring in on Tuesday night, Nov. 6, included a number of significant demographic milestones. Sharice Davids and Deb Haaland will be the first Native American women to serve in Congress. Capitol Hill will have its first Muslim congresswomen with Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar. And Rep. Jared Polis, D-Colo., will be the first openly gay man to serve as a state's governor.
Nancy Pelosi is poised to take back the House speaker's gavel with the new Democratic majority, rebounding as the face of her party in a political "year of the woman" as a rebellion among younger Democrats lacks any real leaders. This time, Pelosi is signaling publicly she's ready to serve a "transitional" speaker to lay the groundwork for future leaders, although she hasn't said how long she will stick around.
Democrat Andrew Gillum was defeated in his bid to become Florida's first black governor in one of the nation's most closely watched races Tuesday, but the party still picked up at least two governorships after strong performances by their candidates in some Midwestern states in early results.
Republicans cemented control of the Senate for two more years Tuesday and positioned themselves for a more conservative majority, with victories by candidates who aligned closely with President Donald Trump. North Dakota Rep. Kevin Cramer and Indiana businessman Mike Braun, both staunch Trump allies, won seats held by Democrats. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Republican and another Trump loyalist, defeated a popular former governor in Tennessee.
Democratic challengers have unseated Republicans in at least 17 closely watched House races, moving the party closer to its long-sought goal of recapturing control of the House, according to projections based on exit polls and early returns from Tuesday's midterm elections.
Rihanna has made it official. The singer, who tweeted Sunday that she didn't want her music associated with Donald President Trump's "tragic rallies," had her people deliver a cease-and-desist letter to Trump HQ. "As you are or should be aware, Ms. Fenty has not provided her consent to Mr. Trump to use her music. Such use is therefore improper," stated the letter from the "Bad Girl" singer's legal team to White House counsel, according to Rolling Stone magazine.
Civil rights groups and election officials fielded thousands of reports of voting irregularities as voting began across the country Tuesday, with voters and advocates complaining of broken machines, rejected ballots and untrained poll workers improperly challenging Americans' right to vote.
An economist who accurately predicted the rising trade tensions between the U.S. and China now sees a likely resolution of the dispute next year. A trade deal may be reached at some point in 2019 as tariffs will start to hurt the U.S., Danske Bank chief analyst and China economist Allan von Mehren wrote in a report last week, just before President Donald Trump tweeted that discussions with Chinese President Xi Jinping are "moving along nicely."
New Justice Brett Kavanaugh joined the Supreme Court's liberal wing in questioning whether states can use their standard execution methods to kill people whose unique medical issues leave them at risk of severe pain.