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Senate Confirms Surgeon Gen. Despite Objection of NRA

Sarah Ferris, The Hill

Dr. Vivek Murthy was approved 51-43 as the nation’s top doctor despite opposition from the GOP for his support of gun control & ObamaCare. Three Dems voted against him, while Sen. Mark Kirk (Ill.) was the only Repub. to vote in favor.

GOP Senate Should Put Brakes on Obama Judges

Hugh Hewitt, Washington Examiner

Obama has already made his mark upon the fed. judiciary. Ted Cruz wants a complete embargo on all Obama nominees, save those critical to nat'l security, because of the O's unconstitutional exec. amnesty. This full embargo would include judicial nominees. 

Senate to Debate $1.1T CRomnibus Fri

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Reid asked all to pass the spending bill by Sat. The Sen. voted on a 2-day stop-gap funding measure. He wants to pass a defense bill, tax extenders, a terrorism insurance bill & confirm some nominees. 

McConnell: Immigration A Low Priority For GOP Senate

Caroline May, Breitbart

McConnell said that while the current immigration system is “broken,” Obama’s recent exec. actions — including offering legal status and work permits to nearly 5 million illegal immigrants — makes the prospect of moving quickly on reform next Congress far-fetched. 

R's Clash on Reversing Nuclear Option

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Republicans are split over whether to change the Senate’s rules to allow filibusters on executive and judicial nominations.

Mary Landrieu Loses to GOP's Cassidy

Andrea Drusch, National Journal

Bill Cassidy's win stretches the GOP's gain in the Senate to nine seats. Rep. Bill Cassidy garnered 712,330 votes, or 56%; Sen. Mary Landrieu, (D) got 561,099 votes, or 44%.

Establishment's Enzi Targeting Jeff Sessions

Gaston Mooney, Conservative Review

Are Repubs. about to bench their all-star budget player & replace him with a minor leaguer? While Enzi is far from a liberal, he doesn't measure up to Sessions in terms of serving as a leader and a voice on critical issues. 

Repubs. Stop NSA Reform Bill

Burgess Everett, Politico

Mitch McConnell, like many Repubs., voted it down because he believed the reforms went too far, while Rand Paul voted against the bill because it did not go far enough.

NRCC Lost Many Close CA Races

Jon Fleischman, Breitbart

Nationally, R's had an outstanding election. Besides the huge gains in the Senate, House R's made modest gains (12 seats), bringing their majority to 244 of 435 members. Yet House R's could've had an even better night but for being completely routed by Dems in CA. 

Senate GOP Zero In on How to Gut Obamacare

David M. Drucker, Washington Examiner

Senate R's will likely move to gut Obamacare after they assume the majority next year by using a parliamentary maneuver that would allow them to skirt an expected Democratic filibuster, GOP sources said.

NRA’s Election Success a Big Win For 2nd Amend.

Monica Sanchez, Media Research Center

More than 90% of congressional candidates endorsed by the NRA won their races in the 2014 elections. “The gun lobby also has a powerful ally in incoming Maj. Leader Mitch McConnell, who is highly unlikely to bring to the floor any bills on that would tighten firearm restrictions.”

McConnell, Reid Aim to Make Deal

Alexander Bolton, The Hill

Harry Reid & Mitch McConnell want to craft a lame-duck agreement that allows his party to claim some victory. Reid & McConnell may agree to move a bloc of noncontroversial nominees. But any Dem. bundlers or other political patrons Obama wants to reward will get blocked.

GOP Falling Into The Obama–Reid Trap

The Obama -- Reid plan is simple: Bring Congress back into session, quickly pass a bill to fund the government for the next ten months, deprive Republicans of the power of the purse and then have from the moment the bill passes until the absolute last minute before the new Congress is sworn in to confirm liberal judges and implement Obama's lawless "Executive Amnesty."

Young Guns vs. Gavels

Politico Magazine Staff

As the GOP takes control of the Senate, estab. R's like Thad Cochran, Orrin Hatch, Chuck Grassley & John McCain will pick up the chairman’s gavel, setting up a classic conflict between governing & campaigning with the party’s 2016-aspiring young guns like Ted Cruz, Rand Paul and Marco Rubio.

Mike Lee’s Plan To Fix Congress

Sen. Mike Lee, The Federalist

Lee offers 5 steps to restore trust, transparency, and empowerment. "Repubs. should make it part of the job description of ‘chairman’ that each committee, and ideally, each subcommittee, propose at least one major, fundamental, long-term policy overhaul each year."

Pat Roberts: I've Heard My Orders To Stay Conservative

Tony Lee, Breitbart

"I've heard my marching orders loud and clear," Roberts said during his victory speech. "I will be bold. I will be conservative. And I will be constructive." But Mark Levin stated, "Pat Roberts campaigned on getting rid of Obamacare. Now says he wants to fix it to get rid of gridlock."

Cruz Won't Run for Majority Leader

Peter Sullivan, The Hill

Ted Cruz ruled out running for majo. leader after Repubs. took the Senate. He declined to say whether he'd vote for McConnell for maj. leader. "My practice has been not to second guess leadership decisions," Cruz said when asked why he won't express support for McC.

Still Undecided: 18 House, 2 Senate, 6 Governor Races

David Eldridge, Roll Call

After a night of historic wins by the GOP, there are still a handful of key races, mostly in CA & AZ, that The AP had not yet called Weds. morning. The VA & AK Senate races are still toss-ups, too.

Election Day Will Be a Hollow Victory For GOP

Erick Erickson, Politico

"The GOP celebration will be brief. When the new Republican Congress convenes next year, tries to lead, and looks over its shoulder, there won’t be many conservatives following."

TEAParty Support May Put GOP Over Top In 'Hold Your Nose Election'

Michael Patrick Leahy, Breitbart

From KS to KY, NC to Alaska, Tea Party supporters who saw their endorsed candidates lose to estab. R's in U.S. Senate primaries are holding their noses as they prepare to put endangered Repub. candidates over the top with their votes in closely fought U.S. Senate races.