Both congressional leaders held press conferences the day after Election Day pledging to work together to avoid the looming "fiscal cliff" — but their statements showed there is still quite a way to go to reach agreement.
The president's campaign fine-tuned its appeal to a younger, less-white electorate and got its supporters to turn out in much larger numbers than Republicans had anticipated. Meanwhile, Mitt Romney was hurt by a lack of money at a critical moment.
House Speaker John Boehner says he's ready to work with President Obama on a looming fiscal problem. The House has just weeks to negotiate over the scheduled higher tax rates and spending cuts called the "fiscal cliff." Steve Inskeep talks to Rep. Tom Cole of Oklahoma, a member of the House Republican leadership.
California voters rejected a ballot measure that would have ended the death penalty in the state. But they did pass a proposition that weakens the state's three-strikes law, which served as a model for other states around the nation.
After the election, many conservatives are pondering their losses. Some say their anti-abortion principles weren't the problem; it was the Republican Party's failure to run a truly conservative candidate. They're vowing to change the party and continue their fight to restrict abortion.
Unions poured millions of dollars into ballot campaigns to guarantee collective bargaining rights in the Michigan Constitution and allow state-paid home care assistants to organize into a union. Both were resoundingly defeated.
This week's presidential election was very close in the popular vote. But it was a real blowout in the Electoral College. A GOP pollster says Democrats have assembled a majority coalition and that means his party has to make some big changes.
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