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A Post-Election Analysis: Victories, Losses and What Lies Ahead

The midterm elections are widely predicted to bring substantial change to the House of Representatives, where polls show a possible Democratic takeover and the election of the first woman Speaker. In the Senate, where Majority Leader Bill Frist is retiring, the chamber will have a new leader even if Republicans maintain their majority. And in state elections across the country, new governors and new ballot initiatives will reshape races in 36 states in which four-fifths of Americans reside.

To analyze the election results and discuss the impact on U.S. domestic and foreign policy, Brookings held a panel discussion on November 10 at the National Press Club. Participants included Ron Haskins, co-director of the Center on Children and Families and a former congressional staffer on the Ways and Mean Committee; Amy Liu, deputy director of the Metropolitan Policy Program; and Susan Rice, senior fellow and former Assistant Secretary of State. Noted congressional expert and senior fellow Thomas Mann moderated the discussion.




Susan E. Rice

Former Brookings Expert

Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs, Executive Office of the President

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