warm welcome. these are the top stories. dealing a blow to trump, democrats win control of the u.s. house of representatives, meaning they could open the administration to intense scrutiny. republicans heightening their grip -- republicans tightening their grip on the senate. --ens of children cap did captured by armed men have been
released. a couple have been -- are still being held hostage. coming up, how the markets have been reacting to the u.s. election results and look at the economic challenges facing the new members of congress. all that and plenty more coming up on live from paris. for the very first time in eight years, the democrats have regained control of the house of representatives. in the u.s. midterm elections, it deals a major setback for trump and his administration. the republicans have tightened their hold on the u.s. senate,
the house democrats will have the ability to investigate trump's tax returns and explore including his links to russia. let's keep you up-to-date. voters on tuesday were casting members ofts for 435 the house of representatives plus 35 of the 100 seats available in the senate. 36 out of 50 state governors. how do things look in the house of representatives? 119 seats -- 219 seats. it comes to governors, 22 democrats and 25 republicans.
many see the election as a referendum on trump, his two years in office, before he faces reelection in 2020. taking to twitter, trump held the midterms a tremendous success. democrats capture and control the house of representatives. nancy pelosi is expected to be reinstated as the speaker of the from, a position she held 2007 to 2011. she thanked democrats for their support. congress willc work on solutions that bring us together. we have had enough of division. the american people want peace, results, they want us to work for positive results for their lives.
more on the you midterms. tom burgess watson is standing by in front of congress. there, washington is waking up to change today. sun has risen here in washington. have lifted.uds we have visibility because 114 theirn people have cast ballots in the midterm elections. that is a marked increase versus the 83 million who voted in the midterms. one-party rule here in washington is over. diversea younger, congress. not all votes are counted yet.
it is a blow to the president. it is going to make his job of governining more difficult. tore was something for him celebrate, the victory in the senate. it is something he calls a tremendous success. >> a great deal at stake. can you talk us through some key results from the midterms? are historic. first for women, muslims, native americans. more than 100 women are going to
be taking up seats in congress behind me. that is a historic member. two of the women arere 29 yearss old. youngest is picking up a seat. mostlyictory for women, thosose two rising stars. there were disappointments for thee democrats. andrew gillum in florida, stacy abrams in georgia, beto o'rourke in texas will not be celebrating at this stage. this is the outcome a lot of people thought overall. the house has been retaken by the democrats. the senate remains under the control of the republican. the surprise of the evening was the margin by which the republicans managed to keep control of the senate.
>> reclaiming governor seats in several key states. some winds were balanced out by ontolicans, holding florida plus the governor offices in ohio and arizona. stacy abrams has refused to concede to brian camp despite a large deficit in the vote counts. georgia has been marred with vovoting issues. the campaign says all vote have yet to be e counted. they must reach 50% of the vote
to avoid a runoff. >> when you chose me as your democratic nominee, i made you a vow. would beorgia, no one unseen, no one is unheard and no one is uninspired. a vow takes effort and commitment to hold truth, reaching out, reaching across is hard work. is in you then, hard work our bones. we have proven this every day, made,oors knocked, calls miles traveled. tonight, we have closed the gap between yesterday and tomorrow. abrams speaking there. a record number of women are heading to congress.
the first two muslim women elected to congress. alexander cortez, we have a report. >> the first woman of color to represent our state and congress. the first woman to wear a head ab. -- to wear a hijab >> the state became a home after fleeing me civil war in somalia. she joins another woman elected to the u.s. congress this year. >> it was my time to run. i am also making history today. more importantly, people got something different. >> they are not the only frustrate her's on --
frustraters on capitol hill. she is one of 229 democrats to win a house seat. , she is aaitress self-declared socialist and has become a rising star of the democratic party. there were other firsts. isative american woman openly gay, but that did not prevent her from beating a republican incumbent in kansas. >> there were reports of extraordinary turnouts in several states, including georgia, where voters waited for up to three rain,
hours after the polls were scheduled to close to cast their ballot. the turnout could be as high as 50%, levels not seen since the 1960's. authorities in cameroon say all 78 children and a driver of ducted in a country's southwest have been freed. the kidnappers are holding the principal and another teacher hostage. police is said to be carrying out negotiations. >> the nightmare lasted almlmost twtwo fullll d days. 79 childldren abducted in this boboarding school by unidentifid gunmnmen were released wednesda. negotiators linked to the presbyterian church worked relentlessly to have them freed. >> they were brought to one of our churches.
they looked tired and exhausted. >> kidnappings have become common in cameroon's rthwest and southwest english speaking regions. anglophones have complained of discrimination. what started as peaceful protests in 2016 has deepened to a full-blown secessionist movement. separatists have kidnapped soldiers and children to pressure the government into state.g their breakaway the army has b been accused of killing unarmed protesters and torching villages. last few years, thousands have fled their homes, with 20,000 escaping to nigeria. marseilles, anger is growing following the collapse of two buildings.
investigators have found six bodies. the search for victims and survivors continues. been the death or have resented -- been prevented? it have been prevented? the bubuildings that collapsed n monday were listed as substandard by local authorities. only one of them was condemned and boarded up in 2008. the other contained 10 apartments, nine of which were occupied. residents alerted officials about risks weeks ago. >> we saw cracks in the stairwell. firefighters came to inspect the building. they evacuated us. after four hours, they allowed us back in. >> the company that has managed the building said experts deemed it fit to live in.
>> bricks had fallen off the walls. they said it was nothing to worry about. suggestsrnment report up to 40,000 homes are in need of repair. that is almost 10% of the city's available housing. who is to blame for the lack k f maintenance? it is estimated only one in five buildings flagged as being at risk of collapsing have been renovated. lengthy procedures are to blame. are stuck in a system that prevents us from carrying out the necessary repair work when and where it t is most needed. said ane's minister investigation was underway. a man has another accolade to
his name. , the french award literary prize. >> i am outside the historic restaurant where the prize has been announced for 2018. much excitement as the announcement was made, a a coming-of-age tale set within the industrial decline in eastern france in the 1990's and it is told using the language of young people, a lot of slang. not the most usual language we would see.
namesnow joining the big who have one in the past. in the past.on knows it is france a jackpot ticket to instant book sales. >> a change in pace. the business world was watching closely the u.s. elections to see what it might mean for key issues like trade. stephen joins me in the studio. the economy took a backseat during the campaign. there is plenty congress will have to get set about doing. is booming.economy it is widely expected we will see the peak of the economic growth we have seen and things will slow down.
this is the effect of the tax cuts for businesses and individuals as they begin to wear off. they have boosted corporate profits but also have to be paid for. budget deficithe rose to almost $780 billion. it is expected to rise to $1 trillion next year. a bigger deficit adds to the already $26hich is trillion. more debt means the government has to pay more each year in interest, which means less money forr other things like public services. congress needs to vote on the new trade deal between the u.s., canada, and mexico. the tariffs imposed by the trump white house are starting to take their toll. ford says it has cost them $1 billion.
china's retaliatory tariffs hitting the country. there is a potential for it to escalate. trade is one of the issues of -controlled house may clash with the white house over. they may find common ground on infrastructure spending. democrats not happy with trump upon current outline. whether the question on to extend the tax cuts. >> how have the markets reacted to the results? >> we have seen the dollar trade weaker. the dollar seeing some of the reaction.
european shares trading up. london, and frankfurt up. mining companies getting a boost. i spoke to the chief market london about in what they are interpreting. it makes the trade war more difficult. perhaps we will get a more considerate approach here toward allies. it will be a good thing. it will be harder to get through.
>> turning to facebook, more details about the accounts suspended before bloating got underway. >> it appears to have links to a russian agency. the group has been banned from facebook. sececurityted by u.s. services to this potential suspicious activity. reminder bad actors will not give up. facebook set up a war room to weed out fake news on the platform. >> the head of boeing in china sounded optimistic about the trade dispute with the united states. talksn bruen confident would resume on the issue. the aircraft maker has escaped the tit for tat tariffs.
airbus and china talking about this at the china airshow. heathrowlems at london's airport. lighting on the runways. the problem was resolved this morning, b but flights have experienced delays s up to three hours. engineers are investigating. unhappy travelers in the process. time for our press review. we have the online reactions to the midterm elections. democrats taking the house of representatives. >> a cartoonist has been
providing his illustrated commentary this wednesday as the election results come through. trump may have to contend with more than a caravan of migrants, but democrats ready to storm the white house. politico has been putting the what forward, looking at can be done now that congress is divided. they are looking at ways in which democrats and republicans may work together. there is a lot on the line for the democrats. they don't want to appear vending of, which would not bode well if they are looking forward to presidential elections in 2020. if democrats hope it would put a check on donald trump, they are mistaken. says no street journal one is going to rein in donald trump except donald trump, and only if he wants to.
he only shows restraint when there is political interest. what is at stake and should be the concern is who is going to control policy in the house and how. >> when it comes to conservative press, what havee you seen? >> fox news conceded the democrats win in the house of representatives, but they deny there was any kind of blue sue nami taking over american politics. looking review has been ahead to what the preliminary results might mean for policymaking. nancy pelosi is asked acted to prioritize things like gun control and anticorruption legislation. trump is expected to be in the eye of the democratic storm. the democrats could threaten donald trump with subpoenas to force him to comply. the interest has been the
focus on diversity and women. we can do it, you might even say we have done it. toen have been elected office. it is not just the candidate, there have been a real push by women turned off by trump's policies and his comments. rashida, who won her race for michigan. is the firstan somali-american muslim elected to office. she had one of her campaign's gate crashed by a far right activists and had accusations of being linked to terrorists thrown at her. both have survived to become the
first women of muslim faith to enter congress. you also have a woman who is the first black member from massachusetts in the house of representatives. there has been a native american representation with deb's when -- indeb's win in mexico new mexico. and, the first openly gay governor winning his race in colorado. >> beto o'rourke lost to ted cruz. aere is some hope of finding candidate in 2020. >> he stood out in that race. he lost a tough republican state to ted cruz. it should have been easy for ted
cruz. beto o'rourke has a colorful character. he is a former punk rocker turned congressman, with some saying he has kennedy-esque qualities. 18-year-old record in terms of fundraising, raising over $60 million during his campaign. twitter, there is a hashtag for him. >> there were also unusual candidates who equally won their us -- one their races. >> denver reutimann one his house seat in virginia, defeating leslie cockburn. it was one of the strangest and closest races of the midterms
zipperer: good afternoon, and welcome to today's meeting of the commonwealth club of california, the place where you're in the know. i'm john zipperer, the club's vice president of media and editorial, host of its week-to-week political roundtable series, and your moderator for today. and now, it's my pleasure to introduce today's distinguished speaker, chaharlie sykes. he's the a author of 8 books on n current afaffairs and education, inincluding h his new book, "how the right lost its mind." for years, he was the number one conservative talk radio host in the state of wisconsin. his past books have offered critiques of higher education,, such as 1989's "profscam." he has w written about policics and social criticism,, susuch as "the end of privacy" in 1999, aand "a nanation of f moochers" in 2013. now, his latest book