Republicans gain seats in the Senate; Democrats take the House

It’s a mixed bag of an election for both major parties on Wednesday as the Democrats took control of the House of Representatives for the first time since 2010 while Republicans not only maintained control of the Senate, they gained several crucial seats in Missouri, Florida, Indiana and North Dakota. Democrats will now have more power to challenge President Donald Trump’s agenda for the remainder of his first term. Outside partisan takeaways, it was a historic night for women and minority candidates as they took massive electoral strides with big wins across the country. Several gubernatorial races, and the battle for Arizona Senator Jeff Flake’s seat, are still up in the air. 

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The election results are in and Democrats gained control of the House during the midterms. It will place a check and balance on President Trump’s power and could tie up his agenda for the next couple of years.
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Wednesday is a day for civil workplace discourse no matter the results

It’s the first day back in the office after the midterm elections and no matter what side wins, the results might be met with gloating, anger, frustration or worse from co-workers. During the last presidential election, politics created divisions in the workplace and even sparked some violent incidents. Co-workers can — and do — have other viewpoints that are just as valid as your own. Our HR expert says that workplace leaders need to be proactive and “vigilant about reinforcing their values and expectations” regarding inclusion and respect for diversity of thought, especially on Wednesday as maintaining civil discourse continues to be very important. 

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Apple’s updated iPad Pro, MacBook Air in stores

Apple made headlines last week when it unveiled updated versions of its iPad Pro tablet and MacBook Air laptop. Both devices are in stores Wednesday. The iPad Pro, which drops the home button and features an edge-to-edge display, starts at $999. (USA TODAY’s Ed Baig points out that if you want to add a keyboard, case, pencil and extra storage and more, you’re looking at just over $2,700.) Baig praised the MacBook Air, which starts at $1,199, for its high-resolution Retina display, Touch ID and other features, but was disappointed in its battery life. 

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Apple unveiled two new IPads today in Brooklyn, NY
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Aldi to sell Advent wine calendar

Christmas really does come early this year as Aldi’s first-ever U.S. Advent wine and cheese calendar hits stores Wednesday. The two calendars, one filled with wine and the other with imported cheese, are expected to sell out quickly and will only be available while supplies last. The Festive Collection Wine Advent Calendar features 24 mini bottles of 12 different varieties and will cost $69.99 or $2.92 for each 6.37-ounce bottle. Holiday revelers can drink the vino in conjunction with the Advent, the religious days leading up to Christmas Eve. 

Guam Catholic church to file bankruptcy amid abuse lawsuits

Guam’s Catholic church will file for bankruptcy — a move that will allow the archdiocese to avoid trial in dozens of lawsuits alleging child sexual abuse by priests and move toward settlements. Archbishop Michael Byrnes announced Wednesday that mediation efforts that began in September led the church to bankruptcy. Earlier this year, the Vatican removed Archbishop Anthony Apuron from office and ordered him not to return to the Pacific island after convicting him of some charges in a Vatican sex abuse trial. The Archdiocese of Agana is the 20th Catholic diocese in the United States to file for bankruptcy, since 1994, to help settle clergy sex abuse claims, according to North Idaho-based bankruptcy Attorney Ford Elsaesser, who was tapped by the archdiocese to help in the process. 

Contributing: Associated Press

 

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