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Dylan Scott

Dylan Scott is a reporter for Talking Points Memo. He previously reported for Governing magazine in Washington, D.C., and the Las Vegas Sun. His work has been recognized with a 2013 American Society of Business Publication Editors award for Best Feature Series and a 2010 Associated Press Society of Ohio award for Best Investigative Reporting. He can be reached at dylan@talkingpointsmemo.com.

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President Barack Obama said Wednesday that he still planned to issue sweeping executive orders on immigration reform after the Republicans won control of Congress on Tuesday.

"Before the end of the year," he told reporters at a press conference, the White House will "take action to improve function of immigration system."

"I think it's fair to say I've shown a lot of patience and tried to work on a bipartisan basis as much as possible," he added.

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President Barack Obama summed up the 2014 election succinctly at a Wednesday press conference: "Obviously, Republicans had a good night."

In his first public remarks since the sweeping Republican wins on Tuesday, Obama grappled with the meaning of the election results, which saw the GOP flip control of the Senate, pick up a surprising number of governorships, and enlarge their majority in the House.

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Older voters helped propel Republicans to sweeping victories Tuesday in Senate and gubernatorial races nationwide, according to exit polls from NBC News.

The disparity between the under-30 and over-60 was the widest it's been in a decade, those polls found. The seniors comprised 37 percent of the electorate; young people made up 12 percent.

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Election forecasting guru Nate Silver concluded Wednesday, in the wake of Republicans thoroughly throttling Democrats across the map, that the 2014 polls had in fact been skewed — in favor of Democrats.

Going into Election Day, Democrats had to hope that the polls were biased against them — or at least not accounting for their much-touted turnout game. The day after, that looks like a bad joke.

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Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY) has made a habit of attacking Hillary Clinton as he positions himself for a 2016 presidential run, and he is turning up the heat after Republican spanked Democrats in the 2014 midterms.

The outcome wasn't just a judgment of President Barack Obama — it was a "repudiation" of Clinton, too, Paul said Wednesday morning on CNN.

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With a midterm campaign in which $4 billion was spent to help flip the Senate from Democrats to Republicans, the Brookings Institution has come out with a new ranking of America's most politically influential billionaires.

A familiar pair of names is still No. 1: Charles and David Koch. They spent at least $290 million on the 2014 cycle, Brookings said.

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With few exceptions, 2014 turned out to be the worst possible scenario for Democrats. The Senate is not only back in the hands of Republicans, but with a margin of seats over Democrats that only the most optimistic scenarios envisioned. Governorships that Democrats expected to wrest from Republicans proved out of their reach, but worse yet they stunningly lost gubernatorial races in solidly blue states.

Heading into Election Day, everybody seemed to agree that Republicans had the edge, but it could go either way. Democrats had a plausible if unlikely path to Senate victory, and a promised silver lining in red state governor races. But at midnight on Wednesday, that conventional wisdom looks almost laughably dated. Republicans won almost every meaningful race and, even in a few where they lost, they made Democrats sweat more than anyone expected.

Ousting Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Corbett (R) and avoiding what would have been an unbelievable upset of Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (D-NH) are about the only small morsels that Democrats can hold onto. Otherwise, the map couldn't have been any worse for Democrats -- or better for Republicans.

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UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. ET: The Associated Press has called the election for Van Hollen.

UPDATE: 12:31 p.m. ET: Van Hollen has pulled out to an 8-point lead with two-thirds of precincts reporting.

In a sign of how brutal the 2014 Election Day has been for Democrats, top House Democrat Chris Van Hollen is now clinging to a small lead in the Maryland 8th congressional district.

Van Hollen, ranking member of the Budget Committee and one of House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi's top deputies, leads Republican Dave Wallace, 50.6 percent to 49.4 percent as of 12 a.m. Wednesday.

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After looking like he was in deep trouble two months ago, Sen. Pat Roberts (R-KS) completed his political comeback Tuesday with a victory over independent candidate Greg Orman, according to projections from Fox News and CBS News.

The story seems to be simple: Roberts's capmaign -- with some help from national Republicans -- was revitalized after the Democratic candidate Chad Taylor dropped out on Sept. 3 and polling showed Orman with a sizable lead.

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