A look at President Trump's administration and the rest of Washington:
- Trump says deportations are coming "at a rate that nobody's ever seen before"
- Treasury secretary says tax reform will be done by August
- Constituents' anger turns town halls into must-see TV
- Trump administration ends Obama-era protections for transgender students
- Catch up quickly on the healthcare debate with Obamacare 101
In the partisan battle zone that is Washington, D.C., there is one conquest that could turn the fight decisively in Republicans ’ favor: winning 60 seats in the U.S. Senate.
With control of the House, a filibuster-proof Senate majority could empower President Trump and his congressional allies to push through legislation and approve high-level appointees, such as Supreme Court nominees, with Democrats in the minority powerless to stop them.
That is why the 2018 midterm election is shaping up as crucial for Trump and congressional Republicans, as well as Democrats fighting to protect President Obama ’s legacy and hold the line on further GOP advances.
After Democrats netted two seats in the Senate last year, Republicans hold a 52-48 majority, meaning the GOP would need a gain of eight seats to reach a filibuster-proof margin.
(That assumes party lawmakers stick together and vote as a bloc, which is never a certainty, as demonstrated by the withdrawal Wednesday of Trump’s nominee to head the Labor Department, Andrew Puzder, in the face of Republican opposition.)
So what are the odds?