Bustos holds seat in 17th district
ROCK ISLAND, ILL. – Democrat Cheri Bustos was voted in the night of Tuesday, Nov. 4, for her second consecutive term in the 17th Congressional district by a 10 percent margin against Republican Bobby Schilling. Her victory comes after vicious smear campaigns were conducted on both sides.
Speaking at a victory celebration in Rock Island, Bustos acknowledged the difficulty facing herself and her fellow Democrats as Republicans won around the nation. In the Illinois gubernatorial race, Democrat governor Pat Quinn lost out to Republican Bruce Rauner.
(Source: Galesburg Register-Mail)
Senate turns red
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Republicans crossed the six-seat threshold to regain control of the Senate in the midterm election on Tuesday, Nov. 4. Senator Mitch McConnell received an easy victory over his Democrat opponent in Kentucky and aims to take on the role of Senate majority leader.
The election grew surprisingly lopsided toward Republicans as the election neared, fueled by frustration with the Obama administration and the economy. In the House, Republicans grew their standing to a point that hasn’t been seen since the Truman Administration.
(Source: The New York Times)
Amnesty International accuses Israel of war crimes
JERUSALEM, ISRAEL – Amnesty International released a report Wednesday, Nov. 5, accusing Israel of committing war crimes in the Gaza Strip war this past summer. With more than 2,100 Palestinians dead, many of which were civilians, Amnesty stated Israel showed “callous indifference” in attacks on civilian homes, and that Palestinian civilians were not given prior warnings on strikes nor given the chance to flee their homes.
Israel denied the accusations, stating that U.N. and Palestinian numbers on civilian losses are too high and that Amnesty International “ignored documented war crimes perpetuated by Hamas.” Israel laid blame for civilian dead on Hamas, arguing that the Islamic militant group launched rockets from residential areas and near mosques.