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Morning Express with Robin Meade

A fast, personal, and smart blend of all the news you want in the morning. We call it "News in the Fast Lane." So buckle up.

Republican candidate for the U.S. Senate, Joni Ernst, waits to speak at a rally upon the completion of her tour of all of Iowa's 99 counties on October 30, 2014 in Ames, Iowa.

First female combat vet wins Senate seat

Republican Joni Ernst beat out her democratic challenger in Iowa. That makes her Iowa’s first female senator.

CNN's Pamela Brown has more on the little-known state Senator, who shot her way to the top.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) speaks accompanied by his wife Elaine Chao at his election night event November 4, 2014 in Louisville, Kentucky. McConnell defeated Kentucky Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes

GOP reigns supreme

The Democrats lost big Tuesday night as a Republican wave spread across the nation, giving the GOP control of Congress.

Republicans needed just six seats to take control of the Senate. They ended up winning seven giving them a 52-45 majority. Seats in Alaska, Louisiana and Virginia will be decided in a December runoff.

File photo: US Senator Lindsey Graham speaks as he takes part in a press conference with unseen US Senator John McCain at the US Embassy in Kabul on January 2, 2014.

Senator on tape joking about Baptists & white men

Senator Lindsey Graham was caught on tape joking that white men in male-only clubs will do great if he's president.

He was at an all-male club in South Carolina earlier this month.

Rhode Island Gubinatorial candidate Anne Armstrong takes a hit of marijuana in campaign ad

Candidate smokes pot in campaign ad

A woman running for governor in Rhode Island took a hit of pot in her campaign ad.

Anne Armstrong put this video on her official YouTube page:

John Boehner, Barack Obama

The gloves are off

President Obama and house speaker John Boehner are using microphones to yell at each other.

Yesterday, Boehner blamed the president for the thousands of children crossing into U.S. without parents.

President Obama called a racial slur

Police commissioner calls Obama the "n-word"

Mitt Romney wants a police commissioner in Wolfeboro, New Hampshire to step down after he called President Obama the "n-word."

Robert Copeland admitted he used the racial slur and refused to apologize for it.

Screen grab from video that purports to show Toronto Mayor Rob Ford smoking crack

Another Rob Ford crack video?

Toronto Mayor Rob Ford says he's taking a leave of absence after reports surfaced of a second, new, video that allegedly shows him smoking crack again.

FLASHBACK: Toronto Mayor: "Yes, I have smoked crack"

File photo: Singer Clay Aiken performs during the 'Hit Man: David Foster and Friends' concert at the Mandalay Bay Events Center May 9, 2009 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Can Clay Aiken win a golden ticket to Congress?

Singer Clay Aiken is officially running for congress in North Carolina.

A video explaining why the American Idol and Celebrity Apprentice runner up decided to enter the race just went up on his website:

'Planet Hillary' on the cover of the New York Times Magazine

'Planet Hillary' discovered orbiting Twitter

"Weird," "unflattering" and "creepy" are how some people are describing the cover of this weekend's New York Times Magazine.

It features a strange portrait of Hillary Clinton’s face… as a planet:

Did "Political mischief-maker" Dave Wilson pretend to be black in order to win an election in Texas?

White candidate pretended he was black to win?

Voters in Texas apparently thought they elected an African-American man to a college board of trustees.

But the man in question is, in fact, white.

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