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One of the more bizarre minor melodramas of the midterms is taking place in Iowa where a former Democratic state representative, Dan Kelley, funded a hitpiece in another state legislative district alleging that the incumbent Democrat there, Scott Ourth, was responsible for the suicide of a former congressional chief of staff.

It turns out that the money for the letter had been funneled through Ourth’s opponent, the uniquely named Rebel Snodgrass. The result is a campaign finance investigation in Iowa. The entire saga, written up by Patrick Rynard at Iowa Starting Line, reads like All The President’s Men remade by the Coen Brothers in small town Iowa.

The end of the Florida recount means that all Senate races of the midterms have been called (with the exception of the Mississippi’s special election runoff on 27 November because, obviously, it hasn’t happened yet).

However, there are still five unresolved House races so, if you’re feeling nostalgic for the midterms, you still have a little bit of excitement left.

A new memoir by a former Trump White House aide has earned a seven-figure advance.

Cliff Sims, a former Trump campaign and administration aide, has a January book coming out called Team of Vipers.

I suspect that posterity will look back on this bizarre time in history like we were living on the pages of a Dickens novel.” He added: “Lincoln famously had his Team of Rivals. Trump had his Team of Vipers. We served. We fought. We brought our egos. We brought our personal agendas and vendettas. We were ruthless. And some of us, I assume, were good people.

Democrats have one silver lining after the end of Florida’s recount madness which saw incumbent senator Bill Nelson concede to Republican Rick Scott on Sunday.

For the first time in 12 years, they have won a statewide office in Florida. The recount ended with Nikki Freed winning election to be Florida agriculture commissioner.

The White House has renewed its war on Jim Acosta. After a federal court restored Acosta’s pass under a restraining order, the White House notified Acosta that it would immediately revoke his access to the building once the restraining order expired.

The result is that CNN and Acosta are going back to court seeking an injunction guarantee his access to the White House.

Good morning. Congress is out, all the recounts are over and the White House is getting a Christmas tree delivered today.

It’s Monday in American politics.

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