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Hi everyone! I’m PBS NewsHour congressional correspondent (and elections nerd) Lisa Desjardins. I spent the last eight months following almost 100 races. You may have seen me breaking down how they turned out during our election special on Tuesday night. I also reported on Conor Lamb’s special election victory in March, which set off full-blown Democratic hopes for a wave election, and, later, Virginia Republican Senate candidate Corey Stewart’s views on white nationalists. We learned a lot on Tuesday night, and I am here to take your questions about what it all means for Congress, our lives and the next presidential election.

Proof: https://twitter.com/NewsHour/status/1060554809147822080


UPDATE 11:35 a.m. Eastern:

THANK YOU for all of your great questions, I'm sorry that I can't keep answering. Please follow me on Twitter at @LisaDNews (I do read and respond when at all possible).

And please consider learning more about Chester Arthur. He was a good president and so underappreciated.

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Original Poster100 points · 12 days ago

THANK YOU for all of your great questions, I'm sorry that I can't keep answering. Please follow me on Twitter at @LisaDNews (I do read and respond when at all possible).

And please consider learning more about Chester Arthur. He was a good president and so underappreciated.

Based on the midterms, have democrats had more success going further left or trying to be more centrist?

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Original Poster27 points · 12 days ago

The midterms answer to this is: yes.

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The eerie octopod, commonly known as an umbrella or dumbo octopus, was spotted swimming more than 10,000 feet below the ocean's surface by deep-sea scientists aboard the Nautilus Live research vessel earlier this month. Audio from the live-streamed video captured the researchers enthusiastic reaction to unexpected find. The nearly two foot-long creature floated by one of the team's remotely operated underwater vehicles as it roamed a previously unexplored rocky outcropping near Davidson Seamount. The inactive volcanic undersea mountain habitat in Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary is known for vast coral and sponge fields that host many deep-sea crustaceans, fishes and other animals. Footage courtesy: Ocean Exploration Trust/NOAA

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Chief Justice John Roberts welcomed Kavanaugh to start the day, wishing him on behalf of the entire court the traditional "long and happy career in our common calling." Read more: https://to.pbs.org/2OcxoWh

Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh in his first day at the high court. Sketch by William Hennessy.

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Hi - I'm Amna Nawaz, a national correspondent at PBS NewsHour. Prior to joining the NewsHour in April 2018, I was an anchor and correspondent at ABC News, and for a decade before, at NBC in a variety of roles including the network's Islamabad correspondent/bureau chief. I've reported on the dangers of drinking while pregnant, police shootings of unarmed black men, our planet’s growing plastic pollution problem, the confirmation hearings of Brett Kavanaugh, and just last month, interviewed President Erdogan of Turkey. Ask me anything!

Proof: https://twitter.com/IAmAmnaNawaz/status/1049650504756850688

This AMA is part of r/IAmA’s “Spotlight on Journalism” project which aims to shine a light on the state of journalism and press freedom in 2018. Join us for a new AMA every day in October. 

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UPDATE: 12:20p and I'm logging off. Thanks for your questions! Tweet me with those music suggestions (@IamAmnaNawaz)!

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What’s your favorite shoe?

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What's your best advice for staying objective as a journalist in this volatile news climate where there seems to be a need to constantly defend good journalism?

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Original Poster20 points · 1 month ago

worry less about defending the work we do, and more on just doing the work we do.

good journalism speaks for itself.

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