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United States mid term election 2014
7 November 2014 Last updated at 00:14

Can they walk the walk?President Barack Obama smiles at a reporter after saying that he"s missed speaking to the reporters, as he is asked a question during a news conference in the East Room of the White House 5 November 2014

Cordial words between President Obama and newly-minted Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell mask fundamental - perhaps insurmountable - ideological differences, writes BBC North America editor Jon Sopel.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell speaks at a press conference.Advice to Republicans: Don't govern

The editors of the conservative National Review warn that the Republican Congress shouldn't fall for the "governing trap". Instead, they must focus on winning the presidency in 2016.

US President Barack Obama appeared in Washington on 5 November 2014 New Senate leader makes unity pledge

Barack Obama and the Republicans promise to work together, after the US president's Democrats suffer a huge defeat in the mid-term elections.

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