Now that they have control of the House, Democrats say they are prepared to use their power to open multiple probes into President Donald Trump. They’re expected to scrutinize his policies on immigration, education and health care, and to examine his personal finances and potential connections to Russia — but they’re wary of immediately pursuing impeachment. Trump threatened Wednesday to retaliate with a “warlike posture” should the new majority use its subpoena power to launch investigations into his administration. [WaPost]

Happy Thursday.

Topping the news: Trump slammed Utah Rep. Mia Love after Tuesday’s elections, stating that she attempted to distance herself from him and ended up losing because of it –– though a winner in the race has yet to be determined. [Trib] [DNews] [Fox13] [KUTV] [ABC4]

-> House candidate Ben McAdams widened his lead over Love in the ballot count slightly as of Wednesday afternoon, as the anti-gerrymandering Proposition 4 inched up as well. [Trib] [KUTV]

-> Utah Sen.-elect Mitt Romney said Wednesday that the investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 election should continue despite Attorney General Jeff Sessions’ resignation. [Trib]

Tweets of the Day: From @PresidentAmelia: “How can I somehow gain power and make the former Utah county clerk wait in a five hour long line? I need revenge for last night.”

-> From @SpencerJCox: “(I’ve deleted so many snarky responses...) But I will say that it’s a mystery why Utah County has election issues every year but 28 other counties don’t. Also strange that they had no idea there was a longer ballot this year. ”

-> From @fordm: “The press likes talking about the press, and this White House knows it.”

Happy Birthday: To conservative activist Cherilyn Eagar and Matt Sandgren, judiciary committee counsel to Sen. Orrin Hatch.

Trib Talk: On this week’s episode, Tribune reporters Taylor Stevens and Bethany Rodgers and columnist Robert Gehrke join Benjamin Wood to discuss the results of the 2018 vote. [Trib]

In other news: After lines stretched up to two hours in some parts of Utah County on Election Day, officials faulted factors like the length of the ballot and the time it took for people to vote. But some cities said they didn’t have adequate resources. [Fox13] [DNews]

-> A Boston political commentator offered some ideas for what Utahns can expect from Romney, who served as the governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007. [DNews]

-> The group behind the controversial MormonLeaks website has launched a petition asking Utah lawmakers to drop an exemption for clergy members from laws that mandate reporting child abuse. [Trib] [ABC4]

-> Nearly 200 people attended a vigil Wednesday night to remember North Ogden Mayor Brent Taylor, who was killed in Afghanistan this week while serving as a major in the National Guard. [Trib]

-> Brighton became Utah’s newest town Tuesday night after a successful vote to incorporate, which supporters said they believe will give residents more voice in matters related to traffic, tourists and forest health. [DNews]

-> After months of behind-the-scenes negotiations, officials have approved a tax incentive package for private developers that will clear the way for a $337 million convention hotel slated to rise in the heart of Salt Lake City by 2022. [Trib]

-> Gehrke says that despite what Trump might think, if Love loses her seat in the U.S. House of Representatives, he will largely be the one to blame. [Trib]

Nationally: Sessions resigned suddenly on Wednesday at the White House’s request after months of criticism from Trump. He was quickly replaced by his chief of staff, Matthew Whitaker, who has echoed the president’s complaints about the Russia investigation and will now take charge of the inquiry. [NYTimes] [BBC] [CNN] [Fox] [WSJ]

-> More lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender candidates were elected on Tuesday than in any prior election, marking a change in cultural attitudes despite the Trump administration’s work to chip away at their rights in the U.S. [NYTimes] [CNN]

-> The results of Tuesday’s elections could have an impact on how the United States deals with climate change in the future. Here are five takeaways on the issue from the midterms. [NYTimes]

-> The overwhelming trend in the midterms was a blue shift, as 317 House districts swung to the left. [NYTimes]

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-- Taylor Stevens and Cara MacDonald