You’re at a party. And someone brings up American politics.
You could run to the bathroom and start Googling. Or you could try and think of something profound to say based on something that you saw on The West Wing or Scandal.
Or you could just read this explanation of what happened overnight in the US midterm elections – and know why it matters.
In two sentences, what happened?
The Republicans (the American political party that reflects conservative views and is focused on individual rights) have won control of the Senate in America’s midterm elections and expanded their majority in the House of Representatives.
The Republicans now rule both houses of the US Parliament, but the leader of the country, President Obama, is a Democrat.