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With a new Congress set to convene in January, Republicans are casting their lot with Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer, whose more moderate policies the GOP believes it can work with over the far more liberal beliefs trumpeted by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. (Associated Press)

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in and out of favor: With a new Congress set to convene in January, Republicans are casting their lot with Democratic New York Sen. Charles Schumer, whose more moderate policies the GOP believes it can work with over the far more liberal beliefs trumpeted by Democratic Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. (associated press)

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President Obama came out in full support of the spending package, but his Democratic allies in Congress did not follow suit. (Associated Press)

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Illustration on the opportunity for Republicans to lead Congress' efforts against illegal drugs by Linas Garsys/The Washington Times

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American Enterprise Institute president Arthur Brooks on Thursday moderates a discussion about conservatism in the 114th Congress. (American Enterprise Institute)

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Led by Sheriff Thomas M. Hodgson, 50 sheriffs from around the nation head for Congress to warn of porous U.S. borders and the risks of amnesty.

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Illustration on Congress' attacks on the CIA over EITs by Alexander Hunter/The Washington Times

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Congress is increasing the order for more MQ-9 Predator B and other drones to fight the Islamic State. (Associated Press)

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Despite many items on the chopping block, Congress' 2014 year-end defense spending bill maintains funding for the U.S. military's Guantanamo Bay detention center, which President Obama vowed to close as part of his 2008 campaign promises. (associated press)

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Victims of the Fort Hood shooting will soon be eligible to receive the Purple Heart, with Congress pushing ahead with a policy change that would officially recognize domestic terrorism as an issue, rather than the "workplace violence" designation the Obama administration had used. (Associated Press)

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The Department of Veterans Affairs, under pressure from Congress to weed out poorly performing employees, gives them five days' notice. (Associated Press)

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Congress Controls Purse Strings to Neutralize Executive Orders Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Congress Wields the Budget Ax Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Fiscal mismanagement under Marion Barry, right, led Congress to create an appointed Financial Control Board, chaired by Andrew Brimmer, left, to oversee the D.C. budget. (Christopher B. Corder/The Washington Times)

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In a prime-time address from the White House, President Obama said his action on immigration is "lawful," and he dared Republican critics in Congress to counter him by passing a comprehensive legislation, which he said would be a permanent fix. (Associated Press)

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President Obama is poised to thwart Congress and offer amnesty to millions of illegal immigrants, something he said he was opposed to in a 2010 speech. (Associated Press)

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Allowing marijuana legalization in the District leaves the United States vulnerable to charges it is violating international treaties aimed at stemming the drug trade, the nonpartisan research arm of Congress concluded in an analysis that could strengthen the resolve of lawmakers on Capitol Hill to overturn the measure. (Associated Press)

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Congress Moves to DC Illustration by Greg Groesch/The Washington Times

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Bruce Fein: "Who in Congress will stand up with the courage of Hans Christian Andersen's little child and shout that the Emperor has no clothes?" (AP Photo/FILE)

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Republicans will soon be empowered to adopt a number of much-needed reforms that will point Congress in the right direction. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)