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Illustration: Democratic Congress by Alexander Hunter for The Washington Times

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Former Major League Baseball pitcher Roger Clemens, center, accompanied by his lawyers, Michael Attanasio, left, and Rusty Hardin, arrives at court in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2010, for an interim status conference on charges he lied to Congress when he denied taking steroids or other performance enhancing drugs. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Rep. Harold Rogers, Kentucky Republican, is set to wield the House Appropriations Committee gavel in the 112th Congress. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Max Baucus, Montana Democrat, plans to push for further renewable-energy subsidies before the lame-duck Congress expires. (Associated Press)

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Erskine Bowles (right) and Alan K. Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's independent commission, said they are not sure whether they will have the supermajority of votes needed Friday to approve an aggressive deficit-reduction plan to submit to Congress.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Erskine Bowles (right) and Alan Simpson, co-chairmen of President Obama's independent commission, said they are not sure whether they will have the supermajority of votes needed Friday to approve an aggressive deficit-reduction plan to submit to Congress.

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"Americans don't want Congress passing massive trillion-dollar bills that have been thrown together behind closed doors," Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, here with Sen. Lamar Alexander (center), said recently. Big-ticket economic issues face the lame-duck Congress after Thanksgiving. (Associated Press)

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Associated Press photographs House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, walk to a news conference on Capitol Hill on Wednesday, after being re-elected as the leaders of the House Democrats, although they will be in the minority in the 112th Congress next year.

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Illustration: Lame Duck Congress by Greg Groesch for The Washington Times

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Associated Press Rep. Michele Bachmann, Minnesota Republican, will be among those rallying on the Capitol grounds at noon Monday to inveigh against excess spending by the lame-duck Congress.

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Rep. Ike Skelton, Missouri Democrat, is worried about a chasm developing between the U.S. military and the public after he leaves Congress. (Associated Press)

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Federal Reserve Chairman Ben S. Bernanke advised Congress earlier this year to avoid big spending cuts now and rein in spending on entitlement programs such as Social Security and Medicare over the next five to 10 years. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS "We need a new majority in Congress that will stand up to President Obama and insist that he starts listening to the American people," House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, said at a rally at a manufacturing facility in his home state.

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Associated Press Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, Georgia Republican, seen here in Washington in February, has maintained a high profile since leaving Congress in 1999.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS House Minority Leader John A. Boehner of Ohio addresses the American Enterprise Institute in Washington about ways to make Congress more fiscally responsible.

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In this 1966 image made from file television footage, then North Korea's leader Kim Il Sung, center, delivers speech at North Korea's Congress of Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. The official Korean Central News Agency announced last week the ruling Workers' Party would hold a conference Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2010 to select its "supreme leadership body." (AP Photo/APTN)

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In this 1966 image made from file television footage, North Korea's Kim Il Sung delivers speech at North Korea's Congress of Workers' Party of Korea, in Pyongyang, North Korea. (AP Photo/APTN)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous of Louisiana is accused of taking cash, expensive meals and other gifts from lawyers and a bail bondsman, lying to Congress and filing for bankruptcy under a false name.

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Associated Press House Majority Leader Steny H. Hoyer, Maryland Democrat, cautions Republicans that repealing the new health care law would be easier said than done, even if they retake control of Congress in November.

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Associated Press House Minority Leader John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, first entered the House in 1991, and could mark his 20th anniversary there by becoming speaker if his party retakes control of Congress in November.