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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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In their letter to Iranian leaders, 47 Senate Republicans, led by freshman Sen. Tom Cotton of Arkansas, told Tehran that any nuclear deal that isn't submitted to Congress — as now seems likely — would not last into the next administration and would not represent the kind of historic, lasting agreement President Obama envisions. (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) **FILE**

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

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Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, says he'll try to force the Senate to vote on a bill halting the subsidy that lawmakers and their staffs get to pay for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, saying that's a benefit no other American receives, so Congress shouldn't either. (Associated Press)

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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)

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Immigrant families rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Immigrant families rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Immigrant families rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Ivana Castilo of Woodbridge, Va., left, and Sara Ramirez of Gaithersburg, Md., center, stand next to Director of Casa de Maryland Gustavo Torres, right, as he speaks during an Immigrant rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Immigrant families rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Immigrant families rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Immigrant families rally outside the White House to call on the President to use executive action to help undocumented immigrants since Congress has failed to pass a comprehensive overhaul of immigration laws, Washington, D.C., Friday, November 7, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)