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With the momentum of the Tea Party philosophy, we have an opportunity to control the undue influence of special-interest lobbyists and cut spending. It won't be easy. Many new members of Congress will quickly become accustomed to the perks of elected office and want money for their re-election. Most will seek - or at least accept - substantial contributions from lobbyists.
The Obama administration vowed Thursday to press ahead with plans to regulate greenhouse-gas emissions from power plants, setting up a near-certain clash with Republicans in the new Congress over climate change.
The Constitution frequently gets lip service in Congress, but House Republicans next year will make sure it gets a lot more than that - the new rules the incoming majority party proposed this week call for a full reading of the country's founding document on the floor of the House on Jan. 6.
President Obama on Tuesday used the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to impose government controls over the Internet. FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski's implementation of so-called "net neutrality" regulations offers a foretaste of the White House's shift to rule by unelected bureaucracy now that Republicans have regained control of the House of Representatives.
The Democratic Congress successfully rammed through unpopular policies during this lame-duck session, but at least Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid had to withdraw his pork-laden omnibus spending bill. This retreat suggests some members of Congress understand the public's fury over out-of-control federal spending.
Critiquing an unexpectedly productive final legislative rush, President Obama on Wednesday said his "biggest disappointment" was the failure to push through a bill that would have laid out a path to citizenship for children whose parents came into the country illegally.