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    Missteps and Promises as Congress Returns

    Their best-laid plan went awry. The GOP, with full control of Congress, had hoped to project unity as the new session began. But when they tried to disempower the Office of Congressional Ethics after a closed-door vote, lawmakers faced immediate public outcry, resistance from Democrats and even a rebuke from President-elect Donald Trump. They quickly reversed course, but the political damage was done. Now, after certifying Trump’s Electoral College win yesterday, they’re steaming ahead with a plan to repeal Obamacare and nullify any last-minute regulations issued by President Obama. 

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