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Posted at 5:08 PM ET, 01/ 4/2011

#CONGRESSWATCH: Tracking the new members of the 112th Congress

By Katie Rogers
The new 112th Congress is due to be sworn in on Wednesday January 5, with the House being lead by House Speaker elect John Boehner. (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images).

Some top stories to get you up to speed as the 112th Congress convenes in Washington:

  • In the House, a new Republican majority will act fast to undo Obama's agenda, starting with an attempt to repeal the health-care law.
  • Meanwhile, after losing the House, Democrats will try new strategy: bipartisanship.
  • Take a look at the top 10 incoming freshmen to watch in the coming months and years.
  • From health-care's repeal to the Bush tax cut, which issues are most important for the new Congress to tackle? Vote each issue up or down in this poll.

What will the newest members of the 112th Congress be tweeting as they're sworn in tomorrow? Follow along with this handy aggregator.

See something interesting? Tweet it to @washingtonpost or @postpolitics using #Congresswatch.

Got a burning question about Congress? Ask it here or by using #CongressQandA. (View the freshman class photo here.)

By Katie Rogers  | January 4, 2011; 5:08 PM ET
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When Congressman Issa describes Barack Obama as "one of the most corrupt presidents in modern times", this question comes immediately to mind: "Was this nitwit living in a vacuum between the years 2001 and 2009?" Does he really believe such nonsense? The answer is, in all likelihood, no. Then why would he say such a moronic thing? Here's why:

In 1998 the cabal of right wing freaks that had hijacked the "party of Abraham Lincoln" came this close to removing Bill Clinton from office. Had they done so four years earlier they might very well have weakened Clinton enough politically that he never would have been reelected (or even nominated) in 1996. Their big mistake was waiting until Bubbah's second term to make their move. They don't plan on making that same mistake this time. What Issa is doing is - in effect - poisoning the atmosphere. What he is doing is laying the groundwork for the impeachment of President Obama that will come before the election of 2012. In the next few months watch them as they set up their "investigative" committees and begin the process of "evidence" fabrication. Again, would anyone care to make a little wager?

And Obama (The man's naivete never fails to astound) is in the process of making the same mistake President Clinton made all those years ago. By "reaching out to" and "working with" the crazy people on the other side of the aisle, he seems to believe that they'll cut him some slack in return. He is within months (Weeks? Days? Hours?) of learning the futility of this strategy. He is about to learn the lesson Clinton learned in 1998 - which, by the way, is the same one Neville Chamberlain learned in Munich in 1938: Extremists cannot be appeased.

Tom Degan

Posted by: tomdeganfrontiernetnet | January 5, 2011 6:21 AM | Report abuse

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