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The defending majority

— With just one week left before Congress adjourns, the New York Times lists its unfinished business: At best, just two of the 11 spending bills will pass; no budget was enacted; comprehensive immigration and lobbying overhauls won't become law; and plans to cut the estate tax and increase the minimum wage failed.  "'It is disappointing where we are, and I think Republicans need to be upfront about this,' said Representative Jack Kingston, Republican of Georgia and a member of the House leadership.  'We have not accomplished what we need to accomplish.'" 

And the Times has the latest report that Christian conservatives may not be as enthusiastic and engaged as Republicans hope.