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The Washington Post points out that tomorrow's scheduled vote on a bill "that would declare that fetuses feel pain and require abortion providers to offer pregnant patients anesthesia for their unborn child...  may be the last on abortion-related legislation for years.  That's because Democratic leaders hope to avoid confrontations over hot-button social issues that divide their caucus, and focus instead on military and pocketbook issues."  House Democratic leaders "have declared tomorrow's decision 'a vote of conscience' and will not try to sway the outcome." 

Incoming Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell is creating a communications center not unlike the one that worked well for then-Minority Leader Harry Reid -- except that it will aim to amplify a message in addition to criticizing the Democratic majority, Roll Call says.