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The Incoming Majority

Coming in January: a five-day work-week for the House, incoming Majority Leader Steny Hoyer pledged yesterday.

"Bush has invited leaders of the conservative Blue Dog and New Democrat coalitions to the White House Friday to discuss areas of 'mutual cooperation' in the words of one Democratic Congressional aide."  The event is not currently on Bush's public schedule. 

Ethics reform could get interesting, USA Today says, because "several" Democrats "want tougher standards than their leaders have proposed.  The major points of contention: Whether lawmakers should police themselves and how much to clamp down on earmarks, the special projects that lawmakers, often anonymously, insert into spending bills to benefit hometown or special interests." 

"The Congressional Black Caucus today will announce its leadership team and agenda for the 110th Congress with Rep. Carolyn Cheeks Kilpatrick, the group's chairman, expected to refocus on urban and poverty issues," reports the Washington Times