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An olive branch in the Senate?

From NBC's Mark Murray
Incoming Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D) and Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R) just announced that they will convene a joint caucus meeting on Jan. 4 -- the first such joint meeting since Bill Clinton's impeachment. Per a release, the joint conference will give senators an opportunity to meet before the Senate session begins, in an attempt to foster a better working relationship between Democrats and Republicans.

"We won't always agree," Reid says, "but we can sit down, side by side, and forge consensus on the issues important to the American people."

Skeptics would wonder if such a joint meeting will make any difference in changing the tone in Washington. But you have to start somewhere, right?