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Week Ahead: Holiday special and a Year Ahead

VIDEO: The lame-duck session is about to move into rapid-fire mode with votes this weekend on “Don't Ask, Don't Tell,” DREAM, and funding the government. Then next week is dominated by START, which Obama wants to sign before heading to Hawaii for the holidays. Plus, a special look at predictions for next year, including a push for tax and debt reform, the GOP looking to de-fund health care, health care likely ends up in the Supreme Court, a White House shakeup is likely, and troops begin to come home from Afghanistan in July.

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