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It's down to the wire for the lame-duck session of Congress with Democrats still in control but drastically weakened by Republican victories the midterm elections. We get a preview. Also, Charlie Rangel is found guilty of ethics violations, and the heir to the British throne has finally done it.  We hear about Prince William's engagement to a genuine commoner, Kate Middleton.

Banner image: US Capitol

Producers:
Gary Scott
Frances Anderton
Katie Cooper

Reporter's Notebook Britain's Royal Family Announces Engagement of Prince William 8 MIN, 36 SEC

Kate Middleton today wore the same sapphire and diamond ring that Prince Charles gave to the late Princess Diana, only this time it came from Charles and Diana's son. Middleton's been called "Waity Katy" by British royal-watchers during her long romance with Prince William, the heir to the British throne. Now they're officially engaged, even as William's friends make cracks about the common origins of the bride-to-be. Sarah Lyall reports from London for the New York Times.

Guests:
Sarah Lyall, New York Times

Main Topic Can the Lame Duck Congress Get Anything Done? 35 MIN, 5 SEC

Democrats are still in the majority with hopes of completing unfinished business.  Republicans want to wait until next year. But the federal government could shut down unless there's compromise on appropriations bills. Even defense spending has yet to be passed. The 800-pound gorilla is the Bush tax cuts, with Republicans demanding all or nothing and liberal Democrats pushing the President not to compromise. What are the prospects of making order out of impending chaos?

Guests:
John Maggs, Financial Reporter, Politico.com
Jim Thurber, Director, American University's Center for Congressional and Presidential Studies
Robert Borosage, Co-Director, Campaign for America's Future
James Antle, Daily Caller News Foundation (@jimantle)

Making News Charlie Rangel Found Guilty of Ethics Violations 7 MIN, 47 SEC

A subcommittee of the House Ethics Committee has found 80-year old veteran New York Democrat Charles Rangel guilty of bringing dishonor to Congress. Michael McCaul of Texas, the ranking Republican, said he hoped the regrettable duty of having to sit in judgment of a fellow Congressman would help "restore the credibility of…the people's House." Matea Gold reports from Washington for the Los Angeles Times.

Guests:
Matea Gold, Washington Post (@mateagold)

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