The Chaotic Closing Days of the 111th Congress

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As the lame-duck Congress lurches along, what are the signals for next year when Republicans will take over the House?  Is President Obama changing his strategy to deal with new political realities and prepare his campaign for re-election? Also, a $7 billion settlement for the victims of Bernard Madoff, and a gift that keeps on giving: gold, dispensed by a new ATM machine in Boca Raton, Florida.

Banner imge: President Barack Obama talks with Congressman Eric Cantor, (R-VA), at the conclusion of a meeting with bipartisan Congressional leadership in the Oval Office Private Dining Room, November 30, 2010. Listening at right are Senators Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Jon Kyl (R-AZ), and Harry Reid (D-NV). House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) stands outside. Official White House photo: Pete Souza