Congress returned to Washington this week to find a Capitol transformed by the GOP’s midterm wave and a bicameral scramble to approve an oil pipeline that few would have predicted just days earlier.
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But for all the debate over Keystone politics and the election tsunami, it was the lingering promise of executive action to reduce deportations that’s sparked the greatest intrigue – and most threatened to shake-up Congress in the lame duck and beyond.

“What I’m not going to do is just wait,” a defiant President Obama said from the White House the day following the elections.

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