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Steny Hoyer's liberal streak and campaign skills have helped him climb to become the No. 2 Democrat in the House.
With Democrats now in the minority, Hoyer is the Democratic whip.
Hoyer, whose district is near the nation's capital, often sticks up for federal workers at a time when the federal government is considering cuts.
Democrats are losing some skirmishes over the Department of Homeland Security, but many feel they are winning a political war that will haunt Republicans in 2016 and beyond.
Republicans and Democrats snipe back and forth over the impending lapse of funding for the Department of Homeland Security
The announcement comes two days after Rice sparked a stir with strong criticism of Netanyahu.
WH, Congress in diplomatic tiff; Jindal super PAC forming; N.Y. Assembly Speaker to be arrested; Obama taps Deese to replace Podesta; SOTU audience lowest in 15 years.
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A brief vision of what could be.
After a dramatic standoff and a revolt by Democrats, lawmakers narrowly approved the bill hours before government funding was to expire.
The No. 2 Democrat thinks his party can pick up seats in November, but far fewer than the minority whip recently predicted to The Post.
It seems to be just a question of when and how Congress will weigh in on the president's new strategy.
The No. 2 Democrat in the House called for a debate after the Nov. 4 elections to give a greater legislative imprint on attacks against the Islamic State.
PROJECT: Wilson Andrews, Jason Bartz, Ryan Kellett, Katie Parker, Leslie Passante and Serdar Tumgoren - The Washington Post. Published Oct. 8, 2012.
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