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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.
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.
Why Anna Eshoo matters.
They defended him against GOP claims of presidential overreach.
GOP hits Dodd-Frank in spending bill, TRIA, State Dept drags feet on Clinton docs, DSCC chair looks to 7 Obama states, majority backs gun rights over gun control.
Rank-and-file members pledge roughly $400,000 to shore up struggling incumbents and three challengers who could unseat Republicans.
A brief vision of what could be.
The spending bill was more modest than monumental, but at least Congress got it done.
Members still have to settle a nasty battle between two veteran Democrats seeking a plum committee post.
The White House's behind-the-scenes efforts to ease tensions with Congress have focused on Hill Democrats, a group that has been disenchanted by the treatment it has received.
The possibility of one day using ground troops against the Islamic State and waiting to debate the issue until next year is supported by many Republicans.
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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