Washington (CNN) - November's vote for change (2010 version), starts becoming reality this week. Exiting members of Congress lose their office space and the small army of new members and Speaker-elect John Boehner can openly measure and order their drapes.
But that's just the cosmetics. What are Republicans doing to make good on their version of the promise to change how Washington works?
Washington (CNN) - A national poll released Monday indicates that a majority of Americans say they favor allowing gays to serve openly in the armed forces.
The Pew survey's release comes one day before the Pentagon is expected to release a report on how military personnel feel about the "don't ask, don't tell" policy, which bans openly gay troops for serving in the armed forces.
Washington (CNN) - Rep. Maxine Waters, D-California, called on the House ethics committee Monday to either schedule her trial before Congress completes this year's lame duck session or explain why it won't go forward.
Waters' hearing before the committee was scheduled to begin Monday, but the ethics committee announced before Thanksgiving that the proceeding had been canceled due to the discovery of e-mail communications potentially affecting the case.
Washington (CNN) - The Supreme Court has again cast aside an appeal that raised doubts about President Barack Obama's U.S. citizenship, a grass-roots legal issue that has gained little legal or political footing, but continues to persist in the courts.
The justices without comment Monday rejected a challenge from Charles Kerchner Jr., a Pennsylvania man who sought a trial in federal court forcing the president to produce documents regarding his birth and citizenship.
NEW YORK (CNN) - President Obama on Monday called for a two-year freeze in the wages of federal employees.
The freeze, which would need congressional approval and save $60 billion over 10 years, would make a small dent in the nation's debt problem. Budget experts say nearly $6 trillion in deficit reduction is needed to stabize the debt, so the new proposal achieves less than 1% of what's ultimately needed.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - The Supreme Court said Monday it will review an Arizona election law providing matching funds to underfunded candidates. The court had put off consideration of an appeal of the measure until the conclusion of recent statewide elections.
The justices temporarily blocked enforcement of the clean elections law in June, ordering state officials not to distribute money under the measure. The law would provide extra taxpayer-funded support for office seekers who have been outspent by privately funded opponents or by independent political groups.
Washington (CNN) - Ann Wagner, the former head of the Missouri Republican Party and chairwoman of Roy Blunt's successful U.S. Senate campaign, announced Monday that she will seek the top post at the Republican National Committee.
Wagner, who served as co-chair of the RNC between 2002 and 2005, had already filed paperwork to run for the post but made her intentions official in a video message to committee members.
(CNN) - Republican Rep. Mark Kirk will become Illinois' newest Senator when he's sworn in by Vice President Joe Biden on the Senate floor Monday.
His arrival brings the count in the Senate to 58 Democrats and 42 Republicans, creating another hurdle for Democrats facing a stacked legislative agenda.
NEW YORK (CNN) - The lame-duck Congress returns on Monday to a daunting agenda of economic issues.
And lawmakers will try to accomplish in a few weeks what has eluded them all year.
(CNN) - The House on Monday is scheduled to take up a $1-billion measure delaying by one month a 23 percent cut in federal Medicare reimbursements to doctors.
The payment reduction is scheduled to go into effect Wednesday if members of the House don't act. The Senate approved the legislation earlier this month.