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Some days it seems like there’s no way Washington can get through the next 24 hours. But it will, somehow, and then it will be on to the next fight. For our last Masthead issue of 2018, we asked the politics writer Elaine Godfrey to give us a preview of the subjects that the new freshman class of House Democrats wants on the agenda. — Matt Peterson

What to Know: House Democrats’ Big Plans

By Elaine Godfrey

What we’re watching: I’m keeping an eye on the incoming House Democrats of the 116th Congress. There are so many interesting freshmen who will be sworn in next month, from the (ubiquitous) New York progressive Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez to a sizeable cohort of former veterans-turned-lawmakers, including Virginia’s Abigail Spanberger and Mikie Sherrill of New Jersey. It’s the youngest, most diverse, and most heavily female group of freshmen ever.

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