House newcomers get first taste of Washington's power games

WASHINGTON — The bright-eyed class of incoming members of Congress descended on Washington Tuesday for schooling on the nuts and bolts underpinning a job like none other. But even as they chose curtain colors and sorted party invitations, the freshmen who vowed to change Washington were getting an old-school education on political pressure from the veteran lawmakers who want to lead them.

"I'm just trying to figure out what's going on," said Rep.-elect Tim Burchett, R-Tenn., a former...

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