House Minority Leader John Boehner answers questions from reporters at the Capitol with Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (left) and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour on Wednesday. Following Tuesday's midterms, Republicans stand ready to take control of the House of Representatives, with Boehner likely becoming the next speaker. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. Carol Shea-Porter rode a Democratic wave that propelled her to office four years ago. Now, says analyst Andrew Smith, "the Republican wave of anger against the Obama administration and general dissatisfaction with the state of the economy may be the wave that takes her out." Cheryl Senter/Pool, AP hide caption

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The DREAM Act has been talked about for more than a decade. At this 2004 rally in Washington, D.C., supporters held a mock graduation ceremony. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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