Democrat Steny Hoyer of Maryland (left), who will be the House minority whip in the new Congress, and Republican Eric Cantor of Virginia, the incoming majority leader, leave after a prayer service Wednesday at St. Peter's Catholic Church in Washington, D.C. Brendan Smialowski/Getty Images hide caption

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Rep. John Boehner, R-OH, becomes speaker of the House this week. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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The battle over the debt ceiling

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