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Meet the new members of Congress

WASHINGTON - They are activists and advocates, combat veterans, political novices and experts. And they are headed to Washington for a crash course in being members of Congress.

More than 80 representatives-elect and four senators-elect, most of them Democrats and many who have never before held elected office, arrived in Washington this week for freshman orientation. It's a speedy introduction to how to run a congressional office, what ethical rules they must follow and how to manage the whirlwind of life on Capitol Hill.

Along the way they'll pick office space, vote for who will lead their parties next year, interview staff and - if they are

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