WASHINGTON (AP) -- It's seven weeks before the Republicans' dream election becomes a reality, but change is in the air as lawmakers prepare to return for a postelection session of Congress.
More than 100 freshmen, 90 percent of them Republicans, arrive Monday on Capitol Hill to be schooled on the jobs they will assume when the next Congress convenes in January.
Lame-duck sessions are usually unpopular and unproductive, and that's more the case this year.
Republicans are looking ahead to January, when they will take back control of the House. Many Democratic lawmakers and staff are more focused on cleaning out their desks and looking for new jobs.