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What changes to expect in January with a new president

What changes to expect in January with a new president

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With the Democrats soon to have full control of the White House and Congress, should we expect sweeping changes in Washington?

BYU political science professor Kelly Patterson said in January political change will start right away. "The change will be large," he said. "Even Republicans, they'll be faced with this choice of getting onboard and trying to help craft the legislation, or simply whether or not to oppose."

Patterson said President-elect Obama will have a lot of pressure to immediately take on the economy and middle-class tax cuts since those issues changed the face of the election.

And some have written in to KSL wondering how far Obama could push presidential powers. Patterson said, "The greatest expansion of presidential powers that we've seen in the last two to three decades, if not more, has been during the Bush presidency."

He said it will be interesting to see if Obama continues to push the presidential-powers envelope, or if he will scale things back.


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