President-elect George W. Bush is preparing to go to Washington, where he will find a Senate split 50-50 and a House of Representatives with a very narrow Republican majority. NPR's Pam Fessler has been talking to political veterans about how difficult the closely divided Congress will make the new president's job. She finds optimism on both sides, and a strong desire to get past the divisions of the election. But ideological and party differences are still obstacles.
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