01-24-2017  11:26 am      •     

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For almost eight years, the members of the Congressional Black Caucus existed in the shadow of the first black president. They praised President Barack Obama's achievements while at the same time pushing him to do more for their constituents who overwhelmingly supported his history-making campaign and administration. But with Obama set to leave the White House on Jan. 20, black lawmakers in the House and Senate are recalculating and reassessing their place in Washington. And realizing they're regaining the limelight as the most visible and powerful African-American politicians in the nation's capital. 

New president will face aggressive opposition from Black politicians

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Jared Kushner, son-in-law of of President-elect Donald Trump walks from Trump Tower, in New York, Nov. 14, 2016. Kushner is taking steps to distance himself from his sprawling New York real estate business, in what is the clearest sign yet he is planning to take a position in his father-in-law's administration. Kushner, who is married to Trump's daughter Ivanka, must clear a series of hurdles before he takes any post in Washington. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File) 

Americans still in dark over Trump companies debts to foreign banks

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In this Dec. 28, 2016 file photo, President-elect Donald Trump talks to reporters at Mar-a-Lago in Palm Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci) 

U.S. intelligence officials released the 25-page public version of the report Friday

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A shooting victim is unloaded from an emergency vehicle and taken into Broward Health Trauma Center in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., Friday, Jan. 6, 2017. Authorities said multiple people have died after a lone suspect opened fire at the Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, international airport. (Taimy Alvarez /South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP) 

A lone shooter opened fire at the Fort Lauderdale, Florida, international airport Friday

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(AP Photo/Elise Amendola, File) 

Anonymous sources say GOP is investigating avenues that don't involve new legislation -- but would likely fall short of the extravagant wall Trump promised 

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Talladega College Savery Library 

Despite a barrage of criticism, the school's president made announcement Thursday

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CBC members celebrate new CBC Chairman Louisiana Congressman Cedric Richmond (seated) at the ceremonial swearing-in event for the 115th Congress at The Warner Theatre in Washington, D.C. (Freddie Allen/AMG/NNPA) 

Congress will have the largest Congressional Black Caucus in history

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In this Friday, June 26, 2009 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks about the passage of the Clean Energy Act by the House of Representatives in the Diplomatic Room of the White House in Washington. As Obama took office, race became a focal point in a way that was unprecedented in American history. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta) 

Eight years later, his legacy is as complicated as the president himself

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House Judiciary Committee Chairman Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., listens to testimony on Capitol Hill in Washington, May 19, 2015. House Republicans on Monday, Jan. 2, 2017, voted to eviscerate the Office of Congressional Ethics. Under the ethics change pushed by Goodlatte, the independent body would fall under the control of the House Ethics Committee, which is run by lawmakers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File) 

Backtracking after Trump tweet, GOP decide they won't gut ethics office after all

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In this Nov. 15, 2016 file photo, House Speaker Paul Ryan of Wis. speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Congress ushers in a new era of all-Republican rule, with a tight GOP grip on the House, a slim majority in the Senate and a newfound ally in the White House in Donald Trump. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) 

In less than three weeks Chief Justice John Roberts will administer the presidential oath to Donald Trump, the GOP's newfound ally

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