By John Harwood, Chief CNBC Washington Correspondent
NEW YORK ( CNBC) -- The 112th Congress convenes this week with a surge of new Republican energy -- and big questions about where that energy will go. Will that energy pour into renewed partisan warfare, with President Obama battling a Republican-led House infused with Tea Party fervor? That's what most of America's recent political history would suggest. Or will it go into a bold, bipartisan push for action on reducing America's long-term budget deficit, and perhaps overhauling the tax system at the same time?
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