President Obama and members of the lame duck congress will return to Washington tomorrow to negotiate a deal to avert the fiscal cliff. Only half of Americans think a deal will be struck before the end of the year, according to a Gallup poll out today.
In January, a very different type of Congresswoman will arrive in Washington.
Arizona Democrat Kyrsten Sinema is a social worker who rose quickly through the state legislature, and she also grew up homeless for a time.
From the Fronteras Desk in Phoenix, Peter O'Dowd has this profile.