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A new Congress will convene tomorrow. Republicans will choose a new House speaker as Democrats undergo a generational leadership change. WTO's Mitchell Miller is on Capitol Hill. House majority leader steny Hoyer, the longtime lawmaker from Maryland, is among those stepping aside for a new democratic leadership team. While the Democrats have had a smooth transition, there's still a rocky road for Republican Kevin McCarthy to become House speaker. Well, McCarthy is still working on getting enough votes, Hoyer believes that will happen. My expectation he'll be speaker. Oh, you're speaking in an interview on CNN's State of the Union, was asked if he thinks McCarthy has what it takes to do the job. He obviously, if he gets 218 votes, has the ability to put together the votes to be the leader of the party. For his part, Hoyer, who's 83, says he remains open to running for reelection in 2024. On Capitol Hill, Mitchell Miller, WTO news. Against that backdrop, President Biden and his family are wrapping up their vacation in the U.S. Virgin Islands today. Happy new year, mister president. After several days soaking up the Saint Croix's son, getting in a round of golf and sampling local cuisine, President Biden says he's feeling bullish on 2023. I've never been more optimistic about America and my whole career. We're the most unique country in the world. We're a product of a possibility. But that positive outlook will be tested when he returns to Washington and a now divided Congress. At CBS Christina rafini, with the president on the island of Saint Croix, mister Biden is now deciding whether he'll run for a second term. Former president Trump has already announced his run in 24, but President Biden has yet to make an official decision. At least none that's been announced publicly. It's four 33, George Santos, a Republican who flipped a House seat on Long Island is still set to be sworn in Tuesday in the new Congress. This, despite the admission that the business and school resume he touted during the campaign was made up on Fox News Sunday, Texas Republican congressman Kevin Brady expressed concern. I think this is troubling in so many ways, certainly he has lied repeatedly at the end of the day, though this is a decision, whether he resigns or stays that needs to be made between he and the voters who elected him. He's certainly going to have to consider resigning. He's got really two choices. I don't know this young man. He doesn't need my advice, surely. But one, he can try to politically write it out. We've seen that happen in Washington, D.C., or it can take the tougher. There's been no official word from GOP House leadership whether they'll support Santos. Democrats are calling for him to resign or not to be seated. It's four 34 in California, it's called an atmospheric river that's bringing tons of rains making normal rivers exceed their banks and forcing levees to completely give way. In Sacramento county officials say one person found dead after attempting to drive through floodwaters, two levees broke near the town of Wilton causing extensive flooding and shutting down a major highway between Sacramento and nearby Stockton. We're seeing, I mean, several feet of water at a time. You know, just standing where I'm on highway 99 right now looking out across the open field. And what should be a field looks like a Lake. The water goes as far as the eye can see. And it's very deep. It appears that all of the water is trying to move out and kind of drain down to the Sacramento river. But that's going to take some time because the land is already so saturated. This water has nowhere to go fast. That's reporter Ashley sharp would Sacramento's kovr TV. Raja marked the new year with new attacks on Ukraine as verbal attacks by leaders intensify. Ukrainian troops

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