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Republican victory paves way for more paralysis in US

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Republicans celebrate their victory in Wisconsin.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- With the Republican Party capturing both houses in Tuesday's midterm elections, U.S. President Barack Obama will be fighting for key policies with an even more hostile Congress in his remaining two years in office.

     Given rising public anxiety, the Republicans will likely turn up the heat on Obama's foreign and security policies. The president pushed through with airstrikes against the Islamic State before the elections, but the terrorist group continues to expand. The next question is whether to intervene on the ground.

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