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Now Trump has his chance to change Washington. But it might change him instead

Now Trump has his chance to change Washington. But it might change him instead

Official Washington grappled Wednesday with an urgent question that few, even in Republican circles, had previously considered seriously: What will a Donald Trump administration actually do?

Democrats were shell-shocked. And many Republicans pondered how to deal with a freestyle chief executive who comes to the office with few well-defined policy positions beyond a hard-line stance on immigration.

As Republican leaders publicly celebrated the shift in power, some in the rank and file, along with allied lobbyists and staffers, worried about how it would play out. They hung on to the reassuring, calm – even gracious – Trump victory speech as a sign he could be...

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