Think about 2014 as a year of diminished D.C. expectations—and then you'll see the pattern in my predictions for the next 12 months.
Start with the budget, where Senate Democrats and House Republicans have struck a modest deal replacing part of the budget sequester with savings they like better.
Look for them in early 2014 to follow up with spending bills that throw scraps to defense and domestic priorities Congress has neglected—but make little fundamental change.
Lawmakers will avoid both a government shutdown and another debt crisis. Been there, already burned by that.
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The Obama administration will grind along to the 2014 open enrollment deadline of March 31 for those troubled new health care exchanges that Americans without insurance must buy from.