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Washington (AFP) — An angry President Barack Obama said Monday his Republican foes in Congress have refused to pass an immigration reform bill this year, dealing a shattering blow to his top remaining domestic priority.

Obama said he would begin a new effort to fix as much of the broken system as he could on his own, setting up a toxic new clash with Republicans already accusing him of flagrant abuses of presidential power.

AFP Photo/ Mandel Ngan

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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, left, and former President Donald Trump.

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In the professional stratum of politics, few verities are treated with more reverence than the outcome of next year's midterm, when the Republican Party is deemed certain to recapture majorities in the House and Senate. With weary wisdom, any pol or pundit will cite the long string of elections that buttress this prediction.

Political history also tells us that many factors can influence an electoral result, including a national crisis or a change in economic conditions — in other words, things can change and even midterm elections are not entirely foretold. There have been a few exceptions to this rule, too.

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