Middle-class tax cuts, missile treaty and repeal of DADT are top priorities for lame-duck Congress.
President Obama is pressing ahead on a list of big issues he wants to get through Congress.
From tax hikes to "Don't Ask, Don't Tell", they're controversial and partisan.
He's filled the plate because of the midterms.
Democrats lose power in Congress next year.
In the days remaining this year democrats want to repeal don't ask, don't tell, hike taxes on the wealthy, extend unemployment benefits and ratify the start nuclear treaty with russia that looked like a done deal until some republicans warned it would keep us from modernizing our warheads.
That last point is simply wrong according to the president.
"We can't jeopardize the progress we've made against securing vulnerable nuclear materials," he said in response.
The biggest fight will be over taxes.
Republicans are slamming the White House plan to let taxes rise on the top 2% of earners.
Some Democrats agree, and with members of his own party divided the president can't dictate terms of a deal.
If Mr. Obama says agrees, for now, to keep the current taxes rates for everyone, the liberals in this lame duck Congress might vote "no".