What is a lame-duck politician? And is it always a bad thing?

U.S. President Barack Obama speaks at an U.S.-ASEAN (Association of South East Asian Nations East Asia) session at the Myanmar International Convention Center, Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014 in Naypyitaw, Myanmar. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)There’s been a lot of chatter about last week’s Republican sweep in elections transforming President Obama as a lame duck — but what exactly does that term mean?

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