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How to be a new House Republican

House GOP leaders gave incoming freshmen such as Reps.-elect Mike Pompeo, R-Wichita, and Tim Huelskamp, R-Fowler, a 144-page manual on ethics and other matters. Among the advice:– "Read and reread the U.S. Constitution."– "Don't be afraid to say, 'No.'"– "You may not directly or indirectly threaten reprisal against any federal agency officials, or promise favoritism or benefit."– "Always assume you're on camera when you are in the chamber. Even if you are simply looking at your cell phone, you might appear to be asleep."– "If you don't want to see an activity or event reported on the front page of the local newspaper, don't do it."– "Be prepared for two eventual questions every time you cast your vote on the House floor: Did you read the bill, and is it constitutional?"– "Hire Republicans. . . . A non-Republican is likely to be unhappy working for you."In other freshmen orientation business: When the 85 new House members drew lottery numbers to determine the order in which they would pick available offices, Pompeo had the good fortune of drawing No. 2. "He was engulfed in cries of 'WHOA!!!!!!!!!!' and at least one high five," reported the New York Times.