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Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky. walks to the Senate floor on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, after leaving a Republican policy luncheon. House Republicans floated broad hints Tuesday they might be willing to pass short-term legislation re-opening the government and averting a default in exchange for immediate talks with the Obama administration on reducing deficits and changing the three-year-old health care law. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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