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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, to object to actions by House Republicans whom he and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton say are targeting D.C.'s home-rule authority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
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Washington, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill, Tuesday, May 29, 2012, to object to actions by House Republicans whom he and Congresswoman Eleanor Holmes Norton say are targeting D.C.'s home-rule authority. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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