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Vice President Joseph R. Biden watches at left as Sen. Mark Kirk, R-Ill., second from left, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., second form right, and Senate Majority whip Richard Durbin of Ill., right, walks the steps to the Senate door of the Capitol building on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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