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Vice President Joseph R. Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, accompanied by his wife, Catherine, and sons, Rider and Owen (right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)
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Vice President Joseph R. Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, accompanied by his wife, Catherine, and sons, Rider and Owen (right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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