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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (left) watches as Sen. Mark Kirk (center), Illinois Republican, accompanied by Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, waves to applauding crowds as he walks up the steps to the Senate door at the U.S. Capitol in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. Mr. Kirk returned to Congress after suffering a stroke last January. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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