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** FILE ** In this July 8, 2009, file photo, Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
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** FILE ** In this July 8, 2009, file photo, Rep. Edolphus Towns, D-N.Y., speaks during a committee hearing on Capitol Hill, in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

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