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“You do not want to go down the road we went,” he told the Heritage Foundation in 2009, as the debate in Washington raged over the passage of Obamacare. “The horror stories we are no longer shocked by them.”


The Senate this week confirmed Caroline Kennedy as the next U.S. ambassador to Japan.

Ms. Kennedy, daughter of former President John F. Kennedy, was a major campaign supporter of President Obama.

The unanimous vote came Wednesday after the Senate passed a bill to end the partial government shutdown and authorize the Obama administration to borrow more money.

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