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Liberals, led by Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, are taking on President Obama and so-called Wall Street Democrats in an effort to thwart confirmation of a key Treasury nominee. (Association Press)

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FILE - In this Sept. 30, 2014 file photo, Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. Republicans remain in charge of the House, but it won’t be the same Republicans leading many committees. House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, is poised to run the chamber for the fifth straight year, but nine committees are getting new heads, providing an opportunity for fresh faces to make an impact on issues such as defense, government spending and taxes. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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FILE - In this July 25, 2014, file photo, an oil train moves through the area south of St Paul, Minn. A collapse in oil prices won't derail the railroads’ profit engine even if it does slow the tremendous growth in crude oil shipments seen in recent years. Railroads went from hauling 9,500 carloads of crude oil in 2008 to 435,560 last year, as production boomed and oil routinely sold for $90 a barrel or more. But even with the surge, crude oil shipments remain less than 2 percent of all the carloads major U.S. railroads deliver. (AP Photo/The Star Tribune, Tom Wallace, File)

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This Oct. 8. 2014, file photo, shows a Wall Street address carved into the side of a building in New York. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

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Critics say the Pentagon is spending too much taxpayer money on bombastic displays like sending aircraft to fly over stadiums, such as at last week's college football Military Bowl between Virginia Tech and Cincinnati in Annapolis. (Associated Press)

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Federal Reserve Chairwoman Janet L. Yellen said earlier this month the Fed remains opposed to stricter oversight of its monetary policy decisions, and Reuters reported she and other Fed officials are lobbying Capitol Hill to drop the audit push. (Associated Press)

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The FBI reiterate their claim after a news report that a cybersecurity firm, Norse Corp., briefed the FBI on its own intelligence, which depicted six people were responsible for the hack — not North Korea. (Associated Press)

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Health and Human Services Secretary Sylvia Mathews Burwell speaks at the Treasury Department in Washington on July 28, 2014. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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National Edition Opinion cover for December 30, 2014 - The risky business of New Year’s forecasts (Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times)

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Indiana Gov. Mike Pence rolled out his own expansion plan in May, saying it would be funded through cigarette-tax revenue and an assessment on hospitals that takes effect in 2017.

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The New Hampshire Rebellion - a nonpartisan grassroots group - wants politicians to know their state is 'not for sale." (Image from New Hampshire Rebellion)

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Sean Azzariti, a former Marine who served in the Iraq war and has post-traumatic stress disorder, smiles as he makes a cash transaction, the first to buy retail marijuana at 3D Cannabis Center, which opened as a legal recreational retail outlet in Denver, on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. Colorado began retail marijuana sales on Jan. 1, a day some are calling "Green Wednesday." (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley)

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Bruce Willis posted a video message on the United Service Organizations' website Thursday, reminding Americans to appreciate the military members spending this holiday season overseas. (YouTube/USO4Troops)

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Jean Mamakos, 68, of Huntington, claims that rude flight attendants overreacted when she tried to switch to an empty exit-row seat during a layover in Seattle. (CBS2)

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U.S. Attorney Ron Machen (above) called Brian Thompson "a crooked HUD employee" who "diverted the proceeds of real estate sales from the U.S. Treasury to his own pockets through lies and trickery." (Associated Press)

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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev listens during a meeting with senior ruling United Russia Party officials in Moscow, Russia on Tuesday, Dec. 23, 2014. Medvedev has warned that the country faces a risk of a "deep recession" if the government ditches its spending plans. (AP Photo/RIA Novosti, Yekaterina Shtukina, Government Press service)

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Scarlett Johansson uses SodaStream products in a 2014 Super Bowl commercial. (Associated Press) ** FILE **

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Charlemagne is remembered again with a golden bust at the Treasury, where the cross of Lothair is on display along with jeweled reliquaries and other bejeweled objects. (Corinna Lothar/Special to the Washington Times)

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In this Feb. 21, 2012 file photo, an oil drilling rig drill into the Gypsum Hills near Medicine Lodge, Kan. Plunging crude prices are hitting oil producers especially hard in places like Kansas, where the industry is dominated by smaller, independent operators who depend more heavily on the cash flow from producing wells to pay for drilling new ones. (AP Photo/Orlin Wagner, File)

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Treasury Secretary Jacob Lew, right, sitting next to Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, speaks during an open session of the Financial Stability Oversight Council at the Treasury Department in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 18, 2014. The preliminary agenda for the open session includes an update on certain of the Council's 2014 annual report recommendations, a presentation by the Office of Financial Research regarding its annual report and updates to its Financial Stability Monitor, and a discussion of the Council's ongoing work on asset management. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)