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"For years now we've been hearing about dysfunction in the Congress. We've all suffered in our public opinion polling and what people think of this place, and I think this process we've gone through in the last couple of days, last couple of weeks, are a real antidote to that," said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. (Associated Press)

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"For years now we've been hearing about dysfunction in the Congress. We've all suffered in our public opinion polling and what people think of this place, and I think this process we've gone through in the last couple of days, last couple of weeks, are a real antidote to that," said Sen. Jeff Flake of Arizona. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** President Obama, with Education Secretary Arne Duncan (second from right) at his side, looks back June 21, 2012, at a group of students during a news conference at the White House as he calls on Congress to stop interest rates on student loans from doubling. (Associated Press)

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"With regard to the potential prosecution of the press for the disclosure of material — that is not something I've ever been involved in, heard of, would think would be wise policy," Attorney General Eric Holder said in his May 15 testimony to Congress on the Justice Department's probe into media leaks.

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** FILE ** Congress party President Sonia Gandhi (left) and Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh take turns addressing the media at her residence in New Delhi in 2009 after Mr. Singh declared victory in India's national elections. (Associated Press)

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Columnist Ernest Istook says Congress, on its own, has clear authority to arrest and jail former IRS official Lois Lerner until she testifies. (Associated Press)

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Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, New York Democrat, announces his resignation from Congress during a news conference in Brooklyn, N.Y., on Thursday, June 16, 2011. (AP Photo/Seth Wenig)

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** FILE ** Former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, who resigned from Congress nearly two years ago amid a sexting scandal, is exploring a run for New York City mayor. (Associated Press)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, applauds after handing the gavel to House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, who was re-elected as House Speaker of the 113th Congress, on Jan. 3, 2013, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, who resigned from Congress nearly two years ago amid a sexting scandal, is exploring a run for New York City mayor. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** South Korean President Park Geun-hye addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 8, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Sen. Charles Schumer, New York Democrat, speaks Jan. 24, 2013, during a news conference with a coalition of members of Congress, mayors, law enforcement officers, gun safety organizations and other groups on Capitol Hill in Washington to introduce legislation on assault weapons and high-capacity ammunition feeding devices. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Steve Stockman (second from right), Texas Republican, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, Ohio Republican, for the 113th Congress in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

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South Korean President Park Geun-hye addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 8, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** South Korean President Park Geun-hye addresses a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill in Washington on May 8, 2013. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Rep. Steve Stockman (second from right), Texas Republican, participates in a mock swearing-in ceremony with Speaker of the House Rep. John Boehner, Ohio Republican, for the 113th Congress in Washington on Jan. 3, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Former Rep. Anthony D. Weiner, who resigned from Congress nearly two years ago amid a sexting scandal, is exploring a run for New York City mayor. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., which has hosted presidents and once housed a secret bunker for Congress, is seen here in 2002. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** The Greenbrier resort in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va., which has hosted presidents and once housed a secret bunker for Congress, is seen here in 2002. (Associated Press)