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  • ** FILE ** Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** Rep. F. James Sensenbrenner Jr., Wisconsin Republican (Associated Press)

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