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Sen. Olympia J. Snowe has been known as a fiery fighter for her causes but also as a legislator skilled in the art of building consensus. She chose not to run for another term. (Associated Press)

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Pedestrians, veterans and members of the media walk around the grounds of the newly renovated District of Columbia WWI Memorial after a rededication ceremony in Washington, D.C. on Nov. 10, 2011. (T.J. Kirkpatrick/ The Washington Times)

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is a Republican lawmaker set to face a well-financed Democrat in a state President Obama has won twice. Democrats hope to use Mr. Obama’s health care law and Republican inflexibility to their advantage in upcoming elections. (Associated Press)

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Florida Gov. Rick Scott is a Republican lawmaker set to face a well-financed Democrat in a state President Obama has won twice. Democrats hope to use Mr. Obama’s health care law and Republican inflexibility to their advantage in upcoming elections. (Associated Press)

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The Defense Department’s $247,000 flower-covered float will be a replica of the Korean War Veterans Memorial in Washington. It will kick off events marking the 60th anniversary of the armistice. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this June 10, 2011 photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as the arrives at Lusaka International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia. Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. Spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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** FILE ** In this June 10, 2011 photo, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton waves as the arrives at Lusaka International Airport in Lusaka, Zambia. Clinton has been admitted to a New York hospital after the discovery of a blood clot stemming from the concussion she sustained earlier this month. Spokesman Philippe Reines says her doctors discovered the clot during a follow-up exam Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, Pool)

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**FILE** Lance Armstrong speaks Aug. 24, 2009, during the opening session of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta (center right) walks across the apron with Army Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III (center left), commander of U.S. forces in Iraq, after arriving in Baghdad on Thursday, Dec. 15, 2011. Mr. Panetta was participating in ceremonies marking the end of the U.S. military mission in Iraq. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais, Pool)

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Chuck Hagel, a potential nominee for defense secretary, called the 2007 troop surge in Iraq a “blunder” and advocated talks with Iran with no strings attached. (Associated Press)

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Chuck Hagel, a potential nominee for defense secretary, called the 2007 troop surge in Iraq a “blunder” and advocated talks with Iran with no strings attached. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Lance Armstrong speaks Aug. 24, 2009, during the opening session of the Livestrong Global Cancer Summit in Dublin, Ireland. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Barrasso, Wyoming Republican, speaks to reporters at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Dec. 19, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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**FILE** Retired Gen. Norman Schwarzkopf testifies Jan. 29, 1997, on Capitol Hill in Washington before the Senate Veterans Affairs Committee hearing on the Persian Gulf War illness. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Gen. H. Norman Schwarzkopf, commander of U.S. troops in the Gulf, gazes from the window of a small jet on his way out to visit U.S. troops in the desert in Saudi Arabia on Jan. 13, 1991. (Associated Press)

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Maimouna Awuor, 44, an impoverished mother of four who gave birth to her fifth child in October 2010, couldn't pay the $60 hospital bill, and was held along with many other women and their infants. "They stay there until they pay," said the hospital’s administrator. "If you don't pay, the hospital will collapse." (Associated Press)

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Maimouna Awuor, 44, an impoverished mother of four who gave birth to her fifth child in October 2010, couldn't pay the $60 hospital bill, and was held along with many other women and their infants. "They stay there until they pay," said the hospital’s administrator. "If you don't pay, the hospital will collapse." (Associated Press)

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Nurses, who are also midwives, gather at a village health room for a briefing given by a UNICEF child-nutrition specialist in Zee Phyu Kwin, in the Irrawaddy Delta of Myanmar. Myanmar spent less than $1 per person on health in 2008, minus donor money, and ranks among the lowest countries in nearly every category of health care funding. Now, with the dramatic change that has given Myanmar an elected government, there are hopes for improvement. (Associated Press)

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Nurses, who are also midwives, gather at a village health room for a briefing given by a UNICEF child-nutrition specialist in Zee Phyu Kwin, in the Irrawaddy Delta of Myanmar. Myanmar spent less than $1 per person on health in 2008, minus donor money, and ranks among the lowest countries in nearly every category of health care funding. Now, with the dramatic change that has given Myanmar an elected government, there are hopes for improvement. (Associated Press)

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Former President Bush, right, and former President Bill Clinton emerge from meetings at the State Department Tuesday, March 8, 2005 in Washington. Former President Bill Clinton will undergo a medical procedure this week to remove fluid and scar tissue from his left chest, six months after he underwent quadruple bypass surgery, his office said Tuesday. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)