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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. Barbara Boxer leaves Capitol Hill on Thursday after speaking on the Senate floor about former Nevada Sen. John Ensign. Mr. Ensign made false statements to the Federal Election Commission, the panel said.

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** FILE ** Facing an ethics investigation by a special counsel, Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican, seen here in June 2009, announced on Thursday, April 21, 2011, that he would step down from his Senate seat. He earlier said he would not run for re-election. (Associated Press)

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An ex-aide to Sen. John Ensign whose wife had an affair with the senator that damaged his career has been indicted for illegal lobbying. (Associated Press)

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An ex-aide to Sen. John Ensign whose wife had an affair with the senator that damaged his career has been indicted for illegal lobbying. (Associated Press)

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Sen. John Ensign, Nevada Republican, accompanied by his wife, Darlene, announces he will not run for a third term at a news conference Monday in Las Vegas. He called it "the most difficult decision that I have ever made." (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. John Ensign attempts to mend fences with the voters of Nevada after a scandal involving "the wife of his best friend."