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  • ** FILE ** Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican. (Associated Press)

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    High technology executives and two members of the government agency that regulates the industry joined Sen. John Thune Thursday on a tour intended to show how the Internet helps small South Dakota businesses connect with customers from around the world.

  • Johnson, Thune try to pause VA hospital closure

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  • Fire fight: Lawmakers push EPA to ax stove rules

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  • Health overhaul critics tread lightly on Medicaid

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  • Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., along with GOP leadership, speaks to the media after the Senate passed the debt ceiling plan, on Capitol Hill, in Washington, D.C., Tuesday, Aug. 2, 2011. (Drew Angerer/The Washington Times)

    Stimulate job growth with Keystone XL, not minimum-wage hike: Sen. Thune

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  • SD lawmakers push for quick relief for ranchers

    South Dakota's congressional delegation pressed the U.S. agriculture secretary Wednesday to expedite a provision in the new farm bill that helps ranchers in the Dakotas and Nebraska recover from an October blizzard.

  • SD delegation fights changes to ethanol standard

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  • ** FILE ** Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican (Associated Press)

    GOP Sen. John Thune files bill to thwart Obamacare deal for unions

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  • ** FILE ** A road lined with vehicle barriers marking the U.S-Mexico border in New Mexico is the spartan territory for Border Patrol agents. (Associated Press)

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  • **FILE** The sun casts a shadow on the border fence that passes through the Nature Conservancy's southernmost preserve in Brownsville, Texas, on Sept. 4, 2012. (Associated Press)

    Senate rejects border fence

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  • ** FILE ** Sen. Chuck Grassley, Iowa Republican (Associated Press)

    Two GOP senators criticize stimulus for battery company

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  • ** FILE ** Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican (Associated Press)

    Quarter-billion-dollar stimulus grant creates just 400 jobs

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  • **FILE** An A123 Systems Inc. logo is seen Aug. 6, 2010, in Livonia, Mich. (Associated Press)

    Taxpayer losses in bankruptcy of A123 queried

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  • "The Democrats have maybe reached the threshold, the limit, which they can call on their people to continue to support spending that's not paid for," said Sen. John Thune, South Dakota Republican.

    Senate rejects more stimulus funding →

  • "It's not going to be the old way of doing business. This is a group that you're going to have to deal with, you're going to have to reckon with, and going along to get along probably isn't going to be the M.O.," he said.

    Junior GOP senators defeat old guard →

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