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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, returns to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, returns to his office after speaking on the Senate floor on Capitol Hill on Sept. 24, 2013. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** President Obama signs the health care bill at the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010, flanked by smiling supporters from the House and Senate as well as Victoria Reggie Kennedy (behind Mr. Obama's right shoulder), widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was a champion of the legislation. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Former Gov. Thomas H. Keane (left), New Jersey Republican, and former Rep. Lee H. Hamilton, Indiana Democrat, speak before a Senate panel in 2010. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, heads to the Senate floor on Sept. 6, 2013, to introduce a resolution for the authorization of military action in support of President Obama's request for a strike against Syria. (Associated Press)

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**FILE** Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, heads to the Senate floor on Sept. 6, 2013, to introduce a resolution for the authorization of military action in support of President Obama's request for a strike against Syria. (Associated Press)

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ASSOCIATED PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS From left, Sen. Tom Udall of New Mexico, Sen. Michael Bennet of Colorado and Sen. Claire McCaskill of Missouri, all Democrats, said they are unimpressed with the way the Senate works and have offered their own suggestions on how to better it.

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** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plays a hand held poker game during a Senate hearing on Syria, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. (Image: CNN screen shot)

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** FILE ** Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., plays a hand held poker game during a Senate hearing on Syria, Tuesday, September 3, 2013. (Image: CNN screen shot)

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** FILE ** President Obama signs the health care bill at the White House in Washington on March 23, 2010, flanked by smiling supporters from the House and Senate as well as Victoria Reggie Kennedy (behind Mr. Obama's right shoulder), widow of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, who was a champion of the legislation. (Associated Press)

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Some desks are considered such historical treasures that the Senate has passed legislation officially assigning them: The "Clay desk" goes to the senior senator from Kentucky.

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The candy desk, which consistently needs the most maintenance, stands in the back row on the Republican side, close to the most heavily used entrance to the Senate chamber. (senate.gov PHOTOGRAPHS)

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Some desks are considered such historical treasures that the Senate has passed legislation officially assigning them: The "Clay desk" goes to the senior senator from Kentucky.

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is trying to wield conservative power outside the Senate. (Associated Press)

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Heritage Foundation President Jim DeMint is trying to wield conservative power outside the Senate. (Associated Press)

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Boyd Marcus (right) is a longtime Republican adviser who has supported campaigns such as the failed Senate bid of GOP candidate George Allen last year. (Associated press)

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Boyd Marcus (right) is a longtime Republican adviser who has supported campaigns such as the failed Senate bid of GOP candidate George Allen last year. (Associated press)

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** FILE ** Sen. Kay Hagan, North Carolina Democrat, is pictured after taking part in a re-enactment of the ceremonial Senate swearing-in, Tuesday, Jan. 6, 2009, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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** FILE ** Sens. John McCain (left), Arizona Republican, and Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, two of the authors of the immigration reform bill crafted by the Senate's bipartisan "Gang of Eight," shake hands on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, June 27, 2013, before the final vote. (Associated Press)

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Fresno cherry farmer and cattle rancher Andy Vidak, who is fluent in Spanish, said he captured the state Senate seat in last week's closely watched runoff vote by connecting with Hispanic voters with a "common-sense" approach that focused on job creation, affordable energy and opposition to big government. (Screen grab from VidakforSenate.com)