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** FILE ** In this March 31, 2012, photo, Rep. Rick Berg, North Dakota Republican, speaks before the North Dakota GOP Convention in Bismarck, N.D. Berg is running for the Senate seat being vacated by Sen. Kent Conrad. (AP Photo/Will Kincaid, File)

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Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona sits in a wheelchair after being forced back to court after abruptly leaving the witness stand without the permission of the Senate judges during his impeachment trial at the Senate in Manila on Tuesday. Mr. Corona denied that he stole from the country's coffers and said he would open his bank accounts for inspection if the 188 lawmakers who voted to impeach him do the same. (Associated Press)

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Philippine Supreme Court Chief Justice Renato Corona sits in a wheelchair after being forced back to court after abruptly leaving the witness stand without the permission of the Senate judges during his impeachment trial at the Senate in Manila on Tuesday. Mr. Corona denied that he stole from the country's coffers and said he would open his bank accounts for inspection if the 188 lawmakers who voted to impeach him do the same. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this May 8, 2012, file photo, openly gay Sen. Pat Steadman, right, D-Denver, embraces gay Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, at a rally in support of Civil Unions at the Capitol in Denver, as Senate President Brandon Shaffer is pictured in the background. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

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** FILE ** In this May 8, 2012, file photo, openly gay Sen. Pat Steadman, right, D-Denver, embraces gay Sen. Lucia Guzman, D-Denver, at a rally in support of Civil Unions at the Capitol in Denver, as Senate President Brandon Shaffer is pictured in the background. (AP Photo/Ed Andrieski, File)

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Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer was pushed to victory Tuesday in her state's Republican Senate primary by the Ending Spending Fund super PAC, which spent more than $250,000 on media advertisements either supporting her or opposing fellow candidate Jon Bruning in the final days of the race. (Omaha World-Herald via Associated Press)

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Nebraska state Sen. Deb Fischer was pushed to victory Tuesday in her state's Republican Senate primary by the Ending Spending Fund super PAC, which spent more than $250,000 on media advertisements either supporting her or opposing fellow candidate Jon Bruning in the final days of the race. (Omaha World-Herald via Associated Press)

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Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., strolls down a back hallway before presiding over the Senate during the second day of the General Assembly special session at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Maryland State Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Jr., presides over the Senate during the second day of the General Assembly special session at the Maryland State House in Annapolis, Md., Tuesday, May 15, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr/The Washington Times)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is president of the Senate, and three top officers of the chamber have been named in a lawsuit trying to overturn the Senate's filibuster rule. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr., who is president of the Senate, and three top officers of the chamber have been named in a lawsuit trying to overturn the Senate's filibuster rule. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., Prince George's Democrat, talks to the news media at the start of a special session of the Maryland General Assembly on Monday in Annapolis. The chamber gave preliminary approval to income tax increases. (Associated Press)

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (left) is joined by state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (second from left), House Speaker Michael E. Busch (second from right) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown for a press conference to discuss the special legislative session beginning May 14, at the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley (left) is joined by state Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr. (second from left), House Speaker Michael E. Busch (second from right) and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown for a press conference to discuss the special legislative session beginning May 14, at the Maryland Statehouse in Annapolis on Wednesday, May 9, 2012. (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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Maryland leaders (from left) Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch attend Wednesday's bill signing-ceremony at the State House in Annapolis. The governor and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to call lawmakers back May 14 to vote on the revenue package that didn't beat the General Assembly's adjournment deadline last month. (Associated Press)

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Maryland leaders (from left) Senate President Thomas V. Mike Miller, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Speaker of the House Michael E. Busch attend Wednesday's bill signing-ceremony at the State House in Annapolis. The governor and legislative leaders have tentatively agreed to call lawmakers back May 14 to vote on the revenue package that didn't beat the General Assembly's adjournment deadline last month. (Associated Press)

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Former Sen. George Allen takes on three Republican Senate rivals Saturday in Roanoke in the first of three debates. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Former Sen. George Allen takes on three Republican Senate rivals Saturday in Roanoke in the first of three debates. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Thomas V. Mike Miller Jr., president of the Senate, Gov. Martin O'Malley and Delegate Michael E. Busch, speaker of the House. (The Washington Times)

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Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell (left) chats with Senate Majority Leader Thomas K. Norment Jr., James City Republican, outside the Senate Republican Caucus room at the Capitol in Richmond on Tuesday. The governor addressed the caucus before the debate and vote on the budget. The Senate failed to pass the budget. (Associated Press)