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Sen. John Thune of South Dakota has declined to pursue a presidential bid next year and will remain in the Senate where he's serving his second term. (Associated Press)

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Union member Cliff Wolfe of Battleground, Ind., protests several anti-labor bills outside the Senate chambers at the Indiana Statehouse on Tuesday, Feb. 22, 2011, in Indianapolis. (AP Photo/Indianapolis Star, Matt Detrich)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, had "no comment" when asked by reporters over the weekend if he would seek to get the Senate to restore funding for a defense contract in his congressional district that was cut in the House. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, set off a flurry of speculation about his successor after he announced that he would not seek another Senate term next year. (Associated Press)

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U.S. Rep. Hal Rogers, R-Kentucky, right, listens to House Speaker Greg Stumbo, D-Prestonsburg, prior to their testimony in front of a Senate panel in Frankfort, Ky., on Thursday, Feb. 3, 2011. Both men testified in favor of a bill that would require a prescription for certain cold medications. (AP Photo/Ed Reinke)

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Dr. Donald Berwick, whom President Obama appointed as head of Medicare and Medicaid without Senate hearings, now needs Senate approval. (Associated Press)

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TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS: JoAnn Abbott, co-organizer for the Washington D.C. Tea Party, discusses goals at the Senate Tea Party Caucus on Capitol Hill on Thursday. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat, takes the Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. administers a ceremonial Senate oath during a mock swearing-in ceremony for Sen. Rand Paul (left), Kentucky Republican, accompanied by family members, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2011, in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

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** FILE ** Sen. Christopher Bond, D-Mo., left, and Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., walk near the floor of the Senate during an unusual Saturday session on Capitol Hill in Washington on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., left, fist bumps John Feal after a news conference, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 22, 2010, after Senate passage of a bill to assist 9/11 First Responders. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

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Sen. Jon Kyl walks near the Senate floor on Wednesday. He and 25 of his Republican colleagues voted against the arms-control treaty.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. John Kerry heads to the Senate floor during a rare Sunday session on Capitol Hill on Sunday. Mr. Kerry, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in news-show appearances Sunday morning that he thinks Democrats have the votes to ratify START, the nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

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ASSOCIATED PRESS Sen. John Kerry heads to the Senate floor during a rare Sunday session on Capitol Hill on Sunday. Mr. Kerry, the chairman of the Foreign Relations Committee, said in news-show appearances Sunday morning that he thinks Democrats have the votes to ratify START, the nuclear arms treaty with Russia.

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Victoria Melnikow (left) looks on as her sister Cassandra Melnikow is interviewed about news of the Senate's repeal of "don't ask, don't tell" on Saturday, Dec. 18, 2010, in New York's Times Square. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)

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Associated Press photographs Sen. Jim DeMint, South Carolina Republican, was the target Wednesday of a verbal jab by the Senate majority leader regarding the lame-duck session impinging on the Christmas season.

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Sen. Jon Kyl, Arizona Republican, viewed as a key Senate arms-control specialist, is opposed to a hasty Senate vote on the New START treaty with Russia. (Associated Press)

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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican, poses in his office on Capitol Hill on Thursday. The midterm elections, which gave the GOP more seats in the Senate, strengthened Mr. McConnell's hand in dealing with the president. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., second from right, gestures during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 9, 2010, after the Senate voted down a bill to aid people who got sick after exposure to dust from the World Trade Center's collapse in the Sept. 11 attack. From left are, Sen. Christopher Coons, D-Del., Sen. Robert Menendez, D-N.J., Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., Schumer. and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

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U.S. District Judge G. Thomas Porteous (left) walks with his attorney, Jonathan Turley, on Capitol Hill on Wednesday after the Senate voted on his impeachment. He was removed from the bench. (Associated Press)