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overshadowed: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat (background), was tapped by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat (foreground), to assay the newly created position of strategic adviser for the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee when the Democrats move into the Senate minority in 2015. (Associated Press)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to Capitol Hill for the lame duck session following a sweep for the GOP in the midterm elections that will shift the balance of power in January, giving Republicans control of the Senate as well as the House, in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The Republican takeover of the Senate may pave the way for Sen. John McCain (left) and other GOP foreign policy hawks like Sen. Lindsey Graham to try to play "back-seat driver" to the White House, but at the end of the day, "if the president doesn't want to do what they push for, that's entirely up to him," said one senior congressional aide. (Associated Press)

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Mitch McConnell, who already is facing pressure from conservatives, predicts with confidence that his fellow Republicans will elect him as Senate majority leader next week. (Associated Press photographs)

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West Virginia Republican Senate candidate Rep. Shelley Moore Capito applauds and sings "I Gotta Feeling" by The Black Eyed Peas after winning the Senate seat,Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at Embassy Suites in Charleston W.Va. (AP Photo/Tyler Evert)

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Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C. talks to supporters after winning his Senate race over challengers Jill Bossi and Joyce Dickerson, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, at the North Charleston Performing Arts Center in North Charleston, S.C. (AP Photo/Mic Smith)

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Dan Danner, president of the National Federation of Independent Business, said a change of leadership in the Senate was crucial for American business. (Barbara L. Salisbury/The Washington Times)

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National Edition News cover for November 5, 2014 - Republicans gain control of Senate: Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Ky., addresses a group of supporters following his victory in the Kentucky Senate race, Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014, in Louisville, Ky. (AP Photo/Timothy D. Easley)

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The campaign between Republican Senate candidate Thom Tillis (center) and incumbent Sen. Kay R. Hagan has cost $111 million. (AP Photo/Chuck Burton)

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Kentucky home: Sen. Rand Paul helped rally supporters of Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (right) on the eve of an election that will determine whether he will control the Senate or be left out entirely. (Associated Press Photographs)

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National Edition News cover for November 3, 2014 - Democrats' bid to keep Senate majority may hinge on independent candidates: The latest polls give independent Senate candidate Greg Orman a razor-thin lead over Republican incumbent Pat Roberts in Kansas, one of the reddest states in the union. (Associated Press)

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Republican Senate candidate Joni Ernst is pulling ahead of rival Bruce Braley in the Iowa race. (AP Photo/Nati Harnik)

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Sens. John McCain (left) and Marco Rubio (right), and Sen. Lindsey Graham — who all collaborated with Mr. Obama and Democrats last year to pass a broad legalization bill in the Senate — said in a letter that the president lacks the legal authority to act on his own. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., right, and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., shake hands at the conclusion of their Senate race debate with Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., take their places to participate in a Senate race debate with and Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Shunned by Democratic Senate candidates, President Obama has been relegated to stump in governor races. (Associated Press)

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Despite protests from environmentalists, a Senate report has touted the safety of fracking. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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ProgressNow Colorado, which opposes Republican Rep. Cory Gardner's Senate bid, hired a prop plane to fly an anti-Gardner message over Denver before the Broncos' Oct. 23 home game against the San Diego Chargers. (ProgressNow Colorado)

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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is retiring at the end of this year after a decade in the Senate, meaning the 239-page, meticulously footnoted volume he's releasing Wednesday will be his last. (Associated Press)