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    Sen. Joe Manchin III, West Virginia Democrat, talks on his phone just off the Senate floor following lunch with fellow Democrats at the Capitol in Washington on Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)




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    Senate Minority Leader Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ken., is surrounded by reporters as he walks to the Senate floor after meeting with Senate Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., in his office on Capitol Hill on Monday, Oct. 14, 2013 in Washington. The Senate's top two leaders both expressed optimism Monday that they were closing in on an agreement to prevent a national financial default and reopen the government after a two-week partial shutdown. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)


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    Steps lead up to the Senate at the Capitol as a partial government shutdown enters its third week, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Congress is at an impasse as Senate Democratic and Republican leaders remained at odds over spending in their last-ditch negotiations to end the crises gripping the nation. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)




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