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  • Mike Lauriente (right) of Howard County, Md., greets fellow World War II veteran Dale Nakken, who flew from Puget Sound, Wash., as they make their way to the World War II Memorial for the Million Vet March against the closure of the monument. Story, A12. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • Sen. Patrick J. Leahy (shown) and D.C. Council member David A. Catania are spearheading efforts in their respective legislative bodies to protect the privacy of personal email accounts. (Associated Press)

    Patrick Leahy, Susan Collins roll out bipartisan gun trafficking bill

    Sen. Patrick J. Leahy, Vermont Democrat and Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, announced new legislation on the Senate floor Monday that would make gun trafficking a federal crime and crack down on straw purchasing — one of the first bipartisan gun-related measures to be introduced after the Newtown, Conn., shootings in December.

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  • U.N. Ambassador Susan Rice arrives for a meeting on Capitol Hill in Washington Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Sen. Corker, R-Tenn., to discuss the Benghazi terrorist attack. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

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  • Sen. Susan Collins, Maine Republican, and Sen. Bob Corker, Tennessee Republican, were not swayed after meeting with U.N. Ambassador Susan E. Rice, a possible nominee for secretary of state, about her comments in the aftermath of a Sept. 11 terrorist attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • Sen. Joseph I. Lieberman (left), Connecticut independent, takes his seat as FBI Associate Deputy Director Kevin Perkins (center) and National Counterterrorism Center Director Matthew Olsen arrive to testify on homeland threats and agency responses in front of the Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Capitol Hill in Washington on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • "All I was after was making sure the District had its own Hatch Act," Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton, D.C. Democrat, said Wednesday. "There's confusion as to how the law applies to D.C." (Rod Lamkey Jr./The Washington Times)

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  • **FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

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  • A bipartisan group of senators including (from the left) Susan M. Collins, Scott Brown, Joe Lieberman and Thomas R. Carper explain their bill to provide savings for the U.S. Postal Service, which would be used for employee buyouts, and delay for two years the proposed elimination of home delivery on Saturdays. (Associated Press)

    Postal Service rescue plan finds way to pay for buyouts

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  • Sen. Susan Collins, Republican from Maine, is among members of Congress who want local jurisdictions to have freedom in school lunch decisions. (Associated Press)

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  • "Since 2004, I have been sounding the alarm over the military's ineffective response to the growing crisis of sexual assault in the military, including the need to ensure appropriate punishment for the perpetrators, to provide adequate care for the survivors of such reprehensible crimes, and to change the culture across the military so that sexual assault is unthinkable," said Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican.

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  • "I'm very concerned that there still seem to be serious problems with sharing information, including critical investigative information," Sen. Susan M. Collins, Maine Republican, said last year after a closed-door briefing by senior intelligence officials. "That is troubling to me, that this many years after the attacks on our country in 2001, that we still seem to have [practices] that prevent information from being shared effectively."

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