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  • Republican Darrell E. Issa, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, has become a thorn in the Obama administration's side, investigating a series of scandals. (Associated Press)

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  • Virginia Delegate Scott Lingamfelter (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

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  • Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican

    Referendum approach to D.C. budget autonomy hailed

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  • Sen. Marco Rubio (left), Florida Republican, endorses Virginia Republican George Allen (right) for the U.S. Senate at a press conference at Company Flowers, a family-owned small business, in Arlington on Thursday, June 14, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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  • Washington Dulles International Airport

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  • ** FILE ** Jeffrey E. Thompson on March 20, 2012. (Courtesy of C-SPAN)

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  • Former Rep. Thomas M. Davis III, Virginia Republican

    Redistricting sets up tussles for many congressional seats

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    Independents desert Democrats

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  • **FILE** Sharron Angle shakes hands of supporters in Las Vegas on June 8, 2010, after winning the Nevada Republican U.S. Senate primary election race. Angle will face Sen. Harry Reid in November. (Associated Press)

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