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

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National Edition News cover for December 9, 2014 - Coburn: Athletes, rappers feast on tax breaks, driving up rates: **FILE** Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

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Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican, is taking to task those veterans who are abusing the government benefits system. He said veterans' benefit programs need to be streamlined to avoid duplicate payments. (Associated Press)

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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)

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Waste watcher: "The only way to stop wasteful Washington spending is by shining a light on it whenever and wherever it occurs, even if it is in your own state," says Sen. Tom Coburn, who is releasing his last Wastebook before retiring. (Andrew Harik/The Washington Times)

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National Edition News cover for October 22, 2014 - Coburn issues his final Wastebook: Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), left, listens as Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), right, speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill to introduce the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Tom Coburn says federal seasonal and temporary workers were included on rosters — thereby sidestepping Obamacare penalties. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” says Sen. Tom Coburn, who released a scathing report of health care centers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

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A GAO report requested by Sen. Tom Coburn found the Pentagon pays more for prescription drugs than does either Medicare or Medicaid. (Associated press)

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U.S. Rep James Lankford, left, speaks to his supporters at his watch party in Oklahoma City, as his daughters, Jordan, second from left, 14, Hannah, right, 17, and his wife Cindy, stand near, Tuesday, June 24, 2014. Two-term U.S. Rep. James Lankford was able to get the more than 50 percent of the vote necessary to win the GOP nomination for U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn's seat. Coburn announced in January that he was foregoing his final two years in office after a recurrence of cancer. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

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“The problems at the VA are worse than anyone imagined,” says Sen. Tom Coburn, who released a scathing report of health care centers. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

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Sen. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), pictured, at a press conference with Sen. John McCain, (R-Ariz), Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), and Sen. Jeff Flake, (R-Ariz.) on Capitol Hill to introduce the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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Sen. Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), speaks at a news conference on Capitol Hill to introduce the Veterans Choice Act, which would provide veterans "with greater flexibility and choice in health care providers and increasing accountability and transparency at the VA, Washington, D.C., Tuesday, June 3, 2014. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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FILE - In this Dec. 17, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., a longtime deficit hawk, outlines his annual Wastebook, which points a critical finger at billions of dollars in questionable government spending during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. U.S. Sen. Tom Coburn says he plans to finish the current year in office and resign his seat nearly two years before his term is scheduled to end. The 66-year-old Coburn released a statement late Thursday, Jan. 16, 2014 saying he would give up his seat at the end of the current session of Congress, scheduled to end in January 2015.(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, center, is greeted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Sen. Coburn described her as "competent." (Associated Press)

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Sylvia Mathews Burwell, President Obama's nominee to become Health and Human Services Secretary, center, is greeted by Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. Sen. Coburn described her as "competent." (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** In this Dec. 17, 2013, file photo, Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., speaks on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)