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Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev says Congress, in attaching a human rights provision to trade legislation, is “making a big mistake.” (Associated Press)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), second from right, whispers with Rep. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.), right, as House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer (D-Md.), speaks at a press conference announcing leadership positions for the 113th Congress outside the 113th Congress democratic Caucus Organizational meeting in the cannon office building, Washington, D.C., Thursday, November 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (second from right) whispers to Rep. Chris Van Hollen (right) as Rep. Steny Hoyer, House minority whip, speaks at a press conference in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012, to announce the House Democratic leadership for the 113th Congress. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, California Democrat, and Rep. Joseph Crowley, New York Democrat, confer as they leave a press conference to announce their party's leadership positions for the 113th Congress after a meeting in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington on Thursday, Nov. 29, 2012. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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House Speaker John A. Boehner, Ohio Republican, arrives to speak to reporters after House Republicans voted for their leadership for the next session of Congress at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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With the presidential seal in the background, President Obama pauses in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House campus in Washington on Wednesday, Nov. 28, 2012, where he spoke about how middle-class Americans would see their taxes go up if Congress fails to act to extend tax cuts. (AP Photo/Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, talks about the elections and the unfinished business of Congress, at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 7, 2012. The first post-election test of wills could start next week when Congress returns from its election recess to deal with unfinished business ó including a looming "fiscal cliff" of $400 billion in higher taxes and $100 billion in automatic cuts in military and domestic spending to take effect in January if Congress doesn't head them off. Economists warn that the combination could plunge the nation back into a recession. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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“He’s going to break the rules to change the rules, which is a wonderful way to start the new Congress.” - Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, Kentucky Republican (Associated Press)

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Sens.-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (left) and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, both liberal Democrats, are part of the new Congress that saw the loss of centrist veterans in both parties. “Congress seems to be going in the opposite direction of the country, just as the country is screaming for solutions to gridlock,” says Democratic strategist Phil Singer. (Associated Press)

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Sen.-elect Ted Cruz of Texas is one of several tea partyers elected to serve in the new Congress, which welcomes 12 rookie members of the Senate and at least 81 new House members. (Associated Press)

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Sens.-elect Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts (left) and Tammy Baldwin of Wisconsin, both liberal Democrats, are part of the new Congress that saw the loss of centrist veterans in both parties. “Congress seems to be going in the opposite direction of the country, just as the country is screaming for solutions to gridlock,” says Democratic strategist Phil Singer. (Associated Press)

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“Congress has an obligation to find out who made these decisions, and for what purpose, and then hold agencies accountable for any misuse of taxpayer funds.” - Sen Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican (Associated Press)

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“Congress has an obligation to find out who made these decisions, and for what purpose, and then hold agencies accountable for any misuse of taxpayer funds,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, Oklahoma Republican. (Associated Press)

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This undated handout image provided by the Library of Congress shows a letter written by Mary Todd Lincoln to Julia Ann Sprigg, May 29, 1862, which is part of an exhibit at the Library of Congress of letters and diaries saved for 150 years from those who lived through the Civil War that offer a new glimpse at the arguments that split the nation. The Library of Congress holds the largest collection of Civil War documents. It has pulled 200 items from its holdings for a new exhibit to reveal both private and public thoughts from dozens of famous and ordinary citizens who lived in the North and the South. (AP Photo/Library of Congress)