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Former Sen. Chuck Hagel stumbled through his Senate confirmation hearing last week, but Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said “the political knives were out for” him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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** FILE ** Former Sen. Chuck Hagel stumbled through his Senate confirmation hearing last week, but Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta said “the political knives were out for” him. (Andrew Harnik/The Washington Times)

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William "Mo" Cowan smiles Jan. 30, 2013, during a news conference at the Statehouse in Boston where he was selected to fill John F. Kerry's seat on an interim basis in the Senate. Kerry was confirmed by the Senate the previous day to be the nation's next secretary of state. (Associated Press

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**FILE** Sen. Ralph S. Northam, D-Norfolk during the floor session of the Senate in Richmond, Va., Tuesday, Feb. 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Richmond Times-Dispatch, Bob Brown).

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been negotiating changes to the Senate’s filibuster rules, but Mr. Reid has vowed to force them through if no agreement is reached. (Associated Press)

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell have been negotiating changes to the Senate’s filibuster rules, but Mr. Reid has vowed to force them through if no agreement is reached. (Associated Press)

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"We're sending a message to the Democrat-controlled Senate: It's time to do your job," House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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"We're sending a message to the Democrat-controlled Senate: It's time to do your job," House Speaker John A. Boehner said Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Charles E. Schumer, New York Democrat, said the Senate will pass a budget by April 15 to avoid a proposed "no budget, no pay" provision that withholds pay for lawmakers. The legislation is slated for a vote Wednesday. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders applaud after Cuomo signed New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law during a ceremony in the Red Room at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. From left are Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein, Bronx Democrat, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Democrat, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy (behind Cuomo) and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Yonkers Democrat. (Associated Press)

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** FILE ** New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and legislative leaders applaud after Cuomo signed New York's Secure Ammunition and Firearms Enforcement Act into law during a ceremony in the Red Room at the Capitol on Jan. 15, 2013, in Albany, N.Y. From left are Senate co-leader Jeffrey Klein, Bronx Democrat, Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver, Manhattan Democrat, Lt. Gov. Robert Duffy (behind Cuomo) and Senate Democratic Leader Andrea Stewart-Cousins, Yonkers Democrat. (Associated Press)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, accompanied by his wife, Catherine, and sons, Rider and Owen (right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden administers the Senate oath to Sen. Chris Murphy, Connecticut Democrat, accompanied by his wife, Catherine, and sons, Rider and Owen (right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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** FILE ** Vice President Joseph R. Biden (right) administers the Senate oath to Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, accompanied by his wife, Heidi Nelson, and daughters Caroline and Catherine (second from right) during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013, as the 113th Congress officially began. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

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A Senate investigation is looking into the sources used by Oscar-winning writer Mark Boal for the script to the film “Zero Dark Thirty,” which details the killing of Osama bin Laden. (Sony Pictures)