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National Edition Opinion cover for January 7, 2015 - Restoring the Senate (Illustration by Linas Garsys for The Washington Times)

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National Edition News cover for January 6, 2015 - McConnell ready to take helm of Senate: Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., during an interview with The Associated Press at the Capitol in Washington, Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014. "How many times did we have the point of the week?" Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said about Democratic tactics in an interview with The Associated Press last week. "It was designed to make us walk the plank. It had nothing to do with getting a legislative outcome." (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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Vice President Joe Biden administers the ceremonial Senate oath to Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., during a ceremony in the Old Senate Chamber on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 2, 2014. Scott's mother Frances Scott holds the bible. Earlier, Scott was officially sworn in by Biden of the floor of the Senate. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

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FILE - In this June 17, 2014 file photo, people rally for an increase in the minimum wage on the Great Western Staircase at the Capitol in Albany, N.Y. With the Assembly remaining in control of downstate Democrats and the Senate is now more firmly in the hands of upstate and Long Island Republicans, the New York Legislature is likely looking at stalemate in 2015, when it comes to boosting the minimum wage beyond its next two incremental increases. (AP Photo/Mike Groll, File)

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Liberians election workers watch as a voter washes her hands before casting her votes, during the senate election in Monrovia, Liberia. Saturday, Dec. 20, 2014. Health workers manned polling stations across Liberia on Saturday as voters cast their ballots in a twice-delayed Senate vote that has been criticized for its potential to spread the deadly Ebola disease. (AP Photo/Abbas Dulleh)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, tried to take a stand on immigration enforcement and scuttled a deal arranged by Senate GOP leaders, thus allowing Democrats more time to approve key nominees before they lose control of the Senate at the end of the year. (Associated Press photographs)

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Sen. Ted Cruz, Texas Republican, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, South Carolina Republican, talks with reporters after the Senate voted on a $1.1 trillion spending bill to fund the government through the next fiscal year on Saturday, Dec. 13, 2014 on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke) ** FILE **

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Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Alabama talks to reporters on Capitol Hill in Washington, Friday, Dec. 12, 2014, as the Senate considers a spending bill. The House has passed an additional stopgap spending to make certain the government doesn't shut down at midnight Saturday when current funding authority runs out. The move would give the Senate additional time to process a $1.1 trillion government-wide spending bill. (AP Photo/Lauren Victoria Burke)

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defender: CIA Director John O. Brennan angrily shot back at what he viewed as a flawed Senate report on the agency's use of enhanced interrogation techniques. (Associated Press)

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Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., speaks in Columbia, S.C., in this Nov. 4, 2014, file photo. (AP Photo/Rainier Ehrhardt, File)

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., greets Senate candidate, Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., before their debate at Centenary College in Shreveport, La., Tuesday, Oct. 14, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., participate in a Senate race debate on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., and Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., take their places to participate in a Senate race debate with and Republican candidate and Tea Party favorite Rob Maness, not pictured, on the LSU campus in Baton Rouge, La., Wednesday, Oct. 29, 2014. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

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Republican Senate candidate Rep. Bill Cassidy, R-La., (left) is challenging incumbent Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La.

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Sen. David Vitter, Louisiana Republican, says he'll try to force the Senate to vote on a bill halting the subsidy that lawmakers and their staffs get to pay for insurance on the Obamacare exchanges, saying that's a benefit no other American receives, so Congress shouldn't either. (Associated Press)

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National Edition News cover for November 19, 2014 - Democrats stiff Landrieu on pipeline for green lobby: Prior to the Senate's vote on the Keystone XL oil pipeline, Sen. Mary Landrieu, D-La., chair of the Senate Energy and Natural Resources Committee and the bill's sponsor, steps out of a meeting with members of the Democratic caucus to make a phone call on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 18, 2014. Landrieu has 59 votes ready and is searching for the last vote needed for approval, both to pass the legislation and to buoy her chances of retaining her Senate seat in a runoff Dec. 6 against Republican Rep. Bill Cassidy. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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overshadowed: Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Massachusetts Democrat (background), was tapped by Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, Nevada Democrat (foreground), to assay the newly created position of strategic adviser for the Democratic Policy and Communications Committee when the Democrats move into the Senate minority in 2015. (Associated Press)

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Speaker of the House John Boehner, R-Ohio, returns to Capitol Hill for the lame duck session following a sweep for the GOP in the midterm elections that will shift the balance of power in January, giving Republicans control of the Senate as well as the House, in Washington, Wednesday, Nov. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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The Republican takeover of the Senate may pave the way for Sen. John McCain (left) and other GOP foreign policy hawks like Sen. Lindsey Graham to try to play "back-seat driver" to the White House, but at the end of the day, "if the president doesn't want to do what they push for, that's entirely up to him," said one senior congressional aide. (Associated Press)