Rep. Cole speaks as U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and others listen during a news conference in Moore last week. Brett Deering/Getty Images hide caption

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House Majority Leader Eric Cantor, R-Va., has been pitching a GOP rebranding effort he calls Making Life Work. The agenda is aimed at creating "conditions of health, happiness and prosperity" for American families, he says. Steven Senne/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media during his weekly news conference on Capitol Hill on April 18. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Vice President Biden and members of Congress watch as President Obama signs the STOCK Act on April 4, 2012. A year later, Congress moved to undo large portions of the law without fanfare. Brendan Smialowski/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A sign outside the White House on Tuesday protests part of President Obama's proposed federal budget. Kevin G. Hall/MCT/Landov hide caption

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In Columbus, Ohio, signs of the sequester were hard to find. Kiichiro Sato/AP hide caption

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Opposition research is becoming a given in politics, sometimes even at the local level. iStockphoto.com hide caption

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Customers shop for guns at Freddie Bear Sports sporting goods store in Tinley Park, Ill., in January. One of the gun provisions in the spending bill prevents the Justice Department from requiring gun dealers to conduct an inventory to see if guns are lost or stolen. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Budget Committee Chairman Rep. Paul Ryan, R-Wis., holds a copy of his budget plan during a news conference last week. On Thursday, the Republican-controlled House narrowly passed the measure. The Senate is not expected to follow suit. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner answers reporters' questions after the weekly House Republican caucus meeting with (from left) Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Rep. Lynn Jenkins, Majority Leader Eric Cantor and Rep. Steve Daines on Tuesday. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner speaks to the media after a meeting with President Obama on Friday. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, discusses the sequester Tuesday on Capitol Hill. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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