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Outside The Senate, DeMint Appears More Powerful Than Ever

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Senate More Than Likely To Keep Obamacare Intact

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Benghazi Attacks Still Resonate On Capitol Hill

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Sen. McConnell In No-Win Situation On Obamacare

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Threat Of Government Shut Down Looms As Budget Year Nears End

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In Highest-Profile Role Yet, Kerry's Legacy Hangs On Syria

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Backers Of Israel Press For Strikes On Syria

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It Will Be Up To Congress To Change Automatic Sentencing

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Sen. Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Aug. 3. McConnell said this week that using a big spending bill to defund Obamacare is not the way to go. Stephen Lance Dennee/AP hide caption

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GOP Debate: Is Obamacare Fight Worth A Government Shutdown?

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Texas Congressman Pulled In Two Directions Over Immigration

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McConnell Squares Off With Rivals At Ky. Political Picnic

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For Once, Congress Plans To Go On Recess Without A Meltdown

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Another Senate Battle Looms Over Judicial Nominees

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