Why Have So Few African-Americans Been Elected To The Senate?

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Without Earmark 'Grease,' Some Say, Spending Bills Get Stuck

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House Unlikely To Turn To Immigration Anytime Soon

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Conference Committee Charged With Budget Compromise

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Budget Process Isn't Over. Are More Shutdowns Ahead?

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No Deal On Tuesday Leads To Day 16 Of Shutdown On Wednesday

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Congress set a limit on how much debt the U.S. Treasury could accrue back in 1917. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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How The Debt Limit Became 'A Nuclear-Tipped Leverage Point'

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Obamacare Drops Off The Shutdown Script

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Democrats Focus Government Shutdown Blame On Boehner

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GOP's History Of Resistance To Social Welfare Programs

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pauses outside the West Wing of the White House after meeting Wednesday with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Reid's Tough Tactics In Shutdown Drama Draw Notice

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House, Senate Stay Faithful To Their Measures

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Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, says he has more influence now than he did as a senator. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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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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