House Speaker Nancy Pelosi waits to speak to supporters at an election night party in Washington on Tuesday. The California Democrat must relinquish the speaker's gavel after Republicans regained control of the House. Alex Brandon/AP hide caption

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West Virginia Gov. Joe Manchin talks to President Obama at a memorial service in July for Democratic Sen. Robert C. Byrd of West Virginia. The Democratic governor was expected to cruise to victory in the race to fill the Senate seat Byrd occupied, but his Republican opponent, John Raese, has tried to tie the popular governor to the not-so-popular president and is ahead in some polls. Charles Dharapak/AP hide caption

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks during the Republican Party of Iowa's Ronald Reagan dinner on Friday in Des Moines. Charlie Neibergall/Associated Press hide caption

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California Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger (left) inspects Japan's high-speed-train operations in Saitama, as his home state looks to modernize its rail system. California is among the states that received $8 billion in stimulus money for high-speed rail. Shuji Kajiyama/Getty Images hide caption

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Cindy Lohman is seen holding a photo of her son Ryan, who was killed by a bomb in Afghanistan. She says she feels betrayed by Prudential, his life insurance company. Bill Cramer/Bloomberg hide caption

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Ted Stevens served Alaska in the Senate for four decades, but lost a re-election bid amid corruption charges in 2008. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Republican Senate candidates Jerry Moran (left) and Todd Tiahrt shake hands after their first televised debate July 6 at the studio of NBC affiliate KSNT-27, in Topeka. The debate was moderated by Bob Beatty and Kelli Stegeman. Thad Allton/The Topeka Capital-Journal/AP hide caption

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Michael Bromwich, the new director of what is now the Bureau of Ocean Energy Management, Regulation and Enforcement, testifies before a Senate panel as Interior Secretary Ken Salazar listens on June 23. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Oil-soaked booms sit on top of a marsh in Barataria Bay. Brian Naylor/NPR hide caption

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