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Congress Poised To Permanently Fix Its Medicare Payment Glitch

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Democratic Rep. Bruce Braley speaks during an Oct. 27 fundraiser for his Senate campaign at the Iowa State Fairgrounds in Des Moines. Braley was one of 39 Democrats who voted Friday for legislation to allow insurance companies to continue offering policies that would otherwise be canceled because they don't meet the standards of the Affordable Care Act. Scott Morgan/AP hide caption

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We face real-world decisions now about everything from sea level rise, to energy infrastructure to what food is best for you. Karen Bleier/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Cloudy skies shroud the Capitol on Monday. Congress is at an impasse as Democrats and Republicans remain at odds over the crises gripping the nation. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Still Right Twice A Day: Visitors look at the Ohio Clock outside the Senate chamber on Capitol Hill Sunday. The clock that has stood watch over the Senate for 196 years stopped running shortly after noon Wednesday. Employees who wind the clock weekly were furloughed in the federal shutdown. Jose Luis Magana/AP hide caption

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