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Supreme Court nominee Merrick Garland, left, walks with Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., in March at the Capitol in Washington. Schumer is expected to become the new Senate minority leader, but with Donald Trump's election as president, Garland's nomination is done. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Republicans' Senate Tactics Leave Trump Wide Sway Over Nation's Courts

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Senate Gun Control Speeches Recall An Old-School Filibuster

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A woman looks on at the U.S. Capitol in 2013 after the most recent government shutdown. Congress has made no progress toward avoiding a government shutdown when it will run out of funding Sept. 30. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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Democratic Sens. Charles Schumer, Harry Reid and Richard Durbin (from left) speak after Senate Democrats voted to take the bite out of the filibuster. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) is joined by newly sworn-in Sen. Carte Goodwin (D-WV) Tuesday after the Senate took a key vote toward extending unemployment benefits. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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