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President Obama's April 30, 2013, news conference

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Sen. Strom Thurmond of South Carolina after his 24+ hour filibuster in 1957. He was a Democrat then. Later, Thurmond would switch to the Republican Party. AP hide caption

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NPR's Tamara Keith on where things stand

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