Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., cited the bad December jobless numbers as a reason Congress should extend federal unemployment insurance. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Miguel Estrada, whose 2002 nomination to a federal judgeship was filibustered by Senate Democrats, will represent Senate Republicans in their recess appointments case against President Obama. Kiichiro Sato/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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On June 4, President Obama introduces his nominees to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit: from right, Patricia Ann Millett, Cornelia T. L. Pillard and Robert L. Wilkins. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Kentucky Senate candidate Ed Marksberry, who's running as an independent, speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., in August. Stephen Lance Dennee/AP hide caption

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Matt Bevin speaks during the 133rd Annual Fancy Farm Picnic in Fancy Farm, Ky., on Aug. 3. Bevin, a Louisville businessman, is challenging Sen. Mitch McConnell in the 2014 Republican Senate primary. Stephen Lance Dennee/AP hide caption

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Veterans who came to Washington Tuesday to see the World War II memorial on the National Mall were able to complete their visit, although the memorial — like other federal museums and memorials — was officially closed to the public. Karen Bleier /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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State and local leaders break ground at a Louisville, Ky., coal-burning power plant in November 2012. Dylan Lovan/AP hide caption

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Sen. Mitch McConnell and his wife, former Labor Secretary Elaine Chao, at a Republican dinner in Winchester, Ky., last month. Roger Alford/AP hide caption

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