Sen. Sherrod Brown, D-Ohio, is holding up an Obama trade nomination after U.S. trade authorities missed a deadline to ease secrecy protocols around TPP draft language. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Incoming Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., leaves a closed-door policy meeting at the Capitol on Dec. 2. McConnell says he wants to make the Senate work the way it used to, but not all Republicans are on board. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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FBI Director nominee James Comey prepares to testify on Capitol Hill in Washington on Tuesday, before the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on his nomination. Comey spent 15 years as a federal prosecutor before serving in the George W. Bush administration, where he is best-known for facing down the White House over a warrantless surveillance program. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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