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Speaker of the House John Boehner (right) speaks during the leadership press conference at the House Republican Issues Conference in Cambridge, Md., on Thursday. Friday's press conference, on the last day of the retreat, was canceled. JIm Watson /AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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After 3-Day Retreat, GOP Battle Plan Still Only An Outline

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House GOP Leaders Begin To Move On Immigration

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Sen. Carl Levin (left) huddles with his brother and fellow Michigan Democrat, Rep. Sandy Levin, during testimony on the automotive industry bailout in 2008. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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The race for Georgia's U.S. Senate seat started to take shape Monday as Michelle Nunn, a Democrat, announced plans to run for her father's old seat, joining a crowded field of Republican contenders. Kevin Wolf/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., speaks on Capitol Hill on Tuesday. A massive $1.1 trillion spending bill, aimed at funding the government until October, is getting generally positive reviews, including from House Republicans eager to avoid another shutdown crisis with elections looming. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Homeless women sit amid their belongings in downtown Los Angeles on Wednesday. Democrats and Republicans say income inequality is a problem, but they disagree over a solution. Frederic J. Brown/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Gunmen patrol during clashes with Iraqi security forces in Fallujah, on Jan. 5, 2014. Al-Qaida has been battling to take back both Ramadi and Fallujah in Anbar province in Iraq. AP hide caption

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Senate OKs Yellen, To Take Up Jobless Benefits Tuesday

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Senate Confirms Janet Yellen As Federal Reserve Chair

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Sen. Jack Reed, D-R.I., along with Sen. Dean Heller, R-Nev., is co-sponsoring the three-month extension of unemployment benefits up for a vote in Congress this week. Win McNamee/Getty Images hide caption

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The Capitol in Washington, D.C., seen on a cloudy day two weeks into the partial government shutdown. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., left, is urging her Senate colleagues to change the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for current and future military retirees. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Pension Cut Angers Senate's Staunchest Military Supporters

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