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Why Have So Few African-Americans Been Elected To The Senate?

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No Deal On Tuesday Leads To Day 16 Of Shutdown On Wednesday

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Congress set a limit on how much debt the U.S. Treasury could accrue back in 1917. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid pauses outside the West Wing of the White House after meeting Wednesday with President Obama, House Speaker John Boehner, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell. Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP hide caption

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Jim DeMint, president of the Heritage Foundation, says he has more influence now than he did as a senator. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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