David Welna David Welna is NPR's national security correspondent.
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Commuters wait on the platform as a Metro-North train arrives in Bridgeport, Conn. Craig Ruttle/AP hide caption

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Tax Break For Mass-Transit Commutes May Soon Be Slashed

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Senate Democrats, After Threats, Detonate 'Nuclear Option'

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (left) with Democratic Sen. Jeff Merkley on Capitol Hill in July. Both senators favor curtailing the minority's right to filibuster judicial nominees. Jose Luis Magana/Reuters/Landov hide caption

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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid speaks during a news conference as the Senate prepares to vote on a bill that would prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation on Thursday. Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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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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