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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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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky heads to the Senate floor to vote on Friday. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D- Mass., listens to testimony during a Banking Committee hearing on Nov. 12. In a Senate floor speech on Social Security last month, Warren said, "With some modest adjustments, we can keep the system solvent for many more years, and we could even increase benefits." Jacquelyn Martin/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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