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New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (from left) arrives with his family Chiara de Blasio, Chirlane McCray and Dante de Blasio to take the oath of office on the steps of City Hall on Wednesday. Frank Franklin II/AP hide caption

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Lawmaker Retirement Season Starts Ahead Of 2014 Midterm Elections

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Republican Gov. Chris Christie listens as Democratic challenger Barbara Buono answers a question during a debate at Montclair University in Montclair, N.J., on Oct. 15. Mel Evans/AP hide caption

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Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., gestures as he speaks in an Oversight Committee hearing on Capitol Hill in May 22. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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Liz Cheney walks off the stage with her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, after addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference in 2010. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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A worker guides a crane in Watford City, N.D. Oil production has tripled in five years, leading to rapid growth in some of the state's counties. Matthew Staver/Bloomberg via Getty Images hide caption

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The scandals affecting the Obama administration could make some would-be candidates leery of running for political office. Olivier Douliery/Pool/Getty Images hide caption

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Former South Carolina Gov. Mark Sanford arrives to give his victory speech Tuesday in Mount Pleasant, S.C. Sanford won back his old congressional seat in the state's 1st District in a special election. Rainier Ehrhardt/AP hide caption

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