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The Capitol's dome and Christmas tree are illuminated on Dec. 11 as Congress worked to pass a $1.1 trillion U.S. government-wide spending bill and avoid a government shutdown. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Rep. John Dingell, seen here in June, was admitted to a hospital Friday as a precautionary measure. The Democrat is retiring as the longest-serving member of Congress in U.S. history. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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Congress Issues New Sanctions Against Venezuelan Leaders 'On The Ropes'

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Black congressional staffers hold their hands up as they pose for a group photo during a walkout on on the steps of the U.S. Capitol Thursday, in a protest over the Eric Garner and Michael Brown cases. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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The U.S. Capitol is seen at dusk Thursday. The House approved a massive spending bill just hours before a midnight deadline to fund the federal government. Shawn Thew/EPA/Landov hide caption

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'Cromnibus' Spending Bill Passes, Just Hours Before Deadline

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Pension Deal In Spending Bill Will Cut Benefits Before Safety Net Fails

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Congress Will Get A $1.1 Trillion Omnibus Spending Bill This Week

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Obamacare Adviser Gets Set To Go In Front Of Congressional Firing Squad

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Protesters of varied stripes and political affiliations gathered outside the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative where negotiators from 12 nations were meeting to discuss the Trans-Pacific Partnership. James Clark/NPR hide caption

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Thomas Harden of Chicago pumps gas into his truck. He says he wouldn't support a gas tax increase. David Schaper/NPR hide caption

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GOP Leaders: Gas Tax Hike Could Fuel Fixes To Bad Roads And Bridges

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Republican Senator-elect Thom Tillis of North Carolina says he expects his party to challenge the president immediately on immigration, and that he hopes President Obama's Defense and Justice nominees will be acceptable to both parties. Davis Turner/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama is expected to announce steps today that would provide temporary relief to some of the 12 million immigrants in the country illegally. Republicans are warning him against acting unilaterally on the issue. Carolyn Kaster/AP hide caption

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NPR's Tamara Keith On "Morning Edition"

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With the enthusiastic backing of his caucus, Sen. Harry Reid, D-Nev., was reelected as the leader of the Senate Democrats this week following devastating midterm losses. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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