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Parties unite for congressional lawmakers' farewell speeches
Parties unite for congressional lawmakers' farewell speeches

Along with acrimonious backroom deals, late-night hours and stale take-out dinners is another tradition of the final days of Congress: the goodbyes. This year's farewell addresses offered an alternative view of the era of divided government — a fleeting glimpse of the odd alliances and friendships formed against the backdrop of the partisanship that usually defines Washington. And it plays out on live television for all of the world, or at least those watching C-SPAN, to see. "I love the Senate. I love the Senate," gushed Sen. John D. Rockefeller IV (D-W.Va.) on the Senate floor, as he bid goodbye after 30 years, also retiring a longtime family legacy in...

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