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Lott to quit Senate only one year into new term

Sen. Trent Lott, a 35-year Capitol Hill veteran who staged a political comeback after losing his Senate leadership post because of racially insensitive remarks, plans to resign from office before the year is out. With his decision, the Senate's No. 2 Republican will avoid a new ethics rule that takes effect by the end of the year, allowing him to pursue a lucrative lobbying job after a year's wait rather than after two years. The Mississippi senator is the latest veteran Republican lawmaker to announce plans to depart Congress after the party lost its majority to Democrats in the 2006 election. Among them is former House Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, who resigned Monday night. Lott...

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