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Harkin Last Year

In this Nov. 7, 2013 file photo, Sen. Tom Harkin, D-Iowa, chairman of the Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee, speaks with reporters as the Senate moves toward a historic vote on legislation outlawing workplace discrimination against gay, bisexual and transgender Americans, on Capitol Hill in Washington. When Harkin completes his last year in office, the longstanding lawmaker may take a certain brand of liberal Midwestern populism with him. A so-called "prairie populist," Harkin was raised amid the social programs of the depression, witnessed the horrors of the war in Vietnam and charged into politics vowing to fight for the working classes, minorities and those with disabilities. But until he walks out the door in January 2015, the 74-year-old Harkin shows no signs of slowing down his fight for the progressive causes he has championed throughout his nearly 40-year career. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

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