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Critical votes on federal spending, jobless pay this week in Congress

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Congress will consider a massive federal spending bill as well as a plan to pay for a year-long extension of federal jobless benefits this week. Senate Democrats will also make quick work of confirming the third of President Obama's nominees to the powerful D.C. Circuit Court under new rules that have weakened the filibuster. The House and Senate have until Jan. 15 — giving them just...