FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Despite their claims, a Republican ban on earmarks won't stop ... more 
FILE - In this June 8, 2010 file photo, Sen. Lisa Murkowski, R-Alaska speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill in Washington. Despite their claims, a Republican ban on earmarks won't stop lawmakers from steering taxpayers' dollars to pet projects. And it will have little if any impact on Washington's far graver problem _ the gigantic budget deficit. less 
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Associated Press | Photo By J. Scott Applewhite, File
Fri, Nov 19, 2010 11:03 AM EST