WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) stands with his dog Dakota before voting on the debt limit bill August 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 74-26 to approve the bill ... more 
WASHINGTON, DC - AUGUST 02: U.S. Sen. Kent Conrad (D-ND) stands with his dog Dakota before voting on the debt limit bill August 2, 2011 in Washington, DC. The Senate voted 74-26 to approve the bill to raise the debt ceiling, allowing the U.S. to avoid default on its debts. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images) less 
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