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Rep. Steve Stockman (R-TX), who did not seek re-election due to his failed Senate bid, is trying to make a name for himself before he leaves office.

The congressman introduced a bill last week that would require the National Science Foundation "study the effect of the Earth's magnetic field on the weather." The legislation would also have Congress acknowledge that a "decrease in magnetic fields could impact global temperatures"

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New York Sen. Chuck Schumer said Tuesday that Democrats made a mistake by setting their sights on health care reform early in President Barack Obama's first term, arguing that his party should have focused on fixing the economy first.

"Unfortunately, Democrats lost the opportunity the American people gave them. We took their mandate and put all of our focus on the wrong problem — health care reform," the No. 3 Democratic senator, a leader on messaging and policy, told reporters in a speech at the National Press Club in Washington.

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