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Republican Senate Takeover Pushes Women Out Of Powerful Committee Posts

The U.S. Capitol is seen in early morning light in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. A two-year, $60 million renovation of
The U.S. Capitol is seen in early morning light in Washington, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013. A two-year, $60 million renovation of the U.S. Capitol dome has begun inside the dome, with exterior scaffolding expected in the spring of 2014. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

Senator Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, the new chairwoman of the Energy Committee, was at a reception in Hershey, Pa., last month when aides to Representative Kevin McCarthy of California, the No. 2 Republican in the House, presented her with a party favor: a black windbreaker with the words “Chairman’s Table” on the back.

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