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Posted: December 20, 2012 at 1:29 a.m.

Sen. Barbara Mikulski, D-Md., is set to become the first woman chairman of the Senate Appropriations Committee, a position left open by the death of Hawaii’s Sen. Daniel Inouye, after Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., chose to remain chairman of the Judiciary Committee.

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