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Senate Makes Jobless Benefits Deal

Hooray for teamwork. On Thursday, 10 bipartisan Senate negotiators reached a deal on a plan to extend long-term unemployment benefits for five months to two million Americans who saw their insurance expire at the end of 2013. Sen. Jack Reed called it a "bipartisan breakthrough," and Majority Leader Sen. Harry Reid announced he would take up the measure after next week's recess. It will have to pass the Senate by a 60-vote threshold and then go to the House.