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John Kerry parts with warning on gridlock

WASHINGTON — Senator John Kerry, in a long and occasionally emotional farewell speech in the chamber where he represented Massachusetts for 28 years, praised the Senate’s history of pragmatic compromise while warning that political gridlock in Washington threatens America’s reputation abroad.

But the Bay State lawmaker expressed optimism during his 50-minute good-bye, urging his colleagues to heed the lessons he learned as a freshman legislator in 1985.

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