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Politics

Democrat Max Baucus rules out 7th Senate term

Becomes sixth in party to call it quits, 8th overall

WASHINGTON — Senate Finance Committee Chairman Max Baucus of Montana announced plans Tuesday to retire at the end of his term after a career of enormous power and notable independence, producing both collaboration and conflict with fellow Democrats on major tax and health care legislation.

‘‘I don’t want to die here with my boots on. There is life beyond Congress,’’ the 71-year-old Baucus said in a telephone interview.

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