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Politics

Swearing-in takes back seat to Senate business

WASHINGTON — Edward J. Markey was sworn in as the junior senator of Massachusetts Tuesday, joining his new colleagues just as the Senate was attempting to extract itself from the throes of partisan crisis.

Even Markey’s official welcome encountered a bit of the turbulence. The Senate delayed his swearing-in, as majority leader Harry Reid came to the floor to announce an agreement to unwind gridlock over seven presidential nominees. Reid also blocked early tributes for Markey from fellow senators to prevent floor proceedings on the nominee agreement from stalling.

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