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A view north from atop the U.S. Capitol dome shows Union Station and the Russell Senate Office Building during a media tour in Washington

A view north from atop the U.S. Capitol dome shows the Russell Senate Office Building (R) and Union Station (2nd R) during a media tour of the dome on Capitol Hill in Washington, December 19, 2013. The Capitol dome has not undergone a complete restoration since 1959-1960 and due to age and weather the Architect of the Capitol says that it now has more than 1,000 cracks and deficiencies. Americans longing for a makeover in Washington will get their wish partially granted as the dome of the U.S. Capitol - but not the lawmakers who work inside - undergoes a $60 million restoration. To match USA-CAPITOL/DOME REUTERS/Douglas Graham/POOL (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS TRAVEL SOCIETY)

Congress sends defense bill to Obama

The women of the Senate who led the fight to change how the military deals with sexual assault in its ranks are hailing passage of a comprehensive defense bill that now heads to President Barack Obama for his signature.

The Senate voted 84-15 Thursday night for the $632.8 billion bill that covers combat pay, new ships, aircraft and military bases. Drawing the greatest attention were provisions cracking down on perpetrators of sexual assault and rape. (AP)

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