Senate’s Spending Votes Seen as Litmus Tests for 2016 Candidates

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Senator Elizabeth Warren, a Democrat from Massachusetts, right, speaks during a news conference with other Senate Democrats including Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Democrat from Nevada, second from left, following a private meeting at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Thursday, Nov. 13, 2014.

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Two late-night votes in the Senate this weekend provide fodder for party activists already drawing up plans to reward loyalists and punish adversaries as the 2016 U.S. election cycle starts.

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