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Sen. Boxer, nearing retirement, 'focusing on the big ideas'

WASHINGTON Sen. Barbara Boxer and fellow California Democrat George Miller and their spouses used to spend weekends together, just a pair of couples taking a break from the pressures and strains of Capitol Hill. But while Miller, who spent four decades in the House of Representatives before retiring last year, and the others relaxed over beers, Boxer would be sketching plans for the coming week's political battles. "She's on the case all the time," Miller said. "She's always organizing." Indeed, even as the clock ticks down on Boxer's 24-year Senate career she announced in January she would not run for re-election next year she's not fading...

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