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Sen. John Thune, R-S.D., waves to the delegates during his speech Aug. 29 during the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. (AP photo)

Thune rises as Congress falls

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At the end of a packed town hall discussion where he decried America's debt, Sen. John Thune's most vexing problem arose.

It was a Social Security recipient.

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The man instructed the third most powerful Republican in the U.S. Senate on how Congress might cut the nation's spending -- zeroing out foreign aid, for starters.

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