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The line to enter the May 23 Senate Judiciary Committee session stretched well down the hallway. Packed inside were activists wearing stickers and t-shirts emblazoned with the image that has become their movement’s trademark: a D.C. license plate bearing the wry motto: “Taxation without representation.” Sens. Pat Leahy (D-Vt.), Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Orrin Hatch (R-Utah) presided over a pleasant, if at times contentious, three-hour discussion of the bill that would give the District of Columbia—and its population of 581,530 residents (more than Wyoming)—a full voting representative in the U.S. House.

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