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Too close for comfort?

From NBC's Ken Strickland
In a sign of how awkward things may get in the Senate over the next few months, Sens. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama now both serve on the Health, Education, Labor, & Pensions Committee -- commonly referred to as the HELP Committee. With the tradition of seating members in order of seniority, Clinton and Obama should be seated next to each other.

Coincidentally, there's a HELP Committee hearing going on at this moment on Capitol Hill. It should come as no surprise that neither is in attendance and not expected to show. Their absence is not of much significance since Monday morning hearings are usually light in attendance of both Democrats and Republicans. However, there is one presidential aspirant in attendance today, Sen. Chris Dodd. (The Senate committee with the most presidential wannabes is Foreign Relations: Sens. Joe Biden, Dodd, John Kerry, Obama, and Chuck Hagel all sit on the committee.)