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WASHINGTON -- The Senate, frustrated with its apparent inability to redirect the course of the Iraq war, voted today to nip around the edges by doubling the reward for the capture of Osama bin Laden.
But the overarching goal of the Senate's Democratic majority — mandating a timetable for the withdrawal of most U.S. combat troops — appeared to be out of reach.
Senate rules allow 41 of the 100 senators to block an issue from coming to a vote, and there are 49 Republicans in the Senate