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Populist favorite Booker sworn in to US Senate

US Senator Cory Booker smiles while posing for photos following a cermonial swearing-in in the Old Senate Chamber at the US Capitol on October 31, 2013Popular Democrat Cory Booker was sworn in Thursday as the newest US senator, becoming the first African American elected to the Senate since Barack Obama in 2004. Vice President Joe Biden officiated the noon swearing-in for Booker, whose stint as mayor of the gritty New Jersey city of Newark drew national attention and made him a rising star in his party.