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President Barack Obama's fellow Democrats welcomed a new colleague to the U.S. Senate on Thursday, newly elected Cory Booker, and the additional vote Booker gives them in the Senate. Vice President Joe Biden administered the oath to Booker, 44, elected this month as the first black senator from New Jersey. He resigned this week as mayor of Newark, the state's largest city. Booker joined Tim Scott of South Carolina as the nation's only two black senators. Scott was appointed to the Senate earlier this year to fill the vacancy created by the surprise retirement of Jim DeMint, a fellow Republican. The Democratic and Republican leaders of two key congressional committees have agreed on a framework to scrap the problematic Medicare payment formula for physicians and replace it with one that would link physician reimbursement to the quality of care provided, a step that could put an end to the annual 'doc fix' debate. Billionaire real estate mogul Donald Trump would probably be one of the last people to say nice things about Bill de Blasio, given the New York City mayoral hopeful's desire to raise taxes on the wealthy. But The Donald did just that Thursday, calling the Democrat a "smart guy" who "is not going to want to destroy New York" during an appearance on an Albany radio program.