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December 4th, 2013
06:34 PM ET

The real 'Alpha House': Yes, this is where some Senators actually live

By Dana Bash, CNN Chief Congressional Correspondent

Washington (CNN) – Paint peeling off the walls. Sheets for curtains. Broken blinds. A mangled wicker chair made settable with a board. An ancient stove with a giant hole. And there's also the pile of underwear in the living room.

What looks and feels like the most rundown frat house on campus is actually the Capitol Hill home of some of the most powerful men in Washington.

"Welcome to the Omega House," joked Dick Durbin, who is the second-ranking Democrat in the Senate.

"This is where I've lived for 31 years," boasted Chuck Schumer, the Senate's third-ranking Democrat.

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