Former Speaker of the House Tom Foley dies at 84

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FILE - In this Sept. 22, 1993 file photo, President Clinton prepares to outline his plan for health care reform before a joint session of Congress on Capitol Hill Wednesday Sept. 22, 1993. Vice President Al Gore is above left, and Speaker of the House Tom Foley, D-Wash., right. Foley has died at the age of 84, according to House Democratic aides on Friday, Oct. 18, 2013, who spoke on condition of anonymity. Foley was a Washington state lawmaker who became the first speaker since the Civil War who failed to win re-election in his home district. He was U.S. ambassador to Japan for four years during the Clinton administration. But he spent the most time in the House, serving 30 years including more than five as speaker. (AP Photo/Ron Edmonds, file)