Raymond Hettinger added the comment:

> Why can't this go into 3.6?

Because it is a new feature and we're already past beta 1; because nothing is 
actually broken; and because it is a very minor issue (x isn't 100% consistent 
with y); because this would depend on new code and tests that we haven't 
written yet; and because the use case for the optional arguments is to do 
repeated searches and that doesn't make much sense in the context of a range 
object.  That said, I think it is harmless to add this to 3.7 even though it 
isn't very useful.

assignee:  -> rhettinger

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