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President Obama prepares to sign an executive order mandating that federal contractors be required to raise the minimum wage they pay their workers to $10.10, at the end of a Jan. 29 appearance at the US Steel's Mon Valley Works in West Mifflin, Pa. Gene J. Puskar/AP hide caption

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Kentucky's Democratic governor, Steve Beshear, has gotten considerable attention for embracing President Obama's Affordable Care Act and adopting the Common Core educational standards. Roger Alford/AP hide caption

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President Obama delivers his State of the Union address before a joint session of Congress on Tuesday. Jim Lo Scalzo/EPA/Landov hide caption

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Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder is pushing for changes to federal law to allow more skilled immigrants into the country. Snyder, a Republican, has proposed funneling 50,000 skilled immigrants into Detroit over five years as a way to rejuvenate the moribund city. Paul Sancya/AP hide caption

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People wait in line outside the Supreme Court in Feb. 2013 to listen to oral arguments in the Shelby County, Ala., v. Holder voting rights case. Evan Vucci/AP hide caption

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White House National Economic Council Chairman Gene Sperling speaks during the daily briefing at the White House on Monday. With Congress back, the Senate is expected to work on a three-month extension of benefits for the long-term unemployed. Susan Walsh/AP hide caption

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A display of a series of skeletons showing the evolution of humans at the Peabody Museum, New Haven, Conn., circa 1935. Hulton Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Mitt Romney speaks at the Conservative Political Action Conference on March 15. New research suggests Democrats and Republicans had different perceptions of his physical appearance during the 2012 election. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., left, and Senate Budget Committee Chairwoman Patty Murray, D-Wash., walk to announce a tentative agreement Tuesday between Republican and Democratic negotiators on a government spending plan. J. Scott Applewhite/AP hide caption

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., at a November hearing of the Senate Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs Committee. A recent op-ed critical of Warren's brand of economic populism sparked an intraparty dispute among Democrats. Jacquelyn Martin/AP hide caption

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