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At a 1993 demonstration in New York, gay rights advocates voiced their opposition to the military policy that became "don't ask, don't tell." Porter Gifford/Getty Images hide caption

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President Obama's tax deal with the Republicans has infuriated House Democrats. Mandel Ngan/Getty Images hide caption

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Perriello heard from his constituents -- many of them complaining -- when he supported President Obama's health care overhaul. Alex Wong/Getty Images hide caption

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"Mr. October," the Yankees' Reggie Jackson, belted three home runs in the deciding Game 6 of the '77 World Series -- on Oct. 18 that year. If the "Fall Classic" extends beyond Election Day, will many Americans care more about baseball than voting? AP hide caption

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A year ago, TARP was a clear villain -- as when this protester appeared on Capitol Hill when Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner was preparing to testify. Many in the news media haven't caught up with the more recent better news about the program. Mark Wilson/Getty Images hide caption

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With so much to juggle, and so many things to be discouraged about, many moms may just opt to stay home on Election Day. istockphoto.com hide caption

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Sept. 27, 1994: Then-House Minority Whip Newt Gingrich and other Republicans unveil their "Contract with America" at a Capitol Hill rally. John Duricka/AP hide caption

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