An air traffic controller monitors flights in July at the Denver International Airport. The Federal Aviation Administration is planning to modernize its traffic control system, but has faced a number of obstacles.

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Last summer, immigration rights activists in Los Angeles gathered for a rally calling on the government to act on immigration overhaul legislation. Strong Latino support helped President Obama win in 2008, but his support among those voters is slipping.

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Acting West Virginia Gov. Earl Ray Tomblin, shown at the National Governors Association meeting in February, is running in a special election for the seat Tuesday. The conservative Democrat has been endorsed by several groups, from the NRA to the mineworkers' union. Cliff Owen/AP hide caption

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Justin Mudge walks through the muddy interior of his great uncle's gun shop, destroyed by flooding caused by Irene on Sept. 1 in Prattsville, N.Y. FEMA will run out of money to help disaster victims by early next week unless Congress acts. Monika Graff/Getty Images hide caption

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Cities across the country are investing more money in infrastructure to make roads safer for bikes. Last week, a highway bill faced resistance from lawmakers who saw those kinds of projects as an inappropriate use of federal funds. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images hide caption

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A U.S. Department of Homeland Security sign hangs in an empty terminal at the Tri-State Airport in Ceredo, W.Va. Jeff Gentner /AP hide caption

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Transportation Security Administration screeners check passengers at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport in Atlanta last month. The TSA was created after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks. Erik S. Lesser/AP hide caption

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Former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin speaks to Tea Party members during the Restoring America event on Saturday in Indianola, Iowa. Charlie Neibergall/AP hide caption

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Jarrid Gonyea and his wife, Michelle, check out damage caused by Tropical Storm Irene on Hurricane Road in Keene, N.Y., on Monday. The costs of the storm that stretched across the Eastern Seaboard are estimated to be in the billions. Hans Pennink/AP hide caption

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Fen Rascoe boards up his parents' cottage as they prepare for Hurricane Irene on Thursday in Nags Head, N.C., which is under a mandatory evacuation order. Scott Olson/Getty Images hide caption

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